Trend ReportsSep 01, 2013
Fall 2013 Runway Report
Whether you're a fashion risk-taker or prefer to play it safe, fall's major trends have a little something for everyone.
Story: Jennifer Wells
Photos: Attilio D'Agostino
Anarchy is a must—as long as it does't ruin your high-end duds.
 Leather has undoubtedly become a seasonless fabric. Wearing these side-accent shorts with a classic moto jacket or flannel transforms them for fall. Jack BB Dakota shorts available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080.
 Black and gold chains work for those who can appreciate the dark side of fashion but prefer theirs with a femme twist. Necklace available at Paperdolls, multiple locations, 636.527.3655.
 The ultimate layering piece for a classic moto jacket, this version actually accentuates your waist—unlike traditional, more masculine cuts. Under Star flannel vest available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110.
 Sharp and pointy rarely reads as feminine, but these delicate earrings are the exception. Made spike earrings available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.
 With attitude in spades—and just enough heel to flatter—these leather boots will keep your look on just the right side of dangerous. Valentino boots available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 Punks and preps alike will be clamoring for a detailed leather bag this fall. Valentino bag available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
 Staying on-trend with a crop top is still de rigueur for fall—just be sure to keep your navel under wraps with an elegant high-waist pant. Blue Bird crop top available at Blue Bird the Boutique, Downtown, 636.590.4524.
 We love spikes—and any other gleaming hardware that has a “don’t mess with me” vibe. Studded cuff available at CLR-MNSTR, Downtown, 314.241.1930.
 If you’re looking to in“vest” in one leather piece this fall, make it red with tons of zippers and even more edge. Vakko leather vest available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
Skip the yellow bright road and go straight for the green this season.
 With a bit of a tribal edge, this cuff has a “lost treasure” appeal that would have any gold digger clamoring to bust out the metal detector. Cuff available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110.
 A little Jennifer Lawrence and a little Rachel Zoe, this billowy top makes channeling your inner boho glam goddess a breeze. Rebecca Taylor top available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300.
 Take a page out of Angelina Jolie's book and don your own stunning green danglers for a look that oozes sophistication. Suzanna Dai earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124.
 Wearing a pop of color on your posterior usually requires major confidence—not so with this shade of green. It has just enough of a neutral undertone for a slimming effect. Etro pants available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
 The sophisticated structure of this bag will have you scoring major points with the higher-ups. Dress for the position you want, not the one you have—because this bag screams CEO. Saint Laurent handbag available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 A chunky cocktail ring used to be your one party-appropriate statement maker. These days, it looks most modern when layered with other equally heavy jewelry. Ring available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300.
 A '70s smock silhouette makes a dramatic color like green a much more accessible option. Pair it with skinny jeans or leggings to keep the lines long and lean. Akris Punto tunic available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
 J.Crew Factory ballet flats available at J.Crew Factory, Taubman Prestige Outlets, 636.489.0800.
It's a jungle out there, and this purr-fectly fab trend is clawing its way to the top.
 Warning: This bag is sure to garner attention, so make sure the rest of your look is equally polished before hitting the streets. Michael Kors handbag available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
 Take your love of leopard to the max with printed pants. The blurred pattern on this pair makes them a tad more wearable than a more defined print. Haute Hippie pants available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
 A detachable collar is even trendier in leopard. We love that the crisp edges on this one make it appropriate for both night and day. Collar available at Blue Bird the Boutique, Downtown, 636.590.4524.
 Get wild and nix your fave white button-down in favor of something a little more creative. If you're too timid, tame it down with a tailored trench. Equipment blouse available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124.
 After September, make the switch from vivid white to softer shades of ivory and cream to keep the summer glow going well into fall. Scarf available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004.
 Universally flattering on almost any frame is a fit-and-flare skirt—one of the easiest ways to sport the leopard trend. Free People skirt available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.
 Leopard ruled the runways this fall (Diane von Fu?rstenberg, Tom Ford, DKNY)—but if you lean more toward kitten than big cat, ease into the trend with a tasteful leopard heel. Manolo Blahnik pumps available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 Though not quite leopard, the pattern on this honeycombed bauble will definitely have you seeing spots. Bracelet available at Paperdolls, multiple locations, 636.527.3655.
Everything you need to look the part of the rugged mountain man—minus the beard.
 Stay “in the loop” with a sturdy leather belt—a must-have for pairing with rustic flannels. Leather Island belt available at Moris Men's Shop, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
 A great shirt to wear to your lakeside cabin, it’s just as fitting for the local bar. Pendleton shirt available at Devil City, The Loop, 314.863.8080.
 Rugged doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable. Take this comfy pullover—a great layering piece whether you’re braving the great outdoors or not. Robert Talbott sweater available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.
 A southwestern print elevates schlepping essentials to a fashionable art form. Will parcel available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.
 Clock some serious style cred by choosing a classic sports watch—a masculine accessory for any ensemble. MSTR watch available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.
 A fresh pair of low-rise boots will ensure your plaid shirt reads more mountain man than grunge. Alden shoes available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.
 Meet your new best friend for fall. Do yourself a favor and make sure the fit is on point. G-STAR Raw pants available at Sole & Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600.
Because the classics never go out of style.
 A lighter-toned jacket is a perfect way to look polished for a semiformal event. Find coordinating separates in other cool shades, or just add denim if it feels right for the affair. Armani Collezioni jacket available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 Master the yin and yang of dressing by pairing a minimalist watch with an eye-catching print. Daniel Wellington watch available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.
 Form and function meet with utilitarian pockets and a bright, classic print. Woolrich vest available at Devil City, The Loop, 314.863.8080.
 Choose a classic plaid for casual Friday that will have your denim-clad co-workers vying to copy your relaxed sense of style. Burberry Brit shirt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
 The perfect antidote to an ultra-luxe ensemble is a pair of understated dress shoes with a decidedly worn-in feel. Bed/Stu shoes available at Sole & Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600.
 A basic go-to for any print-heavy ensemble, this tie has just the right neutral hue and texture to stand up to the busiest of pattern plays. Dibi tie available at Moris Men's Shop, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
 Nothing beats an impeccably tailored suit. Stick with a color that’s virtually seasonless and a timeless cut that never goes out of style. Santorelli pants from Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
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