Some people love ugly Christmas sweaters thing, while others give the tradition a healthy dose of side-eye. If you wore plenty of terrible holiday knitwear as a kid, and genuinely enjoy getting all dressed up for holiday parties, you probably land in the latter camp. The statement knit, a huge trend for Fall 2016, is a genius way around the issue. These bold sweaters take as much guts to wear as any reindeer pullover, and are just fun to behold, and yet do your form and style justice instead of making you feel frumpy AF. Stylish girls like Lily Aldridge, Kate Moss, and Camilla Belle have been spotted wearing them recently, and their chicness is proof that the move is a serious upgrade from your standard Santa sweater.
What are you looking for? Something with a strong motif that doesn’t veer too far into kitsch (read: not any ugly Christmas sweaters). A silhouette that accentuates your form instead of drowning you in yarn. And something free of jingling bells, fake beards, 3D noses, and the like. Remember, looking festive doesn’t mean you literally have to dress like a Christmas tree. A little bit of glitter or a colorful heritage stripe will do.
Here, a few of our favorite examples you can shop now. Wear them with jeans and boots or flats for day, or all-black and heels—a la the legendary Kate Moss—for night on the town.