A Not-So-Ugly Christmas Sweater

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What I’m Wearing:

Sweater: Jack Wills, old (similar, similar – under $50, similar – under $50) / Top: Brooks Brothers / Pants: J.Crew
Shoes: J.Crew Factory / Earrings: front Kate Spade, old; back C.Wonder, old (similar) – get the same look here!
Bow Ring: Kate Spade, old (similar) / Signet Ring: BaubleBar

Like basically any 20-something out there, I cannot resist a fun Christmas sweater. Ugly, cute, for a dog – doesn’t matter. I want them all.

In college, my friend Kayla celebrated her birthday every year with a super-fun ugly Christmas sweater party. She and I had matching reindeer antlers and even coordinating ugly Christmas sweaters. Well, they were coordinating until she sewed LEDs into hers so the Christmas tree on her sweater would light up. #overachiever

Kayla’s birthday is in mid-November so this party was always the perfect start to the holiday season. I would make a disastrously strong punch (or hot chocolate with 101 proof peppermint schnapps – my drink of choice every winter when it got below freezing in Upstate New York), Kayla would make some crazy-good cookies, and we’d have all of our closest friends over to the house to celebrate all that was my bestie.

This tradition started my sophomore year and I still have the sweater she bought me when she asked me to help her throw the party (not pictured above, ahem). Every time I think of Christmas sweaters, I can’t help but think of Kayla and me sitting on our counter in that drafty old house in Ithaca, laughing our faces off while wearing antlers and our ever-so-ugly Christmas sweaters.

In honor of the season, I’ve pulled a bunch of my favorite [actually cute] Christmas sweaters from all around the web for your shopping pleasure. There’s even one for a pup. I’m totally getting it for Feebee. Click the widget below to shop my favorite picks (as well as the rest of my outfit pictured above).

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Photography by Beckley & Co.