It’s funny how years ago people would do ANYTHING to avoid having to wear glasses. My dad has terrible eyesight and as a kid often opted to navigate school half blind instead of wearing his glasses. Now people who don’t even need to wear glasses wear them as an accessory. Geek chic. (Not to be confused with hipsters, who, according to Urban Dictionary, are more into philosophy and poetry, while geek chic people are into comics.)
Ugly sweaters were first popular in the mid-1980s. Bill Cosby pioneered this trend, often wearing oversized sweaters with questionable colors and patterns on The Bill Cosby Show. The trend, however, died out as the 1990s began. According to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On, the ugly sweater experienced a surge in popularity due to a 2001 party trend from Vancouver, Canada. Now, ugly sweaters are a holiday tradition in pop culture. Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon has created a segment, “The 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.” Companies like AOL, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Crunch gyms have jumped on the bandwagon and are even throwing their own ugly sweater-themed parties. How long this trend will last? I don’t know. But what I DO know is how undeniably comfortable a thick oversized sweater is on a chilly winter day… ugly or not. 😉
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