What’s holiday cheer without a little bit of utter embarrassment? The answer is: not very cheery! That’s why you need to plan an ugly sweater party. "What's an ugly sweater party?" you ask. Pretty much an excuse to inhale an obscene amount of holiday cooking and spiked egg nog while forcing all your friends to compete for the title of “ugliest.” What could be more fun?
Don’t be mistaken. The success of an ugly sweater party depends on just how shameless you’re willing to be. In this case, having no shame will be a positive. The uglier your sweater, the more successful you will be in the eyes of your opponents. Do not tread lightly!
Here are 12 ugly sweaters that will make everyone at your party just slightly more uncomfortable. Get ready to take pictures!
1. Breakdancing Jesus Ugly Christmas Sweater
Because being sacrilegious can be funny in the right company. And because when else do you get to wear light-up sweaters?
2. Ugly Cat Sweater with Bells
Are you a weird cat lady? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell). Is it actually kind of appropriate that you’d be wearing a cat sweater? Well, take it the next level with this obnoxious cat lover’s sweater, complete with fluffy balls and a dangly bell. You will look like a freak. And know one will know you secretly like it, because you’re supposed to be wearing something so atrocious!
3. Plus Size 4 Panel Ugly Christmas Sweater
The only joke here is that this kind of sweater was once worn in earnest. Wanna look like everyone’s mom, circa the 1980s? This button-down sweater vest is your best bet. Complete with four different designs, this shocker will make everyone wish they had a sweater as ugly as yours!
4. Merry Chrithmith Ugly Christmas Sweater
This has lots of ugly going for it—it’s bright green polyblend—but it’s also hilarious.
5. Ugly Hanukkah Faux Sweater
Oof, this one’s pretty hideous. Butter yellow, button-down V-neck? Yes, please. The best thing about this ugly sweater is that it’s not a sweater! If you get super hot, this one’s for you.
6. Llamahah, Oh Llamakah Chanukah Ugly Christmas Sweater
There’s just something really funny about the word llama, isn’t there? This pasty, blue sweater is pretty horrible. Buy it!
7. Sloth Ugly Christmas Sweater
Sloths are cute, but they’re also pretty ugly. They’re ugly-cute. Which is why you need this goofy button-down sweater. And if we’re honest, you’ll probably wear this through the winter.
8. Tacky Christmas Sweater
Were you a dope in high school? It’s time to reclaim that identity! This actually horrifying sweater combines tinsel, puffy balls and pseudo-suspenders. If you don’t buy this, you will not be the ugliest at the party.
9. Faux Half and Half Ugly Holiday Sweater
Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with this multi-purpose option.
10.Christmas Present Sweater
Want to look like a big fool? With its giant golden bow and its laminated name-tag area, you will definitely be the biggest loser at the party!
11. The Don Ugly Christmas Sweater
This sweater is ugly (or should we say bigley?). No matter what your politics are, you can twist the message here to fit your viewpoint. If you don’t like Trump, you can see why this sweater is horrific. But if you do support Donald Trump, well, you too can take comfort in knowing that it’s still pretty terrible. Ugly!
12. Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater
With Jesus, pizza and balloons finally colliding, this sweater brings full force ugliness to the table. Whoever decided a pizza hat would be the final touch here, I applaud you!
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