The Perfect Outfit: 4 Tricks For Cold-Weather Layering

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Leave it to some savvy women to turn crazy weather patterns into a fashionable opportunity. While we haven't quite solved the snow-boot issue (will someone please create a chic waterproof hiking heel??), we're taking a tip from these four girls on how to be more creative when layering for inclement weather (which these days, is everyday). Part instinct, part anything-goes, getting the mix of fabrics and textures just right is the key. And whether it's a lace dress or your favorite flannel, piling on a little mix-and-match variety will help save that Michelin man look for another day.

1. Don't limit layering winter fashion looks to just your top-half—slip on some cozy thigh-high socks over your opaque tights.

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Above, clockwise from left: Photo by Mr. Newton; Rag & Bone Noel Coat, $695, available at La Garçonne; Express Banded Miniskirt, $59.50, available at Express; Jonathan Aston Ribbed Over-The-Knee Socks, $7.50, available at The Outnet; Chinese Laundry Kopin Heels, $69.99, available at Piperlime. Also check out our roundup of holiday party dresses to keep you looking chic!

2. Do consider a really dense, warm sweater coat as a stand-in for something more traditional.

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Above, clockwise from left: Photo by Lianna Tarantin; White Shirt Ann Demeulemeester Cotton Stand-Away Collar Shirt, $215, available at FarFetch; ABS Pearl Cluster Necklace, $95, available at Max & Chloe; Alexander Wang Wooly Drop-Crotch Pants, $294, available at La Garçonne; byCorpus Popcorn Sweater, $68, available at Urban Outfitters; Rag & Bone Newbury Boot, $495, available at La Garçonne.


3. Do keep warm layers from looking too heavy by playing around with pale tones and cool neutrals.

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Above, clockwise from left: Photo by Mr. Newton; The Limited Faux Fur Scarf, $16.99, available at The Limited; Alloy Hooded Wool Peacoat, $49.99, available at Alloy; Topshop Vintage-Inspired Lace Dress, $90, available at Topshop; Rag & Bone Combat Boots, $495, available at La Garçonne; French Connection Wool Tights, $15, available at French Connection; Topshop Leather Pouch Cross Body Bag, $55, available at Topshop.


4. Do use your love-worn flannel as a more playful take on the cardigan.

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Above, clockwise from left: Photo by Nick Wolf; Rebel Yell Bonjour Tee, $68, available at Kitson; Rachel Comey Wrap Scarf, $137.20 (was $196), available at La Garçonne; Deux Lux Tuxedo Ruffle Tote, $68, available at Urban Outfitters; Carvela Sprint Flat Ankle Boots, $248.52, available at Asos; Just A Cheap Shirt Plaid Boyfriend Button-Front Shirt, $48, available at Bluefly.