“The ugliest is the best”: how the Christmas sweater became trendy



After Halloween, baby showers or even Black Friday, a new fashion has come from Anglo-Saxon countries and is a hit in France: the ugly Christmas sweater (“Ugly christmas sweater” in the original version). There is even a World Day on Friday December 17th. In France, it is now found in supermarkets, ready-to-wear stores or even luxury boutiques.

But to find the top of the ugly sweater, the best is to go to a thrift store. At Kilo Shop on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, the ugly Christmas sweater is one of the top 3 sales for the month of December 2021, in particular thanks to the thirty-something who make contests between friends or in companies.

“There are two concepts: the classic Christmas sweater and the ugly one with which people make little contests …”

Maude, manager at Kilo Shop

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There are the classic red sweaters with “Santa Claus on it or snowmen skiing”, continues the store manager. She also presents us with a sweater-dress which is “a little bit like an elf or Mother Christmas disguise with little buttons and little bells around”. A “magnificent” piece to win a competition.

This fashion does not really surprise Rachel who has eyes that shine in front of these beautiful Christmas sweater. This 23-year-old American has been living in France for a year: “I have an ugly sweater with Snoopy and I wear it every year for Christmas. The ugliest is the better. There are a few times with lights flashing that’s great.”

Industrialists have grasped it well, this Anglo-Saxon fashion is now reaching the general public. To understand why, in the direction of a very beautiful Parisian mansion, Vincent GrĂ©goire is in charge of foresight at NellyRodi, a strategy consulting agency. Its job is to predict fashion and understand it. “There is a training phenomenon, it is super unifying and unifying because in a company, it puts everyone at the same level. When you see a big boss who launches challenges with his teams, everyone s ‘put it there and everyone is ridiculous or’ ridicool ‘. “

“I find that very interesting because it helps to break down social and intergenerational boundaries.”

Vincent Gregoire

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There is also something positive, the Christmas bubbles, its patterns and its garish colors give a little life in this period weighed down by the pandemic.



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