There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by sporting an “ugly” Christmas sweater. What started as a joke, has now become a tradition among families and friends who look to top each other’s outrageous outfits. Pom-poms, glitter, even lights that actually work, nothing is off limits when dressing the part for an ugly sweater party. In fact, the mantra for this one is, “Go big or go home.”
Ugly Sweater Shop
Oakland Mall
412 W 14 Mile Road
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 785-3614
www.uglychristmassweater.com

If over the top is what you’re looking for, the Ugly Sweater is the shop for you. Although initially launched as a website, this local Walled Lake -based business brings it home for the holidays and sets up shop at malls in the area. Kiosks open just in time for the holidays. Look for shops to open their doors on November 1. The kiosks are stocked with light-up numbers, hideous blazers and those ugly sweaters we love to hate.

Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(810) 441-0956
www.rustbeltmarket.com

Those looking to score wearable art in the form of a Christmas sweater can find it at the Rust Belt Market. Here is where you will find crafty vendors slinging their wares to the public. The entrepreneurs behind the shops are creative, so this is the spot to browse for your very own, one-of-a-kind design. Using ric-rac, sequins and felted characters, these crafty mavens pull out all the stops when it comes to the gloriously gaudy phenomenon that is the ugly Christmas sweater.

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Mother Fletchers
210 West 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 398-4816
www.facebook.com

This vintage shop has everything that one could want, including the notoriously ugly Christmas sweater you’ve been searching for. Stocked high and low with anything and everything you could possibly need, this resale boutique has you covered with the perfect sweater for the festive party you’re attending.

Peacock Room
15 East Kirby St.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 559-5500
www.facebook.com/peacockroom

The gals at the Peacock Room will help find the perfect sweater to make you look ridiculously chic. This is where to go to add some serious style to your ugly sweater ensemble. This popular boutique stocks fashion-forward lines that nobody else has. Think wildly patterned shirts with geese flying across the collar, fox-adorned knit sweaters and crazy-cat lady cardigans. The Peacock Room carries the most unique holiday sweaters. This is the spot to shop when you want to look tastefully over-the-top. The gals here style up a storm, so just tell them the look you are going for your ugly Christmas sweater soiree, and they’ll send you off as the queen of kitchy-cool. You’ll also find the perfect finishing touches to complement that outrageous outfit: patterned Christmas socks, chihuahua earrings and more.

Detroit Athletic Co.
1744 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(877) 604-4490
www.facebook.com/DetroitAthletic

Swing by the Detroit Athletic Co. on your way to the game. This sports shop features NFL team sweaters re-imagined in busy patterns with ugly Christmas style. These sweaters are something to see, and they are very popular with sports fans around the holidays. Sports enthusiasts will love the ugly Christmas sweaters featuring their favorite teams. The trend got underway last year when the Lions hosted their own Christmas party for the entire team.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.