Frugal Fashion: Nina Dobrev is nautical at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards

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The 2011 Teen Choice Awards show on Sunday was a blur of celebs such as Taylor Swift, Rachel Bilson, Lea Michele and Emma Stone, all wearing hot white dresses. Could have been the warm weather or just a fashion coincidence, but white maxis, minis and gowns were everywhere.

Breaking away from the snow white pack was ‘Vampire Diaries’ star Nina Dobrev. The CW’s high school vampire show won Choice fantasy/sci-fi series, and Nina Dobrev and costar Ian Somerhalder (who plays bad boy Damon and is her real-life boyfriend) took home surfboards for Choice actors.

Dobrev kept her look playful and sexy in a nautical inspired D&G Gingham blue and white striped dress, mini white clutch, also by D&G, and blue satin pumps, by Ferragamo. The high pony tail and bright blue studs added to the flirty, young look.

Get Dobrev’s nautical look in a navy and white striped dress such as the Seashore stripes dress with a bow from for $22.80, the Lush knit camisole dress from for $44 or for a look you can make casual or dressy, the navy stripe curve seam dress with short sleeves from for $60.


Give your new look some height with a pair of navy satin pumps such as the Bouquets Dalia navy pumps for $51.35 at or for a peep-toe style try the Kelly and Katie Daffodil pump from for $39.95.

For the perfect day to night accessories, snag any neutral colored clutch you might already own and a pair of blue stud earrings for a pop of color. Some choices: the glimmer dome post earrings from for $14, the metallic blue skull studs by Rachel Roy for $20 or the Dillard’s sterling collection ball and cat’s eye stud earring set for $21.

Happy shopping!

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-- Jenn Harris


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Dress photo from left: Seashore stripes dress. Credit:; Lush knit camisole dress. Credit:; Navy stripe curve seam dress. Credit:

Shoe photo from left: Bouquets Dalia navy pumps. Credit:; Kelly and Katie Daffodil pump. Credit:

Earrings photo from left: Glimmer dome post earrings. Credit:; Metallic blue skull studs. Credit:; Dillard’s sterling collection ball and cat’s eye stud earring set. Credit: