riggered by the harsh weather and the first snow of the season, the idea of adding a soft, warm sweater to our Christmas shopping list is almost irresistible. Yet when it comes to Christmassy sweaters, the risk of going wrong is right behind the corner, especially if you fall into the trap of the so-called “ugly Christmas sweater”, a horrible piece of knitwear scattered with reindeers, snowflakes and other debatable patterns.
Blame it on Bill Cosby and his character Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show, who popularized those horrible late 80s/early 90s lumpy and frumpy sweaters with absurd patterns that later became a Christmas staple with the complicity of yet another fictional character, Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Mark Darcy. The first time the audience meets Colin Firth’s character, he’s obviously quite stuffy and uptight, but he turns up to a Christmas party in a sweater (or jumper in this case, as he epitomizes a stereotypical and over the top stiff/reserved English person) with a huge red nosed Rudolph The Reindeer on it.
This scene has become a pop culture classic.
Yet although there was a time when Christmas sweaters with big reindeer, snowmen and Santa Claus patterns used to be fun. Then, the whole thing became so commercial that it ended up losing all of its ironic and provocative character.
Forget the "ugly" part.
If you’re still determined to give a sweater, consider picking it with the fair amount of care. First, set aside those improbable snowmen and snowflake patterns for good and hint at Christmas in a subtler way
with sophisticated designs and seasonal colors. While you’re at it, we also suggest that you ban all synthetic and low-quality materials
, because whoever will receive your gift does not deserve to sweat like Rudolph the reindeer after towing Santa's sleigh.
Comfort is one of the main assets of a great sweater
, so choose among top-notch materials designed to offer warmth and lightness, and offering a pleasant touch and feel. Also, remember that a quality sweater is a durable gift that will last for many Christmases to come.
The angora turtleneck from Zanone
epitomizes our personal interpretation of the festive sweater: the ombre color, thoughtful cable knit, and slim fit make for a refined look that still has character. It is just as appropriate for toasting under the Christmas tree as it is for going out on a cold day in the city or take a walk in the woods. With its discreet touch of red, the shawl collared wool and cashmere sweater
is an excellent alternative, whereas if you’re looking for a lightweight option, go for the red wool and cashmere crewneck
to add a festive character to your office look.