- Blake Lively has been making bold fashion statements on the red carpet since 2005.
- At the start of her career, she favored jeans and orange gowns.
- She later began to experiment with plunging necklines and miniskirts.
- Most recently, Lively has stepped out in numerous pantsuits and showstopping dresses.
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When Blake Lively stepped into the limelight back in 2005, everyone knew she’d make it big.
Her performance in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” was only the beginning. After landing a starring role on the CW’s steamy new show “Gossip Girl” in 2008, she became the talk of the town and starting making waves in the fashion world off-set.
The actress became friends to several of fashion’s biggest names, including Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, who clearly adored her bold fashion choices. She’s also been to the biggest runway shows, donned the most expensive couture, and even had chic designer labels throw intimate gatherings in her honor.
Here’s Blake Lively’s fashion evolution over the course of her career so far.
Blake Lively hit her first-ever red carpet in ripped jeans and sparkly pumps at the 2005 Kids’ Choice Awards.
Lively sported many sartorial staples of the 2000s, including layers, a crop top, and low rise jeans.
At the premiere for “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” she donned a silky, bright orange dress.
She paired the dress with a long pearl necklace, many bracelets, and strappy sandals.
Fast forward to 2007 when Blake landed a role on “Gossip Girl.”
At the CW launch party for the show, she meant business in a sleek black pant suit. Lively also added more drama to the outfit with dark eyeliner and large waves.
The actress wore this black Ralph Lauren creation at her first ever Met Gala appearance in 2008 for the “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” theme.
Her mermaid-style gown really made a statement. Lively paired the dress with silver bracelets and sleek black gloves.
She sported orange again for the premiere of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” in the summer of 2008.
Orange seems to be one of her go-to red carpet colors.
At the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, Lively took home awards for Choice TV Actress: Drama and Choice TV: Female Breakout Star while wearing a purple, one shouldered minidress.
Lively finished the look with a thick belt cinched at her waist, a pair of black pointed-toe heels, and a large statement ring.
Lively put herself on the fashion world’s map when she paired her tousled hair with a steel blue gown at the 2009 Golden Globes.
She matched her jewelry to the bejeweled details on the dress.
She wore this teal gown to the 2009 Met Gala.
This time around, she wore a more modern Versace look for “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” event. Her one-shoulder teal gown featured a leg-exposing slit and plunging neckline.
She wore Versace again as a presenter at the Emmy Awards later that year.
The actress wore a red gown with floral details. She also wore her hair in a slick ponytail and kept her makeup simple.
She finished the look with one crystal bracelet.
For the 2010 Met Gala, which had the theme “American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity,” the actress decided on a striking textured blue mini dress.
One-shoulder dresses were one of Lively’s go-to red carpet looks in the aughts. She paired the dramatic dress with a busy pair of patterned pumps.
When it was announced that she’d be in DC Comic’s movie “Green Lantern,” she hit Comic Con in a black and white ensemble topped with a fitting pair of emerald green earrings.
Aside from her jewelry, Lively committed to the black and white motif from head to toe.
That movie set was also where she met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds.
She sported a monochromatic look at the “The Town” Premiere during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in Chanel Couture.
Lively matched her embellished mini dress to to her heels and lipstick. She did, however, deviate from red with her dark rings.
When ELLE honored the actress for her fashion sense at their 2011 Style Awards, she arrived on the red carpet in a fringed, high low gown.
Lively paired the blue Emilio Pucci gown with a pair of magenta peep-toe heels and delicate gold jewelry.
She channeled her inner ballerina in a red, tutu-like dress at the Cinema Con Awards in March 2011, where she took home an award for Breakthrough Performer.
Fittingly enough, Lively paired the ballerina-like dress with a bun, white jewelry, and simple makeup.
She went full mermaid the next month with a Zuhair Murad gown as TIME honored her as one of the most influential people of the year, alongside Prince William and Michelle Obama.
She paired her multi-colored gown with minimal jewelry, dark eye makeup, and tight ringlets.
For the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”-themed Met Gala, the actress arrived arm in arm with Karl Lagerfeld decked out in Chanel.
Her semi-sheer gown featured metallic details. Lively paired the champagne dress with beige sandals and jewelry.
She wore a floral Chanel gown for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures film “Green Lantern” in June 2011.
The semi-sheer white dress had tulle tiers. She also wore a stack of gold bracelets on one arm and several rings on the opposite hand.
The actress completed the look with a loose fishtail braid.
Lively showed up for the year’s Teen Choice Awards in an orange mini dress.
Lively paired the outfit with white jewelry and nail polish. She completed the look with a pair of cheetah-print heels.
To celebrate the 100th episode of “Gossip Girl,” she wore a white fringed dress, which was very reminiscent of the roaring ’20s.
The mid-length dress featured cutouts and feather details. Lively finished the look with gold sandals, dark eyeliner, and fringe earrings.
At the red carpet premiere of “Savages,” she wore a semi-sheer gown by Zuhair Murad.
The actress seems to like mermaid-style gowns, as she frequently wears this style to red carpet events. Lively completed the look with large curls and a scarlet red lipstick.
