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

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

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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.

Gift-wrap yourself in this brushed mohair-and-wool-blend cardigan. Todd Snyder, $498

It's a Yeti. Walking in the snow. And we're counting it. Bonobos, $139

It doesn't get much more festive than the Peanuts gang singing carols. Kith, $220

Behold, the rare holiday sweater that displays neither green nor red. Ralph Lauren, $498

The bear-on-a-dogsled bit kills at holiday parties. Mr. Porter, $700

Inspired by the traditional sweaters of Norway, this cozy number will protect you from icy sea winds and seats that are just slightly too far from the fire. L.L.Bean, $189

It's retro-inspired fair isle with a hint of mountain chalet. Marine Layer, $148

This ribbed crewneck is made from recycled cotton and colorfully speckled like a Christmas tree. Huckberry, $148

It's subtle enough for a regular outing, but cashmere enough for a holiday party. J.Crew, $230

Your mom won't like it. But just explain to her that Die Hard counts as a Christmas movie. RedBubble, $40

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