One of the most desired day of the year, the Christmas day, is gone. All we are left with are sweet memories of another successful and prosperous winter holiday. May all of them be beautiful and happy!
This year, I found myself paying attention to a very particular Christmas garment: the ugly sweater. These ugly sweaters caught my attention the first year I arrived in USA and I remember that my first impression was: “Hmmm, look, that’s really interesting!” I did not think they were actually ugly. I deemed them “interesting” and hilarious. But, there is something special about them. Every time I see one I cannot help but smile. I guess I like this kind of “ugly” as it brings up so many childhood memories and good times. For those that are not familiar with the term of “ugly Christmas sweater” it is a pretty thick sweater with an excess of Christmas ornaments and all kinds of embellishments. The most interesting one I saw this year, had actual Christmas tree lights on it that were going on and off. Pretty…magic. The curious thing though, is that nobody wants to take credit for inventing these sweaters. It looks like various resources are linking them to Bill Cosby and his famous hideous sweaters he was wearing during his show in ’80s. Those sweaters were designed by Koos Van Den Akker, a NYC designer.
Even though, it’s hard to find who invented these Christmas “must-haves”, they do rise in popularity and especially because of the dedicated Ugly Sweater parties that are popping everywhere every Christmas. The trend started in 2002 in Vancouver, and became a tradition since then. The big retail stores have been adapting the ugliness of the sweaters to the trends and to what is perceived as “beautiful” or “wearable” by the consumer, and the ugly sweaters are now to disappear first from the shelves!
Personally, I love them for their imperfection. Is it a faux fashion pas? It depends how you look at it, how you wear it and how you style it. One thing is certain: these ugly sweaters will bring laughter and good humour everywhere and to everybody’s face and that is never out of fashion.
WHAT I WEAR?
RED SHOES: JESSICA SIMPSON/DILLARDS