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10 Great Holiday Sweaters

From Metallics to Embellished, These Pretty Sweaters Are Dressy and Special.


The much-maligned tacky, overdone Christmas sweater may be over, but holiday sweaters are still a classic. Choose from pretty metallics, embellishment and more with these festive looks. Most of these dressy sweaters are perfect to wear with either black pants, jeans or leggings (or add leather leggings if you really want a trendy holiday look.)

1. Metallic Cardigan

Gibson metallic cardigan
How to dress up the humble cardigan? Add gold, of course! Gibson's gold metallic cardigan has a classic cabling with lots of glimmer to make your look special. Just add black pants or even dark jeans for the perfect festive outfit.

2. Lace Cardigan

Lace Cardigan
Banana Republic
Lace is the fabric of the season: it's feminine and sexy at the same time. Banana Republic's pretty sweater cardigan comes in three colorways (red, black and black and white) and would look perfect with everything from a black pencil skirt to pants.

3. Cold Shoulder Tunic

Cold shoulder sweater DKNYC
The cold shoulder tunic from DKNYC (designer Donna Karan always says all women have sexy shoulders) is the perfect holiday sweater when you want something that's special and sexy at the same time. Choose from gold, silver or black -- also in plus sizes. Just add black leggings (velvet or velour would look spectacular) and heels and you have an easy-to-wear dressed-up look.

4. Red Sweater

Calvin Klein sweater
It doesn't get any more holiday looking than a classic red sweater. Calvin Klein Jeans Co's version features an open-weave cotton (perfect to layer a cami or tee underneath) and a flattering soft cowl neck. This bright red color (the company calls it Chili Pepper) is the perfect partner for jeans when you want a casual, but festive look.

5. Reindeer Sweater

Free People reindeer sweater
Cold weather is all about bundling up so you might as well make your holiday look cute. Cozy up to this quirky sweater from Free People. It has a roomy fit (perfect for leggings or skinny jeans) and features a lace-up closure. Best of all: two adorable reindeer are featured on this inside-out sweater. This is the perfect holiday sweater for the fashionista in your family.

6. Foil Print Sweater

Foil print sweater
What to wear when you want a bit of shine, but don't like sequins? Try this groovy striped sleeved sweater that contrasts with the high-energy foil print on this sweater: definitely not your grandma's Christmas sweater. Trouve's foil print sweater comes in a rose/silver color that will go with just about any color bottom.

7. Nordic Sweater

Dale of Norway sweater
Are you a traditionalist? Dale of Norway's traditional Nordic sweater features traditional styling, an iconic pattern and virgin wool. This zip-front sweater features a feminine fit and thoughtful details button cuffs to make this sweater a classic.

8. Studded Sweater

Studded sweater
Give the holidays a bit of an edge with this black sweater from TopShop at Mordstrom. This slouchy sweater is perfect to wear over leggings or skinny jeans; the studs at the shoulder give it a bit of punk-type glamour (perfect if dolled-up, girly looks aren't your thing for the holidays.)

9. Hot Toddy Sweater

Hot Toddy sweater
Just because tacky Christmas sweaters are passe doesn't mean you can't still have a little fun. Lilly Pulitzer's cute sweater says "Hot Toddy" on the front and is perfect for casual parties and gatherings. It has a slim fit and features dressy gold buttons on the sleeves.

10. Fur Collar Sweater

Holiday Sweater
Coldwater Creek
Coldwater Creek's elegant sweater comes with a plush faux fur collar for glamour and a soft grey color to go with everything. You'll also love the longer, duster length (warm and stylish!) and belted waist.
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