The holiday season has its fair share of chores—hanging up lights, baking Christmas cookies, finding that last-minute gift for the office secret Santa—but getting your husband into a men's Christmas sweater might be the toughest. Here are a few ways to get him in one and a few sweaters he might fall in love with, in the process.
This might be a challenge in and of itself, but having your husband shop with you for a sweater might be the best option. If you can’t get him into a store, simply sit down with him at the computer and show him some sweater options from his favorite shop. While a lot of men act like they don’t have a preference when it comes to clothes, many of them do! So, try to find a few Christmas sweaters in his favorite color. If he helps you pick one out, he’s a lot less likely to say no when you ask him to wear it.
If your husband isn’t really into wearing holiday themed clothing items, maybe don’t buy him a sweater with a huge Santa or Christmas tree on the front. Instead, opt for something that is a solid color that will match other sweaters your family is wearing. So, for example, if you’re wearing a bright red sweater with a big green Christmas tree on the front, maybe just buy him a plain forest green sweater that will match the tree on your sweater. That way he matches, but he’s comfortable.
If we’re being honest, women's Christmas sweaters, girls' Christmas sweaters, and boys' Christmas sweaters are marked by their bright festivity, but 3D pom-poms and cute patterns don't always translate over to men's Christmas sweaters in quite the same way. So, even if your husband wants a super festive sweater, they can be tricky to find. The truth is that there are many classic men's sweater styles that when featured in the right color or pattern can add a festive pop without going too bold or over the top. So, consider getting everyone in the family classic sweaters in red, green, or blue. That way, you’ll all match, and you’ll get more use out of your sweaters since they aren’t holiday themed.
If your husband is looking for something different all together, consider the quarter zip. It's long been one of the easiest types of sweater for any man to pull off, and can be worn with a button down shirt and a tie in place of a suit jacket. There's a good chance that your husband already has a few quarter zips in his wardrobe.
When offered in the right pattern, a quarter zip can report for Christmas sweater duty. For instance, think of a 100% combed cotton pullover patterned in a dark plaid or a traditional tartan.
Maybe your husband likes classic sweaters the best. So, humor him with a cashmere sweater. Men's cashmere sweaters are another item that can bring a festive air to holiday occasions while remaining versatile enough to be worn all winter long. Cashmere Christmas sweaters may be soft and warm, but there's nothing "delicate" about them. A cashmere crewneck has an athletic look that can be traced back to the original crewneck sweaters designed for active wear. And if your husband is the type that refuses to wear a tie outside of working hours, let him know that a cashmere turtleneck can be paired with suit jackets and sport coats for dressy looks, no tie required.
Yet, there's still something about the holidays that demands pattern. If he typically sticks to solids, try to coax him into pattern-wearing lightly with a fine gauge cashmere sweater marked by thin, subtle stripes, or a Fair Isle sweater that he could pack along for your next ski trip.
You might just turn your husband into a Christmas sweater convert—without him even knowing.