By Jennifer Merritt
Dec 27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
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If there was ever a great year to be pregnant, it was 2014. Why? It's all thanks to stars like Kate Middleton, Zoe Saldana, Blake Lively, and more, who showed us that yes, maternity style can be fashionable (and occasionally even sexy).

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Sure, we might not all need to wear a slinky backless black gown while pregnant, but Lively proved that it's not an impossible feat when she stepped out for L'Oreal's Women of Worth Awards in New York City in December (pictured, right). Earlier, in November, Middleton showed us you can still look like you have a waist—in the early months of pregnancy, at least!—in a belted sheer peplum top (left), while, in October, Saldana kept things comfy yet chic in a blush pink gown that perfectly skimmed over her growing bump at the Book of Life premiere (middle).

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And there was plenty more inspo to be had throughout the course of the year from bumpin' ladies like Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Kourtney Kardashian, Rachel Bilson, and many, many more mamas. Check them all out in our roundup of the best celebrity maternity looks of 2014.

PHOTOS: Chic Celebrity Maternity Style