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How to layer without looking bulky

Bobby Schuessler is a New York City-based fashion and beauty writer, contributing to brands like E!, Us Weekly, Glamour, Lucky, Men's Health and of course, SheKnows.

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Layering is a winter must. But trust us, there's an art to bundling up without looking bulky. So we turned to 10 of our favorite celeb fashionistas to school us on how to properly layer up this season.


The snow is falling, the temp is dropping and you somehow have to look effortlessly chic bundled up under a mound of warm duds. Sound familiar? We thought so. And while remaining posh under those layers seems impossible, our favorite leading ladies from Katherine Heigl to Jessica Chastain prove to us that you can look great (and not bulky) when you're layering this winter.


Jessica Alba

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Jessica makes her large, boxy pea coat feminine with skinny jeans and girly flats.


Nicole Richie

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Nicole's bare legs (with nude tights) break up her frame from the bulky overcoat.


Jessica Chastain

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Jessica's all-black outfit is instantly slimming — even with a long coat, sweater and trousers.


Katharine McPhee

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Katharine's menswear-inspired topper with narrow lapels elongates her frame, making her appear tall and slender — even with a shirt underneath.


Olivia Palermo

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Olivia's different proportions (e.g., a long-sleeve cardigan underneath a fur 3/4-length coat) dream up a visually interesting outfit — pulling focus away from the extreme layering.


Florence Welch

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Florence's massive fur-accented coverall with A-line detailing creates that so-wanted hourglass silhouette.


Nicole Scherzinger

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Nicole offsets her oversize sweater and coat with skin-tight leather leggings.


Victoria Beckham

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Posh Spice's over-the-shoulder coat streamlines her layered silhouette by avoiding volume on her arms.


Katherine Heigl

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Katherine's double-breasted buttons lengthen her shape, which distract the eye from any bulk from a baggy sweater in the midsection.


Leighton Meester

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Leighton's coat with tie detailing cinches her in, creating that desired tapered waistline.

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Get the look: Nicole Richie's gym style

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