Dress warm & still look cute

Dec 28, 2010 at 10:09 a.m. ET

As the temperature drops, you start piling on clothes. And though bulking up keeps you warm, winter clothing isn't always figure flattering. Follow these tips to dress warm and still look cute this winter.

Winter woman wearing hat, coat, boots1Concentrate on thin layers.

Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one big, bulky, heavy one -- and you'll look thinner, too. Start with a moisture-wicking t-shirt or tank underneath. The next layer should be a thin sweater that is designed to keep the cold air away from your skin. Place another sweater on top of that, if the weather is really cold. And then add the final layer: your overcoat. If the weather is wet, this should be a waterproof layer. If it's just cold, a wool coat or poncho will do.

2Pick the right coat.

Puffer coats are cute, but they make you look bulky. Instead, select a tailored coat that accentuates your shape. A flared or A-line coat is ideal if you're pear shaped, while a belted coat will emphasize your waistline.

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3Wear a hat.

You lose a great deal of body heat through your head, so always wear a hat in cold weather. Fortunately, winter hats are trendy right now, and you have plenty of adorable options to choose from. Instead of a basic black beanie, choose a slouchy wool beret, fleece bucket hat or faux-fur cloche.

4Skip the sweatshirts.

No matter how tempting it is to throw on a sweatshirt or hoodie in the winter, don't do it. If you want to look chic (even when you are casual), replace all your frumpy sweatshirts with cashmere sweaters and cozy cardigans. They are just as comfortable and oh-so-stylish. The great thing about sweaters and cardigans is you can dress them up or down. They look just as great with skinny jeans and booties as they do with a pencil skirt and knee-high boots.

5Live in boots.

Speaking of boots, you can practically live in them in the wintertime -- so throw your sneakers into the back of the closet and invest in a few pairs of fabulous boots. From trendy ankle booties to sexy over-the-knee boots, you are sure to find a perfect pair that fits your lifestyle and personality. Every woman should have one pair of classic knee-high boots in leather or suede with a medium heel. If you live in an icy area, consider boots with a wedge heel rather than a skinny stiletto so you'll be less apt to fall.

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