Ugly Christmas Sweaters
The holiday must-have of Christmas Past & Present
Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch, our neighbors to the north, are credited with the modern interpretation of the holiday staple. In 2001, they threw the first "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party, and have since trademarked the moniker. Blame Y2K, 9/11, or the Kardashians, but nostalgia is at an all time high. Coupled with the half ironic, half reverent style of fashion adopted by millennialis, the Christmas sweater's popularity has only grown. Though re-born as a tongue-in-cheek, anti-fashion statement, mainstream and even high-end retailers have capitalized on the craze.
Apart from your grandparents' closet, the best place to find the most kitsch festive sweater was, is, and always will be the thrift store, which come stocked from Halloween through the New Year. At Inspirations, you'll find racks full of Christmas sweaters for the price of a latte. Into the DIY craft? We've got all the materials you need to don your own gay apparel. Browse the gallery below to explore styles in store, and our favorites from the past.