There are three types of “Ugly” Christmas Sweaters: Classy, Funny/Nostalgic, and down right Distasteful. The big secret about Ugly Christmas Sweaters is that they don’t actually have to be ugly, unless you are in a contest, then go for it.
The main thing we ask is that you avoid the distasteful ones. The holidays and holiday parties are not the time to wear clothing that is potentially offensive, actually that is not okay at any time. Most of these sweaters are just trying to be funny, but like that coworker at the party that has had one too many, they come on too strong. So no sweaters about bodily functions or organs, please and thank you.
Now onto the fun stuff:
This is how you do a clever theme sweater. Everyone will love a sweater that recalls a beloved Christmas classic or embraces the silliness of the season. Gnomes, Nutcrackers, Yeti, what-have-you, all are perfect sweater features, as long as they remain family friendly.
If you want to go a little more traditional or serious, here are some great options:
The go to traditional winter sweater is the Fair Isle. Make it a little more Christmas-y by adding a reindeer or moose. Small repeated patterns are also an easy way to class up your holiday themed garment.
A simple color pallet will also keep a whimsical sweater from veering into silly. Maroons, navy blues, and hunter greens are all traditional and flattering.
Interested in getting your own? Here are a few sites where I found a selection:
– Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=33255795&parentid=M_APP_SWEATERS#/