Love it or hate it, it's the season. There are a lot of ugly Christmas sweaters out there, emblazoned with ice-skating moose, bright Santas and some even with flashing lights.
You may wear them once or twice or even more during the run-up to Christmas, but you would be well advised to pick a more classic motif so you don't wind up stowing the sweater in a drawer for the rest of the year, says fashion consultant Andreas Rose.
Or even discarding it altogether.
"You can wear something with reindeer every year," says Rose.
And if you go for a jumper with a restrained Norwegian pattern rather than the infamous "ugly Christmas sweater" that aims to be outrageous, you will get not only style points but also make a more sustainable choice that can keep you warm all winter long.
"Invest in a great cable-knit jumper instead," says Rose. You can always transform a more classic sweater to a flashy Christmas item at short notice, say by getting a colourful Christmassy brooch or adding some tinsel and Christmas baubles to your top.
You can also take a jumper you already have and redesign it, by adding iron-on or sew-on Christmas motifs.
But if you cannot resist getting an ugly Christmas sweater, then try combining it as neutrally as possible with jeans, a jacket and trainers, Rose says. Only wear it when the occasion really calls for it, such as a visit to the Christmas market.
"I would definitely advise against wearing it to a restaurant, pre-Christmas birthday party or company party," says Rose. "Unless that's the theme, of course."
And remember, buying a Christmas to wear to one family dinner isn't quite sustainable.
Two out of five Christmas jumpers are worn only once during the festive period, research by the British environmental charity Hubbub has shown – and yet one in three under-35s buy a new Christmas jumper every year.
That leads to a huge amount of unnecessary plastic waste, the charity says, since about 95% of Christmas jumpers are made wholly or partly of plastic. A second-hand Christmas jumper on an online vintage clothing platform can be a more sustainable option. – dpa