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11 Pop-Culture-Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweaters

If it’s possible to have a “cool” ugly sweater, these would be it.

11 Pop-Culture-Inspired Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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It’s never too early to start planning your pop-culture-inspired ugly Christmas sweater. While Pinterest boards are going to be crammed with DIY projects and gift ideas, there will still be plenty of mental space left over to juggle ideas for kitschy knits. While it’s customary to either make your own sweater with bows and crudely cut felt pieces, some people don’t mind skipping the potential agony of crafting (and hot glue gun burns) and just buying their jumpers. Which is fair enough. But while a drunken-looking reindeer is a fun enough choice, take it a step further and wear a pop-culture-inspired sweater for your holiday party instead.

Those are extra fun because they’re cheeky and sometimes a little crass, tapping into old cult classics or something stellar that happened during the year. For example, you can always rock a classic and don a colorful jumper with a quote from Elf, or go a little more 2017 and represent Rick and Morty with Santa hats across your chest. There’s something for everyone—ahead are 11 pop-culture ugly Christmas sweaters to shop right now.

“Son of a Nutcracker” Sweater
Channel Buddy from Elf when he sputters out, “Son of a nutcracker!” in this cheerfully and kitschy jumper. The movie is as big of a cult classic as Home Alone during the holiday season, so it will hit all your pop-culture reference needs.

With the holiday season right around the corner, stock up on some of these pop-culture knits to be the cheekiest one at this year’s holiday parties.


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