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CUSTOMIZED LEATHER LEGGINGS
Mama-to-be Lively's $950 J Brand skinnies were specially tweaked to fit her belly – a genius idea that pretty much puts every neighborhood tailor on notice. But that's not the only statement piece here: Her fur-trimmed cape translates right through the third trimester, and has us seriously rethinking ever reaching for a puffy coat again.
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Before major closet envy sets in, remember Lively isn't the type of girl to say, "Oh, this old thing? I got it at some little shop in Paris years ago, I can't remember the name …" No, she's the stylish poster girl for her website Preserve, where a plaid mohair coat and tweed newsboy cap are instant Blake-ifiers. And she isn't afraid to re-wear – this time her cozy charcoal sweater gets more dressed down.
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Leave it to Lively to make us second-guess those sensible LBDs in the backs of our closets. The pregnant actress encourages everyone to go backless in a sleek black KaufmanFranco gown that hugs her baby bump and shows some skin. "It's such a passion of mine," she told PEOPLE of her self-styling skills.
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Even in pregnancy, she's dressing for the job she wants – Martha Stewart's, that is. In an angelic white Michael Kors knit with a coordinating embroidered skirt, Lively fits the role of a maternal domestic goddess for a one-on-one about her lifestyle site at the Martha Stewart American Made Summit. Her crisp and clean monochromatic ensemble matched the neutrality of the crafty host, her neighbor in the 'burbs – and presumably her idol. "That's the only woman that can creep up on my man and I would be okay with it," Lively joked of the domestic doyenne.
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Most moms-to-be might invest in one decent coat they can actually button come third trimester. But the actress takes staying warm to a new level with another dramatic wool cloak (this one by Lindsey Thornburg) on a crisp fall day. Though it's heirloom quality, the coat is "inspired by tales of the clever raven as a mediator between life and death," which isn't exactly bedtime story-friendly.
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RUNWAY GOWNS CUSTOM-TWEAKED BY THE DESIGNER
"I'm gonna amp up my style by wearing things that are stretchier," Lively told PEOPLE. But instead of the elastic-waist pants route, the star goes haute couture, opting for a sparkly tulle Michael Kors gown with some stretch to it. "It needed minimal alterations," Kors explained. "In fact, we just added a slip. Blake looked beyond beautiful in it."
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MORE FOUR-FIGURE OUTERWEAR
If it's true that babies can pick up external cues while in the womb, Little Lively-Reynolds is surely absorbing expensive taste, simply by being cloaked in this $1,350 (yes, you read that right) Lindsey Thornburg poncho, which the actress accessorizes with knee-high heeled boots.
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No Empire waist dresses or shapeless muumuus for this mama, who puts her new curves on full display in an insanely sexy, cleavage-flaunting Gucci gown. (Of course, the best part of this look is her arm candy, husband Ryan Reynolds.) Now, excuse us while we get back to our crippling envy.
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She's said she "could spit out a litter of kids," but she starts by wearing a litter (of puppies) on her whimsical patterned separates. Normally, we'd have a hard time forgiving someone for sporting top-to-bottom canine-printed pieces, but if anyone can convince us that these Michelle Kim pants and matching top are chic, it's the former Serena van der Woodsen.
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"With a new baby on the way there is so much to do!" Lively wrote in the Oct. 6 pregnancy announcement on her site. But even with everything on her to-do list, she hasn't let picking out interesting outfits and making unique layering decisions fall by the wayside. Case in point: her printed Michelle Kim skirt, checked Loup, mock turtleneck wool coat (also Michelle Kim) and Collina Strada cross-body.
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How do you make a maxi designed for non-pregnant women work for your burgeoning bump? Hike it up! The Preserver eschews those mommy-to-be skirts with the big elastic panels and simply wears her Sam & Lavi high on her waist.
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A TRIED AND TRUE FORMULA
Something tells us we'll be seeing a lot of this trick: Another hiked-up floral skirt effortlessly paired with stylish separates. This time there's a casually draped scarf involved, along with an "environmentally responsible" handmade striped T-shirt by Amour Vert and a Michael Kors Miranda drawstring bag.