Fashion File: The invasion of hideous sweaters: The peculiar trend of ugly Christmas sweaters lives on


Christmas sweaters with embellishments and buttons add texture to seasonal sweaters and can be dressed down with a pair of leggings or jeans for a more wearable look. Patterned sweaters with more traditional prints, such as reindeers, has a vintage feel as well as being warm and comfortable.

Sydney Rosenthal , Contributing Writer

Christmas is that time of year when people get together with family and friends, write letters to Santa, exchange holiday cards and presents, and engage in personal traditions of all sorts.  A common tradition includes decorating both the house and Christmas tree with lights.  But there is one tradition that many young children abhor but older people adore: ugly Christmas sweaters.

Ugly sweaters have earned a reputation for themselves.  Family members are often forced to wear these sweaters for family photos, or around the house when guests arrive.  Wearing these sweaters is a real fashion disaster.  It is a loud statement that, unfortunately, is not fashion forward.  Though you will not see these sweaters with big obnoxious sayings on them in magazines, they will almost certainly be part of your Christmas celebration.

For all of you hipsters out there who insist on always being fashion forward, it is possible to find one of these sweaters that suits your liking.  Trendy stores such as Urban Outfitters as well as other local places sell ugly sweaters.  And if that is not enough for you, there is an entire website dedicated to these sweaters called  Whether you wear these sweaters to look fashionable or to honor the Christmas season, they seem to be a very exciting and popular addition to the holiday season.

During the year, people want to look their best when seeing family and friends.  But when it comes to the Christmas holiday many get caught up in tradition.  Clothing people would not be caught dead in during the year, is suddenly proudly worn during the holiday season.  These sweaters are garish and unappealing.  But, we wear them anyways to show our affection towards others and love for the season.  The sweaters may bring joy to a loved one.  That when paired up with a holiday card, even one that shouts “look at this hideous sweater,” makes a cute gift.  Additionally, wearing these ugly sweaters makes people laugh, an important part of the holiday season.

“Most people would not wear these types of clothes on any other holiday during the year,” said freshmen Allie Chase.

So, it looks as though wearing these sweaters is here to stay! till follow through with it to celebrate the holiday season.  This time of year is meant to be spent with loved ones. Instead, it does not matter what type of clothing you choose to wear.