Ask A St. Louis Stylist: Putting Together Your Top Fall Look

October 29, 2013 7:00 AM

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Find your fall fashion by getting expert advice from Jan Leach of, a well-respected stylist in St. Louis with an expansive background in fashion. With a degree in retail and consumer science, plus experience as a buyer and manager for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Intermix, Jan has styled a variety of people from actors and musicians to athletes to brides and grooms. You have likely come across her work here in St. Louis by either catching her guest appearances on “Great Day St. Louis” or browsing her style shoots for St. Louis Magazine or Town & Style Saint Louis magazine. Learn from Jan’s keen eye on style and trends and listen to her practiced advice on how to look fresh this season.

Tip 1: Invest in leather. This hot runway item is popping up in tops and bottoms, such as a leather teacup skirt or leggings. However, the must-have item this season is a leather motorcycle jacket, according to Jan. “You’ll see me in a lot of leather for sure! Possibly a leather dress with a peplum skirt […] and a stacked heel.”

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Tip 2: Embrace a rich color scheme. Fall typically calls for jewel tones and this year adds some brightness to those same bold hues. Jan names emerald green as the “color the year.” Expect to see “winter white for day and night” as well to make colors pop from samba red to Mykonos blue to koi orange. Add some flash to the normal neutrals of the season and pair a siren red skirt with an ivory cashmere top.  Make your fall looks stand out with these attention-grabbing colors.

Tip 3: Accessorize with a purpose. Jan claims that a statement necklace or earrings are the hot trend of the moment, so learn how to rock it with this helpful tip: “Accessories should accentuate your outfit—not carry it. Pick one major statement item and tone the rest down.” Choose a chunky necklace but keep the earrings simple with studs or pearls. You can also opt for a skinny belt and sport some outrageous drop earrings. Let one big accessory do all the talking.

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Tip 4: Know how to incorporate old trends with current ones. Fashion is constantly changing, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw away everything with the new season. Find a way to keep a beloved item by integrating it into the current style. Jan says that over-sized handbags are the must-lose item but suggests “you may want to keep your large hobo bag for traveling!”

Tip 5: Enjoy the limitless wardrobe options supplied by the season. “Fall is the time to layer, so be adventurous and layer several jackets over each other,” Jan states. She also recommends “mixing up your prints for a multi-textural look.” The fall season affords many an occasion to try out different styles with the changing weather. Bring out the boots (“over-the knee stacked heels!” says Jan) and dominate the fashion scene this fall.


Living in St. Louis, Amanda Dahl is a freelance writer specializing in dating tips and ways to stylize your life; whether it be through house decor or finding a perfect pair of shoes. Her work can be found at

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