R.I.P. Ugly Christmas Sweaters

As anyone who has ever marveled at a magnificent lighting ceremony knows, Christmas is a time for abundance. That doesn’t mean spending more money than you have to impress people you don’t care about. It means using this magical time of the year to show a little personality. ‘Tis the season for giving, after all, so why not give people the best of who you are?

Sadly, Christmas fashion has taken a tumble in recent years. In earlier decades, guests showed up to Christmas extravaganzas in outfits that could outshine even the brightest tree. They went out of their way to dress sharply, wanting their clothing to reflect the immense joy associated with the holidays. What happened? Christmas parties have now become an occasion for people to celebrate embarrassing sweaters and ugly ties. Like a second Halloween, the focus seems to be on finding the guy who can clash as many colors as possible. There are even websites dedicated to helping people find the ugliest Christmas sweaters in existence.

It’s time to put the fashion back in Christmas! There’s nothing wrong with wearing ugly, themed attire when the occasion calls for it, but don’t assume that the office holiday bash is that occasion. Next time you’re at a holiday event with your co-workers, note how your boss and his wife are dressed. From now on, your aim should be to never wear something worse than your boss. You may not be able to afford the same threads, but you can certainly outfit yourself with a sensible replica in your price range.

There’s already enough ugliness around the holidays. Greed and ridiculous commercialism have turned the Christmas season into something it was never meant to be. Let’s take back at least one aspect of years-gone-by. Make your next holiday party special by dressing to impress. Whether you go Christmas casual or full-on black tie, you’ll feel a lot better once you’ve worn your last ugly Christmas sweater.

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