Swingy capes, polished peacoats and sleek toppers look great on--but in reality they offer little to no insulation. The industrious puffer, on the other hand, makes you impervious to the cold but does absolutely nothing for your figure. Here, seven clever pairings that build warmth--not bulk.

leather and vest

Leather jacket + sleeveless coat

Ah, the sleeveless coat (aka the workwear vest): incredibly chic in the summer and fall yet incredibly useless in the dead of winter. Pair it with a leather jacket, however, and it suddenly makes sense. Toasty torso, meet mobile limbs.

Get the look: Zara leather jacket ($70); Topshop vest ($85)

leather and cocoon

Leather jacket + cocoon coat

Same idea as above, but warmer because you’ve got the additional sleeves. Plus, the roomier shape of the cocoon ensures that you don’t lose that crucial elbow mobility. The finished look is more streamlined and less stuffed sausage.

Get the look: ASOS leather jacket ($83); J.Crew cocoon coat ($298)

down and boucle

Light down jacket + boucle coat

Do yourself a favor and get a light down jacket. It instantly winterproofs any of your outer layers but is especially smart under this season’s ubiquitous nubby coat. (You know, the trendy teddy bear ones that are super cute but don’t always hold their own against an arctic chill.)

Get the look: Uniqlo down jacket ($70); Kensie bouclé coat ($129)

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two coats

Belted crop coat + mid-length coat

Two coats! Could you BE wearing any more clothes? Actually, it’s so commonplace among the fashion set, there’s a term for it: double-coating. (Really.) Vary their lengths and keep them in a similar color family to create one seriously sleek look.

Get the look: Aritzia cropped coat ($275); & Other Stories mid-length coat ($275)

jean and wool

Jean jacket + wool coat

When you’re rocking a turtleneck this season, keep it modern by adding unexpected layers--like a buttoned-up denim jacket. Top it all off with your wool overcoat and you’re suddenly the Jenna Lyons of your friend group.

Get the look: Madewell jean jacket ($118); ASOS wool coat ($163)

leather and fur

Leather jacket + fur vest

Another way to wear a turtleneck? With--you guessed it--a leather jacket and fur because you fancy.

Get the look: Member's only leather jacket ($159); Leith fur vest ($75)

blazer and coat final

Blazer + suede coat

And now the grand finale. Dressing for winter is like baking a croissant; the recipe for success lies in a ton of thin layers. Here we have our favorite turtleneck, once again, with a cozy flannel, a fitted blazer and a full-length coat on top. Each layer is as good as the last.

Get the look: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 blazer ($148); Gallery suede coat ($189)

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