It all started with this picture. My first thought was–“That is a great trove of Ugly Sweaters for parties.” But then, I kind of wanted one. Like, really wanted one. Then I saw this sweater from Ralph Lauren:
And I died. I think on the coat tails of this animal-head-on-a-sweater trend is the re-emergence of the ugly sweater.
The thing is…if they’re styled correctly, they’re really not that ugly at all. In fact, I really love the preppy overtone and the vintage feel.
So, you want to buy an ugly sweater and make it awesome? Here are some tips.
1. Your local thrift store. People are always giving away these kinds of sweaters because they think they’re outdated. We know the difference, right?
2. Ebay. Do searches like “fair isle”, “animal vintage sweater”, or any other particular things you’d like on your sweaters. (I, for instance, have done extensive searches for foxes, horses, and mallards.) Also, using “woolrich” will get you some really epic results.
Here’s some sweaters I’ve found that I really love on Ebay:
Now, how to style an ugly sweater without looking like you got lost on your way to a Christmas party?
Be deliberate. Use the sweater as your starting piece, and coordinate the rest of your outfit to match.
(I don’t know the source for this, but it looks like KJP.)
What do you guys think? Are Ugly Sweaters about to make a come back?