For many, it’s the most anticipated part of the holidays. But when and where is it okay to let loose and break out that gaudy sweater you’ve been clamoring to wear?
Luckily for you, your holiday spirit doesn’t have to stay within the confines of an ugly sweater party or contest. Nor do you have to wait until National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (the third Friday of December, if you’re wondering), or only throw it on when you’re decorating the crib with holiday lights. Think of an ugly sweater as an investment piece that can be worn every year.
Make It Flashy
The charming tradition of fearless and festive prints can totally be embraced the day after Thanksgiving. Hey, if the stores have already decked themselves out in flashy snowman sweaters, why can’t you? If you’ve got a sense of humor, feel free to incorporate this holiday fashion into your daily wardrobe.
Wear It Like You Mean It
Heading out to the coffeeshop? Try layering your candy caned-out statement piece with a chambray shirt. Got casual date night plans? Throw that gingerbread man knit under a blazer to break up the mundane. The point of an ugly sweater is to have fun.
Dial It Back At Work
The only real rule is to use your best judgment. For casual days at work, a safe bet is to tone down the outrageous and keep it office appropriate. This means no ornaments hanging from your tree sweater. Keep it classy with a fair isle pattern instead.
Don’t be afraid to keep the holiday vibes going until New Year’s Eve. That’s a good cut-off to store those bad boys away until next year.