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StreetStyle: Amber Ball

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Amber Ball and her husband were strolling through The Forks on Thanksgiving weekend, looking trendy rather than opting for the casual look people tend to wear on a day off. Ball, who is three months pregnant with her first child, chose a few statement pieces that will carry her through each stage, like her comfortable leggings and relaxed tall boots from American Apparel and Coach, respectively. "The big secret that I haven't shared is that I wear a lot of my husband's stuff. It's flowy and easy to throw on. I'll wear a big oversized T-shirt with a belt, sweater and a pair of boots and it can look really sharp," Ball says.

What she wore...

Jacket -- Danier

Scarf -- "I don't remember; I think maybe from Joe."

Sweater -- "It's a cashmere wrap sweater from Club Monaco."

T-shirt - "Black Keys T-shirt from the concert."

Leggings -- "American Apparel winter tights."

Boots -- Coach

Hat -- "It was a gift from a friend."

Purse -- Marc Jacobs

Rings -- "Tiffany's wedding ring and Club Monaco."

Fashion essential

"Right now, tights, because it's easy. You can wear them with sweaters or T-shirts -- everything, as long as it covers my bum. I'm pregnant right now so it seems like nothing fits me more then a week, but tights spread further than a month. I like the tall boots because they're simple but a fashion statement as well, and can make an outfit look polished. They have to be something I wear the whole time. This is my first pregnancy so I don't know how my body will fluctuate with weight; so if my ankles swell or my legs get bigger I have to have something that I can get on and off by myself."

Style inspiration

"I love the blog called theyallhateus.com -- that's one of my favourites. They're girls who are super hip and trendy who live in Sydney, Australia. My husband spent years living there so we get a lot of our inspiration from overseas. Locally, I work at Aritzia Polo Park. Aritzia and Club Monaco have similar styles. I do a lot of shopping or inspiration shopping online. I pick what I want to find and then I find it second-hand here. Like this bag: it's an investment; you spend a lump sum of money on it but you use it for 10, 20, sometimes 30 years. This jacket is going on 10 years -- lambskin leather that probably cost somewhere between $300 to $400, but then you wear it for a really long time."

Fashion tip

"Being comfortable and feeling pretty is really important. Taking that extra time in the morning to do those extra things -- putting on makeup is important -- just those simple things. On a pregnant day, you feel a little more bloated then some other days, so I'll wear a cashmere sweater and it makes me feel soft, pretty, desirable and my husband will want to sit close to me."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 13, 2012 E10

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