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It wouldn’t be the holidays without a novelty ugly Christmas sweater, but finding a festive jumper that’s actually stylish and worthy of your upcoming holiday gatherings can be a tall order. Somewhere, between all those garish tinsel and pom-pom adorned tops with god awful clashing patterns, there has to be a tasteful Christmas sweater design out there … right? To save you the trouble of a frustrating and fruitless dig, we’ve gone ahead and done a deep dive for you, compiling a selection of 19 Christmas jumpers you’ll actually look forward to rocking this holiday season — we promise!
What type of Christmas sweater should I wear?
If you’re staring into your closet ahead of your Christmas dinner party or white elephant gift exchange and drawing a total blank on the ensemble front, not to fret: We’ve got you covered! There are a few quick questions you can answer to help you determine what type of Christmas sweater is best for you.
For starters, you’ll want to take into consideration if the event you’re off to is a dressy one. If so, you may be wise to consider a functional-yet-fashionable sweater dress ($126, Anthropologie) with a classy pair of heels or a sparkly pick, like this glitzy showstopper from Free People ($168, Nordstrom).
If your shindig will be more low-key, however, you may be better suited to a comfy-yet-pretty chunky knit sweater (we like this evergreen top ($25) or a versatile shawl ($26.99, Amazon) that can be easily thrown over a cami or T-shirt.
Follow the chart below to figure out which style best suits your needs.
The Best Christmas Sweaters of 2019
Ready to shop the best Christmas sweaters of 2019? You’ve come to the right place. From bold shades of Christmas-y red and green to embellished or sequin-adorned numbers, these knits are everything you’ll need for your jolliest holiday yet. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best Christmas sweaters for women of 2019.
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Best Off the Shoulder Sweater
INC International Concepts Off-the-Shoulder Sweater
Where to buy: $39.99 (Originally $79.50), Macy's
This gorgeous ribbed sweater not only boasts a beautiful royal blue hue and a chic off-the-shoulder cut, it's got a festive O-ring accent for a bit of shine. Choose from one of three colors in this hand wash only pick.
F Air Isle Sweater
Best Fair Isle Sweater
Tommy Hilfiger Fair Isle Mock Neck Sweater
Where to buy: $46.99 (Originally $76.50), Macy's
Fair isle sweaters, which got their name from a small island North of Scotland, have been in heavy rotation since 1921, when Prince Edward of Wales took to wearing them. This vintage-style pick has all the makings of the old classic, from its intricate pattern to its cozy, warm construction, making it a no-brainer for your next holiday gathering. Now. Who wants a hot cocoa?
Best Turtleneck Sweater
Reformation Pointelle Sweater
Where to buy: $228, Nordstrom
You can't go wrong with a soft turtleneck, like this alpaca blend from Reformation. The material’s open stitches lend a whimsical charm that distinguishes it from an everyday piece.
Style with: Tuck this top into a pair of boot cut jeans (from $24.99, Blair) or corduroy pants ($49.90, Nordstrom) and top it off with a pretty pendant, like this heart-shaped pendant ($174.30) from Zales.
Ce Ce Sweater
Best Embellished Sweater
CeCe Bow Sleeve Sweater
Where to buy: From $59.40 (Originally $99), Dillard's
You'll have no need for a statement necklace with this pretty pullover: Bow embellishments along its 3/4 sleeves lend all the holiday spirit you'll need! Opt for the Christmasy ribbon red or silver heather hues for optimal cheer.
Style with: With a little effort, you'll be ready for any holiday dinner. For an instantly elegant ensemble, tuck this sweater into a pleated black midi skirt (we like this MICHAEL Michael Kors version, $140, Dillard's) and short heels.
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Best Glitter Sweater
Free People All That Glitters Sweater
Where to buy: $168, Nordstrom
Red and green are popular colors come Christmas time, but glitzy gold is just as festive. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that this shiny glitter piece is the definition of a perfect holiday sweater! With sparkly metallic sequins sewn throughout, you'll shine as bright as any garland. An elegant draped scoop back adds to its appeal.
Best Bejeweled Sweater
Jeweled Crewneck Sweater
Where to buy: $19.99 (Originally $54.99), LOFT Outlet
While an all-black hue may not strike you as particularly Christmas-y, the scattered jewels sewn onto this jumper give it a little sparkle when the right light hits against its dark backdrop. It's wearable season-round and has a comfy, relaxed fit.
Style with: Give your outfit a pop of color with these red or blue bourgeois bow stud earrings from Kate Spade ($41.99, Amazon).
Juicy Couture Sweater
Best Sequin Sweater
Juicy Couture Gradient Sequin Sweater
Where to buy: $36.99 (Originally $54), Kohl's
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Don't be afraid of a little bedazzling: This sequined stunner will have you outshining the Christmas tree! A smattering of sparkle is spread across the chest of this wintery piece for an awe-worthy statement. It's dry clean only.
Best Cashmere Sweater
Halogen V-Neck Cashmere
Where to buy: $65.90 (Originally $98), Nordstrom
There's no better time than the holidays to spoil yourself with a little cashmere. The perfect pick for any holiday affair, this 100 percent cashmere find from Halogen has a simple V-neck cut that will pair well with a long necklace and has a ribbed hem and cuffs.
