Tacky, tasteless, grotesque: Some fashion is so bad it's good, and ugly Christmas sweaters are the epitome of this theory. In honor of National Ugly Sweater Day, which just happens to be today, December 18, we're offering our list of the five best places to snag your Yuletide fashion — and just in time for the Ugly Sweater Run, the 5K race that visits twenty cities around the country, bringing fake snow and family traditions. Denver's race, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, December 19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, features a 3.1 mile race along with a visit from Santa, bottomless hot chocolate and awards and prizes for the tackiest holiday outfits. To register and join on the Ugly Sweater Run, click here.
5) Get Your Ugly On
2105 South College Avenue, Suite D
You may have to travel to Fort Collins to snag the perfect ugly sweater: Get Your Ugly On specializes in ugly Christmas sweaters of all types, including new, used and vintage. This new, seasonal store is stocked with over 8,000 Christmas sweaters that range from funny to naughty, along with marijuana-themed, hand-decorated and just about anything else you can imagine. Click here for more information.
4) ARC Thrift Store
8657 Sheridan Boulevard
What better way to find an ugly Christmas sweater than by rummaging through your local thrift store, hunting for holiday treasure? With its store in Westminster, ARC now has 24 retail locations in Colorado. This newest ARC is stocked with a host of holiday treasures, including household goods, clothing and furniture; you can also find holiday outfits, ugly Christmas sweaters, vintage Christmas items, stocking stuffers and more, while simultaneously helping the community through charity. Click here for more information.
3) Clothing X Change
311 East County Line Road
This locally owned women's consignment shop offers genuinely ugly Christmas sweaters. It also recycle sweaters, and transforms them into ugly Christmas sweaters, courtesy of the store's associates. Clothing X Change carries men's and women's ugly Christmas sweaters sizes XS to 3XL — and as a bonus, lights can be added to most sweaters. There are over 400 ugly sweaters to choose from, and prices range from $18 to $60. Buying your ugly Christmas sweater from Clothing X Change also helps support local Colorado businesses. Click here for more information.
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2) Tipsy Elves
This online retailer has the largest and possibly funniest assortment of ugly Christmas sweaters. WIth styles for men and women, the sweaters include designs featuring Santa, reindeer, snowflakes, as well as inexplicable unicorns, monkeys, cats, dogs and marijuana leaves. Some are more adult-oriented, like the censored Santa sweater. This website also has Christmas joggers, leggings and jumpsuits, if you are looking for something other than a sweater. Click here for more information.
500 16th Street #130
This Swedish department store stocks ugly Christmas sweaters for men, ladies and children that feature bells, ribbons, sequin and other embellishments. The price ranges from $9.99 to $24.99 — a bargain if you are looking for a brand-new sweater to rock this Christmas. Click here for more information.