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Sweaters! Jackets! Boots! Winter is the season of Instagram-worthy outfits. But none of it matters if it’s hidden under piles of down. The key to looking more like a street-style star and less like the Pillsbury Doughboy? These five layering tricks.

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Work from Lightest to Heaviest

If you don’t play your cards right, that amazing faux-fur coat you scored is going to add tons of extra bulk. Keep everything streamlined by working from the lightest fabric to the heaviest. For example: Start with a paper-thin long sleeve, followed by a lighter jacket, then top it off with your heavy-duty coat. Finish with a beanie as the warm cherry on top. 

Get the look: Trouvé beanie ($25); Alfani long sleeve ($40); Lioness blazer ($88); Lovers + Friends coat ($328)

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Turtleneck > Scarf

When you want to put the rest of your outfit front and center, opt for a turtleneck instead of an overwhelming scarf, which can be distracting. It adds barely any bulk, but still keeps your neck nice and toasty.

Get the look: 1901 turtleneck ($59); Wayf blazer ($90); Frye belt ($78); Lovers + Friends sweater coat ($198)

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Cinch Your Middle

Fun fact: Belts can go outside your coat, too, lending much-needed shape to a bulky winter coat. If your coat doesn’t come with a belt, experiment with any other style for a unique look.  

Get the look: Mia belt ($128); Kendall + Kylie coat ($137)

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Play with Proportions

Don’t be afraid to rock an oversize coat—it is cozy season after all! Just keep proportions in check while you’re bundling up. Go for slim fit-pants and a top in the same color to balance it out.

Get the look: Rebecca Minkoff boots ($120); NVLT puffer jacket ($130); Madewell jeans ($135)

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Wear Boots as Tights

You can still wear things like silky midi skirts without freezing to death by being a bit strategic with your shoes: A pair of sultry knee-high boots suddenly become a much chicer replacement for tights since they hide any trace of skin. Slip into a long-line coat for an envelope of warmth head to toe. (And if it’s extra cold, throw on leggings underneath—no one will have the slightest idea.)

Get the look: Nine West boots ($83); Velvet by Graham & Spencer coat ($257); Eileen Fisher skirt ($278); Vince cashmere sweater ($375) 

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