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We know it’s tempting to wear the same old athleisure from morning to night, particularly when those February temps creep into the 40s. (SoCal problems, right?) But with a teensy bit of planning and maybe a new item or two, you can majorly upgrade your winter layering sitch. Here, our tips on styling everything from tights to shawls—because friends don’t let friends just live in a hoodie.

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Distressed Jeans + Velvet Coat

Take your favorite artfully ratty denim and wear it under one of the newsy and ultra-comfy velvet dusters. It’s that high-low thing, done snuggly.

Get the look: Forever 21 ($48); Tularosa ($92); Free People ($170)

Bright Tights + Cocktail Dress

Your favorite summer dress looks and feels seasonally appropriate when you layer a bright, contrasting pair of tights underneath. (And FYI, colorful legwear is all over the runways right now.)

Get the look: Asos ($6); Hue ($15); Sarah Borghi ($28)

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Jeans + T-shirt + Drapey Pink Jacket

Freshen up a bleached-out look with a topper in the color we just can’t quit. The milliennial hue may have been de rigueur in 2017, but these days we’re gravitating toward more saturated fuchsias and peonies.

Get the look: H&M ($129); A&F ($140); Michael Michael Kors ($228)

Cropped Denim Jacket + Wide Leg Jeans

The short and boxy shape of the jacket balances the width of the jeans, and the jacket’s shorter length hints that you have a waist.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters ($79); Aritzia ($125); L’Agence ($290)

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Tissue Turtleneck + Maxi Dress

Let’s say you’ve got a favorite floaty dress (like this one) with a forgiving shape that enables all the lunch. However, the silky/filmy/sheer fabric is a bit too airy for a chilly morning. Wriggle into a lightweight layer underneath, then be on your way. (And don’t forget to order dessert.)

Get the look: J.Crew ($10); Everlane ($30); Reformation ($48)

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Sundress + Wrap

Hi, sundress. You’re so cute, but we really need something over our arms. You know, something that’s not a meh cardigan. So we’ll just be artfully draping and re-draping this length of fabric over our shoulders, K? Voilà: An outfit is born.

Get the look: Adrianna Papell ($69); Anthropologie ($298); Hermès ($780)

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