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Look hot in the cold with these stylish winter staples, from coats to boots

It's not easy to look stylish when you're trying to keep your body parts from freezing — especially when you're braving winter weather as you cart the kids to play dates, music class, school and sporting events.

The worst part is that winter clothing creates bulk. And because most of us already feel bigger than we want to, wearing sweaters and jackets that really do increase our size doesn't help our self-esteem. 

We scoured the stores to find some functional winter staples that are fashionable without being too bulky.

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The black panels running down the sides of this Guess coat from Dillard's ($139) create a slimming effect. That alone gets the Mommy Stylist seal of approval.

Unfortunately, most puffer coats have horizontal quilting lines, which only add width. Fortunately, Calvin Klein made this coat ($129.99 at Macy's) with slimming diagonal lines as well as a narrow waist, which accentuates curves.

Don't be put off by the price tag on these Lululemon Studio Pants ($118). They are worth the investment because you will live in them.

They come lined or unlined, and they are unbelievably comfortable. Plus the wide waistband prevents muffin top, and the pants don't pill or fade. Oh, and they're super cute and flattering. Are you sold yet?

Bonus: Lululemon offers free hemming with a two-day turnaround.

Another pair of pants that offer unparalleled comfort are Lululemon's Wunder Unders ($82), the softest, most flattering leggings you'll ever slide on. Like the Studio Pants, these have a wide waistband and last forever. The free hemming applies to all Lululemon pants, so take advantage of the service if you need it.

This UGG riding boot ($205.99 at Zappos.com) is just as easy to throw on as the classic style we all know and love — only this boot is infinitely more sophisticated.

We love the vintage yet modern look of these Steve Madden riding boots from Zappos ($149.95). They work with all your casual outfits, and they can be dressed up a bit for the office or a meeting at school. Try them with a pair of skinny khaki pants, a colorful fitted top and a black blazer.

On those colder-than-usual days — or for those occasional Dallas snow flurries — you need a heartier everyday boot. But you don't have to sacrifice style for functionality. These Khombu kicks ($71.99 at Zappos) keep your feet dry and toasty.

These Columbia boots ($80) from Zappos are cute, versatile and functional. What more could a busy mom want? You look fashionable without even thinking about it.

Cozy up with this Michael Stars pink and gray scarf ($39.99) from Piperlime. Keep it on after you get inside for a fun pop of color.

Leopard print is as versatile as it is stylish, and a little accessory goes a long way. This scarf ($25) amps up any solid-colored ensemble.

These gloves from Nordstrom ($34.50) may be just what busy moms need. The rubber grips keep fingers from slipping on a steering wheel, and the fabric works with touch screens, so no more having to pull them off to answer the phone. Thanks to ruched cuffs, they're dressier than ski gloves but more casual than leather — perfect for running errands and carpool days.

Stripes are a big trend this year but they can be unforgiving on the body. Instead, try wearing accessories that incorporate the pattern, like these Isotoner gloves ($28.95) from Amazon. The touch-screen-friendly fabric ensures warm texting fingers.