The Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Outfit Ideas – Cute, Funny & Truly Ugly

Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater with White Fuzzy Sleeves

wearing: Let It Snow Sweater, OTK boots, Wool Coat


Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas

I love the countdown to the holidays.

There’s something about jolly Christmas carols on repeat, getting dressed up for party after party and epic holiday feasts that I just can’t get enough of!

This year, Amazon Fashion asked me to do an Instagram story series on my account (@shershegoes) featuring 12 days of Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Each day, I wore a different holiday sweater.

At first I thought man, “how many ugly sweaters can I possibly wear?” but it was actually quite hard limiting to just 12 once I got down to it, ha!

Keep reading for everything you need to know about Ugly Christmas Sweaters!





Where to Buy Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas Sweaters are sold everywhere but I think the best place to buy them is on Amazon. They have a huge selection and I find the customer reviews to be quite helpful to gauge fit and sizing.

If you have Amazon prime, they ship in just 2 days, which is perfect for last minute shoppers. Actually, about half of these sweaters shipped in 1 day!

Many of the sellers on Amazon also offer free returns if you don’t like the fit or quality.

You can also try out Amazon Prime Wardrobe, to try up to 6 festive styles before you buy. That way you can ensure you like the sweater fit and quality before purchasing.





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Wearing: White Cozy Sweater, Red Pants (similar here)


Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Amazon

Here are some sellers that I’ve ordered from:

  • Blizzard Bay for cute ugly Christmas sweaters, like character reindeer, penguins, etc
  • Icewear for traditional holiday sweaters that are made of wool and extremely good quality
  • Faux Real for ugly christmas sweater shirts – these look like sweaters but are printed shirts
  • Hybrid Apparel for pop culture themed ugly christmas sweaters (Star Wars, Despicable Me, Disney etc)
  • Tipsy Elves for higher quality, unique sweaters. They are a bit more expensive though.


Or you can browse all holiday sweaters available on Amazon here





Ugly Christmas Sweater Outfit Ideas

I tried to select a mix of Christmas sweaters, from the very traditional knit pattern Christmas sweaters to festive sweaters with elves, Santa, reindeer and snowmen, to some popular ‘pop-culture-y’ sweaters.. and some truly ugly ugly Christmas sweaters.

I think it’s nice to be able to wear clothing long after just a Ugly Christmas Sweater party so for most of these looks, I styled them in classic everyday outfits so you can get the most wear out of a seasonal item!


1. 8 Bit Santa Sweater

Cheap Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Amazon
Mens Ugly Christmas Sweater

Outfit details: Santa SweaterWhite Button Down Shirt DressThigh High BootsWhite Stingray Bag


This was hands down my favorite Christmas sweater of the bunch… and it’s actually a men’s sweater! Grab it to wear oversized as a sweater dress or snag a set for the men in your life.

The pattern has little 8 bit Santas all over.

From far away it looks relatively normal and then up close, it gets super festive!

It’s also available in matching 8 bit Santa jogger pants which I think is just adorable to wear as a pajama set.

I’m wearing a size small, but it is still a little short so I layered a white shirt dress underneath. 

Now if only they’d make these in Womens…





2. Snowmen Christmas Cardigan

Ugly Christmas Sweater Snowmen Cardigan

snowmen cardigan


My other favorite sweater is this adorable Christmas cardigan with snowmen on interchanging red and green panels.

It’s made so well you could even wear it inside out, and has holiday plaid elbow patches and panels of velvet. I kept feeling myself while wearing it!

It would work for special festive events like ice skating in Bryant park to everyday wear throughout November to January.

Don’t forget the ultimate Cozy Slippers!





3. Traditional Christmas Knit

Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters with Reindeer
merry christmas sweater


If you’re looking for that knit sweater with traditional patterns, this Blue Knit fits the bill.

It comes in 5 colors as well as different prints – snowmen, reindeer, even “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal” options!

