This Style Hack Is The Secret To Smart Winter Layering

Stylish people love the talk of layering, but, truth be told, layering successfully isn’t as effortless as it looks in the wintertime. A few misplaced layers can quickly send your carefully planned ensemble into puffland — and, as people who have been there many times before, we can attest that it’s not so much cozy as it is stuffy and uncomfortable.

That’s where the DIY catsuit comes in, our favorite cold-weather wardrobe hack for layering smartly and stylishly. This base is comprised of just one long-sleeve top and one pair of leggings from Cuddl Duds (you can find them at Macy’s), which serve as the foundation for all winter looks. And unlike an actual one-piece catsuit, these warm separates are versatile and easy on their own, meaning you can wear them as they are. As proof, ahead are three ways to mix and match these on-the-go essentials for wherever your day takes you. Your winter dressing woes have been solved.


Yes, you most certainly can wear pencil skirts in the wintertime. Instead of flimsy tights, opt for a pair of high-waisted Cuddl Duds leggings — these are made with a super-soft microfleece fabric and have a hint of stretch. On top, layer a crewneck sweater over a form-fitting turtleneck for extra coziness.

Cuddl Duds Fleecewear Top, $28, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Softwear Stretch Long-Sleeve Turtleneck, $32, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Stretch Fleece Leggings, $28, available at Macy’s


If you like your bottoms to have softness and texture, these velour leggings feel as luxurious as they look — plus, they can double as regular skinny pants. Amp up the long-sleeve and turtleneck combo with a slick and shiny jacket.

Cuddl Duds Double Plush Velour Long-Sleeve Crew-Neck Top, $36, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Softwear Stretch Long-Sleeve Turtleneck, $32, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Double Plush Velour Wide-Waistband Leggings, $36, available at Macy’s


Since a pop of color is always appreciated in the winter, why not let hints of blue peek through a day-to-night shirtdress? Tuck the long-sleeve top into a pair of high-waisted leggings for a streamlined look, and slip the dress over the catsuit for a wear-and-go vibe.

Cuddl Duds Women’s Softwear Stretch Long Sleeve Crew Shirt, $32, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Softwear Stretch Leggings, $32, available at Macy’s

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