What we wore to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party

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Sam and I were invited to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” holiday party last weekend, so OF COURSE we had to take some pics for y’all. The party was also a toy drive to benefit the Toy Rescue Mission, so it was a great event to enjoy and also to give back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam got both of these sweaters at Target, by the way. Mine is actually a sweater vest — that still counts, right? 😉 — and it is pattern-mixing all on its own. True love! I also wore my red bubble earrings, as they felt particularly festive when combined with the large Christmas ornaments on the sweater vest.

Those red and green stripes are particularly searing to the eyes, aren’t they?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Sam’s ugly Christmas sweater truly takes the cake. And if you’re wondering what those creatures are on that Christmas tree, they’re sloths. Yes, SLOTHS. And that is a sentence I never thought I’d say or write. Life is full of surprises, eh? 😉 I think Sam’s sweater is awesomely bad, and I quite like that it also incorporates fair isle patterns. By the way, his sweater is more noticeably, ahem, sparkly up close and in person, with sequins on the tree and sparkly fibers sewn into the fair isle pattern.

Sam also had fun imitating the sloths around our own Christmas tree! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters seem to be ubiquitous nowadays — where did this trend start? I personally think back to Mr. Darcy’s reindeer “jumper” in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m not alone in that, right? 😉

A Time article from 2011, “A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater,” shines a light on this modern trend:

According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, there was a noticeable uptick in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition snowballed from there.  Now the tops are bigger than ever, but in a very hipstery, oh-so-ironic way.

And below is a round-up of more ugly Christmas sweaters, for both men and women, including links to the exact sweaters we’re wearing (all of them are $55 or less, and our two sweaters are between the $20 to $40 range). There are a LOT of choices out there for ugly Christmas sweaters — it was hard to narrow down!

Librarian for Life + Style | Ugly Christmas sweaters collage

Row 1 (women’s):  1  //  2  //  3  //  4
Row 2 (men’s):  1  //  2  //  3  //  4

Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater, too? Do you loathe, or love, this trend? Please leave a comment and share!

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9 thoughts on “What we wore to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party

  1. Mike

    They may be called “ugly Christmas sweaters” but I think they look great, especially on you and Sam! They look so festive and I think it’s the perfect thing to wear to brighten one’s mood. 🙂

    I had a shirt that looks similar to your stripy red and green vest, Jen. I loved it and wore it all the time. I think I eventually had to throw it out as the fabric was wearing out.

    Love your Christmas tree by the way! It’s beautiful!

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  2. Salazar

    This is awesome! And how wonderful that they combined it with a toy drive too. Did they have an “ugliest sweater” award at the party? Because I think Sam’s sloth sweater wins, hands-down.

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  3. Megan Morris

    My favorite “look” for all those ugly christmas sweater parties is to wear a tree skirt. I just pin it around my waist (you have to wear a skirt underneath) with a big kilt pin. I hang a jingle bell from the pin. My favorite is a particularly gaudy red one from The Dollar Tree. Nice and warm, super cheap, and no one else will be wearing it.

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  4. Brenda N

    Who doesn’t love a Christmas sweater with sloths on it!! Not sure I would have guessed what they were. Fun post Jen. 🙂

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      1. Mike

        That’s awesome, Jen! I always wanted to do that for ours but it’s too small for us to do that (it’s artificial). But we change them up each year so it never quite looks the same.
        The little teddy bear ornament on yours is my favorite. It’s so cute! 🙂

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