January 25, 2013 04:00 PM

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When Busy Philipps arrives at the SAG Awards on Sunday, it won’t be her first stroll down a red carpet while pregnant — but she does hope it works out better than the last time.

Five years ago, while expecting her daughter Birdie Leigh, the actress searched high and low for that perfect something to wear to a movie premiere.

“I ended up getting an amazing dress,” she tells PEOPLE Friday, “and then much to my chagrin, five weeks later, pregnant Angelina Jolie wore it, which is devastating. Really? You want to be wearing the same dress as the sexiest woman alive? It’s terrible.”

This time, unless Jolie is holding onto some big news, Philipps, 33, should have nothing to worry about.

The expectant Cougar Town star, who’ll serve as the official “social media ambassador” for the SAG Awards — Tweeting behind-the-scenes dish for fans on her @busyphilipps25 handle (#SAGawards) — has already picked out a dress with a backup just in case.

She’s keeping it a surprise, but does share her fashion strategy.

“You want it to be comfortable. I think it’s important that it’s sort of classic in design when you’re pregnant, keep it simple in some way,” Philipps, who wears Isabella Oliver’s Everyday Maternity Blazer in the photo above, says. “Nobody wants to see a bejeweled pregnant lady from top to bottom.”

So far, “I’ve had one fitting, I have another fitting. You have to keep fitting it because you grow every day. That’s the secret. You just have to have an amazing seamstress.”

And one other thing is certain. “I just have to make sure my shoes are going to be comfortable and big enough so that they my feet don’t start swelling,” notes Philipps. “That’s not an attractive thought.”

— Mike Fleeman

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