Blake Lively: Evolution of a Style Icon

She's her own stylist, and time and time again, that risk has meant great reward for the oft-named Best Dressed star. Here, our favorite looks she's pulled together so far.

She's her own stylist, and time and time again, that risk has meant great reward for the oft-named Best Dressed star. Here, our favorite looks she's pulled together so far. For even more fashion, browse our exclusive cover shoot with Blake!

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May 2009

The actress attended the fashion world's party of the year, the Costume Institute Gala, in teal Versace. Toned and tan, she'd fit right in to the year's exhibit, "Model as a Muse."

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July 2009

On set with former flame and Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley, Blake transformed into Serena van der Woodsen. We dig her bright cross-body bag and made-for-walking gladiator flats.

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September 2009

Blake is red hot on the red carpet at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards in classic down-to-there Versace. Paired with Christian Louboutin heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, it's sexy as can be.

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May 2010

This peacock is ready to preen. In a mini by Marchesa at the 2010 Costume Institute Gala, we're confident Blake ruffled her share of feathers.

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March 2011

The newly-appointed Chanel handbag ambassador shined at a dinner held in her honor during Paris Fashion Week. Of course, she chose Mr. Lagerfeld's design for the occasion.

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March 2011

There are few people who could pull off the open-back Marchesa number Blake donned for the 2011 CinemaCon Awards, where she was awarded the prize for Breakthrough Performer of the Year. Her secret: those legs.

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May 2011

Blake took her new red locks for a spin at the 2011 Costume Institute Ball, for which she wore Chanel. She arrived with the best accessory of all — the designer behind her Grecian gown.

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May 2011

A sight in white, Karl Lagerfeld's muse and favorite date accompanied him to the 2012 Collection Croisiere launch.

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May 2011

How cool is Blake's Chanel Cruise show outfit? We still haven't determined whether it's a skort, skirt, or one-piece ensemble, but one thing's for sure: the actress sparkles.

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June 2011

Green Lantern may have flopped at the box office, but the gauzy, floral Chanel Haute Couture dress Blake wore to its premiere was a smashing success.

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September 2011

Despite a long day of shooting Gossip Girl on the streets of New York, Blake is all smiles. We wouldn't mind borrowing her — or should we say Serena's — chunky necklace.

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November 2011

At a MOMA benefit honoring director Pedro Almodóvar, the Chanel-devotee proved that peplum is no problem in a sleeveless design from the house's most recent couture collection.

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November 2011

The most exciting thing about the 100th episode of Gossip Girl might not be the revelation of title character's identity, but rather the revealing Marchesa dress Blake wore to a party celebrating the milestone.

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January 2012

The fashionista showed her love for Jason Wu at the launch party for his collaboration with Target in a classy peplum frock by the designer.

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