Best of all, it fits slightly over-sized and is really comfortable to wear.





4. Reindeer with a Bow

Red Ugly Holiday Sweaters with Reindeer
ugly christmas sweater with reindeer


For a cute Ugly Christmas sweater, I picked up this Red Reindeer option.

It’s a thinner knit and more of a flowy tunic look, so its great for tucking into skirts or layering with other thermals!





5. Let It Snow

Best Ugly Holiday Sweater Outfit Ideas
Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater with Snow


For all the girls wanting cute ugly Christmas sweaters, this is the sweater to buy now.

I love the fuzzy white sleeves, wide open neck collar and cute ‘Let It Snow’ lettering.

It has a slightly boxier fit but pair it with a skirt and some over the knee boots, and you’re good to go! 

I’ve been obsessed with these Marc Fisher boots all winter and while we were shooting these photos, people on the street asked me where I got them!





6. Elves Decorating the Tree

Ugly Christmas Sweaters with Elves


Size up for this sweater – it’s designed for Juniors and has a unique high-low hemline where its belly-grazing in front and longer in the back.

I’m wearing a size Medium for reference. I paired it with high-waisted button-up black jeans, my well worn brown suede boots and a brown crossbody bag.

This white Christmas sweater has a cute argyle pattern and I love the little elves on a ladder decorating the christmas tree.

With 60% cotton and 40% acrylic, its quite comfortable to wear all day and I think it would be one of those ugly christmas sweaters you can wear all season long because it’s a bit more “normal” looking!

I also appreciate the green bands on the sleeves and hem. Note, the back is entirely white.





7. Chillin with My Snowmies

Funny Ugly Christmas Sweater Snowmen
Funny Ugly Christmas Sweater with Snowmen


This bright blue holiday sweater fits true to size and has a cute slogan on the front “chillin with my snowmies”.

The best part is each of the three snowmen heads have clear plastic slots so you can even add in pictures and bring the sweater to life!

If you’re looking for a funny ugly Christmas sweater, this one is it.

Perfect for friends and couples!





8. Candy Cane Dress

Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress with Candy Cane Hearts
candy cane hearts dress


I thought this Striped Hearts Dress was too cute, with the soft red color, striped sleeves and candy cane hearts!





9. Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater Disney Mickey Mouse

Mens Ugly Christmas Sweater with Disney Mickey Mouse


This was a men’s sweater but I liked the all over miniature Mickey Mouse print.

Because it fits slightly over-sized, I paired it with a skirt and thigh high boots for a more casual sweater dress look.

It’s super comfy and I love the festive green color!





10. Star Wars Ugly Christmas Sweater

Star Wars Ugly Christmas Sweater
Star Wars Ugly Christmas Sweater


For all the Star Wars fans out there, this Christmas sweater is for you!

I opted for the R2D2 holiday character but there are lots of Star Wars Christmas sweaters from Hybrid Apparel to choose from.

The navy sweater is slim fitting, made from a thin cotton/polyester knit and plays music!

Yup, this is one of those extra festive ugly holiday sweaters that plays music.

I wore it while shopping and accidentally pressed against the counter while the check out girl was scanning my items. She thought the R2D2 noise was her scanner ha!





11. Darth Vader Holiday Sweater

Womens Ugly Christmas Sweater Outfit Ideas
Mens Ugly Christmas Sweater with Star Wars Darth Vader


Clearly we can’t wait for the new movie so I picked up not one, but TWO ugly Christmas sweaters with Star Wars characters!

This thick knit has a cute fair isle type print with little Darth Vader heads all over.

I love how it looks traditionally Christmas-y from far away. It’s a mens ugly christmas sweater so even the small fits slightly oversized, but if you like plush, cozy sweaters as much as I do, this holiday knit is one to pick up!





12. Minions Holiday Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater Despicable Me Minions
Mens Ugly Christmas Sweater with Minions


This ultra festive Despicable Me sweater is super cheesy but also quite cute!

