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14th of December 2018

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Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater Shopping

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If I had to boil my aesthetic down to a single phrase, I’d probably call it retro-chic practicality. A mouthful, I know—but it hits everything it needs to. My wardrobe is more informed by the kitschy-cute past than the sophisticated-sleek present, but notes of contemporary chic seep into almost every look.

Then, of course, there’s the practicality portion: As much as I’d like to be one of those It-girls who carefully curates Instagram-worthy ensembles every damn day, I’m just not; I prefer sleep to getting ready, flats to heels, and cozy knits to tailored cuts.

Needless to say, ugly Christmas sweaters are kind of my sweet spot.

Ugly Christmas sweaters sit at the intersection of nostalgia-bred kitsch, surprising trendiness and sheer comfort. They’re heartwarming, cute and practical all at once—not to mention, they’re also tons of fun to wear. If the ugly Christmas sweater’s shelf life wasn’t limited to a mere three weeks, you could catch me wearing them all year long—well, all winter long, at least.

In recent years, ugly Christmas sweaters have exited niche territory and fully come into vogue, becoming a kind of staple in any fashion-minded person’s December wardrobe. It’s no longer rare to care about ugly Christmas sweaters—in fact, it’s downright normal. Unfortunately, that’s made ugly Christmas sweater shopping a lot more competitive.

Given that thrift shop bins have been thoroughly picked through since Macklemore released the song “Thrift Shop” in 2012, I’ve all but given up on the notion of finding diamond-in-the-rough, bona fide vintage ugly Christmas sweaters.

Instead, I’ve resorted to shopping fast-fashion and designer retailers for thrifted-looking pieces—ensuring both that the ugly Christmas sweater I have my eye on won’t go out of stock the moment someone else catches a glimpse of it, and that I can return it if it turns out to be itchy, scratchy or ill-fitting.

It’s not a perfect system, but it works—and it fills my wardrobe with little treasures. It’s enabled me to stock up on a handful of ugly Christmas sweaters, instead of paring my choices down to one or two. And it allows me to refresh my ugly Christmas sweater wardrobe on an annual basis.

On board? You should be. Whether you’re an ugly Christmas sweater die-hard or just someone who needs something to wear to their office’s ugly Christmas sweater party, you’re in good hands. Scroll down to find 27 ugly Christmas sweaters worth cozying up in this season—all of which you can conveniently shop from the comfort of your couch.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingMango Crochet Knit Sweater, $67 at ASOS

The ultimate grandpa sweater—and it’s festive.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingChristmas Light Sweater, $31.50 at ASOS

On point, and totally kitschy-cute.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingStag Pom-Pom Jumper, $75 at Topshop

Now that‘s the kind of thing you dig through thrift shop bins for hours to find. Methinks this isn’t what designers had in mind when they started the pompom sweater trend, but I’m here for the iteration.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingStar Sweater, $99.90 at Zara

Because ugly Christmas sweaters don’t have to come in obvious palettes.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingArgyle Cropped Sweater, $68 at Topshop

Bonus points for anyone who pairs this with a massive scrunchie, the way Topshop intended them to.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingFair Isle Zip Collar Jumper, $110 at Topshop

An ugly Christmas sweater updated in zip-up pullover form? Here for it.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingMarc Jacobs Cashmere Sweater, $550 at Shopbop

This one is basically just an ’80s-/’90s-inspired sweater, making it the perfect choice for the ugly Christmas sweater lover who prefers to shop a little outside the box.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingColorful Zip-Front Sweater Jacket, $149 at Urban Outfitters

Ugly Christmas cardigans are totally on the menu.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingChristmas Party Popper Jumper, $100 at Topshop

Sequins and glitter make for serious festive excellence.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingAvalene Half-Zip Sweater, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Because your ugly Christmas sweater would look better paired with an ugly Christmas sweater skirt.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingColor Pop Fair Isle Sweater, $69 at Urban Outfitters

The stuff of cozy winter Instagrams.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingPom-Pom Sweater, $190 at ASOS

The more pom-poms, the merrier—when it comes to ugly Christmas sweaters, at least.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingChristmas Slogan Sweater, $31.50 at ASOS

Let this sweater issue season’s greetings for you.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater Shopping

Because sometimes the most excellent finds are hiding out in the men’s section.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingBop Basics Tartan Sweater, $118 at Shopbop

Hard to go wrong with a little holiday plaid.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingFaux Pearl Tweed Jacket, $69.90 at Zara

The kind of thing you’d rob your grandma’s closet for.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingOversized Jacquard Sweater, $99.90 at Zara

For the shopper who prefers pink and purple to red and green.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingCarven Multi-Pattern Sweater, $275 at Farfetch

Ugly Christmas sweater goals—and it’s designer.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingWarehouse Razzle Dazzle Sweater, $78 at ASOS

For the minimalist—or the shopper who can’t bear to break the flow of their all-black-everything wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingCalvin Klein Intarsia Wool Jumper, $1,200 at Farfetch

Part poncho, part sweater, all kitsch.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingMonki Tree Sweater, $32 at ASOS

Dancing Christmas trees—need I say more?

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingMira Mikati ‘Always Tomorrow’ Sweater, $295 at Farfetch

An ugly Christmas sweater fit for year-round wear.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater Shopping

The kind of thing you’d wear while baking cookies to put out for Santa.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingMonki Tree Sweater, $32 at ASOS

A more graphic (but still incredibly delightful) take on the classic ugly Christmas sweater.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingCropped Christmas Sweater, $24.50 at ASOS

Cozy, cropped and cute as can be.

STYLECASTER | Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingCrocheted Fruits Sweater, $69.90 at Zara

For the ugly Christmas sweater fan who can’t help but dream about the tropics when it’s cold out.

ugly christmas sweaters 26 Your Definitive Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweater ShoppingBoohoo Santa Two-Person Sweater, $44 at ASOS

If you don’t get this for you and your partner (or best friend), you’re doing it wrong.

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