10 Holiday Sweaters You Should Never Wear

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10 Holiday Sweaters You Should Never Wear
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In some instances, wearing a gaudy holiday sweater may be acceptable. Those cases, however, are limited to ugly sweater parties, school classrooms and grandmothers baking gingerbread cookies in the kitchen. If your goal is to achieve a fashion forward look, avoid blatant holiday sweaters completely. Instead, stick to festive colors and beautiful accessories that look celebratory, not like decorations.

Horrendous Embellishments
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Horrendous Embellishments

Unless you're on your way to an ugly sweater party, stay far, far away from sweaters decked out in unsightly embellishments. Jingle bells belong on the back of a sleigh and pom-poms are for the cheer squad. Never, ever, do they belong on your sweater.

Sweater Vests
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Sweater Vests

It's very difficult to pull off a sweater vest and turtle neck combo, especially when said vest is covered in holly, Christmas stockings and reindeer. If your sweater vest looks more like a picture book than a garment, it's time to retire that vest to a happier place where elves are real. (And, we hope it goes without saying that a snowman print is never acceptable either.)

Knitted Designs
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Knitted Designs

If any sweater screams, "Grandma made this and now I have to wear it," it's a knitted sweater or cardigan with a winter-inspired design. While a child (or member of the Weasley family), can get away with it, no adult should ever sport one around the office, store, or even home. Designs to avoid include snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer and, yes, even Santa Claus.

Christmas Tree Cardigans
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Christmas Tree Cardigans

Even if you're really in the holiday spirit, a sweater decked out in big, embroidered Christmas trees is an eternal fashion "don't." Not only are Christmas Tree-covered sweaters hard to look at, the print is often unflattering -- even on the narrowest of figures. If you want to incorporate trees or decorations into your wardrobe, opt for a festive brooch, or if you're a guy, a pair of gloves.

The Holiday Shout Out
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The Holiday Shout Out

The winter holidays may be your favorite time of year, but that doesn't mean you need to give a shout out on a sweater. Avoid phrases like "Joy," "Merry Christmas," "On the Naughty List," or anything that has to do with Santa. Save these festive phrases for a onesie you can buy for your friend's baby.

Fur-Trimmed
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Fur-Trimmed

A hint of faux fur around sleeve cuffs or lining the hat of your favorite winter coat is chic and sophisticated. Wearing the equivalent of an entire animal on a sweater, on the other hand, is anything but. If you wear fur this year, keep it subtle -- not snow leopard.

Matching Sweaters
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Matching Sweaters

Even if you really want to show the world just how much you love your child or significant other, there are better ways to do it than dressing as twins. Say "no" to matching sweater ensembles and "yes" to individuality. Your kids will thank you later.

The Pet Sweater
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The Pet Sweater

It's tempting to dress your adorable pup up in a hideous holiday sweater, but resist the urge. Not only are pet clothes ineffective -- pets have their own furry layer of protection from the cold -- but it's an unnecessary expense. Spend your money on a flattering holiday sweater for yourself instead.

A Cookie Cutter Cardigan
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A Cookie Cutter Cardigan

Snowmen have many roles during the holiday season. Hanging out on your cardigan isn't one of them. Bake Christmas cookies in style by wearing age-appropriate garments and leave the patchwork sweaters for children and the elderly.

The Studio Photo Sweaters
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The Studio Photo Sweaters

Don't become a victim of AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com by coordinating matching turtleneck sweaters with your brother or sister. It's cute to wear complementary shades, but looking like you're trying this hard, is a bit much. Let's face it, if you try this hard to look jolly, chances are you're not that into the holidays or your family's Christmas card.

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