I love the zig zag holiday pattern and red & green color scheme.

It’s a thinner knit with a minion front and center and makes for a colorful, cheery addition to any ugly Christmas sweater party.





13. Penguins Sweater Shirt

Best Faux Real Ugly Christmas Sweater Shirt
Faux Real Ugly Christmas Sweater Shirt with Penguins


Are you entering an ugly sweater party contest?

If so and you want to win, then pick up this truly ugly, ugly Christmas sweater!

It’s a faux, “sweater shirt” aka a printed sweater on a long sleeve polyester shirt.

The printed fair isle pattern does look quite real and even has a fun v-neck with a faux white tee peeking through.





14. Light Up Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Light Up Christmas Sweater with Santa Tic Tac Toe
Ugly Christmas Sweater Light Up


This tic tac toe sweater reminds me of those vintage ugly christmas sweaters my aunts would wear. It’s a touch oversized, and made from a comfy knit that feels perfectly worn in.

If you’re set on finding the perfect light up ugly christmas sweater, you have to pick this one up!

The wiring for the lights are separated from the sweater with a fabric lining, so you won’t get scratched. Tuck the light switch in your pocket and light up wherever!

I blended in to Times Square well enough :)





15. Velcro Snowmen Sweater

Classic Ugly Holiday Sweater with Snowmen
Ugly Holiday Sweater with Snow


This Snowmen winter sweater is pretty similar to the Snowmies one!

Same beautiful blue color but this holiday knit is slightly more low key. The key feature is a soft, velvet textured snow scene and would look great on all winter long!





16. Minnie Mouse Christmas Sweater

Ugly Holiday Sweater with Disney Minnie Mouse
Girls Ugly Christmas Sweater with Minnie Mouse Disney


This is a really cute ugly Christmas sweater with Minnie Mouse on the front and a snowflake print all over – even on the back!

I love when sweaters look as good on the back as the front so this black holiday sweater is a cut above the rest.

It’s made from a sweatshirt like material so quite comfortable to wear without any itch. As a bonus? It lights up!





17. Sequin Elf Sweater

Cute Ugly Holiday Sweater Ideas
Womens Ugly Christmas Sweater with striped Sleeves and Elves


I thought this striped sleeve sweater looked so elf like and glittery sequins added such a fun touch.

The front reads “Me, My Elf and I” and is guaranteed to make all your friends laugh.

A little glam, a tad ugly and a lot of cozy – this is a unique ugly Christmas sweater for women!





18. Hanes Ugly Christmas Sweater


This cute Christmas sweater is cheeky, cozy and super cute!

Made from a plush cotton fleece, it’s so warm without being heavy or weighty. I love the relaxed fit and think it would be perfect with some plaid pjs on Christmas morning!

Hanes Ugly Christmas Fleece

Sold on Zappos & Amazon

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here





19. Dale of Norway Christiania Cardigan


Looking for an ugly Christmas sweater that’s not truly ugly?

Then layer up in this cozy Christiania zip up. It’s made from 100% merino wool, so it’s super soft and lightweight to wear. 

There’s a mock collar, a full zip up front and long sleeves that are cuffed. 

I think the Norwegian design, with its contrasting side panels, is really slimming, and pretty enough to wear for multiple holiday seasons to come!

Dale of Norway Christmas Sweater

Sold on Zappos & Amazon

Check the latest reviews and see all color options here





Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Amazon

And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed the Ugly Holiday sweater series as much as I did. 


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  1. Megan
    December 7, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    This is seriously such a cute post and idea! I LOVE the Me, my elf, and I sweater and the Let is Snow look!!

    • Sher
      December 7, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks hun!! You have to start doing more fashion :)

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  3. Luci
    December 11, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Love this fun and light hearted post! You styled these all beautifully, but I especially love the traditional look of the star wars sweater!

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