These Adorable Sweaters Take the 'Ugly' Out of 'Ugly Christmas Sweater'
Maybe we've leaned too far into cozy grandmother aesthetics, but we think "ugly" Christmas sweaters are legitimately the cutest.
They're always comfy, warm and ultra-colorful, with designs that get us right into the festive mood. What else could we want for the holiday season? Whether you like ugly sweaters with pop culture favorites, classic looks or traditionally gaudy holiday fun, there are looks out there for everyone, and we've gathered all of our favorites of the year below.
Numskull Official The Batman Ugly Sweater: $46
Few characters are more classic and iconic than DC's Batman, but there's nothing wrong with putting a new spin on things, and that's precisely why we adore this Numskull The Batman sweater. Batman's silhouette looks fantastic outlined in red above the Batmobile, coming at the viewer with its headlights glaring, and the bat details and color scheme make the sweater feel nice and Christmassy.
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FUN Lord of the Rings You Shall Not Pass Adult Ugly Sweater: $49.99+
For a geekier, slightly less traditional take on the ugly Christmas sweater, we love this Lord of the Rings sweater, featuring Gandalf's showdown against the Balrog. The fiery tones make the sweater feel even warmer and cozier than the average holiday fare, and the Elvish script gives it that old-timey, nostalgic vibe evocative of Christmas.
printd Pokémon Eevee Eeveelutions Ugly Christmas Sweater: $54.95
Here's one for the Pokémon fans out there. This pixelated sweater doesn't just feature the adorable Eevee, but also its eight differently typed evolutions, from the originals Jolteon, Vaporeon and Flareon to the newest addition to the lineup, Sylveon. And did we mention they're all wearing the cutest little Santa hats?
Laughing Leo DiCaprio Meme Ugly Christmas Sweater: $54
Few meme images are better known today than this Django Unchained still of Leonardo DiCaprio laughing, so why not wear it on an ugly Christmas sweater? As silly as it is, the detail of the KEKLEO face is quite stunning, and the more traditional holiday details surrounding it, along with the great colors, make it otherwise feel like a classic look for the holidays.
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Tipsy Elves Naughty or Nice Reversible Sequin Ugly Sweater: $76.95
Not every Christmas sweater needs to be pop culture-inspired, of course, and we love this loud number from Tipsy Elves because it combines bold patterns with tinsel, pompom and sequins to make you impossible to ignore—but that's not all this sweater has to offer. It also features flip sequins that read "Nice" in one direction, and "Naughty" in the other, to suit your mood during any phase of the holiday party.
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Numskull Official Jurassic Park Ugly Sweater: $35
Who ever knew that Jurassic Park had the perfect theme colors for an ugly Christmas sweater? This one features a velociraptor in front of the famous gates to the park, as well as the famous last words "Clever Girl."
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FUN Sailor Moon Fair Isle Ugly Christmas Sweater: $49.99+
If you're the type to fight evil by moonlight and win love by daylight, then this Sailor Moon ugly Christmas Sweater from FUN has your name written all over it. Sailor Moon's pose on the front of the sweater is totally classic, with planetary symbol details referencing the rest of the Sailor Scouts. And even though it's made for Christmas, honestly, we think you could get away with wearing this one all year round.
Sanrio Gudetama Meh-rry Christmas Ugly Holiday Sweater: $35
There's no Sanrio character more relatable than the lazy and always-bored Gudetama, and the way he's been brought to life on the front of this sweater is too cute. It's perfect for fans of the egg, as well as anyone who's not the happiest about being forced to wear an ugly Christmas sweater for the holiday.
No-Face and Soot Sprites Spirited Away Studio Ghibli Ugly Christmas Sweater: $54
Spirited Away's No-Face is one of Studio Ghibli's most memorable characters, and he's the star of this cute sweater from Anime Ape. With its muted tones, it's great for anyone who'd rather avoid the more garish color combinations of the season, while also being decked out in cute soot sprites.
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Light-Up Pickle Rick Ugly Sweater: $44.99+
You can't transform yourself into a pickle this holiday season, but you can wear this Pickle Rick ugly sweater inspired by one of Rick and Morty's most famous episodes. It's emblazoned with Rick Sanchez as a Christmas pickle in a Santa hat with poinsettias in the background, and it even lights up.
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Hans Gruber Fall Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Ugly Christmas Sweater: $54
We'll happily argue with anyone who says that Die Hard isn't a Christmas movie, and we think this ugly Christmas sweater from Anime Ape is another great piece of evidence. The red and green piece features the famous final scene of Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber falling from the top of Nakatomi Plaza to his doom, and has some of the best details we've seen on a Christmas sweater.
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Numskull Official Jaws DA DUM Ugly Sweater: $46
Just because Jaws is a 4th of July movie doesn't mean it's not perfect for an ugly Christmas sweater. This one brings the film's famous movie poster to life with a few holiday embellishments, and we think the "DA DUM" text is the cherry on top.
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maurices Snowflake Fair Isle Cardigan: $31.43
Prefer a more classic look that still feels totally festive? maurices has some truly adorable pieces that fit the bill, but we especially love this Snowflake Fair Isle Cardigan. It's just the thing for layering, and even featuring pine trees, snowflakes and housetops, it's subtle enough to wear all winter long.
Sporti Granny Sweater Gingerbread Mermaid Micro Back One Piece Swimsuit: $34.13
For those of us who live in warmer climates, Christmas means mild, sunny days—not piles of snow—which is why we love that Sporti has a range of swimsuits inspired by ugly Christmas sweaters. This one-piece features gingerbread mermaids, Christmas trees and colorful donuts to feel festive, regardless of the temperature.
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FUN Gingerbread Pet Sweater: $24.99
Why should humans get to have all the ugly sweater fun? FUN.com also has options for pups, and this adorable piece turns them into a walking gingerbread house, with gorgeous icing and candy cane details.
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