Great news for that ugly holiday sweater you’ve been hiding in your closet for the past twelve months — this year, ugly is in. Bold prints, bright colors, and even tacky touches can be the foundation for a fabulously ugly outfit, if you do it right. So how exactly do you style that over-the-top sweater into a look all of your friends will envy? Our resident holiday party pros spill the deets:


Pattern Princess

how to style an ugly holiday sweater

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For a look that’s part 80s pop-star, part Hollywood royalty, pair a bright and geometric sweater with soft and classic details. Accessories like a pearl necklace and glitzy clutch will work to tone down the sweater’s bold pattern and bring an air of sophistication to the entire outfit. For this look, we suggest puckering up with a bold lip color.


Santa’s Sweatheart

ugly holiday sweater outfit

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Your sweater came from grandma’s crawlspace, but that doesn’t mean your look can’t scream modern sophistication. Just be sure to pick the mothballs off first. A faux-leather, a-line skirt lends a feminine silhouette to that oversized sweater, and a sparkly heel brings the glam factor. Hello, gorgeous!


Monochromatic Masterpiece

casual look for an ugly holiday sweater party

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If you’re going gray-scale on the sweater front, punch your look up a notch with a colored pant. This season, you can’t go wrong with burgundy or basically any jewel tone. Up the ante with stunning gold accessories and a sophisticated suede boot.

Complete your look with ready-to-party polish (we love GoldenEye from the OPI Skyfall Collection) and eye-catching makeup. This holiday season we’re obsessing over the many makeup stylings of Miss Taylor Swift, and we suggest you do the same. Nothing says holiday hottie quite like voluminous lashes and a bold lip color — even in an ugly sweater!