Last year I wrote about the challenges of finding the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. I had searched high and low at thrift shops, discount stores and even my mother’s closet with no success. I had highlighted the many online stores that offered the best of the uglies such as TheSweaterStore.com and MyUglyChristmasSweater.com.
This year, retailers have finally gotten wise to the demand for tacky holiday sweaters and started mass producing a wide variety of choices. H&M, Forever 21, Macy’s (for my US friends) and even Walmart are offering cutesie tacky sweaters.
While I agree that half the fun is trolling the aisles at your local Sally Anne or Value Village to find the perfect one, if you need a sweater in a pinch, hitting the mall instead of the thrift shops is going to net you a better success rate. I grabbed this one for $20 at Walmart:
Here’s a couple other cutesie options that you can easily grab online or at your local mall:
H&M Fine Knit Sweater $19.95
Forever 21 Puppy Holiday Sweater $23.90
A year ago if you asked me what a Hipster was, I’d have probably replied that is was a style of jeans rather than a subculture people. While they’ve been around for a long time, Hipsters have come into the forefront a style revolution with their distinct fashion – often stereotyped by vintage thrift shop shirts, rolled up jeans and dark rimmed glasses. Love them or hate them, Hipsters have become the pioneers and leaders of our latest cultural and fashion trends. We can thank them for the surge of distressed jeans, leggings, plaid flannel shirts and old concert tees found at H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle.
For me, not knowing what a Hipster was, had more to do with being unaware of the current label placed on this group. Before the term Hipster was coined, waaay back in the early 90s, the style was simply called “Alternative”. As in alternative to the mainstream – which at the time was the uniform of Polo shirts and penny loafers. In those days, the smell of teen-spirit had saturated the air thanks to Nirvana and somewhere in between Polo preppy and Seattle-grunge, “Alternative” was born. Which looking back, makes me one of the original Hipsters, what with my fake black-rimmed glasses, unisex plaid shirt and tapered jeans. (Back then they were called tapered. And we ‘tapered’ them ourselves, sometimes just using a shit-ton of safety pins.)
Here’s some Hipster inspired fashions that I currently love at Forever 21. Mix them up with some vintage finds for create a look that is unique to you.