The holiday sweater craze continues to gain popularity as the season’s parties and celebrations kick off. Traditionally, at Meijer more than 400,000 holiday-related apparel items for the family in December, including sweatshirts, tunics, leggings, sleepwear and sweaters – otherwise known as the so-called “ugly” holiday sweaters trend.
According to Fast Company, today the ugly holiday sweater craze has morphed from cottage sensation to a million-dollar, year-round industry. The trend is not limited to people. Meijer pet buyers report that they move more than 10,000 units of pet-related holiday apparel, including “ugly” holiday sweaters specific to pets, before Thanksgiving and sales remain steady throughout the holiday season.
Here are some tips for your Ugly Sweater:
-Go for a clever saying.
Red and green, and reindeer and snowmen continue to dominate the visuals. The buyers do report an influx of clever sayings, many lifted from pop culture references, including Gingerbread House holiday sweater; Meow Christmas holiday hoodie, and Chillin with My Snowmies holiday sweater.
-Light it up.
For those looking to go beyond jingle bells, some of the sweaters offered this season either light up or include an accessory that does so, such as a hat or a necklace. If you are looking to lighten up your look, try these suggestions: Reindeer Holiday sweater with matching light up necklace; Unicorn holiday sweater with matching unicorn headband; and Fleece Navidad sweater with light up Santa hat.
-Celebrate your love – or not so lovable feelings – for the season.
If the phrase: I’m only a morning person on December 25th” or the classic – “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” sounds appealing to you, there is a whole assortment of apparel that helps you amplify your love – or annoyance – of all things holiday.
And if a sweater isn’t enough, there are dresses, skirts with garland, comfy holiday pajama bottoms or holiday onesies that can round out whatever look you are going for – from kitschy to comfortable. For those with a full holiday party schedule, consider taking advantage of the newest trend of holiday pajamas. Not just reserved for family holiday cards, according to the buyers, it’s the ultimate day to nighttime look this season.