This year you will likely find yourself the recipient of several Christmas party invites. But unlike years past, where you were probably expected to show up wearing nice attire, if not formal wear, you might get several invites to ugly Christmas sweater parties. The latest trend in holiday-themed parties has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, to the point that it now seems to permeate even the staunchest of traditional parties. And there’s no denying that it’s fun to pull your ugly, old, holiday sweaters out of the deepest recesses of your closet and wear them ironically for all the world to see. But it’s gotten to the point where you can’t rely on an ugly sweater alone to win you a contest at the party. These days you have to go all out when it comes to accessorizing your ugly Christmas sweater to make it even more hideous. So here are just a few bright ideas to help you jazz up the ugliest garment in your wardrobe.



You’ve no doubt used this product to make fake trees and wreaths look as though they’ve been at the mercy of a snowstorm. So why not make yourself appear as though you’ve been sleeping in a snowdrift all day? Flocking your sweater may seem absurd, but it will almost certainly stand out amidst more common additions like bells and pom-poms, just for example. And you can always use it as a base to build upon with other decorations, whether you start with a little fake snow on the shoulders or make yourself look like a Yeti.

Gift Wrap

Whether you prefer to wrap your packages in shiny, holiday-themed paper and adorn them with stick-on bows or you go for reusable gift bags and velvet ribbon, there’s no reason you can use these festive adornments to up the ante on ugly where your Christmas sweater is concerned. This is not to say you should wrap yourself up like a package – you want everyone to see your sweater. But should you cover yourself in holiday gift tag stickers? Yes.

Tree Trimmings

Perhaps one of the most popular ways to jazz up an ugly holiday sweater is to trim it like a tree, complete with bells, ornaments, tinsel, candy canes, and pretty much anything else you might be inspired to hang on your holiday evergreen. If you want to get really creative you could even incorporate some pine boughs (hang a wreath on your back?) or wear a tree topper as a hat.

Felt Cutouts

One way to get a more traditional vibe from your ugly holiday sweater is to embellish it with Christmas scenery courtesy of felt cutouts. Whether you’re adding images of leaping reindeer or recreating the nativity scene, felt is easy to cut, craft, and sew or stick onto your sweater (Velcro tape is handy for those who can’t sew). And with the addition of buttons, bows, pom-poms, and other frippery you can pull together a truly inventive ugly sweater in no time.


The best ugly Christmas sweaters go to a whole other level when it comes to ingenuity in accessorizing, and if you really want to go all out, consider making Rudolph’s nose light up for real by adding a string of working Christmas lights to your ensemble. You’ll have to attach a battery pack or stand near an outlet all night, but if you can pull it off you’re bound to flash some of the brightest plumage at any ugly Christmas sweater party you attend.