The holidays inspire some of humanity's ugliest sweaters, and this year was certainly no exception. However, if you can readjust your non-precription vintage frames, a new appreciation for that cringe-worthy holiday sweater might come into view. Whether you received one as a gift, or thrust one upon a friend or relative, you may be surprised to learn that ugly sweaters have more longevity beyond the time it takes to pose for an awkward family photo.
The ugliest sweaters feature various holiday themes immortalized in knit and felt, embellished with sparkles, or even that old craft standby, puff paint. In years past, ugly holiday sweaters were resigned to the recesses of our closets and the racks of local thrift stores, but with a discerning eye for kitsch and appropriated cultural artifacts, you too can understand the full potential of your ugly holiday sweater.
This sweater belongs to a KQED employee who wishes to remain anonymous.
If you find that your holiday sweater is not nearly garish enough for such an occasion, consider investing a few dollars in a thrift store upgrade. Keep in mind that holiday sweaters can be appreciated not only for their ugliness, but also for everything they signify, including forced familial interactions, granny D.I.Y. culture and the opportunity to appear flippant.
"Swants" from Westknits