Everyone loves a totally tacky OTT Christmas sweater that lights up and is decorated with actual ornaments, but sometimes we’d like to wear a cute holiday sweater that doesn’t look like we’re attending another Bad Christmas Sweater party. Sometimes we’d like to put on a sweater that is actually cute, and not cute in an ironic-totally-weird-but-kinda-awesome way. We’d like to spend money on a sweater that we can wear again, and that can be worn because it is stylish, not to get a laugh out of people.
Here’s how to look festive without wearing a sweater with a flashing red-and-green reindeer:
Please don’t ruin this sweet bunny sweater by pairing it with your own set of reindeer antlers.
This sweater falls somewhere near quirky cute on the weird spectrum, where most bad Christmas sweaters are in the WTF side. Yes, all of the ornaments are removable and you can stick them where you want.
Color plays a huge part in whether your sweater is stylish or costume-y. The subdued gray color palette means you can get away with the sparkly Christmas trees.
This kissing robin sweater isn’t just adorable, it also helps support a good cause. Proceeds from the sweater are going to help build an Udayan Care home for abused, orphaned or abandoned young people in India.
A festive sweater for Christmas is essential, but you should also get one for Christmas Eve. This cheeky one shows you know how to get into the holiday spirit.
This has the vintage vibe that a lot of Christmas sweaters, but the slim fits keeps it modern. The skiers are a unique twist instead of the usual trees and trimmings.
You don’t need a Christmas sweater to have 3-D removable candy canes and sweets. The candies are knitted with the sweater pattern, so you don’t have to worry about leaving a trail of lonely fake candy canes on the ground.
This Jack Skellington sweater is a nod to Christmas (and Halloween) but you can definitely wear it any time of the year.
If you’re feeling very ambitious, you could attempt to knit your own festive sweater, or you could just buy this one instead.
I don’t know what they were thinking when they named this sweater, because there is nothing ugly about it. Don’t you agree, fellow cat lovers?
A massive reindeer could have easily gone into ugly Christmas sweater territory, but the neutral color palette makes this wearable.
You may actually be very naughty, but you will at least look nice in this pink Christmas sweater.
13. Holiday Fair Isle Sweater ($49.95, Gap)Red and green is expected, so why not try red and navy? Everyone will still know you’re feeling festive.
If you find you get nothing but coal in your stocking, you can blame yourself, or you can blame the sweater.
If this red-and-white reindeer design was in a onesie, it would be a little much, but in a slim-fit sweater, paired with dark jeans, it falls into the jolly, not crazy category.