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When going to an ugly sweater party, there are a few outfit-planning strategies to employ. You could just take the invitation to go ugly and run with it, pairing your tacky sweater with weird holiday pants, novelty socks, a reindeer headband, and Santa suspenders. Or, you could try to balance it out by going hard in the other direction (that's how pantsless oversized sweater outfits unfortunately happen). Here's our take: Ugly sweaters aren't actually all that ugly. Far sillier, stranger things have been worn. If anything, sweaters are safe. So, treat the thematic ones as you would your other pullovers and put together a look that's true to your style.
Ahead, we've highlighted the five types of ugly sweaters you might already own, and how to dress them up without looking like you went shopping after hitting the nog.