How To Dress Sexy Without Freezing Your Butt Off

We know we're not alone in our nostalgia for temperate spring days, bare ankles, and flowy skirts. Today's #ThrowbackThursday Instagrams seem to have a theme: sunshine, skin, and general warmth. This February, most of us in the U.S. (Hawaiians, Floridians, Arizonans, and Southern Californians, we see you gloating) are still packing on the layers — bracing for six more weeks of winter after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Monday. Still, we're not giving up on dressing sexy for nights out just because the weather forecast is less than optimal. Below, we're sharing five realistic ways to wear summery pieces — like crop tops, open-toed pumps, and cutout dresses — this winter, without fear of frostbite.
The Crop Top
Falling at our midriffs, crop tops aren't entirely functional when wind chills make the outside temperature feel like minus-20 degrees. Paired with high-waisted pants, though, a cropped silhouette is much more wearable, especially when you complete the outfit with a cropped jacket and ankle boots with lug soles. These days, you never know when extra traction will come in handy.
The Cutout Dress
We love dresses with those triangular cutouts below the bust as much as anyone, but they can look a bit silly when it's this cold outside. Our compromise: Try layering over a crisp, white turtleneck for a winter-ready feel. Put the finishing touches on with a roomy wool coat and nude booties. 
The Leather Miniskirt
Leather is a thick fabric — one that sees the most wear in the fall and winter months. Paired with a graphic sweater, lace-up boots, and a floor-length coat, this mini is an ideal piece for even the coldest days. Tights, however, are probably are a necessary addition.
The Backless Shirt
Who's to say what's seasonally appropriate? As long as you remember to layer, layer, and then layer some more, even seemingly impractical pieces become full of possiblity. Take backless shirts, for example: Style one with an insulating bomber jacket and high-rise jeans, and you've got the perfect getup for happy hour at your favorite neighborhood bar. 
The Open-Toed Pump
We're not above wearing open-toed shoes in the winter. We are, however, real about it. As long as you're adding socks or tights to your outfit, you're golden. No one likes a case of cold feet. 

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