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!
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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!

Only Phillip Lim could make reindeer seem so avant-garde.

3.1 Phillip Lim Reindeer Sweater available at Net-a-Porter.com.

Marc Jacobs mixes cashmere and silver beads in a cardigan that would complement any Christmas tree.

Marc Jacobs Embellished Cardigan available at Net-a-Porter.com.

Topshop has a whole series of animals-as-Santa sweaters, but this little penguin just warms our hearts.

Topshop Penguin Jumper available at Topshop.com.

This Christopher Kane cardigan falls into the "looks like something my great aunt knit and I am being pressured to wear in front of her" category, which is a feeling I strongly associate with the holidays.

Christopher Kane Cardigan available at Opening Ceremony.

This is pretty literal.

PJ by Peter Jensen Dot Sweater available at Urban Outfitters.

Stella McCartney further proves that she possesses an innate power to transform typically hideous things into beautiful ones.

Stella McCartney Polar Bear Intarsia Sweater available on Net-a-Porter.com.

I imagine this is what Christmas wreaths look like in tropical climates.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Angora Pullover available at Colette.

OK, so llamas aren't traditionally related to Christmas, but look how cute they are!

Madewell Llama Love Sweater available at Madewell.

Preen provides a cubist take on the Christmas Sweater, complete with geometrically rendered star.

Preen Cashmere Sweater available at Shopbop.com.

Markus Lupfer has created Fashionista's ideal Christmas on a sweater. Aside from the obvious kitten and puppy, there are also sequins.

Markus Lupfer Wreath Pullover available on Net-a-Porter.com.

I think this is what it looks like if you kill the Grinch, dye him red, and then wear him as a pelt.

Joseph Crew Neck Tiger Sweater available at Shopbop.com.

Nothing says Christmas like a poncho.

Dolce Vita Knit Poncho available on Shopbop.com.

This is perfect for caroling. You'll be warm and channeling 1950s après-ski culture at the same time.

Jil Sander by Raf Simons Sweater available at Barneys New York.

Urban Outfitters is always there to provide a thoroughly disconcerting option.

BDG Pullover available at Urban Outfitters.