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Holiday Sweaters Should Be More Than Just a Punchline

By Jake Woolf of GQ [article/slideshow] | Slide 1 of 20: It’s hard to say what, exactly, inspired the tradition, but at some point over the last few decades kitschy holiday sweaters became the lowliest gag in the biz. You know the ones we’re talking about here: garish knits emblazoned with sparkling pine trees, dancing gingerbread men, or half a dozen prancing reindeer, designed to elicit maximum LOLs (or at least a few halfhearted chuckles) and not much else. Far be it from us to Grinch your great time, so if you’re still unabashedly committed to the bit, have at it. But in the GQ neck of the woods, the opportunity to flex a rad knit is a terrible thing to waste, especially given the preponderance of, you know, actually stylish holiday sweaters on the market right now.  From trippy Fair Isle crewnecks to fuzzy printed cardigans, the sweaters we rounded up below pack a whole lot of jovial energy into a layer you’ll actually want to wear, minus any of those groan-inducing graphics. Which also means they’ll look fantastic long after you’ve quaffed your last nog, tucked underneath a snazzy topcoat en route to the office or over a crisp white Oxford shirt on a holly, jolly night at home. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift or just need a statement ensemble to sport at your next seasonal get-together, these are 19 sick, screaming, and totally swerve-y holiday sweaters guaranteed to garner some raised eyebrows—for all the right reasons.

It’s hard to say what, exactly, inspired the tradition, but at some point over the last few decades kitschy holiday sweaters became the lowliest gag in the biz. You know the ones we’re talking about here: garish knits emblazoned with sparkling pine trees, dancing gingerbread men, or half a dozen prancing reindeer, designed to elicit maximum LOLs (or at least a few halfhearted chuckles) and not much else. Far be it from us to Grinch your great time, so if you’re still unabashedly committed to the bit, have at it. But in the GQ neck of the woods, the opportunity to flex a rad knit is a terrible thing to waste, especially given the preponderance of, you know, actually stylish holiday sweaters on the market right now. 

From trippy Fair Isle crewnecks to fuzzy printed cardigans, the sweaters we rounded up below pack a whole lot of jovial energy into a layer you’ll actually want to wear, minus any of those groan-inducing graphics. Which also means they’ll look fantastic long after you’ve quaffed your last nog, tucked underneath a snazzy topcoat en route to the office or over a crisp white Oxford shirt on a holly, jolly night at home. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift or just need a statement ensemble to sport at your next seasonal get-together, these are 19 sick, screaming, and totally swerve-y holiday sweaters guaranteed to garner some raised eyebrows—for all the right reasons.

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