You have a busy month ahead of you before you get to run out to the parking lot, hop in your “sleigh” and prance off to your much needed holiday vacation. In the lead-up, to that, you get to add some eggnog to your coffee, listen to Christmas songs, and with some downtime, plan the holidays down to a T. What better way than inside the comfort and warmth of a Lands’ End cute Christmas sweater. Christmas sweaters and ugly sweater parties have become increasingly popular. Christmas sweaters feature everything from crazy designs with pop culture references all the way to traditional favorites.
Since there are so many options out there, it can be hard to pick what sweaters to wear and if you can wear them to the office. The answer is yes! Land’s End has you covered when it comes to work-appropriate Christmas sweaters.
The first thing to decide is on color. You might be a traditional red and green sort of person, or maybe you prefer pink or purple. Whatever you like best, either can be made appropriate for the office. The key is not having too much going on, on the sweater. You don’t want it to become a distraction. It’s also important to pair it with the right accessories so it doesn’t look tacky or unprofessional unless your office is hosting an ugly sweater party, and that’s the point.
Did you know that sweaters come in many shapes and sizes? Yes, just like people, they are all unique. Some favorites include cable-knit sweaters, turtleneck sweaters, crew neck sweaters, shawl sweaters, v-necks, and cardigans. They come in many different fabrics too that can be dressed up and down as needed. For example, a cashmere sweater is perfect for more formal events, while a wool sweater might be less dressy. Overall, it’s important to remember that people won’t be looking at the tag on your sweater–so whatever looks good and feels comfortable is best.
The best thing about sweaters is they are very versatile. You can wear them with jeans, leggings, and even dress pants. Throw on a nice holiday sweater, some slacks, and a nice pair of dress shoes for a festive but professional look for the office. If your office has more of a casual vibe, throw on your favorite Christmas sweater with your favorite jeans and a nice pair of boots. To dress up your Christmas sweater even more, add a conservative pair of pearl earrings. If you’re going for a more fun touch, consider adding a matching headband, or some festive earrings, to make your outfit really stand out.
This is a tricky question, since when to start celebrating Christmas and decorating for it, is a highly debated topic. It’s probably most acceptable to start wearing your Christmas and holiday sweaters after Thanksgiving. There will be a few rebels who decide to wear them before Thanksgiving, but probably not many. You can also get away with wearing some Christmas sweaters after Christmas if they are neutral enough. For example, something like a nice Faire Isle print, would be perfect for holiday and post-holiday wear.
While you need to keep it professional at the office, you might be able to get away with a more edgy sweater at your post-work happy hour or an after-hours office party. While you still want it to look tasteful, if your initial holiday sweater pick seemed too edgy for the office, this might be a great opportunity for you to wear it.
No matter what kind of sweater you choose to wear, make sure you know your audience. Some offices might welcome sweaters with pop culture references and silly sayings. Others might need you to celebrate in a more muted holiday sweater. Either way, there will always be other opportunities, with friends and family, to wear any kind of sweater, later on.