By Priya Rao
Updated Oct 14, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
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In the winter, staying warm and looking cute seem to be on opposite sides of the fashion spectrum. Sure, you can throw a parka over any sleeveless top and jeans, but then you feel like a blob. Likewise, a slip of a dress may look sexy, but you wouldn't last more than a few minutes outside. The makings of a killer cold weather ensemble is to take into consideration the temperature, but not to sacrifice the tricks that always make you look good, such as fit and fabric. Ahead, we show you how to face the arctic chill in style.

Don't Lose Your Shape

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A long-sleeve, deep-V dress is the ultimate in cold weather dressing. The plunge neckline shows some skin, while the body skimming, midi-length accentuates all of your curves. Continue the covered-up vibe with an over-the-knee boot (the dove gray color takes it out of Pretty Woman territory), and finish with a softly draped robe coat.

Shop: Tibi coat, $995; Stuart Weitzman boot, $798; Wilfred Free Abby dress, $80;

Strategically Show Skin

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Pairing second-skin knits together offers the same fitted effect as our long-sleeve dress, but is even more practical because it is easy to recreate with many of your own wardrobe staples. A turtleneck is cozy and on-trend, and a knee-grazing skirt reveals your sexy legs. Offset the streamlined silhouette with a chunky, motorcycle jacket with a cool, fuzzy collar.

Shop: Maje coat, $1,045; Ann Taylor turtleneck, $70; Coach boot, $375; Zara skirt, $16;

Create a Long Lean Line from Head to Toe

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Yes, head-to-toe black is slimming. It’s a fashion truism for a reason, but make your legs look even longer by marrying a luxe leather pant with a spiked ankle boot. A suede-like trench coat is not only a fun texture play with the pants, but the heftier weight will keep you warmer longer.

Shop: Warehouse top, $75; Asos boot, $81; Rag & Bone pants, $990; H&M jacket, $70;