How to Be a Hit at the Ugly Sweater Party

The Holiday Parties are Coming!

Holiday parties are coming soon and you need to be prepared. A new type of party recently started popping up all over the place called the Ugly Sweater Party or the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. This is a party when true ugliness is to be embraced! If you are lucky enough to get invited to one of these parties, it is important to look the part. You certainly need to know how to be a hit at the Ugly Sweater Party.

What is most important is first finding an ugly sweater. Sadly, some of us need look no further than our own closet. You might have an ugly sweater or an ugly holiday sweater in your closet for a number of different reasons. Perhaps it was an unwanted gift from a relative. Maybe you were given it as a gag gift. It is also possible that you had a momentary lapse in good taste and actually bought the sweater at the time. For whatever reason, you've got yourself an ugly sweater.

You might ask, "How do I know it is an ugly sweater?" Some people in your life will usually be kind enough to share that information with you. You could be walking out your house thinking you look pretty cute when a roommate or family member will ask you what you are wearing. This is a bad sign. Sit them down and get the truth out of them. Just because they don't like it does not mean it is ugly. But if you are walking down the street and people are turning their head away from you in disgust, my friend, you have an ugly sweater!

Before going through the humiliating experience of wearing an ugly sweater by accident, you might want to ask yourself some simple questions when attempting to determine if a sweater is ugly:

  1. Does it clash with itself?
  2. Does it include about 20 different colors, including colors you never knew existed?
  3. Are there extra items sewn into it, such as pom-poms or too many sequins?
  4. Is there a lot of fringe?
  5. Does it light up?
  6. Does it jingle?

If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, you are looking at an ugly sweater.

Get Your Ugly On

Buy Yourself an Ugly Sweater

If you are not lucky enough to have your own ugly sweater and no one around you will let you borrow their ugly sweater, then you are going to have to purchase one. A great place to start is Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Trust me, there is a reason people are dumping those sweaters there. Some are going to be horrifically ugly. Go through some sweaters and find something hideous. It does not necessarily have to be a Christmas sweater to be an ugly sweater, but it sure does help.

No luck at Goodwill or the Salvation Army? No problem. There are ugly sweaters online. You can search on Amazon and find plenty of ugliness right on that site. There are even websites totally devoted to the Ugly Sweater! You think I am kidding? Check out uglychristmassweaterparty.com and you will see I am not joking. You can even buy an ugly sweater on their site.

The faces have been cropped out to protect the identity of these Ugly Sweater fashion victims.
The faces have been cropped out to protect the identity of these Ugly Sweater fashion victims. | Source
You can just go for an entire ridiculous Christmas outfit.
You can just go for an entire ridiculous Christmas outfit. | Source

Make Yourself an Ugly Sweater

If you don't feel like paying a ridiculous amount of money for an ugly sweater you will maybe only wear once, you can make your own ugly sweater! Even if you are not into knitting a sweater from scratch, that is not a problem. Dig around in your closet and find a sweater you no longer like. It is even better if it really does not fit properly, but you can still manage to wear it. Since it is going to be ugly, it is an extra bonus if it is ill-fitting as well.

Now, go to a craft store or rummage around through things you already have that you can use to make this sweater totally ugly. You are going to need some fabric paint or glue, and a needle and thread. Some items you can attach to your soon-to-be ugly sweater are:

  • Feathers
  • Pom-poms
  • Jingle bells
  • Ugly buttons
  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter
  • Glittery buttons
  • Cotton balls
  • Tinsel
  • Garland
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Weird decals
  • Fake price tag
  • Sequins
  • And much, much more!

Just when you think it is too ugly, add some more ugliness to it. It is a personalized way to be a part of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. All of the guests will love your originality, and you may just win the contest if there is one.

If you really want to take the party to a whole new level, wearing an entire ugly outfit will just impress everyone even more. And to think, you thought you'd never wear those hot pink sweat pants again. If everything clashes, even better! Can you find a fun headband with ears sticking out of it? Awesome! Anything you can do to make the whole look a little uglier is going to make you a hit at the Ugly Sweater Party this holiday season.

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DexisView 5 years ago from New England

Love this idea! A different kind of fun for the holidays. Might even suggest it for our Yankee Swap at work. Could be a contest to see who can wear the ugliest sweater to the Yankee Swap! Thanks for the idea.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Sadly, there are a lot of ugly sweaters out there. The only problem we had with the Ugly Sweater Party at work was not everyone participated. So in some cases, you had to check first to make sure they were wearing their ugly sweater instead of just some really unattractive outfit they thought was cute. Other than that, it went fine. Thanks for reading and for the comment.


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jimagain 5 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

It's my sweater, right? You don't like it so you had to tell the world?!! I confess, everybody. It was me...and those are not sequins for your information, I think it's pepperoni left over from last week. Tie-die? No! I spilled my Icee from the 7-11, OK! Sigh! I'm sooo pathetic! Do they have rehab for this???


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

You don't need rehab - embrace the ugliness! So you say that is pepperoni.... so that explains the smell. I am sure you will be a hit at the Ugly Sweater Party this year with that outfit.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

As always Jeannie, a very entertaining hub, but oh I so laughed at the source for your first photo 'my closet'

Voting up/funny


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am happy you enjoyed it. Yes, that horrific sweater is from my closet. If I use it again, I might add feathers. Thanks for reading and thanks for the votes.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Jeannieinabottle, your ugly sweater is AMAZING, and now I TOTALLY want to have an ugly sweater party! Love this Hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks, Simone! I take great pride in the ugliness of that sweater. I won for most creative ugly sweater that day. Thanks for dropping by and for the comment.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

HILARIOUS! Great, super clever idea. Voted up and funny!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am glad you liked it. Ugly Sweater Parties are awesomes. Thanks for the comment and the votes!


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Suki C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

Well - you learn something new every day!

This idea has yet to hit Spain - maybe I should be the first to introduce it :-D


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am glad you learned something new today. You really should be the first to start the trend in Spain. Apparently, this hasn't even hit all of the U.S. yet, so maybe this hub will help the trend become more popular. Thanks for reading and spread the word!


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celebritie 5 years ago

What a great idea, I usually go to home parties where the participants trade, barter and swap high end clothes and shoes but I like this one better.

I guess I will be having an ugly sweater party next. Thanks for the crazy idea. LOL


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am glad you liked it. A lot of people I know are having Ugly Sweater Parties. I guess it is the next big thing. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment!


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yols-a 5 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

just cool and creative luv it


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for dropping by. I am glad you enjoyed it. Hope you have been inspired to have your own Ugly Sweater Party this year.


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samanthamayer 5 years ago from New Zealand

Brilliant. Just, brilliant.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am glad you liked it. Hopefully you will have your own Ugly Sweater Party this holiday season. Thanks for the comment!

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