By Angela Salazar
Updated: Sep 12, 2016 @ 2:33 pm
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Australian beauty Teresa Palmer often flaunts edgy red carpet looks from designers including Prada and Alberta Ferretti. But off-duty, her style is decidedly bohemian and reflects the breezy vibe of her adopted hometown, Los Angeles. Now pregnant with her second child, Palmer says she’s found the key to staying true to her aesthetic during pregnancy without splurging on limited-wear maternity clothes.

“I’m all about Free People because it’s very maternity friendly. I wear a lot of those long, flowy bohemian dresses. Nothing with a seam, obviously, but wrap dresses work really well. Sometimes I’ll add a belt above the belly,” the 30-year-old actress told InStyle while at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting her upcoming film with Chadwick Boseman, Message from the King.

Adding a belt and customizing existing dresses is a pregnancy hack Palmer recently picked up from her red carpet stylist. “My stylist Annabelle took this thin piece of material and made me a belt just to give me a waist,” Palmer said of the cinched Jill Stuart dress in the portrait above. “I wore a beautiful Prada gown at the Venice Film Festival and essentially they had to cut the dress in half and lift it up. We have to modify everything because the seam falls right in the middle of the belly.”

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Off-duty, Palmer enjoys a relaxed look when running around L.A. with her family. “I like to get dressed up for the red carpet because I don’t do it in my everyday life. I’m so casual. Bohemian. I think that’s what people say, typically bohemian. Zero makeup, messy, straight out of the shower hair. That’s definitely my M.O.”

And while she may wear high heels for photo shoots and events, don’t expect to see her in stilettos on the street either. “I have my flats right over there to change into in between pictures,” she laughed. “Flats. Always flats.”