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The best Christmas sweater for women

Yes, the standard Santa Claus, reindeer, snowman, Christmas tree and snowflake designs are still widely available Christmas sweater designs. But in addition to that, you can now find Christmas sweaters that have more abstract designs, making them highly versatile.
Yes, the standard Santa Claus, reindeer, snowman, Christmas tree and snowflake designs are still widely available Christmas sweater designs. But in addition to that, you can now find Christmas sweaters that have more abstract designs, making them highly versatile. (BestReviews)

Today’s Christmas sweater is not your mother or grandmother’s sweater. These seasonal pieces have become much more stylish in recent years. Some could even be called fashionable. That said, you can still find a heavily themed, cheeky Christmas sweater if that’s the aesthetic you prefer. It’s entirely up to you.

The Tipsy Elves Women's Santa Unicorn Christmas Sweater is an example of the latter. This fun and quirky sweater depicts Santa Claus flying through space on a unicorn. Jolly ol' Saint Nick sails past a couple of planets and through the stars on his way to deliver gifts.

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What to know before you buy a Christmas sweater for women

Get the proper fit

The sizing of a Christmas sweater greatly impacts the way it looks on you. You should never assume that a holiday sweater will fit you the same way as your other items of clothing. Sizing can vary across styles and retailers. Instead, play the role of a tailor and use a measuring tape to take your measurements. It’s not difficult and it takes just a few minutes of your time. You’ll need to take three measurements. Measure the fullest part of your chest or bust, measure from the point at which a collar hits your neck in the back to the narrowest part of your waist and measure the length of your arm starting from the center of your back.

Once you have your measurements, you’ll be able to shop with confidence, especially online. Make sure you always refer to the retailer’s size chart, not a general size chart.

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Decide between themed and fashionable

Some people want Christmas sweaters that take a literal approach to the holiday theme. These sweaters are undeniably fun and festive. The question is, are you going for this effect? If not, then you should narrow your search to fashionable Christmas sweaters with an understated, abstract design that will look great all winter long. There’s no right or wrong answer. Unless you’re attending a holiday party that calls for a specific type of Christmas sweater, the style you choose is a personal preference and is entirely up to your discretion.

Keep it comfortable with leggings 

Christmas sweaters look fantastic with leggings. Since most sweaters worn during the holidays have a more relaxed fit, the close fit of the leggings balance the aesthetic perfectly. Plus, some leggings are lined in fleece, which is cozy on chill winter days and nights. There are many different types of women's leggings so take your time investigating them all before making a purchase.

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Lightweight vs. heavyweight

Insulation might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a Christmas sweater, but it’s important. This is especially true if you live in a climate where the temperature drops into the freezing range during the winter months. Conversely, if you live in a warmer climate, a heavyweight sweater might be stifling and you could get overheated. You should always think about all temperature scenarios when shopping for a Christmas sweater.

Design details 

The variety of design details featured in Christmas sweaters has expanded greatly in recent years. Yes, the standard Santa Claus, reindeer, snowman, Christmas tree and snowflake designs are still widely available. But in addition to that, you can now find Christmas sweaters that have more abstract designs, making them highly versatile. Consider what your personal taste is in holiday clothing and keep it in mind while you’re shopping.

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Neckline 

V and crew necks are two of the most commonly used necklines on Christmas sweaters. Fortunately, these styles aren’t your only options. Many people find a turtleneck or mock neck a fashionable choice for a holiday sweater. Square neck, boat neck and scoop neck are other attractive options.

Christmas sweater for women cost 

Depending on the quality of the material, Christmas sweaters for women range from $25-$65.

Christmas sweater for women FAQ

What makes a Christmas sweater for women different than for men?

A. Christmas sweaters for men and women tend to follow the same design rules as other types of sweaters. With the exception of oversized and boyfriend fit sweaters, the majority of women's sweaters are cut to be more fitted than men's sweaters. This doesn't mean they're skin tight by any means. It means they follow the lines of the body more closely than sweaters designed for men. Additionally, women have more hemline length options in sweaters than men do, with cropped being one example.

How should women wear a Christmas sweater?

A. Many Christmas sweaters have a casual aesthetic that looks great with jeans or leggings. That said, some designs are a bit more dressed-up and pair well with certain skirt and trouser styles. Since Christmas sweaters tend to be substantial in appearance, it's best to avoid layering a blazer over them. Doing so can create a bulky look.

Which Christmas sweater for women should I get?

Best of the best Christmas sweaters for women

Tipsy Elves Women's Santa Unicorn Christmas Sweater: available at Amazon

Our take: Santa Claus gets a ride from a helpful unicorn on Christmas Eve, as depicted in the design of this holiday sweater.

What we like: The design of this sweater takes Santa Claus' trip around the world on Christmas Eve to a new level. Jolly ole Saint Nick is depicted flying through the universe on the back of a unicorn. The effect is cheeky, whimsical and fun. The design changes to twinkling stars in the back.

What we dislike: The main point of contention among the few unhappy buyers was the sizing, which some said was too large and others said was too small.

Best bang for your buck Christmas sweater for women

Karen Scott Embellished Sleigh Sweater: available at Macy's

Our take: Santa Claus is on his way to your house led by his trusty reindeer to deliver sequin embellished gifts.

What we like: Four of Santa's loyal reindeer pull his sleigh on this cute Christmas sweater. Candy canes are strong on the tethers attached to the sleigh and colorful gift-wrapped presents float around it. The design is embellished in sequins, giving it an extra-special touch.

What we dislike: The sizing is generous, so you might have to do some guesswork about whether to size down.

Honorable mention Christmas sweater for women

LookbookStore Women's Christmas Tree and Reindeer Pullover Sweater: available at Amazon

Our take: Reindeer and a Christmas tree adorn the front of this sweater in a design that's understated yet festive.

What we like: If you're looking for a more subtle and fashionable Christmas sweater, this pretty pick fits the bill. The design features four reindeer, with two on the sleeves and two on the front. They act as bookends to the Christmas tree in the middle. An eye-catching pattern balances the overall look.

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What we dislike: Uncomfortable, itchy fabric was the complaint most commonly cited by the handful of dissatisfied buyers.


Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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