It’s official! The infamous ugly christmas sweater is back this holiday season. For the last couple of years christmas has been taken over by this knitted fashion anomaly. Celebrities have walked the streets showing off the tackiest depiction of christmas cheer. Worn by Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Pharrell and Katy Perry. The fashion trend has inspired christmas charity through races, parties and custom ugly sweater fashion lines. Once a beautiful depiction of the christmas holiday spirit, knitted holiday sweaters were donned by nearly everyone. These sweaters aren’t just the mode to deliver holiday cheer but a new trendy social statement and charity relief effort. Numerous celebrities are launching their own quirky ugly christmas sweaters to feed the hot trend and to do some holiday good.
First off is Whoopi Goldberg‘s anticipated line of gender and race blurring sweaters that make a cultural statement this December. Goldberg adds fashion designer to her long list of careers with the introduction of her ugly sweater collection for Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. These nine holiday themed sweater variations retail for $139 and made of wool, alpaca, cashmere and cotton. Goldberg’s designs include variations of christmas, black santa, and Chanukah graphics. One design has a multiracial family with a green, elf-looking son. With this line of sweaters, Goldberg wanted to embrace the diversity of people who celebrate a holiday during this winter season. Goldberg’s collection celebrates multiculturalism, family, and LGBTQ rights.
2 Chainz is back again this year with more ugly sweaters. Last year 2 Chainz introduced the “Dabbin’ Santa” sweater, and will be adding to his holiday collection with the introduction of “Sauce Santa” and “JuJu Santa”. Proceeds from the sales will benefit veterans, disabled children and arts education through the rapper’s T.R.U. Foundation. The mission of this year’s sweater charity is simply outlined on the rapper’s website:
“This year, the mission is simple – to help as many people as we possibly can. I want you, my fans, to submit stories about people you know that are in need. Whether it’s a neighbor, friend or a complete stranger, if you know they are need, please tell us their story. From there, we’ll select a few stories to donate our energy and proceeds from the new 2016 Dabbin Santa collection to. The new collection will act as our vehicle to bringing real assistance to people and families that are looking for a little boost this holiday season. Join our movement. Let’s aspire to inspire and bring cheer this holiday season.”
Thousands of “Dabbin’ Santa” sweaters were sold last year and over two million dollars were donated during the 2016 holidays, therefore 2 Chainz is taking this year’s benefit one step further, asking fans to submit stories of family member or friends that could use help this christmas. 2 Chainz will then use the proceeds of the sweaters to give the most deserving individuals a holiday boost.
Nas Honors introduces his “Kneeling Santa.” The rapper’s fresh spin on the traditional ugly sweater isn’t your average five dollar thrift shop find. Nas’ collaboration with HSTRY takes a serious stance on important social issues. The garment comes in black, red and green, all of which picture black santa kneeling against a background of traditional christmas patterns and raised fists, obviously in recognition to the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee during the national anthem. This act stood for the suffering that African Americans have faced in the United States. On November 22nd the sweaters went on sale for $45.00 each at HSTRY’s online shop with a generous portion of the proceeds going to the Center for Court Innovation, a New York City organization that propagates criminal justice reform.
Kobe Bryant has scored hoops on Christmas for fifteen years. In his first year of retirement, Bryant will be changing up his Christmas regime, trading basketballs for ugly Christmas sweaters. The famous baller’s sweater will feature himself dressed in a santa claus outfit carrying a bag filled with basketballs instead of presents. Under the jolly represented of Bryant are words, “Merry Swish-miss”. Available in his team’s colors, purple or black. This sweater isn’t just for all the Laker’s fans, as proceeds for the $40.00 sweaters will go to Bryant’s charity, the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which provides financial resources and programming to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.
Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, the Band of Merrymakers, Trey Songz, Sara Evans, DNCE, and Charlie Walk created limited edition ugly Christmas sweaters benefiting Musicians On Call to help bring live music to the hospital bedsides of children, adult and veteran patients across the states. Each musician or band created a unique sweater that is available for $35.00 on Musicians On Call’s website.
Haha Holiday was joined by some seriously hilarious celebrities to create some amusing ugly christmas sweaters that benefit a charity of the creators choice. Haha Holiday included collaborations with Dave Coulier, Shaquille O’Neal, Adam Pally, Jeff Ross, and Steve Harvey. “Cut it Out” sweater by Coulier goes toward the ChildHelp organization. O’Neal’s “Shaq-A-Claus” design benefits The Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund. Pally designs a Chanukah shirt that gives profits to American Civil Liberties Union. “Oh Silent Night” and “Merry Princemas” sweaters by Ross benefit The United Service Organizations. Steve Harvery’s “Merry Easter” crew go towards The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.