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