It's officially Holiday Week! As we countdown the mad rush to 2012, we're anticipating celebrations galore—from cocktail soirees to family gatherings—that don't necessarily require but would certainly benefit from festive attire. Yes, we're talking about the ubiquitous "ugly Christmas sweater," which has become a sort of thing with theme parties now being thrown simply to showcase the best of the worst. While we do think there's a plethora of musty '80s sweaters depicting teddy bears trimming trees or Snoopy chilling out inside of a holly-festooned wreath just waiting for your ridicule, we'd like to offer sweaters of a different sort. We've got outrageous sweaters (for the ironic laugh factor—but they're also pretty cool), mega designer holiday sweaters, and cute sweaters you might actually consider wearing all normie-style. Also, since 2011 could be considered the Year of the Cat, we've included a kitty version in each category. You're welcome.
This 1980s Cat-Tastic Ugly Christmas Sweater is more of the quirky and cute variety than the ugly. Look at these two snow-kittens playing with a mini balloon atop a Christmas present that's just waiting to be scratched to pieces. It's adorbs! Pair it with black pants, a white collared shirt, and red suede heels. This totally weird 1980/1990 Vintage Green Crazy Ugly Christmas Sweater looks like pixilated Christmas camouflage. It's kind of cool, right? Throw it over some skinny blue jeans, add a slouchy hat and some Doc Martens, and it's 1996, but the CK One model version. OK, this Elf Sweater is ridiculous. She's wearing it as a dress, and we can guarantee you that if you did the same EVERYONE would come up to you at the holiday party (just ask our own Rory Rockmore, who wore it to the annual MTV Holiday Party *hat tip*). We'd pair this with black tights, patent booties, and some bright red lipstick.