Ugly Sweater Party – (n.) a traditional 20-something Christmas party where you are required to dress in a tacky oversized sweater covered in an explosion of holiday cheer, yet still manage to avoid looking frumpy.

Let’s face it – you’re going to an Ugly Sweater Party this weekend, and you don’t want to look ugly. You want to exude that, “Oh, I just found this in my mom’s closet from the 90s, and it just happens to look really good on me” vibe. But honesty, you don’t really want to look like your mom in the 90s.

The trick to the Ugly Sweater Party is looking festive for the occasion and embracing the over-the-top holiday theme, while looking cute and modern at the same time. It sounds impossible, but thankfully, our favorite high-street fashion brands come to the rescue! Since ugly sweater parties have become a thing, brands like Urban Outfitters and Topshop have taken a hint and decided to provide us with some “ugly-pretty” (rather than pretty ugly) sweaters that are perfect for this classic, 20-somethings Christmas party. Go with one of these options below, and you’ll look fun and fashionable (with just the right amount of 90s throwback) in those Facebook photos you know you’ll be tagged in the next day.

Urban Renewal Ugly Christmas Sweater, $24, Urban Outfitters

Urban Renewal Ugly Christmas Sweater, $34, Urban Outfitters

Christmas Boyfriend Cardigan, $62, ASOS

Christmas Sweater With Metallic Pattern, $62, ASOS

Knitted Xmas Polar Bear Jumper, $100, Topshop

Knitted Galactic Sequin Jumper, $170, Topshop

Any of the longer, sweater-dress styles can easily be paired with leggings or tights. If you choose a cropped cardigan instead, skinny jeans or a skirt would work great. Once you’ve picked the perfect sweater, top off you look with a cheery accessory, like a headband or earrings adorned with Christmas bows!

Headband With Bow, $7, Zara

Kate Spade Bow Stud Earrings, $48, Nordstrom

[image credits: urban outfitters, asos, topshop, zara & nordstrom]


Cameron is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and studied Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. She now lives in San Francisco, where she does social media and blogging for startup companies. She loves fashion, art, and animals.

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