Steamy spring weather is still a few weeks away, but we're sick of wearing pants. It's time to bring back the dress! We'll show you how to keep warm while dressing up.

1. Meet the Sweater Dress: A cashmere or wool sweater dress is at once cozy and sexy, thanks to its figure-hugging fit. Victoria's Secret's turtleneck-topped style looks oh-so-chic with tights and tall black boots, while Ann Taylor's fuchsia Ruffle Neck Sweater Dress is a gorgeous option for date night -- but do wear a jacket, dear.

2. Layer It On: Dying to rescue your favorite sleeveless dress from the closet? Rely on simple basics to help you assemble a look that's season-appropriate. Just consider the cut of your dress before you start layering.

For strapless dresses, you can experiment with a tank underneath, but you're better off sticking to a jacket and a large knit scarf to protect your bare skin. Cotton scoopneck tees in solid colors -- or maybe a cute Parisian-style striped top if you're wearing an LBD -- can be worn underneath a dress, but make sure that the necklines don't compete with each other.

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If the dress is a sheath that isn't too revealing on top, you can try skipping a long-sleeve tee in favor of a hidden tank or cami. This will warm you up without interfering with the lines of the dress.

The same goes for long-sleeve shirtdresses -- keep it simple with a neutral tank underneath. Remember to use thin undershirts; heavy material will make you look bulky.

And if the dress is a revealing halter-neck or exceptionally risqué style (think cutouts or backless numbers), avoid layering underneath. Instead, you'll want to cover up with a warm top layer and coat.

3. Know Your Hose: Wear the tights. Even the best-looking gams on the planet don't look so hot when they're covered with goosebumps.

4. Cover Up: You'll definitely want a top layer between your dress and your coat. But rather than reaching for your standard black cardigan, mix it up with its cooler cousin: the boy's blazer. If you prefer the cardigan route, however, try a longer boyfriend-style version, which you can cinch with a leather belt for extra style points.

5. Put Your Foot First:
Winter calls for a sturdier, more substantial shoe. Tall boots (with or without a death-defying heel) are seductive and great at keeping the legs nice and toasty. Another favorite is a black ankle boot, which, together with black tights, creates a nice seamless line. If you're not feeling the boots, consider a high-heel Mary Jane, a classic closed-toe option that looks terrific with the frilly dress/tights combo.

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