how bah, humbug is it to wear a not-ugly sweater to an ugly-sweater holiday party?
Resist the urge to look great; this is about setting the mood. “You don’t have to be frumpy to be festive,” says style trendsetter Christine Bibbo Herr (@nycpretty). Chic up a flamboyant sweater by wearing a white collared shirt underneath and fitted jeans, leggings, or tights—bonus points if they’re red or green—with booties. If you can’t bear to shell out for a hideous top, she suggests safety-pinning a holiday-themed sock to a solid-color sweater, sweaterdress, or sweatshirt to make a “stocking,” then sticking a candy cane inside. Revelers have also been known to pin on ornaments or wear a light-up necklace. You may not win ugliest sweater, but you won’t be labeled a party pooper, either.