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Sweaters! Jackets! Boots! Forget about summer because winter is the season of Instagram-worthy outfits. But none of it matters if your getup is hidden under piles of down. The key to looking more like a street-style star and less like the Pillsbury Doughboy? These seven layering tricks.

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Choose Your Skirts Carefully

We love the look of swapping plain opaque tights for slouchy knee-high boots worn under a midi skirt and sweater, but all that extra bunching at the ankle plus a cozy knit up top can start to feel (and look) overwhelming. Opt for skirts in silky fabrics and body-skimming silhouettes, like a trendy slip skirt, rather than thick wool or leather A-lines.

Get the look: Everlane sweater ($100); Babaton skirt ($98); Charles by Charles David boots ($230)

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Opt for a Vest Instead of a Coat

One of the never-ending struggles of winter is figuring out how to fit your sweater into your coat sleeves without totally restricting blood flow or having your knit ride all the way up to your bicep. We say skip that pesky outer layer all together. A vest will keep your core warm and it also gives you the opportunity to show off all those statement-sleeves.

Get the look: Calvin Klein vest ($180); Lucky Brand sweater ($99); J.Crew jeans ($100); Vince Camuto boots ($150)

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Swap Your Button-Ups for Cozy Cardigans

Rather than pile a thick sweater on under your work blazer, opt for a Jackie O-approved cardigan instead. It will keep you just as warm as a crew-neck pullover but with a more flattering fit. Wear them tucked into jeans, layered under a denim jacket or with a pleated midi skirt.

Get the look: Court & Rowe cardigan ($89); Halogen blazer ($129); A.L.C. pants ($395); Cordani clogs ($189)

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Make Use of Thin Turtlenecks

Stock up on these tissue-thin tees to wear under anything and everything. And while you can never go wrong with classic black, white or gray, we love how a patterned version pops under a colorful sweater or velvet dress.

Get the look: J.Crew turtleneck ($37); Alex Mill shirt ($95); Something Navy blazer ($99); Reiss skirt ($220); Sam Edelman boots ($240)

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Layer Blouses Under Dresses

Think in reverse and layer button-ups, blouses and thin sweaters under your favorite dresses instead of over them. Stick to bodysuits and slim-fit styles to avoid any unwanted bumps or lumps around your midsection.

Get the look: Express bodysuit ($60); Bella Dahl dress ($286); Adidas sneakers ($80)

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Try Two Sleek Jackets Instead of One Chunky Coat

Think outside the box when it comes to layering (and fighting the cold) by sporting a cropped puffer over a long trench or duster. On their own, each one might not be enough to get you warmly through your morning commute, but together they’ll provide just as much protection as your most aggressive winter puffer, just with a much cooler, more flattering finish.

Get the look: Wilfred puffer coat ($278); AllSaints trench coat ($498); Mango jumpsuit ($80); Madewell boots ($178)

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When in Doubt, Add a Belt

So, you’ve got your tissue-thin turtleneck, a flowy midi dress, a chunky cardigan and a pair of slouchy knee-high boots, and now you’re worried it’s all just a bit too much. Rather than pare down and brace yourself for the cold, pull out one of the oldest, most flattering style tricks in the book and cinch your waist with a contrasting belt.

Get the look: Vince turtleneck ($95); Sea dress ($395); Lou & Grey cardigan ($98); B-Low the Belt belt ($185); Stuart Weitzman boots ($400)

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