Dressing in cozy layers is cute in theory, but the reality is a hot sweaty mess. In an effort to combat chilling temperatures, you pile puffy jackets and thick sweaters on already warm thermals. By the time you're ready to leave the house, you feel like that poor kid from A Christmas Story, packed so tightly in cold weather wear that only your eyes move freely. Not only is the look immobilizing, it's hot as hell â especially when you walk briskly or take one step inside a warm room. Cue hot flash. See also: How to get through the entire winter without wearing a bra Avoid showing up to work like an abominable sweat-ball by incorporating these key pieces into your winter wardrobe. 1. Performance undies Image: www.barenecessities.comStaying comfortable in layers is all about starting with the right foundation. Knixwear offers sexy underwear that works hard for you. The colorful stretch lace is crafted from moisture-wicking cotton to keep you feeling dry down below. Even when things start to heat up, the gusset's built in anti-microbial technology fights to kill unwanted odors. 2. Breathable bra Image: www.wickem.comWick'em's bra liners add technology to your favorite undergarments. Available in cups sizes A through G, these soft accessories can be inserted beneath any bra. Their "high-tech moisture management" fabric comes in black and nude and promises to banish underboob sweat. 3. Bye bye, pit stains Image: www.Uniqlo.com Instead of a waffle knit thermal, wear Uniqlo's Airism t-shirt as your base layer. The top's super fine fibers keep the garment lightweight, while it's innovative "dry technology" and "anti-odor" properties help prevent smelly pit stains. 4. Streamlined vest Weighing only 5.6 ounces, Patagonia's ultra thin vest won't drag you down. The sleeveless style keeps you toasty at the core but but also alleviates unwanted bulk under your arms and allows extra heat to escape near your shoulders. 4. Cooling pants Image: www.brrr.com When you're wearing a long down coat, leave the fleece-lined pants at home. Instead try Brrr!'s black tapered joggers. They're great for work or play and will leave your skin feeling refreshed. The company's secret cooling technology helps to wick away moisture and draw excess heat away from the body. 5. Toasty socks Image: www.jcpenny.comStop wearing multiple pairs of socks to prevent your toes from freezing. Columbia's moisture control knits will keep you warm while pulling perspiration away from your feet if they do begin to sweat. 6. Weather-proof leather Image: www.davrain.comWalking in heavy snow boots can feel like you're dragging cement blocks around. Unless you're hiking through thigh-high snow, opt for a weatherproof leather boot like dav's ankle style. The fabric's sealed seams will keep your feet dry in mild precipitation and will pair well with your outfit, so there's no need to tote along a change of shoes. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.