Lively went mod in March 2013 for the premiere of “The Croods.”
This maroon mini dress featured white trim and a reflective plastic panel over her chest. The actress also matched her shoes to the trim on the dress.
A couple of months later, she stepped out in Gucci for the Met Gala’s celebration of “PUNK: Chaos To Couture.”
The actress wore a strapless teal gown with a dramatic, feathery black train, and kept in the theme with dark eye makeup.
A year later at the 2014 Met Gala, she took to the red carpet with her husband Ryan Reynolds for “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”
Lively looked very old-Hollywood as she paired her sparkling champagne gown, tight ringlets, and statement jewelry. The dress had a long, dramatic train – one of Lively’s usual red carpet looks.
At the CFDA Fashion Awards, Lively payed homage to the ’70s.
She wore a patterned mini dress, sported hoop earrings, and pushed her voluminous hair off her face with a thick headband.
She also complemented the light pink accent on her dress with suede heels and a mini clutch.
In the fall of 2014, Lively sported one of the bright gowns that she’s known for while she was pregnant with her first child.
Lively paired her yellow gown with more understated heels.
Her first big red carpet event after giving birth was for the premiere of “The Age Of Adaline.”
She channeled old Hollywood again with large curls, large earrings, and a bold red gown.
The dress featured semi-sheer panels and a fringe train – two staples in Lively’s red carpet arsenal.
In March of 2016, Lively wore a cold shoulder wrap dress to the State Dinner at the White House where they honored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Lively kept her hair and makeup simple, finishing off her ensemble with a pair of neutral Louboutin sandals and matching silver accessories.
Her pale pink Burberry cape at May 2016’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Met Gala was praised by many fashion critics.
The strapless dress featured high-cut slits, which revealed that the dress had a silky bottom layer.
She paired the floral millennial pink gown with dark eye makeup, deep pink lipstick, and statement earrings.
She hid her baby bump under a voluminous, light blue Vivienne Westwood gown at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival that same month.
With her blonde hair swept into a bun, Lively channeled Cinderella. She also coordinated her jewelry with the details on her dress.
She took a similar approach when she sported a tulle Carolina Herrera gown at the world premiere for “The Shallows” in June 2016.
The strapless dress was cinched at her waist and featured a busy floral pattern. She kept her jewelry, makeup, and shoes simple as she stuck with a dark motif.
A month after giving birth, Lively posed alongside her husband as he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She wore a fit-flare teal dress for the occasion. This was also the first public appearance they made with their two daughters, James and Ines.
At the 74th Annual Golden Globes in January 2017, the actress wore a gold-trimmed Atelier Versace gown.
The actress also wore a pair of matching green statement bracelets, and completed her ensemble with a smoky eye and neutral lip.
She rocked a two-piece ensemble the January 2017 People’s Choice Awards where she won an award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress.
Once again, Lively sported an outfit with fringe details. She also paired her sparkling black ensemble with matching eye makeup, lace-up flats, jewelry, and bejeweled clutch.
Lively wore a a jade green jumpsuit to Variety’s Power Of Women: New York event in April 2017 where she was honored for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition.
The actress kept her jewelry simple with a pair of matching green statement earrings. She completed her look with dark eye makeup and simple pink lipstick.
Later that month, Lively wore a mixed-fabric floral dress to the Time 100 Gala.
The dress featured mesh panels, fringe details, and a dark floral pattern. The actress completed the look with simple gold sandals, pink lipstick, several rings, and a messy updo.
The actress wore a semi-sheer gold gown to the Met Gala in May 2017.
Lively went all in on the Comme des Garçons theme, sporting a gown with a dramatic blue feather train. Feathers continue to be a recurring motif in her wardrobe.
She kept her makeup, jewelry, and hair relatively simple, which allowed the dress shine.
At the same event in 2018, Lively wore one of her most iconic looks to date.
She wore a red-and-gold gown with a long train that cascaded down the Met Gala stairs. At the time, she told Vogue that it took designers 600 hours to create.
One week later, Lively stunned in a red-and-black dress for the premiere of “Deadpool 2.”
The strapless gown was covered in sparkles and extended down to her ankles. She also wore a long red bow tied around her waist, and earrings that reached her shoulders.
By August 2018, the actress was starting to wear lots of elaborate pantsuits.
At the 2018 VMAs, Lively wore a white suit comprised of a sharp jacket and oversized pants.
Lively later said she wore numerous pantsuits to promote her film “A Simple Favor,” and criticized people for imposing “double standards” on women who wish to wear pants over skirts.
At a Dior fashion show in September 2018, Lively dazzled in a floral dress with sparkly details.
Her sleeveless gown was semi-sheer, and featured a layered skirt. She also wore a silver overlay atop the dress.
In May 2019, Lively attended the premiere of “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” wearing a bright-yellow maternity dress.
The sparkling gown was sleeveless, and had an ankle-length skirt with a thigh-high slit. She completed her ensemble with strappy sandals and a curled hairstyle.
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