The Secret To Layering For Warmth Without Looking Bulky

Most people think that style has to be sacrificed for real warmth; the reasoning being that to really feel comfortable in colder weather, you've got to layer up at least three deep on top, and two layers on bottom, and just be okay with looking like a dumpling. But believe it or not, layering doesn't have to be synonymous with bulk, especially when you utilize slimmer, heat-retaining materials.

The looks ahead may not stand up to the next Snowpocalypse, but they'll certainly ease your transition from "Ah, I love the slight chill in the air" to "Oh, it's winter now." And all without you having to pile on a bunch of awkward layers. Thanks to heat-technology staples and a few smart styling tricks, you can be layered for the in-between season without feeling totally suffocated. Read on for five simple ways to do it.
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The Toasty Turtleneck
Uniqlo's slim HeatTech turtleneck can keep you just as warm as a chunky sweater. It's perfect to wear under a structured, menswear-inspired blazer coat, without the shape getting all wonky due to sleeves that don't sit right underneath. Add some statement velvet flares on bottom and a little sparkle with a glittery boot, and a cute beanie to really seal in the heat up top.
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The Heat-Generating Leggings
Heat-retaining leggings are a total lifesaver during the colder months, and they can be easily slipped on under any of your favorite jeans or pants without much added bulk. That way, you can wear your on-trend sheer sparkly turtleneck on top without worrying that you'll freeze to death. Finish off the look with a sleek and versatile gray overcoat and some retro ankle boots, and consider this your uniform for the chillier months to come.
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The Smart Base Layer

​The last thing that comes to mind when you think about warm and cozy clothing is a tank top, but think again. Thanks to sweat-wicking technology and a super-soft feel, you'll appreciate having this advanced layer closest to your skin on cold days. Pair the Oakley top with sporty trainers and a knit beanie for the perfect on-the-go look.
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The Therma-Vest
An easy way to up the warmth of your trendy bomber jacket is to layer a heat-trapping vest underneath, like this one from Nike. Its Therma Sphere fabric promises to keep the heat in and the cold out, so all you need is a breathable graphic tee as your base layer. Zip the vest up so that the contrasting collar peeks out from under the bomber, and not only do you have the athleisure look down pat, but you're able to wear your cool-but not-actually-warm jackets without feeling the chill.
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The Long-Sleeve Lifesaver
Sleeveless coats can be confusing to style — they're super chic, but not very practical considering a coat gets a lot less warm when you chop the sleeves off. A basic HeatGear long-sleeve shirt is the perfect layer for underneath this difficult trend item. Tuck it into a graphic midi-skirt, scrunch up the sleeves, then finish off the outfit with quirky black accessories, like this statement bag and sporty sneaker.
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