We’ve always secretly loved garish Christmas sweaters. Now we’re ready to be loud and proud about it.

Designers have evolved this staple to incorporate technical features, and progressive fashion labels have embraced the look. What you get are sweaters that kill it when you’re sidled up to the eggnog bowl and also win compliments on the ski hill.

Retro-inspired pullovers in very nineties patterns, stretchy wool that doesn’t itch, and, of course, warmth—what else could you ask for?

Best Made Co.
(Best Made Co.)

Best Made Company Dehan ($398) 

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Timberland Simms River Fairisle ($98) 

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Fjällräven Koster ($180) 

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L.L. Bean
(L.L. Bean)

L.L.Bean Norwegian Lattice ($149) 

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