The 20 Best Holiday Sweaters, From Festive to Crass

Or, how to stay warm and still look good.

By Kirk Miller

The 20 Best Holiday Sweaters, From Festive to Crass
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08 December 2016

You want to look festive for the holidays.

Wear something that says you’re fun. Doubles as a conversation piece. And obviously, keeps you warm.

Herein, our 20 favorite holiday knits, from classy Fair Isle finds to ugly sweater party scene stealers … including a few so crass we can’t show ‘em here.

Note: We use “Fair Isle” a lot, but not all of these sweaters abide by that knitting technique or its Scottish heritage. Think of these as simply colorful knits that fit within a larger winter theme.

Wool Fairisle Sweater in Navy/Cream by Todd Snyder ($268)

Merino wool, ribbed trim at the cuffs and something you won’t be embarrassed to wear into spring.

Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Fair Isle ($245)

Undeniable holiday vibes, but still appropriate for any social setting. Great layering piece.

Geo Fair Isle Shawl Cardigan ($70)

The Gap’s easy-fit cotton cardigan is a great top layer on warmer winter days.

GANT Fair Isle Cable Crew Sweater ($130)

Comfy lambswool in a dark grey melange with a subtle Fair Isle pattern.

Pull&Bear Fair Isle Sweater ($29.90)

If you’re only gonna wear something once a year, P&B craft a rather nice $30 yarn.  

Jon Snow Game of Thrones Christmas Sweater Jumper ($38.87)

Let it snow.

Braemar for Brooks Brothers Fair Isle V-Neck ($398)

Earthen tones and soft wool make this a perfect holiday style pairing. Made in Scotland, too, so it’s legit Fair Isle.

Lambswool Nordic Turtleneck Sweater ($118)

Inspired by vintage ski sweaters. And forgoes the need for a scarf.

Tommy Hilfiger Fair Isle Zippered ($74.98)

A dark cotton/wool blend that’s easy to slip on and off.

Ovik Knit Sweater ($150)

Fjallraven’s knit is more of a technical affair, great for layering and wicking away sweat and moisture. For après ski adventures.

Beams Plus Intarsia Wool Sweater ($210)

A Nordic snowflake pattern adorns this comfy knit. As Mr. Porter suggests, pair with an Oxford and dark denim.

JackThreads Fairisle Hoodie ($59)

Some colorful protection from the elements.

Reindeer Climax Sweater by Tipsy Elves ($65)

From the company that brought you Naked Santa and Beer Pong Christmas sweaters (the latter come festooned with red cups), comes this, on first glance, rather sedate holiday jumper. Then you look a little closer ...

Rock Star of David Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Suit ($100)

The War on Christmas, in style. Here, it’s in the form of a suit and a sweater.

Intrepid Cardigan by North Sea Clothing ($315)

A favorite of past years. A shawl cardigan of 100% British wool with a weave that approximates snowflakes.

Merry Self Indulgence ($39)

A Christmas jumper from digi-punk agitators Mindless Self Indulgence. Don’t know the band? Still makes a statement about the season.

And a few more of our favorite music-themed holiday sweaters:

Pixel Holiday Crew Neck from Big Data ($25)
Run the Yules from Run the Jewels ($55)
Ace of Spades Sweater from Motorhead ($100) RIP, Lemmy
Eagles x Swords Xmas Jumper from Slayer ($42)

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