Style with: Because this piece is a high-quality basic, you can have some fun dressing it up. Spice up its minimalistic vibe with some statement jewelry, like this gold Dana Rebecca Designs Cynthia pavé teardrop pendant ($440, Nordstrom).
Kim Richards Cowlneck
Best Cowl Neck Sweater
Kim Rogers Cowl Neck Fisherman Sweater
Where to buy: $58, Belk
This soft, classic sweater is just the thing for snuggling up in on a cold winter's day — particularly if there are festivities involved. It features cable-knit stitching and can easily be thrown in the wash.
Rachel Rachel Roy Fuzzy Sweater
Best Fuzzy Sweater
RACHEL Rachel Roy Dehlia Fuzzy Sweater
Where to buy: $66.75 (Originally $89), Lord + Taylor
A statement piece in and of itself, Rachel Roy's fuzzy gold knit is just the ticket for making a splash at your family's big holiday gathering. It's got a flattering boat neckline and a shiny metallic finish and offers up plenty of warmth.
Style with: Wear this sweater over a slinky slip dress, like this one from 1.STATE ($63.21, Lord + Taylor).
Best Plaid Sweater
Talbots Fringe Poncho
Where to buy: $159, Talbots
There's just something about plaid that practically screams "Christmas," and this patterned poncho is no exception. With trendy fringe detailing, two options for sizing, and a cozy turtleneck, its everything you could ever want for in a holiday sweater.
Style with: A chic pair of driving gloves ($99, Talbots) are just what the doctor ordered in the complementary accessory department.
Best Cold Shoulder Sweater
ASOS Design Cold Shoulder Cable Sweater
Where to buy: $53, ASOS
While the thought of a cold-shoulder sweater might not sound particularly appealing come the winter months, this stylish off-white pick is an exception. It has a seasonal cable knit and a slouchy, relaxed fit, plus its cutout shoulders will set you apart from the pack.
Style with: Layer this stylish sweater underneath a long wool jacket for a classy-yet-understated look.
Best Colorblock Sweater
Mock Turtleneck Sweater
Where to buy: $24.99, H&M
Colorblocking is a nice way to update a traditional monochromatic winter sweater — the mix of simple white and tan found on this jumper, for instance, mixes up classic wintery cream and tan hues. It's great for layering or wearing solo, and its materials are partially recycled.
Style with: We love the flared cream pants seen on the model; pick up a similar pair here ($248, Saks Fifth Avenue).
Simplee Apparel Turtleneck Poncho
Where to buy: From $26.99, Amazon
We can’t get over the elegant cut of this affordable knitted poncho. The way it drapes and moves is flattering for everyone, and, as an added bonus, its asymmetrical design will make your legs look longer. Made from a blend of cotton and acrylic, it's easily hand-washed and comes in six different colors.
Style with: Turtlenecks are cold-weather essentials, so why not switch up the way you style them? Break the "no white after Labor Day" rules and opt for a pair of white jeans ($49.99) to continue on with a wintery color theme.
Best Sweater Dress
Carlotta Turtleneck Sweater Dress
Where to buy: $126 (Originally $180), Anthropologie
Nothing quite captures the holiday spirit like a sweater dress — at least when it comes to fashion. We love the dark burgundy color on this one, and you can't get much cozier with its wool and alpaca blend. There's a removable belt for a custom fit.
Style with: All you'll need to complete this ensemble is a chic bag ($179.95, Anthropologie) and — voila! You're ready to go!
Best Cape Shawl
Pink Queen Oversized Poncho Cape
Where to buy: From $19.99 (Originally $24.99), Amazon
This faux cashmere cape comes in eight different shades and will keep you warm whether you’re taking family photos outside or traipsing from the car to the party. Not only is it comfy, this cape's classic silhouette is flattering for every body shape as it drapes over curves without clinging or gathering in weird places.
Eddie Bauer Cardi
Best Ribbed Cardigan
Eddie Bauer Sleep Cardigan Sweater
Where to buy: $36 (Originally $90), Eddie Bauer
This ribbed cardigan is easily going to become your go-to slimming holiday piece. In a soft gray, it’s very wearable for beyond the holidays, and it comes in a cotton and acrylic blend fabric that and feels soft to the touch.
Style with: Pairing this sweater with cozy slippers and revel in pure comfort.
Knot Back Sweater
Best Knot Back Sweater
Sexyshine Criss-Cross Sweater
Where to buy: $19.99, Amazon
This criss-cross back chunky knit sweater has just the "wow" factor you’re looking for on the big day. If its beautiful rich red doesn't catch people's eyes, the fashionable surprise on the back most definitely will: Just imagine the entrance you'll make when you take off your coat!
Style with: If you know you're going to a warm house or celebrating Christmas somewhere with warmer weather, keep it simple with a pair of jeans. If you're headed somewhere chillier, however, you can layer this sweater with a simple a lace top ($24, Kohl's) underneath for some extra protection against the cold.
Best Cable Knit Sweater
PrettyGuide Cable Knit Tunic
Where to buy: From $25.00 (Originally $129), Amazon
With its neutral deep evergreen hue, this stylish knit can be worn year-round without raising any eyebrows. It’s a lovely hue for any holiday event and makes for a nice alternative to the brash kelly green that’s so often associated with the season.