10 Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweaters to Wear This Season

They're Red, Green, Fair Isle and Better Looking Than Most


The ugly holiday sweater is a storied tradition dating back to... the invention of the sweater, we suppose.

You know the type.

A pullover emblazoned with ironed-on reindeer.

A cardigan with flashing lights and a battery pack.

Something hand-knitted from your well-meaning grandma that makes you look like your grandma.

This year, we propose you go a different route and don a holiday sweater that embraces the yuletide spirit but that can be worn places other than your annual holiday party.

So here are 10 not-so-ugly holiday sweaters for your consideration. Wear them with pride. And maybe just a hint of irony.

Wrap yourself in this wrapping paper-like pattern of soft lambswool. J. Crew, $128

Asking people if they want to touch your fuzzy alpaca sweater is a great ice breaker at parties. Banana Republic, $105

At its core, this is a red sweater. But the scarf-and-goggles-wearing dog on a sled is a significant bonus. Bonobos, $129

They say no two shawl collar snowflake sweaters are alike. Ralph Lauren, $298

Green, red, fair isle, 100% lambswool. This one checks all the holiday boxes. Todd Snyder, $298

More lambswool, more fair isle. For when you have multiple gatherings to attend. Barbour, $125

Pop this Bordeaux colored Mongolian cashmere pullover on your person and let the compliments roll in. Huckberry, $228

And break out this affordable cashmere during the holidays or just whenever. Naadam, $75

This wool-blend sweater with jacquard checks adds some festive flair to fireside lectures or evenings out. Mr. Porter, $320

What this "Die Hard" number lacks in text-based subtlety it makes up for in being a pretty simple gray pullover. RedBubble, $35

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