11 'ugly' Christmas sweaters that are actually cute

Julie Tong
“Ugly” Christmas sweaters can actually be cute. (Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration; photo: Topshop)
“Ugly” Christmas sweaters can actually be cute. (Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration; photo: Topshop)

Contrary to popular belief, not all ugly Christmas sweaters have to be ugly. There are actually a myriad of festive Christmas sweaters that have the stereotypical Fair Isle print, Christmas quote and reindeer graphic — while still looking chic.

Whether you have a secret Santa exchange coming up, a white elephant party or holiday dinner, finding the right festive outfit can be difficult when you don’t want to look like Mrs. Claus or an elf. To help guide you, we scoured the web to find 11 sweaters that will not only fit your holiday dress code, but that you’ll want to wear well throughout the holiday season.

Shop our favorites below.

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Topshop Fair Isle Zip Collar Jumper

Topshop Fair Isle Zip Collar Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)
Topshop Fair Isle Zip Collar Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)

This stylish holiday sweater is one you’ll never want to take off. We love the open-neck silhouette and 3/4 zipper. It’s perfect to slip on over a T-shirt and wear with your favorite boyfriend jeans and boots. It’s cozy, it’s cute and it’s right on point for the holidays.

Shop it: $110, topshop.com

Mango Jacquard Wool Sweater

Mango Jacquard Wool Sweater. (Photo: Mango)
Mango Jacquard Wool Sweater. (Photo: Mango)

Made of wool, this sweater will not only keep you warm on weekends, but you can also wear it to work. It has a festive Fair Isle print, but its neutral color palette will complement any wardrobe. We suggest styling it with wide-legged trousers and pointy black leather boots.

Shop it: $100, mango.com

Topshop Christmas Party Popper Jumper

Topshop Christmas Party Popper Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)
Topshop Christmas Party Popper Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)

Although covered in sequins, this sweater screams holiday spirit without looking cheesy. Style it with black skinny jeans and heels, and your friends will be jealous you found this sweater first.

Shop it: $100, topshop.com

H&M Off-the-shoulder Sweater

H&M Off-the-shoulder Sweater. (Photo: H&M)
H&M Off-the-shoulder Sweater. (Photo: H&M)

The off-the-shoulder silhouette adds a feminine touch compared with typical, chunky Christmas sweaters. We love how the festive print doesn’t overpower the sweater, making it look classy. And at $10, you can’t beat the price.

Shop it: $10, hm.com

Topshop Christmas Snowflake Chevron Jumper

Topshop Christmas Snowflake Chevron Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)
Topshop Christmas Snowflake Chevron Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)

This snowflake sweater is so cute, it would make a great holiday date night look (think ice skating with your beau). Just add a pom-pom beanie, moto jacket and your favorite black skinny jeans to make it look a bit edgier. He’ll never know what hit him.

Shop it: $85, topshop.com

UO Gwendoline Faire Isle Crew-Neck Sweater

UO Gwendoline Faire Isle Crew-Neck Sweater. (Photo: Urban Outfitters)
UO Gwendoline Faire Isle Crew-Neck Sweater. (Photo: Urban Outfitters)

The colorful stripes mixed with the Fair Isle design give this sweater a retro, ’90’s vibe. Wear it to a white elephant party with all your friends, and you’ll be one to stand out from the crowd.

Shop it: $79, urbanoutfitters.com

Topshop Christmas Joyeux Noel Jumper

Topshop Christmas Joyeux Noel Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)
Topshop Christmas Joyeux Noel Jumper. (Photo: Topshop)

Simple and elegant, this sweater checks off all the boxes for a stylish Christmas sweater. We love the black and white color palette, typography and adorable reindeer graphic. If you look extra closely, you can see one of the reindeer’s noses is red too!

Shop it: $85, topshop.com

Loft Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater

Loft Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater. (Photo: Loft)
Loft Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater. (Photo: Loft)

The teal blue shade in this fair isle turtleneck is a fresh alternative to traditional red and green. Style it with skinny trousers and pumps, and you’ll have a festive office-ready look.

Shop it: $70, loft.com

Christmas Oh Deer Sequin Jumper

Boohoo Christmas Oh Deer Sequin Jumper. (Photo: Boohoo)
Boohoo Christmas Oh Deer Sequin Jumper. (Photo: Boohoo)

This sparkling gem is tailored for the girl who loves to go out but wants to put a holiday spin on her typical Saturday night look.

Shop it: $20, boohoo.com

Aerie Cable Sweater

Aerie Cable Sweater. (Photo: Aerie)
Aerie Cable Sweater. (Photo: Aerie)

Kick back and relax in this sweater while watching Christmas movies and drinking a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Ah, doesn’t that sound lovely?

Shop it: $30, ae.com

HYCYG Women’s Crew Neck

Ugly Christmas Sweater Amazon
HYCYG Women’s Crew Neck. (Photo: Amazon)

We love the vintage feel of this reindeer sweater. You can wear it to a holiday party and then pack it afterwards for your next ski trip. Either way, at $29, you won’t regret it.

Shop it: $29, amazon.com

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