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Posted on Dec 9, 2015

How to Celebrate the Season with Ugly Christmas Sweaters

How to Celebrate the Season with Ugly Christmas Sweaters


Ugly Christmas sweaters have become the ultimate trend in seasonal holiday apparel over the last few years. From ugly Christmas sweater parties, to licensed sweaters popping up in unusual places (heavy metal legends Slayer have been doing them for a while now, for example), it seems that ugly holiday sweaters are as common as candy canes and Christmas trees.

If you’re looking for where to buy ugly Christmas sweaters this season, has you covered. We’re running the entire gamut of ugliness, from mildly unpleasant Christmas shirts to totally absurd holiday sweaters that light up. Keep on reading to find the perfect ugly Christmas sweater for you.



Ugly Christmas Sweaters


Grumpy Cat is a good place start. Some might say that the Internet’s favorite cat jumped the shark when the Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever movie came out, but nothing says Christmas quite like an angry cat face. That’s exactly what the Grumpy Cat ugly Christmas sweater is, complete with the pun, “Jingle Hell,” for good measure. This one makes a great gift for the Grinches in your family or circle of friends.

Other animals are always a popular ugly Christmas sweater motif, too. Santa hat-wearing penguins cover this sweater design, and (non-grumpy) cats give this sweater a more “traditionally ugly” feel. They’re just long sleeve T-shirts printed to look like sweaters, but they look exactly like something your great aunt Norma would knit for you.

Similarly, this buttoned Christmas cardigan is a printed shirt made to look like a classic Christmas outfit. You might think it would be difficult to design a single piece of clothing that tastefully incorporates gingerbread houses, holly leaves, Santa faces, candy canes, snowflakes, bells, Christmas trees, and angry cardinals all at the same, and you’d be exactly correct.


Animated Christmas Sweaters


Ugly Christmas Sweaters that are just sweaters are so five years ago. Each of these includes an interactive, animated element, powered by a smartphone. To make them work, download the free “Digital Duz” app, available on both iOS and Android, and select the corresponding animation for your sweater. With the app open, insert your phone into the pocket on the front of the sweater to let it become part of the design.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, and a gif is worth exponentially more, that’s the best way to show them off.

This Christmas sweater sees jolly old St. Nick stuck in a chimney, presumably after helping himself to one too many cookies.

Morph Costumes

This sweater creates a roaring yuletide fire right on its wearer’s chest, in case the sweater itself isn’t warm enough.

Morph Costumes

Finally, for  the sadists out there, this sweater sees the delicious destruction of a hapless gingerbread figure, looped endlessly for maximum enjoyment.

Morph Costumes

Mobile devices up to 6.25” by 3.25” should fit in the sweater. In a pinch, you can always use some crafting duct tape to hold your device in place properly, too. Don’t use the type of duct tape used for actually taping ducts – it’s more likely to leave residue upon removal and ruin your things.


Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Kids


If you have a young child, don’t miss your chance to dress them up in ugly Christmas sweaters and other silly things. Before you know it, they’ll be old enough to protest.

This ugly Christmas cardigan costume for toddlers features a printed Christmas sweater design, much like the adult sized version. There’s even a long-sleeved romper for babies that matches, too. Ugly Christmas sweater, meet ugly Christmas onesie.

With mom, dad, and kids all dressed up in matching family ugly Christmas sweaters, you can create the greatest Christmas card photo of all time. Be sure to add some lens flare and improperly kerned text in Photoshop before sending it to the printer.


Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Pets

It’s true – there is no species on earth that can escape from the whimsical holiday magic of an ugly Christmas sweater. Much like all of our pet costumes, this Christmas sweater costume for pets is best suited to small and medium-sized dogs. If you can find a cat that will actually let you put a sweater on it, that will work too.

On a more serious note, the reindeer patterned and striped sweater itself is made of a knit polyester blend, which is sure to keep your best friend warm during cold winter walks. There’s no reason fashion ought to trump fashion. For extra points, coordinate your dog’s clothes with your own look.


Ugly Hanukkah Sweaters


Ugly Christmas sweaters aren’t the only aesthetically-challenged winter holiday garments around, you know. These Hanukkah sweaters make equally great gifts for anyone that celebrates Hanukkah, or for anyone that likes ironic clothing in general.  These are our two favorite ugly Hanukkah sweaters for 2015:

Two bright red and yellow dreidels, on a patterned background of Menorahs and Stars of David, are the focal point of this ugly Hanukkah sweater. The words “Mazel Tov!” are emblazoned above in an extra-large font to sure that the sweater’s happy holiday message can be heard over the loudness of the design.

This next design is more subtle by comparison, but it still features an obnoxiously large Menorah that lights up with built-in battery-powered LEDs. If your ugly holiday sweater doesn’t light up, is it really that ugly? “Happy Chanukah” is written above the light-up Menorah, with a Star of David pushing the second word of text off of center just enough to be upsetting.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas


These ugly Christmas sweaters are strictly BYOS – that is, “bring your own sweater.” You can use any sweater that you already have in your closet, but it’s a little more fun to hit up your local thrift store and find something truly hideous first. There’s no such thing as “too ugly” when it comes to ugly Christmas sweaters.

Then, to Christmas-ify your selected sweater, use the Christmas sweater add-ons and pins included in the kit. There’s a reindeer, a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree, and more. Just be sure to attach them to your sweater as asymmetrically as possible for maximum effect.

Also, feel more than free to add on to these decorations with your own brand of ugliness, too. Why not create some of your own Christmas sweater pins as well? If you aren’t a very crafty person, that’s totally okay. In fact, it’s perfect: this is one DIY costume project that’s supposed to turn out ugly, so break out the puffy paint and glitter glue.

Craft foam and felt are two great materials to use for Christmas pins like this. After cutting out the desired Christmassy shape, just attach a safety pin to the back of it with some hot glue, and you’re good to go.

To brighten up your ugly Christmas sweater even more, add a small (or, if you prefer, obscenely long) string of battery powered Christmas lights for some extra eye-searing holiday cheer. Glowing electroluminescent wire, or EL wire, is another option.


Are you going to be ugly-ing it up this holiday season with a sweater of your own? If you liked this post, then tell us what kind of costume ideas we should come with next on Facebook and on Twitter @BuyCostumes. Check out our Pinterest boards for more costume ideas like this, too.


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