Ugly Christmas sweaters make a statement
And no, I don’t mean it in an oft-used Vogue fashion editor language kind of a way. Ugly Christmas sweaters truly, genuinely make a statement in every sense of the word. It’s possibly the only surviving irony in fashion – to be intentionally unfashionable in order to be fashionable. Kind of like the 90s plaid shirts, but the plaid shirts are no more anti-fashion today as they were back then.
Ugly Christmas sweaters though, continue to be, well, not pretty. But surprisingly, that’s the USP of these outfits. Being ugly is the only claim to fame they have. Which is why they are statement makers and not just sweaters. They’re like the celebration of tradition and nostalgia of wearing that hideous sweater you granny would knit for you (like no thanks granny, why would you work so hard for nothing!) or the one your mom enthusiastically picked up from a vintage store she “discovered”, confident that you’d love it at first sight! And since ‘tis the season to be jolly, you give in to their questionable demands and spend an entire holiday looking like Colin Firth in that one scene from Bridgette Jones’ Diary.
Ugly Christmas Sweaters –fashion’s most unfashionable darling
But as you grow up, ugly Christmas sweaters start meaning so much more. And that is exactly what this practice signifies. So if you’ve seen a video of your favorite Youtuber Marzia get together with Felix and their friends, DIY-ing perfectly good looking sweaters to make them ugly, wondering WTF, remember what I said earlier –it’s a statement. A nod to the fact that it is okay to look ugly if that concept even exists. Those certain feelings like nostalgia and the memories of family gatherings in the holiday season are more valuable than the present-time obsession with looking perfect. Yes, you want to have a good laugh with turning out unattractive at a party, but it is more about continuing a tradition that only unwittingly became funny.
The result is that even high-end brands are joining in on making your holiday sweaters ugly, showcasing them on the runway and stocking them in their stores. And while most of us do not have that kind of budget, I have listed some pocket-friendly options here, courtesy budget buy destination, GAMISS. Pick your favorite ugly Christmas sweater:
Women’s Ugly Christmas Sweaters – the list at a glance
Crew Neck Tinsel Ball Christmas Sweater –I’m starting with a bang here with the chunkiest and ugliest option (but that’s the point, isn’t it?). Tinsel balls and Christmas garlands involved; need I say more?
Printed Long Christmas Hoodie – This is a more pared down take on ugly Christmas sweaters. This hoodie is functional and warm and dare I say, sassy!
Cartoon Snowman Galaxy Print Christmas Hoodie –This is an ugly Christmas sweater alright, but also kinda cute. You can actually wear this on coffee nights with friends.
Jingle Bells Graphic Christmas Sweatshirt –This sweatshirt is an almost-fashionable one. Minus the silly Christmas graphic print that is. But still a good ugly Christmas option you can get more use out of.
Rhinestone Christmas Tree Kangaroo Pocket Hoodie –Behold the coziest holiday sweater on the list. That’s one really good thing about ugly Christmas sweaters. They’re truly comfortable.
Asymmetrical Space Dyed Christmas Sweater Dress –The silhouette on this sweater dress is so chic! The Christmassy details (in ugly fonts nonetheless), though, makes it eligible for this list.
Christmas Crew Neck Snowman Jacquard Sweater –This sweater is truly reminiscent of the old times. Many of you might even recall wearing one of these as a kid, so it kind of serves the purpose.
Women’s Ugly Christmas Sweaters – a detailed review
This sweater doesn’t hold back on its claim of being one of the ugly Christmas sweaters at all! The details are truly outrageous and you’d definitely not miss it in a crowd! Perfect for a theme party.
The green, red and gold colors are truly Christmassy.
Has a nice, DIY/ handmade feel to it which makes it stand out from other designs.
