Living: The Look Is Layered and Down Is Up

In New York's high-fashion circles, it is known as Chilly Chic. In less trendy zones, people call it common-sense clothing. Either way, fear of goose bumps has struck: like squirrels gathering nuts, Americans are collecting cozy clothes for a low-energy winter. Department stores report record sweater sales, up as much as 50% over last year. Quilted down coats and jackets have descended from snowy mountains to urban streets. A mannequin in a Los Angeles store window wears thermal underwear —and spike heels. "Anything that even looks warm is big," explains a Chicago fashion...

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