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Ugly Holiday Sweaters: A Fun, Festive, and Tacky Tradition

December 01, 2023

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'Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters, those festive garments that are so darned atrocious, they're downright delightful. These woolly wonders, with their garish patterns, gaudy embellishments, and questionable color schemes, have become a beloved symbol of the holidays, a testament to our collective love of tackiness.

But where did this peculiar tradition come from? Well, it all began in the 1950s, when quirky knitwear started popping up at the holidays first known as Jingle Bell Sweaters. These sweaters were far more subtle than what we see today. And they didn’t quite catch on until the 1980s.

In the 1980s, the trend began gaining momentum thanks to the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Clark Griswold, the film's hapless protagonist, famously donned suit ties with holiday prints and sweaters with snowflakes, reindeer, and general holiday motifs. These sweaters became an instant icon, and ugly holiday sweaters were once again thrust into the spotlight.

Today, ugly holiday sweaters are more popular than ever. There are even websites dedicated to selling these festive monstrosities, and ugly holiday sweater parties are a common occurrence. So, if you're looking to spread some holiday cheer, don't be afraid to embrace your inner tacktastic fashionista and rock an ugly holiday sweater.

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Where to Find Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Your local thrift store. Thrift stores are a treasure trove of ugly holiday sweaters. You're sure to find a unique and affordable gem.

Online retailers. There are many online retailers that sell ugly holiday sweaters. You can find a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Make your own. If you're feeling crafty, you can even make your own ugly holiday sweater. There are plenty of DIY tutorials online.

How to Rock an Ugly Holiday Sweater

The bolder, the better. Don't be afraid to go all out with your ugly holiday sweater. The louder the pattern, the gaudier the embellishments, the better.

Accessorize. Add some festive flair to your ugly holiday sweater with accessories like a Santa hat, a pair of reindeer antlers, or some tinsel.

Own it. Confidence is key when rocking an ugly holiday sweater. So, stand tall, hold your head high, and embrace your tacky side.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab an ugly holiday sweater and spread some holiday cheer!

As the holiday season approaches, we all know that time is precious. While you shop for gifts, host or attend parties, and participate in the general merriment, we will wash, dry, fluff, and fold your laundry for you—including any machine-washable ugly holiday sweaters. Schedule with Mango Fresh Laundry today and skip laundry day for the holidays.

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