Monday, November 1, 2010
Ugly Sweaters Ugly Sweater Parties .. A Matter of Opinion"
One of my favorite things about the sitcom "two and a half men" is watching to see what sweater the character Rose the quirky neighbor will wear. Sometimes fabulously beaded, sometimes fun, and often outrageous. A matter of personal opinion, as I love them all, but others would beg to differ. Are they really ugly sweaters?
This "difference of opinion" came up last February when my daughter visited from out of state, asked if she could "borrow" a few sweaters from my vintage sweater inventory. She chose a mans sweater in gray mohair. fuzzy vintage 60s with sea gulls woven into the knit. For herself, a most beautiful pink crochet sweater, with orange, pink and yellow flowers.
Smiling, I said she had chosen two of my favorites, and was pleased she was taking them. Her reply? "We're going to an Ugly Sweater Party, and these are perfect."
I was just crushed. Worse, when she called excited a week later to report she and her husband each won first place! Their "ugly" sweaters were a hit.
Yes. Ugly Sweater Parties, Ugly Sweater Pub Crawls and Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are the trend. They really are fun, as is the search to find what each person terms "ugly."
The most popular are the embellished sweaters of the 1980s and '90s. The more appliques or wild the better.
Big padded shoulders? perfect! Rule of thumb is something your teacher wore when you were in elementary school, or your grandmother wears now.
Stripes are perfect if you are a little more conservative but still want to join in. Contradictory regions also are fun ~ live in FL where there is no snow? snowflakes. Up north where there's plenty of snow? a tropical design. You can always kick it up a notch by adding an ugly tie or wearing a printed turtle neck under your sweater.
If you are like me, you will find the sampling of sweaters shown here pretty, but each would be fun to reflect your personality at a Ugly Sweater Party.
Just try to spare your mothers feelings if you win first prize in her favorite sweater.
Here are just a few for the traditional ugly sweater parties, available at Vintage Outlet
all these as well as Ugly Christmas sweaters are available at my shop ~ Vintage Outlet