‘Tis the Season for Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Photo by Sam Florio

During the holiday season, ugly is the new hot. Ugly Christmas sweaters have turned into a wardrobe staple for this time of year. I’m sure most of us have been to an ugly Christmas sweater party at one point or another, but if you’re new to this whole ordeal, not to worry, Valley will break down every aspect of this ever-so-popular trend.

If you’re wondering what the elements of an ugly Christmas sweater comprise of, for the most part, they are usually tacky to the extreme and bedecked with frolicking reindeer, candy canes, snowflakes and giant cartoon images of Santa’s face. Not to mention, they usually have tinsel and pompoms incorporated as well. If you’re extra lucky, you might even find a sweater that lights up. In this case, the tackier the sweater the better, but strictly under these circumstances only.

Now where can one purchase such a gem of a sweater you may be wondering? The best sweaters are usually free and come from either your mom or grandma’s closets. The second best option is to go thrift shopping, but if you’re going to do this, make sure to go way before the holiday season starts because these things will fly off the racks.

If you’re not the thrifting type, there are actual websites that do sell ugly Christmas sweaters for relatively cheap prices. Websites such as uglysweaterstore.com and myuglychristmassweater.com offer a wide variety of ugly sweaters, so you’ll be sure to get your fix and be the best dressed at the party.

But for all of you exceptionally crafty people out there who we’re envious of, there’s always that option to do a DIY ugly Christmas sweater and craft your own. All it takes is a trip to the craft store and a sweater you don’t mind “ruining” and you’re good to go.

There’s something about an ugly Christmas sweater that seems to bring out the best in people. So whether you’re planning to attend one of these parties or throwing one yourself, it always makes the holidays a little bit brighter and more enjoyable to be able to throw on an ugly Christmas sweater and have some good laughs with your friends.



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