The ugly Christmas sweater can be seen everywhere and on almost everyone during the holiday season. These shabby garments are now being refashioned from their eternal spot inside the old wardrobe of your grandmother. Usually ugly Christmas sweaters are liberally use the colors of green and red, with additions of large reindeer, snowmen and bright Christmas trees. There are even sweaters equipped with Christmas lights and felt appliqué.
The sweater has been in the garment industry in the US ever since the 19th century but the hideous holiday sweaters have only began to emerge in the last decades. The modern pioneer of the trend is said to be Bill Cosby and is acknowledged by many as an ugly sweater icon.
In the past years, the trends of ugly Christmas sweaters have once again picked up its pace. There was a particular noticeable uptick in the trend 15 years ago. The tradition of wearing these hideous outfits and having parties wearing these snowballed from that time on. There are hundreds of vintage sires including Goodwill and Salvation Army that are reaping the benefits of this trend. The ugly Christmas sweater craze has now reached fashion shops like Nordstrom, Forever 21 and H&M.
Those who accidentally started the hideous craze are now back as people from all walks of life across ages are now feeling the love for ugly Christmas sweaters. The number of ugly Christmas sweater parties has continually risen over the years and young and old guests alike are trying to top each other with the most gauche decorations on the sweater. Even the late night host Jimmy Fallon has created a segment on his program which he called “The 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters”.
Outside the space of pop culture, the ugly sweater can also be linked to the emerging trends in runway fashion shows. This season, Fair Isle knits have increasingly become popular as well as tribal printing on clothing. Both of these feature bold patterns which is in the same pattern as some of the holiday season pullover. The ugly sweater fever is not only celebrated in the US but as well as in other countries like Canada and UK.