DIY: Ugly Christmas sweater is the new beautiful 0
Cam Smith shows off his beautiful Ugly Christmas Sweater. Incorporating Christmas items you already have is a great way to add authenticity to the UCS. A large decoration, such as a stocking, does the job of many and can really make a statement. (PHOTO JULIA DILWORTH/ 24 HOURS)
Is there a mainstream competition on Earth more forward thinking, more visually impressive, than the battle for ugliest Christmas sweater?
Fast becoming the school science fair entry for adults, the UCS — like Frankenstein’s monster — has taken on a life of its own. The inventive use of materials, the construction of 3-D elements, parts that light up — this constant one-upping has led to groundbreaking design and Gaga-esque innovation that is as fun for the spectators as the participants.
To guide you in creating this year’s prototype, or your improvements upon last year’s model, we bring you six inspirational iterations of ugly Christmas sweater. Don’t forget: more is more and if you suspect you’ve gone too far, it’s likely you haven’t gone far enough.
Julia Dilworth is a national DIY columnist and international travel, beauty and home decor writer. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth, email her at julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or visit her website juliadilworth.com.