January 15th, 2015 at 2:00am

Baby it’s cold outside! This means it’s time to bundle up and embrace the chilly temperatures. Instead of opting for sweatpants and sweatshirts, take advantage of layering to create a warm, fashionable outfit. Are you dying to wear that cute dress you’ve had tucked away in your closet? Pile on some layers and you’ll be good to go!

Layering is your best friend in winter when it’s too cold outside and too hot inside classrooms, libraries and restaurants. The one thing to remember about layering is essentials. That means having basic, go-to items in your wardrobe that transition easily from outfit to outfit. Essentials can range from a basic T-shirt to your favorite cotton dress.

This Fashionista starts her layering equation with a simple skater dress and a belt to highlight the waist. Then she paired black thick tights to protect her legs, as well a pair of cream knit leg warmers. To add some extra flare, be creative with tight options and mix and match textures. By contrasting colors such as black and white, your outfit can appear to be crisp, clean and flattering. The final step in this equation is adding a fitted jacket like this Fashionista did.

The fabulous thing about this outfit is how versatile it is for almost any occasion. It’s perfect to wear to an interview, date or class and can go from day to night.

So do you think you have what it takes to be a layering master? I think you do! To achieve this look, grab a basic skater dress like this and add a cardigan. Grab some tights and a jacket for extra layering. Finally, add a thick scarf and you will be ready to combat any harsh weather conditions.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Skirts and dresses don’t only have to be for summer. Throw on a chunky sweater and tights to transform your favorite summer pieces to winter looks.”