Nobody Really Knows The History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters But It’s Taking Over the Holidays

Ugly Christmas sweaters are now an omnipresent feature of the holidays.  These knitted garments with tacky designs of annoyingness and irony are surprisingly a hit and will lead you to spotlight. Though sweaters is already a garment that has existed since the 19th century, ugly holiday versions just began to germinate in the past few years. Bill Cosby is considered the modern-day ugly sweater icon when he played as Cliff Huxtable in an 80s show showcasing knitted pullovers with ironic colors and patterns.Another notable personality that should be blamed in this trend was was Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation.

Telltale signs of ugly Christmas sweaters are typically in the shades of red and green, with comical representations of snowmen, Santa Clause and Christmas trees, or any sort Christmas ornaments sewn or glued to it. In the past recent years, after the trend died in the early 2000s, this trend is in resurgence once more. The noticeable uptick was in 2010 where ugly christmas sweaters dominate Christmas parties, it snowballed from that point. Now the knitted tops are fashionably comical than ever, in a very hipstery, tacky way.  Vintage stores are claiming the benefits of the craze at first, but the trend sky rocketed and even sold millions for department and online stores.

With the uprise of ugly Christmas sweaters in parties, everyone is rushing to outdo each other with the most Christmas ornaments or puns on their sweaters. Even Jimmy Fallon has an annual segment called “The 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.” Outside the premises of pop culture, the ugly sweaters’ ironic popularity can also be found on runways. Apparently the knits appropriate for this holiday seasons are dominating, but the catchy and ugly tribal prints that feature graphic patterns are not to be underestimated as they sell alot for holiday pullovers as well to those on the simpler, discreet side, at least.

The craze is not confined to U.S. borders.  Christmas jumpers, a form of sweaters, are also growing in acceptance in the U.K. In a rather famous scene from the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary, Colin Firth is also applauded in wearing a cringe-worthy ugly Christmas sweater.