As fall turns into winter and temperatures begin to drop below what is desirable, staying warm while also remaining fashionable becomes very important. While jean and bomber jackets are great for mild fall days, it seems as though it’s time to pull out something more winter ready. This is where the topcoat and overcoat come in. Along with shearling, the topcoat and overcoat are statement pieces that you can wear with just about anything this season. Although the rules of fashion are forever changing and are undoubtedly meant to be broken, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your overcoat or topcoat.

First, color is important. While black will match with everything in your closet, going for a more on-trend color like camel, olive or army green, gray, burnt orange, or burgundy will add variety and polish to your fall/winter wardrobe. Calvin Klein, Valentino, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton are just some of the designers to show a great variety of colors, patterns and textures.

Once you’ve decided on a color, the next thing to do is to choose the size that best fits you. A rule of thumb is to make sure that your coat fits snug around the shoulders, although how snug is up totally up to you. Oversized works, as well as something a little more binding. Being that layering is also big this season, feel free to layer up underneath your outerwear so that you can alter the fit depending on your mood and look for the day. Lastly, when worn open, let the lower half of your coat remain loose so that it can pick up some wind as you stylishly move about your day.

Once you’ve got the color and the fit down, the only thing left to do is wear your new overcoat or topcoat with confidence. Whether day or night, dressy or casual, there’s almost no limits to the varying ways that you can pull off this look. Here are a few ideas to get you started. For something more casual, dress down your coat with a pair of jogger sweatpants or leather pants with boots or sneakers. For a dressier look, wear your new coat over a three-piece suit or as a blazer. Turtlenecks and hooded sweatshirts are also big this season; use either one to dress up or dress down your outfit. Last but not least, if your coat has a gumshoe belt, have fun with it, either let it hang casually or tie it up authoritatively. Same goes for your collar, depending on your mood (and the weather), flip it up or turn it down.

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Todd Anthony Tyler is sitting on top of the world right now. The former model and current resident judge on the hit show Asia’s Next Top Model wears many hats, viagra buy
all of which turn heads for all the right reasons. One doesn’t simply become a household name. You have to show and prove. And in Tyler’s case, his prolific body of work as a fashion and brand photographer for elite mags like Vogue and GQ has etched itself in the memory of onlookers.

Perhaps his eye for what looks good in the lens coupled with his own inside knowledge of striking a pose before the flashbulbs gives him the edge that sets him apart from the rest of the field. Or perhaps it’s his business prowess, having launched the successful fitness fashion brand Aumnie, that keeps on the lips of TV producers and TV watchers alike. Whatever his secret, all his talents come to the fore in his new show Fit For Fashion. On the show, contestants run the gamut of challenges in hopes of winning $100,000. Tyler and his fellow guest celebrity judges will guide the contestants through their paces, as they work to get fit and rise to the challenge of really being fit for fashion.

“After hearing what the show was about and how the goal of the show was to be inspirational and life changing, I was in. The show is about transformation and individual journey, something I think most people can relate to.”

Then, there is the behemoth of a TV franchise, otherwise known as Next Top Model. In Tyler’s case, it’s Asia’s Next Top Model. All of the various spin offs were spawned from the hugely popular America’s Next Top Model helmed by supermodel Tyra Banks. But in the case of Tyler’s show, Asia’s Next Top Model has taken on a life of its own with a popularity worthy of its own zip code. Tyler sits firmly at the judging table but dons a hat as a resident photographer. So not only do viewers get to see him wax philosophical and wise about what works on the runway, viewers get a bird’s eye view of Mr. Tyler at work behind the camera lens, crafting stunning image after stunning image.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The high speed train that is Todd Anthony Tyler is forging ahead on some brilliant new destinations. He hints at what he sees ahead, “I not only enjoy the process of being on TV, but alongside that, plus my fashion photography, I also have a strong desire to direct and act. I plan to get back to my roots and get involved with shooting some documentaries too.”

Check your local listings to find out where you can see Todd Anthony Tyler in action on Asia’s Next Top Model and Fit For Fashion.

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