History of the Ugly Holiday Sweater
As the holiday season gets into full swing, there is one trend that seems to gain more and more popularity each year- the ugly sweater. If you live, work, or go to school with others, chances are you have attended at least one ugly holiday sweater party this year already. As we rush out to buy these ugly sweaters (or materials to make your own!), it begs the question of where this tradition came from in the first place! We did a little digging, and found the history of the ugly holiday sweater.
The ugly holiday sweater first made its debut in the 1950’s, when they were then called “Jingle Bell Sweaters.” Jingle bell sweaters had a steady following until about the 1980’s when most television sitcoms began featuring the baggy, patterned sweaters that have become synonymous with 80’s fashion. The ugly sweaters started making a comeback when most of these sitcoms hit syndication in the early 2000’s. Rumor has it that the first ever ugly holiday sweater party was hosted in 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia by two men named Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch.
Ugly holiday sweaters have become a winter wardrobe staple throughout the country. While doing your holiday shopping it is nearly impossible to encounter a store that doesn’t offer their version of the ugly sweater. High fashion designers like Dolce & Gabbana have even jumped on the bandwagon, and are offering high-end ugly holiday sweaters. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to purchase a designer ugly sweater, think about making your own! Making your own jingle bell sweater can be just as fun as wearing it to the office party.