Seven Cozy Layers That Equal One Winter Puffer

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Staying warm sans puffer takes some serious layering skills. Click through to get some now.


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Start with a thin—not flimsy—camisole.

Look for flesh-colored wool, silk and cashmere in a finely gauged knit. It'll cost way more than your average Hanes three pack, but is so worth it—you'll be about a million times toastier with no extra bulk.
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Add blousey-fit button-down.

The tunic length is key because you want it to peek beneath other layers. Bonus points for a cute print!
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Sweater number one: Slightly shrunken, not too heavy.

But not too light, either! Just avoid chunky texture, like pom-poms or cabling, and you'll be safe from weird scrunchiness later on. Also: stay far away from cotton and linen—there's a reason people wear those in the summer.
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Time for a chunky coat-like cardigan.

If Mr. Rogers would wear it, you're golden.


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Add some non-poufy outerwear.

I'm totally Team Anorak: it's loose enough to to accommodate all those extra layers, yet remarkably streamlined.
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Hello, cozy vest!

Sleeveless fur has all the snugglyness of a full coat but provides a much better shape. (Plus you won't have to worry about your arm hairs getting caught in the elevator. The worst!)


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The cherry on top.

Finish your look with a big chunky something that complements layer number three's color scheme. It's a tiny touch, but really pulls the whole look together.
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The myth of the non-puffy puffer coat is something I refuse to perpetuate this winter. I mean, c'mon, it's right there in the name: Puffer. Coat.

However, even if you've stumbled across my humble story in search of non-bulky outerwear, don't close this window just yet—there is another way to achieve down-jacket-level warmth without sacrificing your shape. All you need is seven key items and a light lesson in layering—click through the slideshow above for both right now.

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