The Hottest Maternity Fashion Moments of All Time

Plus, what you can learn from the winning looks.

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Celebrity Maternity Style

We know what you're thinking: It's hard enough to dress for an important event when you're not pregnant. Valid point. But while dressing for your new shape may pose some additional challenges (nothing's stretchy enough!), remember that you're sporting the world's most exciting accessory: a baby bump.

Not convinced? These celebrities rocked the red carpet during their pregnancies. Here, the 15 best maternity looks, along with tips that you can apply to your own wardrobe—even if you don't plan on seeing the paparazzi anytime soon—courtesy of Lauren Solomon, image expert for Lifetime's Remake My Life.

Related: The Best Party Looks for Pregnancy

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Angelina Jolie

Kung Fu Panda Movie Premiere, 2008
A V-neck dress with an empire waist is flattering on most women, and particularly comfortable during the last few months of pregnancy, when you'll appreciate the loose fitting skirt and breeze on your neck and shoulders.

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Jennifer Lopez

Conde Nast Movies Rock Event, 2007
Avoiding white while you're pregnant because you think it'll make you look bigger? Psh. The key is adding another element of interest, like a unique neckline, which draws the attention upward, so that eyes aren't only on your bump.

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Natalie Portman

The Academy Awards, 2011
Don't underestimate your pregnancy glow—enhance it. An off-the-shoulder neckline brightens up your neck and face, making you look radiant (think: the opposite effect of a turtle neck). Bonus points for elegant beading.

Related: Celebrity New Moms

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Jessica Alba

The Academy Awards, 2008
The fabric creates vertical lines in the front, making Ms. Alba look longer (not like she needs much help in that department). Tip: Choose a dress with similar effect on the bust to enhance a small chest, and offset a super prominent bump.

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Gwen Stefani

The Grammy Awards, 2006
No need to avoid animal prints during pregnancy; just keep everything else simple. Meaning: Avoid hard lines and bright colors. Notice how Gwen's print is subdued, her accessories are minimal, and her hair is sleek (no lion manes, please).

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Beyoncé

The MTV Video Music Awards, 2011
Layers make Beyonce's bump a standout accessory, not the star of the show. Like the look? Keep the material lightweight, so you don't feel like you're drowning in fabric, and avoid patterns, which can look too busy.

Related: Celebrity Pregnancies

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum

The Academy Awards, 2013
Fun fact about lace: It stretches. Plus, lace often has a mesh lining, so it's comfortable and breathable—two qualities you will greatly appreciate in a maternity dress. Words of warning: Head-to-toe lace can look Adam's Family-esque, so make sure to expose either your arms or legs.

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Heidi Klum

The Emmy Awards, 2006
Don't be afraid to show a little leg. Wearing a dress with a high slit can be a classy move, as long as you keep the rest PG. That means no plunging necklines, J-Lo circa 2000.

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Amy Adams

Vanity Fair's Oscars After Party, 2010
You don't need a skin-tight dress to emphasize your proud-mama belly. Notice how the fabric of Amy Adams' dress gathers just below her bust, drawing attention to her baby bump, without squeezing it. Recreate the effect with a dress that has an element of interest in the same spot, whether it be gathered fabric, beads, or a pattern.

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Paula Patton

The Academy Awards, 2010
This body-hugging style, also called mermaid or trumpet dress, works for the woman who really wants to show off her pregnancy curves. A portrait collar (shown here) balances out the width of the skirt.

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Cate Blanchett

The Academy Awards, 2008
The light pattern at the bottom of the skirt keeps the eye circling around Blanchett's belly, and up to her embellished neckline. With the eye traveling constantly from her face to the floor, you almost forget there's a bump in the middle. Steal the look by choosing a simple dress with a design on the bottom, and pair it with a statement necklace.

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Claire Danes

The Emmy Awards, 2012
A close-fitting sheath dress with an elastic waist is a great option for the early and middle stages of pregnancy; it can easily accommodate a growing belly without looking bulky.

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Olivia Wilde

The Golden Globes, 2014
Yes, you can pull off glitter during pregnancy. Choose a beaded dress with multi-toned sparkles, which add depth and help you avoid the monochromatic disco ball look.

Related: The Best Baby Bumps at the Golden Globes

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Kerry Washington

The Golden Globes, 2014
A strapless dress may feel too revealing for certain occasions, but a jacket can look stuffy. What's a girl do? Save your basic black blazer for the office and opt for a light layer in the same color as your dress.

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Kate Hudson

Something Borrowed Movie Premiere, 2011
Chiffon is your BFF. The fabric will fall effortlessly over your bump, and you can wear the same dress after pregnancy. Plus, most chiffon dresses are easy to dress up or down. Add a leather jacket for a casual night out, or wear heels and red lipstick for more formal occassions.

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