There is something unappetizing about ugly Christmas sweater parties. Maybe it’s the fact that they are in fact ugly and I don’t particularly care to wear ugly clothing. Or maybe I am just a grinch. Or maybe it is just one of my arguably irrational dislikes of certain items of clothing, like demin (yes, that’s right, I don’t wear denim; ever). This isn’t to say that I will never indulge in the act of wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, I am just saying that I will potentially go to exhaustive measures to avoid wearing one. All the meanwhile still maintaining a rather festive spirit, as there is no season quite like the Christmas one.
So, you may ask, what are the alternatives to an ugly Christmas sweater? Simple. An unugly Christmas sweater. Or a festive Christmas ensemble based around a sweater. Take the ‘Christmas’ and take the ‘sweater’, you’ve still checked off 2 of the 3 words from ‘ugly Christmas sweater.’ Leave the ‘ugly’ at home. Some will qualify that as a passing grade, others as failing. but if you dislike wearing an ugly Christmas sweater as much as I do you will be passing with honors. Given my spotty academic career, I think this would only mark the second time I have ever done so.
Perhaps this post is a few weeks late to the game, but there is still on weekend left of Christmas revelry. A weekend that I tend to enjoy to the fullest. For tonight’s ugly sweater party I have decided to don the pictured ensemble. It is one of the more comfortable ensembles I have worn in recent memory. It includes items from 4 of my favorite textile groups: cashmere, leather, velvet and corduroy. Although biased, I think it is also a very elegant, masculine and festive pairing. The red velvet jacket is from Buttons n Threads. The ivory cashmere rollneck from Uniqlo (yes, Uniqlo actually has good knits for the money). The green corduroys from Ralph Lauren. And the brown bit loafers from Jay Butler.
What about you, are you a fan of ugly Christmas sweaters? Or would you rather wear something like this? Feel free to sound off in the comments.