Over the past few years, holiday parties celebrating all that is hideous, sequined, and Christmas-themed have cropped up all over the country. And the dress code is sweaters – the uglier the better. But if you want to stand out in a sea of tacky knitwear and take home the ugliest sweater prize, (oh yes, there's a prize,) you'll have to dig a lot deeper than a plain old Santa sweatshirt - or the reindeer knits worn by Colin Firth in Bridget Jones. This type of shopping calls for Ebay. Our favorite knitted uglies include a navy acrylic number featuring hugging reindeers wrapped in an attached faux scarf, and a tomato red, zip-up turtleneck cardigan depicting a family of caroling penguins. You can always tone down your crazy Christmas shirt with tight black leggings and high-heeled boots, especially if dressing up for parties comes second in your book to flirting. But of course, if you're too cool to really participate in the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Party, you can always show up in Chanel's adorable Penguin take.
14 Designer Versions of the 'Ugly' Christmas Sweater
Taking fuddy duddy, traditionally American things and turning them into high fashion seems to be a budding trend. (See: Glamping.) The latest target of the luxury fashion world's makeover is everyone's favorite holiday tradition: The Christmas Sweater. Somewhere between classy (as defined by Derek Blasberg) and campy (as defined by Corky St. Clair) is this list of Christmas sweaters from big name designers like Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs. It's the best new mix of high and low, plus you'll probably wear these Christmas sweaters again, as opposed to the one your mom made you with yarn and a hot glue gun. (Sorry, Mom!) Check out the festive options available for Christmas and get in the holiday spirit!