15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters That We Actually Love
Get in the holiday spirit (and get a good laugh!) with these sweaters that are seriously outrageous.
Not to brag, but I once won an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, and I'm still really proud of it. After weeks of sifting through thrift store bins (this was back in the day before you could buy one at Target), I finally found a bright red cardigan decked out with teddy bears, sequin gift boxes and yes, even jingle bells. It was beyond gaudy, got plenty of laughs and helped me take home the grand prize: an ugly Christmas sweater ornament to match my outfit.
So, you might say that I have a certain eye for these things. Whether you're looking to celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (it's this Friday!) in style or you're hoping to win the annual holiday party contest, here are 15 hilarious and hideous sweaters I've found that will ensure you're properly dressed for the occasion.
Oof. This one's so bad, it's actually really good. If you're usually the one leading the pack in Christmas caroling, we dare you to don this cat-tastic sweater as you and your family roam the neighborhood. Santa hats and reindeer antlers ensure the kittens are pur-fectly festive.
Seriously, you can't go wrong with the Grinch. Neon green fabric with red diamonds and stripes makes this sweater a total eyesore, in the best way possible. But take note: The piece runs much larger than you'd expect, so make sure to order a size down.
Leave it to mom to incorporate wine into her wardrobe. Yes, this green-and-white striped sweater features a real stocking that can be used to hold your favorite bottle of white, red or bubbly, or conveniently hold your phone for the duration of the evening. (We won't tell if you sneak a few cookies in there, either.)
This sweater makes our eyes bleed — which means that it's definitely a winner. Let this fluffy llama (seriously, it's soft to the touch!) help you lean into the holiday season. You can even pair the bright red fabric with a Santa hat to feel even more festive.
We can practically hear Buddy shout, "OMG! SANTA! I know him!" just by looking at this garish red-and-green sweater. If you're obsessed with the comedy starring Will Ferrell, you'll probably want to pick up this showy (and comfy!) sweatshirt. We love how the bright neckline, body and central image clash for a design that's just as painfully loud as the film's protagonist.
When he's not flying all around the world and delivering presents to good boys and girls, Santa is...busy exploring space? Sure, we'll buy that theory. If you like your tacky Christmas sweaters to be "outside the box," go with this piece featuring Santa Claus way out there.