“But WHY is it called an ugly sweater?” my mom asked.
“Well,” I explained, “it’s like this. For years we’ve received these hideous – but well intentioned – holiday sweaters from parents and grandparents. And now it’s time to turn the tables and own it! So before you run out and buy me a Christmas-y sweater, I’m beating you to it. It’s ugly and I’m proud to wear it!”
“I still don’t really understand why it has to be ugly,” she replied. “Why can’t it be a nice sweater with a jolly Christmas motif? Like reindeer or elves or a picturesque snowy Christmas town?”
It’s colourful. It’s ironic. It’s like Christmas exploded and you swept up all the pieces and turned it into jaunty pullover. Whatever it is, the ugly Christmas sweater has marked a special place in our hearts during the holiday season.
But who says it needs to be reserved for the big day? If you’re like me, and like to revel in the magic of the season for as long as possible, the ugly Christmas sweater can become a holiday wardrobe staple. Here’s how to do it.
1. Find your version of ugly. I purchased our ugly Christmas sweaters from Walmart Canada, where I found a huge selection of high-quality Christmas sweaters and stylish separates at affordable prices. In fact, the hardest part was deciding on which sweater I loved (hated?) most! In the end, I decided that Santa’s little helper was very much my style. This holiday season; expect a ton of “elfies!”
2. Since you’re going ugly, amp up the gorgeousness. To transition the sweater from Christmas day to pre-Christmas fashion, pair the sweater with slim pants and dress boots. I live in these George Women’s Leggings over the colder months, because they are perfect to wear under long sweaters and over-the-knee boots.
And, always ensure your hair and makeup game is on point – you’ll want to wear the sweater as an ironic throwback. If the rest of your look is structured, your fashion statement will be well received!
3. Get the family in on the fun. It’s one thing for me to trot around during the holiday season wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, but if my boys are also decked out, we become the family with eclectic fashion taste!
The boys love to match, and I love to indulge them! But shhhh… I have a secret to share… don’t tell the boys, but I actually found their sweaters in the girl’s department. But don’t let the classification fool you! I think ALL ugly Christmas sweaters are unisex, and if you’re shopping online or in-store for little ones, be sure to check both departments.
Of course, my friends, I just have one wish for you this holiday season:
May you find someone to look at you the way Reid looks at Ryder.
Walmart stores are stocked with all your ugly Christmas sweater needs, so shop now and enjoy a holiday season filled with ironic fun!
Oh, and one last thing – Santa… ahem…. don’t forget about yours truly!
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Ugly Christmas Sweater program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
I saw them the other day when we were at Walmart, I was tempted but didn’t buy one.
So festive. I must check those out at Walmart.
Those sweaters are too cute ,i need to get one!
I’m like your mom, why do they call them ugly! I love them, I’m putting it on my list this year!
I actually think your sweater is pretty cute and so are the ones on your boys! I get too hot to wear sweaters but it’s a fun idea!
I’m getting one, thanks Lena :)
I love the whole “Ugly Christmas Sweater” trend!
You’re kids are so handsome. They make ugly Christmas sweaters look cute.
You and your boys look great in your ugly sweaters!
I think they are cute sweaters lol I need to get my ugly radar checked
seriously girl you ROCK that sweater and I want one for myself!! LOVE “ugly” Christmas sweaters :)
I’m so excited to hear Walmart is selling these!! It’s such a fun tradition for the family to wear ugly Christmas sweaters. Lots of laughs!
LOVE your sweater! I have a small collection of these myself. Wish these were cool sooner because they’re so much fun.
I can’t wear sweaters because of my wonderful hot flashes but could for a photo
Oh the sweaters are sweet. I’d totally wear one.
These are all so cute! Love me some good OL’ fashioned ugly Christmas sweaters!
Your children look so cute in the matching sweaters, wish I could get my kids to wear one
We have nothing like this at our small Walmart,it’s a shame i really wanted one!
It’s so much fun to wear the ugly Christmas sweater and make it a family tradition or party goer.
I love the sweaters!!!!! I should start a family tradition!
Oh my goodness – I love festive sweaters! Especially love the boys ones with the reindeer. ADORABLE!
I will be getting our holiday sweaters early next year,our Walmart never had anything
I think we will start a new Xmas tradition next year and all don such cute sweaters as these.
I adore holiday sweaters.
I totally need to start an ugly Christmas sweater tradition with my kids.
All these sweaters are quite cute! I love rocking the ” ugly Christmas sweater” tradition. I love seeing super cute and creative ones, and not to mention, the family photos always turn out to be so fun.
I love all the sweaters , so cute , your boys are so stinkin cute :)
I am always amazed at the hideousness of some of these ugly sweaters!~ So much fun though!
Debbie White Beattie
I know that a big thing at Christmas is the ugly Christmas sweater but I still don’t get it but I guess it’s because I lived through that fad when they weren’t considered ugly sweaters to anyone unless you were a teenager like me but I’m not going back.
We ordered our sweaters online this Year,we just have a Small Walmart and they don’t have anything for sweaters!