The trend of the ugly Christmas sweater, started in the early eighties. The eighties were a time of many other fashion disasters, but for now, let’s focus on what they liked to call “Christmas sweaters.” Yes, we now refer to them as ugly Christmas sweaters, and in 2050, the sweaters we wear now will also be called ugly by the new fashion lovers. It’s all about perspective, right? Well, the 80s are known for neon colors, parachute pants, and too much hair spray. As people have developed a slight sense of style, and have embraced how ridiculous they all looked back then, we all can laugh at the ugly sweaters, can’t we?
What defines a sweater as an “ugly Christmas sweater?” Let’s see…..perhaps the fuzzy Santas with pom pom noses? How about the woven elves with jingle bells? Both designs are the definition of an ugly sweater! The unfortunate part of the ugly sweater, is that it took a couple of decades before the ugly Christmas sweater concept faded into nostalgia, primed for reincarnation as a tongue in cheek trend.
Have you ever wondered why people in today’s world – people who are hyper conscious about appearance, and looks, continue to wear ugly, tacky sweaters? However, these same people would never wear something from last month’s winter collection? The reason being, it’s a way to let loose! These slaves to fashion can spend one night not having to worry about society’s deleterious comments, and live freely in their ugly sweater, surrounded by others in their ugly Christmas sweaters.
Isn’t it freeing to wear the ugliest sweater in the closet, and not care about appearances, if only for one night? When everyone wears those ugly Christmas sweaters, there’s nobody to judge you, and there are competitions to see who can wear the ugliest sweater! It’s all about the fun of it, rather than the fashion of it.
So how does one work an ugly sweater in the best way possible? So glad you asked! Here’s a few techniques guest writer, Christine Rudolph, is sharing to help you work your ugly fashion sweater.
Styling your ugly Christmas sweater
Jeans blend in with anything, and work really well with everything. Jeans help give a casual look as if the sweater was meant to be worn with them. With the right color combination, jeans complement the ugly Christmas sweater.
Track Pants and Sneakers
Track pants, and sneakers, help to give you an athletic look. They’re both really comfortable, and can be worn at home while you watch a movie on your couch, as well as make an ugly Christmas sweater even worse, which will totally solidify winning any ugly Christmas sweater contest you enter. Sneakers complete the look; consider it as a cherry on top of a cake. Or a pom pom on the top of the sweater.
Customizing your sweater
Customize your sweater to add more flare, and color, to it to make it look more appealing. You could add custom patches on it! Perhaps you want to add bells on it, or extra lacing, to make it stand out. Alter it in any way you want, even if it’s the most ridiculous thing, remember the point of this is to let loose, and live freely. So the more hideous it is, the better.
Skirt and Criss-cross flats
Skirts, and flats, sort of steal all the attention, and lime light, from that ugly sweater. So if you’re new to letting loose, and still can’t give up all fashion, rest assured, the ugliness of the sweater will be sort of camouflaged by the skirt, so the overall look, will ease your mind.
Wearing a pair of sunglasses with a funky cap, or cool scarf, may divert attention away from the ugly sweater. Plus, sweaters go really well with scarves, as they complement each other, bringing together your whole winter look.
For the ladies, a pair of groovy chains, and bracelets, will work really well, too. It should give a cute overall look for parties, and hangouts.
Having a good sense of creativity is really what you need in order to be able to work with the most horrendous of styles, because we all know the ugly sweater is just one of many horrible 80s fashion missteps, and turn it into something tasteful. Ugly sweater parties started out a while back, and no one could have predicted them to be as funky a trend as they are today. People actually go out and buy ugly sweaters because it’s part of the holiday spirit. Crazy enough, there’s plenty of people pulling out their old stuff from the 80s, and never have to enter a store to buy an ugly Christmas sweater. What a world, what a world!
Christine Rudolph is a passionate fashion blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is featured author at various blogs. Follow @RudolphBlogger for more updates.