Is it appropriate to wear a daggy Christmas sweater to your holiday festivities? I’d like to think so- there’s no better occasion to wear the ugliest snowflake print you can find. But there’s an art to choosing a Christmas jumper. It needs to be stylish in that indie-cool way, rather than just plain hideous.
The great thing about Christmas sweaters is that they are often not even that ugly, they just have a bad reputation. Despite not looking too bad, they make a fantastic talking point. They are the humorous yet functional choice for what to wear to a Christmas party.
Christmas jumpers are terribly daggy, which means that the rest of your outfit has to be sleek in order to show that you do have some fashion sense and you’re wearing the jumper in an ironic way. A pair of chinos is the perfect match for a holiday themed sweater. Slimline without being too restrictive and available in any color to complement your tacky sweater, chinos are stylish enough to allay any doubts about your fashion sense. A polished pair of brogues wouldn’t go astray either.
You’re wearing an ugly jumper on purpose, but it doesn’t have to be unflattering. A slight V-neck or a round neck that’s not too high are important features of any jumper. It shouldn’t be too long or too short, and the sleeves should reach to your wrists. Christmas jumpers tend to be baggy, which is fine as long as the rest of your outfit is streamlined enough to make up for it. You don’t want the design of the jumper to be too unflattering- any horizontal print is not a good look unless you are exceptionally slim. Snowflake prints are possibly the best choice in terms of patterns that look good. The simpler the design, the better.
You could go the hideous Christmas sweater vest with tacky Christmas tie combination, but it’s overkill. One holiday themed garment is just as funny as wearing two, but with half the ugliness.
Christmas sweaters are enough of a novelty already without featuring wholesome scenes of reindeers getting it on. You want a sweater which is cheesy and cute, rather than one which could give a heart attack to any relatives that look too closely.
You wouldn’t want to walk into a work meeting wearing your Christmas jumper or you’d never be taken seriously- keep it for casual affairs where you are allowed to show some personality. Casual holiday events with your family or friends are the most appropriate place for a Christmas sweater, although you can get away with wearing one on almost a daily basis in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A holiday themed jumper is only ever fitting during the silly season, so don’t try to wear it in any month that isn’t December.
About Natasha Abrahams Natasha Abrahams is a writer and journalism student from Melbourne, Australia. When she is not busy with being a principal writer on Weekendnotes or skipping lectures, she can be found emptying her wallet at the nearest shopping centre. You can read more from Natasha at: http://mensstyleandfashion.com/