Nothing says "holiday" quite like an ugly sweater party. It's perhaps the one and only occasion, in which ugly is part of the dress code. But that doesn't have to be the case. For the un-ironic crowd, novelty knits that light up, clash to the max, or jingle with every step can border on alarmingly unpleasant. Trade in singing snowmen, 3D Christmas trees, and other excessively merry sweaters for chic ones knitted with pretty Fair Isle patterns or candy cane prints. Below, the 11 prettiest, non-ugly, non-offensive holiday sweaters that you can wear to your next party and beyond.
Make a statement in this furry sweater bedecked with teeny-tiny stars.
2. Abercrombie & Fitch
This one nails the red-and-green color combo in the chicest way possible.
3. Tory Burch
Mini pom-poms and a flourish of jet-black stones give this knit a festive flair.
This one is, by far, the loudest of the bunch, but it can be done. Style it with leather pants or a skirt to toughen up the sweetness.
Play it safe with a geometric jacquard sweater in a neutral color palette.
Not into Fair Isle or holiday prints? Take a classic approach with a contemporary take on checks.
7. J. Crew
The mini Fair Isle pattern delivers style to the max.
Cozy up to the turtleneck version of the holiday sweater.
This cool, heavy-weight graphic knit is perfect for après-ski and for your next holiday sweater party.
Snowflakes and stripes sure do make a chic combo.
11. Chinti & Parker
This sweet striped bow is the finishing touch to your holiday look.