First, these beauties fall into three jolly categories.
We break it down.
- The "this was made specifically so holiday could barf all over you - and yes, we know it's uggle."
- The " careful, did your mother - in - law wear something similar last year?" As in, seriously wear? Cardinals on denim, matching turtleneck sets, and the occasional vest falls into this category. Take note. If you go this route, be sure to jazz it up with extra uggle so that folks can distinguish you and your taste from the aforementioned mother - in- law.
- The "someone actually wore this and thought they were quite styling once- upon- a-time." Are these so ugly, that they're fashionable? Ah the vintage beauties ( really well-made and probably a bit pricey in their day). Timeout. Is that a pig or a pink deer on that christmas tree down there?
The trick my lovelies is to scrounge until you can find one falling into category 3 - where true holiday magic, humor and ugliness resides. The joy of such discovery is almost as fun as donning this wonderful gay apparel. But tread lightly, straying into category 2 threatens at every turn.
On to the sources
- Your mother's closet ( or your father's for that matter, depending on the decade) could prove fruitful
- Your aunt - craft a cover for the true mission at hand so as not to unintentionally offend
- Good Will, vintage or thrift - go early, well nourished and be prepared to fend off ladies on similar quests
Making your own, or ordering off "the ugly sweater store" is always an option, but is that cheating? We feel it's not truly in keeping with the mystique and spirit of that which is the sacred and ever celebrated "ugly holiday sweater."