Oftentimes, we talk about clothes as armor. But what about using fashion not to protect against a (metaphorical) battle axe, but to bring your inner strength out?

That’s what we’re trying to accomplish here, with some fall outfits intended to boost your mood, keep you cozy and snug, and brighten up the ever-shortening days ahead. How, though? A highly specialized type of knowledge about fabrics, cuts, and human psychology that, together, we like to call…good styling.

As you’ll see ahead, each look does have its own methodology, but all four begin with Cuddl Duds as a warmth-retaining base layer, key for building the snuggliest, happiest-making looks. Keep clicking to find out how we’ve put together these feel-good ensembles, from a sharp, monochromatic combo that’s like a hit of Confidence Juice, to a mixed-print coffee-run fit that feels like a wearable hug.

Start with the softest leggings we’ve ever encased our legs in, then use their check pattern as a jumping-off point to do some subtle print-mixing. Bundling yourself in a whole lot of warm textures that feel nice against your skin = “Wow, I could be in a cocoon right now.”

Cuddl Duds Softwear High-Waist Leggings, $, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds 3-Pk. Crew Socks, $, available at Macy’s

Mango Hooded Flowy Sweatshirt, $, available at Macy’s

Avec Les Filles Python-Print Faux-Fur Coat, $, available at Macy’s

Adidas Nizza Platform Casual Sneakers, $, available at Macy’s

There’s nothing like a luxe-looking black–and-white look to project power and put-togetherness, even if your insides are, shall we say, jumbled up. The anchor here is a crisp white turtleneck (that’s still ultra-soft), complemented by slick surfaces and impeccable cuts.

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

DKNY Oversized Faux-Leather Puffer Coat, $, available at Macy’s

Levi’s 715 Bootcut Jeans, $, available at Macy’s

Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone Pavé Crystal 17″ Toggle Collar Necklace, $, available at Macy’s

Steve Madden Gale Studded Lug-Sole Booties, $, available at Macy’s

A long-sleeve, cheetah-print crew and leggings keep you comfortably temperature-controlled while the rest of your special-occasion fit consists of a voluminous minidress and some Fun Accessories. Color, pattern, and pouf — it’d be mighty hard to be glum in a mix like this.

Cuddl Duds Softwear Long-Sleeve Crewneck Top, $, available at Macy’s

Cuddl Duds Softwear High-Waist Leggings, $, available at Macy’s

Free People Violet Mini Dress, $, available at Macy’s

Nine West Medium Arde Lace-Up Lug Sole Combat Booties, $, available at Macy’s

Kate Spade Large Scalloped Hoop Earrings, $, available at Macy’s

For another option on the theme “portable duvet,” we’ve got super-warm leggings paired with a snuggly puffer, fleecy fabrics, and a kicky skirt for feeling cute (and comfy) in cold weather.

Cuddl Duds Ultra Cozy Leggings, $, available at Macy’s

Avec Les Filles Wrap Puffer Coat, $, available at Macy’s

Mango Fine-Knit Sweater, $, available at Macy’s

Calvin Klein X-Fit Belted Plaid Mini Skirt, $, available at Macy’s

Circus by Sam Edelman Sanders Lug Sole Hiker Boots, $, available at Macy’s

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