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Festive Holiday Sweaters for Everyone

by Kelsey Taylor

Dec 12, 2017

Who says holiday sweaters have to be ugly? These finds prove it's possible—and preferable—to be festive, warm, and stylish all at the same time.

Photo by: Twitch Vintage

Colorful? Yes. Statement-making? Absolutely. Ugly? No way! Sure, the holiday sweater suffers from a bad rap, but if you ask us, it's just a classic case of misunderstanding. Because really, what's not to love about a piece of clothing that doubles as a physical manifestation of your capital H, capital S, Holiday Spirit? To help restore them to their rightful place atop the holiday attire hierarchy, we’ve rounded up our favorite not-so-ugly sweaters to keep your whole crew (pets, too!) feeling festive this holiday season. From fleecy pullovers emblazoned with cheerful messages to old-school Fair Isle knits, there’s something stylish (and cozy) to don for every December celebration.

For her

Whether you're wrapping presents on the living room floor or singing your heart out on the annual caroling circuit, it's easy to opt for a sweater that's as chic as it is comfortable. Channel the ghost of (fashionable) Christmases past with a nostalgic vintage jumper, or consider wearing your holiday motto on your sleeve with a minimalist graphic number. There's no wrong way to play it, but this year, our personal fave arrives in the form of a reindeer, finished with a red-nosed cuff.

For him

If your style inspiration this winter hails straight from the North Pole, we've got the getup for you: a modern take on Santa’s uniform, complete with signature belt and pom-pom hood. Not up for twinning with Old Saint Nick? A vintage knit sweater is the perfect way to enjoy a more understated hygge holiday—plus it's timeless enough to wear all winter long. Or, for something in the center of the subtlety spectrum, consider a cozy sweatshirt with a kitty-friendly twist on a holiday classic. Meowy Christmas, indeed!

For kids

Dressing up Santa’s little helper is easier than ever this holiday season with adorable sweaters aplenty. Case in point: this elf-inspired outfit that's practically begging for pictures in front of the tree. From personalized black and white hoodies for the monochromatic-minded to a bright red pullover with a reindeer appliqué, there's something for every kind of kiddo. (And just in case you haven't snapped this year's holiday card photo yet, we'd be remiss not to mention that the reindeer sweater comes in sizes for the whole family.)

For pets

What would Santa be without his trusty reindeer? This season, don’t forget to deck the paws along with the halls, and help your furry family members strut their stuff during those chilly winter walks. For the truly fashion-forward pup, look no further than this chic sweater and coordinated scarf that have us yearning for a matching human set. And if you’re brave enough to try to coax your cat into something cozy, we love this knit turtleneck and bold bow number in festive reds and greens.

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Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey Taylor is a senior merchandising specialist at Etsy. Besides constantly treasure hunting for everything on Etsy, she enjoys taking (and teaching) dance classes, solving crossword puzzles with her husband, and running around the backyard with her dogs.