The tradition might seem tacky, tacky, tacky to some, but to many folks around the globe, the practice is pure fun, goofy and addictive to join every season. We are referring to the wearing of the ugliest sweaters you can find that express the Christmas holiday spirit. Thankfully, these days, there are online shops that sell the best and most hilarious Xmas sweaters you can don for parties, company events, family photos, and more.
There’s A History
Ugly Xmas sweaters didn’t just pop up around the world one day; there is a beginning to these funky garments. Some research has been uncovered by prestigious media publications like Time. The famous magazine claims that Bill Cosby’s iconic role as Dr. Huxtable in the 80s sitcom “The Cosby Show” started a modern-day trend. His signature sweater style of wool pullovers in unappealing patterns and colors caught people’s eyes.
Then, there was Chevy Chase adopting a similar ugly wool pullover trend in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Blame It On 2001
By the beginning of the 21st Century, the Ugly Christmas Sweater was on a roll. The world was in on the joke, and the trend began skyrocketing. These loud, weird Xmas sweaters began showing up at more and more parties. People began flocking to Goodwill stores and the Salvation Army to pick up vintage Xmas sweaters, the goofier the better. Even snobby department stores like Nordstrom’s started selling the yuletide woolies by the year 2001.
Celebs Fuel The Trend
Stars like Matt Damon, Camilla Alves, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Elijah Wood and Anna Kendrick are just a few of the famous who have been photographed wearing the ugly Xmas apparel, says InStyle. These celebrities enjoyed putting on the holiday garments for both on and off camera. For example, Matt Damon appeared with a delightful smirk on a morning talk show once; he was adorned in a multi-colored sweater vest with dozens of knitted Santa Claus faces in a homely patchwork design.
Social Media Creates Buzz
Never underestimate how the online world factors into a sizzling hot trend. Social media can create a buzz and have it explode globally without much effort. These days, popular sites like Pinterest have fueled the flames for ugly Xmas sweater inspiration. In other words, you can get great ideas from others and also share your favorite hideous holiday garments. Pinterest allows you to make a board and devote it to your cause. There are do-it-yourself directions on making really ugly sweaters for Christmas that are unique and inexpensive for both women and men.
Creativity matters when it comes to deciding on the ugliest sweater you can buy, borrow or design yourself. Let’s be honest, folks; a sense of humor around the holidays goes a long way. The trend hasn’t died out yet. Have a “merry, merry.”
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