Apart from downing a hot toddy (or three), our favorite way to bring the holiday warmth is a festive sweater. The way we see it, you’ve got two options this season. The first is to don a self-proclaimed, certifiably ugly Christmas sweater made at the behest of Beyoncé or Whoopi Goldberg (and thus fashion-approved). The second is to search out a bright, jolly — but still chic — knit that brings the sartorial holiday cheer in a more subtle manner. We’re partial to option two.
Luckily, haute holiday sweaters aren’t at all hard to find. Anything intarsia, Christmas (or Christmas-like) plaid, sparkle-embellished or — for those with especially pared-back tastes — just plain red or green will do, so long as it hangs nicely.
Click through the slideshow below for 28 shining examples. Wear yours to open presents, then all winter long. Each is fun but un-ironic; each takes personal offense to being called an “ugly” Christmas sweater.