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13 Ugly Christmas Sweaters So Hideous They’ll Make You Cringe


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Love them or hate them, ugly Christmas sweaters have become an integral part of our holiday festivities. For many, showing off a bit of festive pride with the season’s most cringe-worthy jumpers has become an annual tradition that’s every bit as treasured as decorating a gingerbread house or hanging an advent calendar. If you’re among the growing number of people looking to get in on the fun this year, you’ve come to the right place: We’ve rounded up a selection of Christmas sweaters so gaudy, they’ll be impossible to top! 

Ugly Christmas Sweater History

As with most fashion trends, which see everything old inevitably becoming new again, the ugly Christmas sweater has roots that go back as far as the ‘80s. The movie and sitcom characters of this decade donned these garish tops with wild abandon — you might recall Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation, for instance. Though ugly Christmas sweaters had faded into the background by the ‘90s, they experienced a resurgence in 2002, when the first ugly Christmas sweater party was reportedly held at the Commodore ballroom in Vancouver, Canada. 

Since then, the trend has grown by leaps and bounds, with an official holiday — National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day — being named in its honor in 2011. Described by the website as a “day of light-hearted fun and a day to be yourself,” the holiday, which falls on the third Friday in December, encourages people to ditch their regular clothing or work attire in favor of — you guessed it! — the most unsightly sweaters around. 

This year, National Ugly Christmas sweater day falls on Dec. 20, which means you’ve got one week left to come up with a superbly hideous knit that will outshine all the rest. 

The Best Women’s Ugly Christmas Sweater   

The competition for the best women’s ugly Christmas sweater is fierce this year, with all the usual embellishments— i.e. tinsel, sequins, fur, and pom-poms — making appearances on sweaters for 2019, plus a few new additions — think 3D ($54.99, Ugly Christmas sweater) and LED ($59.99, Ugly Christmas Sweater) elements to boot. 

We’ve compiled a selection so atrocious, you’ll actually delight in their ugliness. Read on for Woman’s World’s picks for the best women’s ugly Christmas sweater of the season. 

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