What Exactly Makes a Good Ugly Sweater? [Video]

'Tis the season for the mess of yarn, bells, tinsel, and pom poms that we call ugly sweaters. Once the embarrassing mainstay present of creative, speed-knitting grandmothers, the ugly sweater is now the go-to ironic choice of holiday partiers everywhere.

On an unseasonably warm Saturday night, Chive On Minnesota gathered folks to show off their ugliest best holiday sweaters to raise money for Toys for Tots and Chive Charities. The night's festivities also included a fashion show -- but the most sensational style was seen off the runway and in the crowd.

We talked to some of the holiday revelers dressed to impress about what exactly makes a good ugly sweater.

"I was complimented earlier, and I definitely felt bad calling it an ugly sweater at that point," says Daniel, shrugging in his dazzling black cardigan replete with stars, bells, nutcrackers, and even a Christmas tree with presents underneath. "It looks like a lot of work was put into it."

Sporting a gray sweater with snowflakes and dancing snowmen, Matt explained the social value of wearing an ugly sweater out on the town: "Actually... this is the best intro to any conversation: 'Have you noticed my balls?' It works out every time."

Kristina, decked out in a red sweater with a tree made of ornaments, told us about her creative process in compiling the perfect look with her holiday sweater: "I took the time to actually plan it out and be like, 'All right, I need to buy an ugly sweater, but it can't just have junk on it. I actually have to make it and put the effort into it.'"

Video production by Todd Wardrope for City Pages.

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