Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ll have come to appreciate the concept of the “ugly Christmas sweater.” Office parties, get togethers with friends and family traditions now commonly feature these festive threads. Across the board, there is an unspoken goal of doing one’s very best to find the ugliest sweater - battery operated, tinsel incorporated, full-on wool monsters - the more ridiculous the better.
Running with the premise that it’s possible to make a paper bag look pretty with the right accessories, today we focus on ways to wear Christmas Sweaters without having the Christmas Sweater look like its wearing you.
Of course we love to participate, but an ugly sweater does not an ugly outfit make.
For as much as ugly Christmas Sweaters try to be the one and only star in the show, the trick is not to let them be the only performer on stage. Treat the sweater like the main act in an outfit, but make sure you throw in a couple of supporting roles.
Getting the Reindeer Right -
Take a look at how we’ve managed to make thisslightly ugly sweater we found for a steal at Bootlegger, ridiculously cute. We’ve added in an extra layer under the sweater a -la- denim button up, a cute leather jacket and an adorable little chapeau to take this look over the top. We’ve paired the festive look with a basic black pencil to provide a touch of fancy to this festive frock. Like we said - supporting roles.
Let it Snowflake Sweater
Perhaps a bit less over the top, we love this Slowflake Sweater from the men’s section in Old Navy for its staying power. Wearable post the Christmas season, but still out there enough to earn you a purple participation ribbon, this sweater takes you past holiday gatherings, and straight through to as long as there’s snow on the ground. . . so basically May, because. . .Canada. We love pairing this boyfriend sweater along side of an unbuttoned denim shirt on top of distressed denim jeans for those casual gatherings, or adding a touch of holiday panache with a pretty liquid legging.