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Holiday parties are always a blast, especially when someone breaks out the ugly Christmas sweaters. Whether they have a goofy face getting laughs from friends or eye-catching designs of a holiday tapestry, the seasonal threads are highlights of any get-together. If you want to get in on the fun, we've got some amazing ugly Christmas sweaters for you to try right now.
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Ugly Christmas sweaters are the epitome of a win-win: You can wear them to office parties or family gatherings, and depending on the style you choose, they can be acceptable enough to transition to after-hour events when heading to happy hour or restaurants without drawing too much attention. It's the best of both worlds. From over-the-top selections to ones that make subtle statements, we've rounded up 15 of the best ugly Christmas sweaters to make a staple in your closet this season and next.
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1. For the one who loves a twist on a classic: A festive Fair Isle
Not quite ready to go all-out ugly this Christmas? We get it, it can be a lot of pressure. Why not ease into it with the Men's Sonoma Goods for Life Winter Fair Isle Sweater from Kohl's? Offered in three holiday-ready patterns, in men's sizes S to XXL, this sweater dips a toe into Ugly Christmas Sweater territory without jumping fully in. We particularly love the orange and red options.
2. For the one who wants to stand out: A tinsel-covered sweater
The Men's Tacky Tinsel Ugly Christmas Sweater from Tipsy Elves isn't for the faint of heart. This classic red-and-green sweater is decorated with yards upon yards of silver tinsel and Christmas ornaments that add texture and interest to your most hilarious holiday look. We love this sweater for being everything a holiday sweater should be: funny, sparkly and just a little bit extra. Shop the style in men's sizes XS to 5XL.
3. For the men who want to show off their humor: A funny, family-friendly find
This year, show off your funny side with the help of the Tipsy Elves Fun Classic Ugly Christmas Sweaters, available in 19 patterns and phrases. Available in men's sizes XXS to 5XL, opt for a beer pong-inspired sweater with matching velcro balls to keep the party going all night long, or slip on one that reads "big gift energy."
According to over 5,000 reviewers, these festive sweater designs are funny and stylish, while being cheeky and envelope-pushing at times. It also received glowing recommendations on how high quality the material is.
4. For the youngest partygoers: A gift-themed baby sweater
Bringing the little ones along to your holiday party? Look no further than the Little Present Ugly Christmas Sweater. Available in sizes 6M to 18M, this sweater will be the sweetest gift you bring to the celebration. With a red and green colorblock and topped a brilliant gold bow, Little Present sweater is anything but ugly.
5. For the vintage lover: A sweater vest
This vintage-inspired sweater vest might remind you of the ones that your grade school teachers would wear come December. We love the Poof Holiday Fair Isle Vest, which allows you to layer up for a warm but not stuffy holiday look. This is a great option if it's not quite a winter wonderland where you're celebrating this year. Shop the vest in women's sizes S to L.
6. For the daycare Ugly Christmas Sweater party: A Grinch-themed toddler sweater
If they're going to get a lump of coal this year instead of a present, consider the The Grinch Define Naughty Knitted Pullover Sweater. This sweater features a knit pattern of The Grinch with his sly smile centered in a holiday-friendly wreath. Shop the style in toddler's sizes 12M to 5T.
7. For the couple who loves to coordinate: Matching ugly Christmas sweaters
Can't decide what to wear? If you have a significant other, this BOGO Set of Couples Christmas Sweaters, Funny Christmas Sweatshirts is the answer to every holiday conundrum. Featuring two sweatshirts (one in green and another in red), each one highlights a catchy phrase and comes in sizes XS to 3XL, with the opportunity to mix and match sizing.
8. For the person who is always hot: A lightweight sweater
Step into the unbelievably soft Jouica Women's Casual Lightweight V Neck Batwing Sleeve Knit Top Loose Pullover Sweater this season to avoid overheating at every celebration. The relaxed fit and v-neck style provides breathability and it comes in 27 patterns and colors, with four specifically designed for the holiday season. Available in women's sizes XS to 3XL, over 6,000 reviewers claim it's "endlessly versatile," and "the perfect holiday sweater."
9. For the entire family: A matching set in adult and kid sizes
If you're taking the whole family to an ugly Christmas sweater party, shop the Totatuit Family Matching Christmas Sweater. Available in six colors featuring a reindeer print, this Instagram-ready style is available in kid's, women's, and men's sizes S to XXL.
10. For when "Ugly" is too much of a commitment: An attractive red Fair Isle
If you're looking for a sweater that reads Christmas without reading ugly, consider this elegant and vibrant Fair Isle Sweater from Lucky Brand. The sweater, available in three colors, is classic while still looking totally modern when styled with jeans and a slouchy beanie. Shop this cozy style in women's sizes XS to 2XL.
11. For the one who wants to sparkle: A bold choice
Who said that tinsel had to be reserved for the tree? The Joyland Women's Tinsel Sweater keeps you festive with various holiday logos, ornaments and multicolored tinsel strands. Shop the style in two colors in women's sizes S to XXL.
12. For the animal lover: Christmas sweaters featuring holiday creatures
The Men's Holiday Sweaters at Kohl's are available in 7 outrageous designs that are sure to get a laugh at your company Ugly Christmas Sweater competition. From a llama dressed as an elf to a t-rex dancing alongside a Christmas tree, this line of sweaters is classic, ridiculous, and here for a good time. Shop the style in men's sizes S to XXL.
13. For when just a sweater won't do: This sweater dress
Looking for a one-and-done style? Try the Celebrate Together Crewneck Tree Tunic Christmas Sweater, which features a pattern of a bold Christmas tree complete with tinsel, ornaments, bows and polka dots. The green cuffs finish the look. Pair the long sweater with jeans or tights for a warm and cozy holiday look. Shop this style in women's sizes S to XL.
14. For your furry friend: A dog-sized ugly Christmas sweater
One thing's for sure: You won't want to forget scoring an ugly Christmas sweater for your four-legged friend, and the Frisco Striped Festive Dog & Cat Ugly Sweater from Chewy is suitable for both dogs and cats. Available in sizes XS to XXXL, this festive sweater seamlessly slips over your pet's head with no hook-and-loop fasteners or pesky buttons. Plus, the belly is designed and cut a little higher, meaning it provides easy access for when they have to use the bathroom.
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