How to Stay Warm Without Looking Bulky

How to Stay Warm Without Looking Bulky
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Layering your clothes isn't rocket science, or is it? Because temps are constantly fluctuating this time of year, it can be tricky. As involved as this process might seem, it’s also the best of both worlds: You can wear that kick ass cutout skirt that you wore all summer over a pair of slim trousers; you can layer that tunic with a fine knit turtleneck. Finding the perfect combo that will keep your proportions in check? That’s the hard part.

Below, we break down five fall layering ideas that will keep you warm when you're cold and cool when you're hot—without looking bulky.

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Wear a Thin Turtleneck Under a Belted Tunic

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Turtlenecks are a must-have for fall. For an extra dose of warmth, wear one under a belted sleeveless tunic, which will cinch in your waist.

Get the Look: Topshop tunic, $60; topshop.com. J.Crew turtleneck, $75; jcrew.com. Theory pants, $275; theory.com. Clare V. pouch, $215; shopbop.com. IRO sneakers, $405; shopbop.com.

Try an Open Slit-Skirt Over Slim Toursers

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This one may seem complicated, but it's all about the style skirt you choose. You need something that is streamlined, but detailed enough that it will stand out. This cutout Tibi option hits all the marks. It's also best to work with pieces in the same hue; this is no time for kooky color combinations.

Ge the Look: H&M pants, $35; hm.com. Tibi skirt, $625; tibi.com. Uniqlo tee, $13; uniqlo.com. Vince wedges, $450; vince.com.

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Add a Waist Coat for an Extra Layer of Warmth

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Waist coats are proving to be a fashion staple. Embrace the shape and wear it under your coat for an extra layer—the silhouette is so steamlined that it won't add any volume to your look. The best part? You'll actually be able to bend your arms.

Get the Look: BCBGMAXAZRIA waistcoat, $412; harrods.com. Warehouse tee, $21; warehouse.com. Rebecca Taylor coat, $650; rebeccataylor.com. Elizabeth and James culottes, $345; net-a-porter.com. Forever 21 sunglasses, $10; forever21.com. Zara ankle boots, $60; zara.com.

Define Your Waist by Wearing a Bustier Top Over a Dress

The fit of the dress will make this look sink or swim. You need a fluid style made of a fine material. The bustier should fit comfortably on top, so that the dress won't bunch up. Try this with longer midi styles, which will futher elongate your frame.

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Get the Look: Stella McCartney bustier, $695; farfetch.com. Zara dress, $70; zara.com. Tory Burch booties, $450; toryburch.com.

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Layer Outerwear the Right Way by Playing with Proportions

Wearing two jackets at once is an easy fix to keeping warm. Wear a fitted jacket—like a denim style—underneath a duster coat. The two complement each other perfectly.

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Get the Look: Warehouse coat, $249; warehouse.com. Mango denim jacket, $50; mango.com. Mango sweater, $45; mango.com. Jonathan Simkhai skirt, $340; intermixonline.com. H&M ankle boots, $50; hm.com.

 
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