Not excited about your fourth ugly Christmas sweater party of the season? Neither am I. As an alternative to those notorious sweaters I’d like to showcase yes another alternative. The first was two years ago, perhaps I will make this a yearly thing. Upon reflecting on my comments from that post I have concluded that I am indeed not a grinch. I just view the trend as frivolous and as such, decline to partake in it. However, I am still moderately vain and as such, still dislike wearing ugly clothing.
It is undeniable that ugly Christmas sweaters, although certainly growing in steam two years ago, have gone mainstream. Just yesterday Fast Company notes that the ugly Christmas sweater industry is a multi-million dollar one; Wal-Mart and department stores are in on the action now. Fourth party of the season was not an understatement, sadly.
In order to pull off an unugly Christmas sweater look, the first thing you need is a good sweater. Given the sweater is at the centerpiece of the ensemble, it is best that it be a Christmas color; red, green or white/cream. This time I opted for a red cashmere cableknit crewneck sweater (Lilly Pulitzer). Layered a white oxford button (Luxire) down beneath that. And on top of both a navy cashmere sports jacket (SuitSupply). With of course a white linen pocket square. The jacket being optional, but can be a great addition for a more formal event (if you are looking for an ensemble for a non-themed Christmas party) or for an extra layer of warmth.
For trousers, I had a hard time breaking away from the green corduroys (Ralph Lauren). They work very well when the red is on top. At the base of the ensemble is a pair of navy suede tie loafers (Jay Butler), which serve to frame things in navy.
What say you? Would you wear an ensemble like this, or would you just go for the ugly Christmas sweater?