How To Ace The Ugly Christmas Sweater Trend
The ugly Christmas sweater trend is massive in the US and many offices, schools and groups host ugly Christmas sweater parties. It’s so mainstream that late-night tv hosts have even had segments dedicated to the fad. You can buy these garments at stores, of course, but the best are found second-hand at thrift stores or put together with craft supplies. This post takes you through the phenomenon and how to look your best for it while abroad in the US.
A Brief History
Celebrities such as Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Collin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary are generally thought of as the trend-setters for this gimmick. The trend emerged in the early 1990’s, and quickly picked up steam by the 2000’s. Nowadays, ugly Christmas sweater parties are popular holiday party themes for offices, groups and college fraternities across the US and Canada. Something about wearing gaudy colors, garish designs and extremely festive fabrics brings out the best in everyone during the month of December.
A Christmas Party Theme
Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are jolly affairs with plenty of holiday-inspired food, drinks and games. You will likely drink some eggnog, spiked apple cider, or peppermint hot chocolate while snacking on Christmas cookies, pumpkin pie, or candy canes. The variety of food is vast, but for these parties, everything will err on the side of tacky and silly. If this is an office party, you might have a White Elephant or Secret Santa gift exchange, and there will likely be a holiday movie on the TV (My personal favorite is A Christmas Story.) If you are going to an ugly Christmas sweater party hosted by college kids, expect there to be plenty of themed party drinks, holiday music and epically silly sweaters. Creativity will get you extra points at these events.
The Perfect Sweater
I believe that the best ugly Christmas Sweaters are thrifted or home-made, but nowadays, you can get an ugly Christmas sweater just about anywhere clothes are sold. To really get into the spirit, I recommend going extreme for your party. Thrift stores like Goodwill or Savers are perfect places to start your hunt. The fit of your garment isn’t important; it’s all about how ugly and tacky you can get. If you find a sweater with pom-poms, jingle bells, tassels, large festive buttons or oversized appliqués, you are in the right direction.
Make It Tackier
Once you have thrifted the ugliest sweater for your purposes, you can take it up a notch by hitting up your craft store to customize your garment. Christmas lights, tree garland, present bows, music boxes and other doo-dads will really set you apart from the others in the best way. Consult Pinterest for some great ideas, and don’t forget to get creative. One of the best ugly Christmas sweater outfits I’ve seen was actually a set – the girl took a Christmas tree skirt liner and wore it as an actual skirt over patterned snowflake tights along with her sweater. Remember: the sillier you look, the better. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are all about having a laugh with friends and loved ones!