GET FESTIVE WITH UGLY SWEATERS We've all seen them -- sitting across the table, spotted over the ham at a holiday dinner or hiding in the corner at an office Christmas party behind a cup of egg nog. The ugly Christmas sweater never fails to make an appearance during the holidays, but this year, it's on purpose.

Gaudy prints on oversized knits are not only on trend, they showed up months before December. Some may appear garish, frumpy and simply out of place in the absence of a Santa hat or a mullet hairstyle, but the right ugly Christmas sweater can really make a fashion statement. Here are some styles to help you stand out this holiday season.

The Stella McCartney Reindeer intarsia wool-blend sweater, $1,230 at Netaporter.com not only features two big reindeer, it's fluorescent.

For a fun take on the classic ski sweater, the J. Crew Fair Isle cashmere turtleneck, $650, comes in red and fuchsia.

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with neon snowflakes? The Madewell neon snowflake sweater, $88.50, features a funky snowflake pattern in colorful hues.

The Meadham Kirchhoff Maria metallic embroidered knitted sweater, $1,395 at Netaporter.com with hand embroidered appliques is as close as you can get to the sweater your grandma might have knitted for you when you were 5.


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If you're in the mood to wear something cute and cuddly throughout the night, try the Topshop knitted polar bear jumper, $100, with a fluffy white polar bear against a black background.

--McClatchy-Tribune