NEW YORK  December 2, 2018

Apart from downing a hot toddy (or three), our favorite way to bring the holiday warmth is a festive sweater. The way we see it, you’ve got two options this season. The first is to don one of the self-proclaimed, certifiably ugly Christmas sweaters made at the behest of Beyoncé or Whoopi Goldberg (and thus fashion-approved). The second is to search out a bright, jolly — but still chic — knit that brings the sartorial holiday cheer in a more subtle manner. We’re partial to option two.

Christmas Snowflake Chevron Jumper, $85 at Topshop


















Luckily, haute holiday sweaters aren’t at all hard to find. Anything intarsia, Christmas (or Christmas-like) plaid, sparkle-embellished or — for those with especially pared-back tastes — just plain red or green will do, so long as it hangs nicely.

Wear yours to open presents, then all winter long. Each is fun but un-ironic; each takes personal offense to being called an “ugly” Christmas sweater.

Perfect Moment
Orelle Striped Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater, $300 at Net-a-Porter
Forever 21
Colorblock Knit Sweater, $22.90 at Forever 21
Red Christmas Printed Knitted Sweater, $32 at Missguided
Karen Scott
Embroidered Sequin-Embellished Sweater, $49.50 at Macy’s
Crewneck Sweater in Vintage Fair Isle, $120 at J.Crew
Christmas Fair Isle Sweater, $130 at Boden
Design Fair Isle Slogan Christmas Sweater, $31.50 at ASOS
& Other Stories
Wool Blend Striped Sweater, $99 at & Other Stories
Christmas Oh Deer Sequin Jumper, $16 at Boohoo

Tory Sport
Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater, $298 at Nordstrom

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