The length and the fit are super snug, so even if it is outrageous in design, you’d still be able to flaunt the body you worked all year for (of course you’d also lose it during the holiday season but eh whatever)
There is no way you can wear them outside of the holiday season. Absolutely no way at all.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
As mentioned earlier, this really is your basic hooded tee-shirt dress made into an ugly Christmas sweater with some graphically printed deets. It is unmistakable Christmassy though, with the slogan and the reindeer and snowflake images. But it is also toned down enough for you to wear it from, say, an ugly Christmas party to a non-theme house party later.
A very versatile option in the niche of ugly Christmas sweaters. There would be no need to change into theme-wear when hopping from one party to another.
A hooded tee-shirt dress is such a must-have during winter! The best outfit to stay warm while for running errands in.
A little too basic, maybe? (Maybe the slogan should have read: Merry Christmas, Basic Bitches)YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
I’ll say it again, this is a freakin’ adorable design for an ugly Christmas sweater. Made of polyester, it’s not too much, yet explicitly holiday-wear too. The color combination is a tasteful white and gray with red accents (hello cutesy little Santa snowmen!) and is a comfy jumper to wear all through the winter.
The cute Santa and reindeer design. Did you notice the “shadow” details? I wonder if it has some kind of a significant message here.
Comfortable turtle-neck hoodie silhouette.
I’m a little biased with this one, you guys. Don’t really see any con to speak of.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
What I love the most about this sweatshirt is that you can style it in so many ways. It has that basic black sweatshirt thing going on about it but is still Christmassy enough as well as trendy enough to pair with a nice jeans and jacket combo.
Endless styling options. Jeans, skirts, shorts or skorts –you can work this baby with everything.
The snug fit is another plus and doesn’t make you look too bulky. Especially combined with all the winter layers of clothing.
The price! For 11 dollars, it’s a steal.
I’m not a big fan of the shine on the fabric, but that’s a personal choice. If you like it, go for it, because it really is quite versatile.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
This ugly Christmas sweater is a quirky pick because it’s actually printed but looks knitted. So it has that whole holiday vibe going on already with the chunky knit print. However, the rhinestone-studded Christmas tree is what makes it a real contender for the list of ugly Christmas sweaters.
The knit print makes it a two-in-one –two feelings in one sweatshirt. One is of the nostalgia from the past. And two is of the convenience of the present. Win!
This sweatshirt is perfect for those who want to join in the tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, but also don’t want anything too experimental and outrageous.
If you like your prints and knits to be separately compartmentalized, you won’t approve of this obviously.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
If you’re familiar with the concept of Hygge, you’ll find that this knitted sweater dress perfectly falls under that trend. For the uninitiated, Hygge is the Danish lifestyle of cozy minimalism and has been a big trend for some time now. As for this sweater dress, it is both cozy and minimal due to its soft color palette. Even the knitted Christmas tag and the snowflake designs are kept discreet.
A fashionista’s answer to the ugly ugly Christmas sweaters I guess. This one is stylish while being Christmassy, and effortlessly so.
The space dye in soft pastel shades of powder blue and muted red is a huge attraction for me. Ges perfectly with the aforementioned Hygge trend.
Not the right pick for you if you like your Christmas sweaters really, really ugly.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
The throwback vibe on this sweater is unmistakable. Also, it is a rather cute option for those who like things a little conventional –neither too ugly nor too bland. This sweater, with the snowman pattern and the fun scarf applique detail, fits the bill perfectly.
A respectable option for holiday wear. No one’s ever gonna question your selection.
The fit is the real deal. It’s almost like a summer sweatshirt, the way it hugs the body.
The color combination, too, is very classic Christmas.
I don’t want to say it like it’s a bad thing, but you’re probably playing safe here. Not having as much fun as say the fuzzy Christmas garland detail one listed above.YES, SHOW ME THE BEST PRICE RIGHT NOW!
Do you have ugly Christmas sweater ideas of your own? Are you buying or DIY-ing your this year? And we’d love to know any funny ugly Christmas sweaters stories you might have from back in the days, so let us know in the comments below!