There are a few trademarks of a great novelty sweater: vaguely holiday-themed, littered with trendy animals and all sorts of random accoutrements. We think that instead of thumbing our noses at these works of post-modern sartorial art, we should definitely embrace them—and wear them on both lazy Sundays and to the next holiday party. They have great versatility, too: don't only wear 'em with jeans! Try pairing them with skirts long and short, solid and patterned. Ahead: 10 cool novelty sweaters (with enough animals to start a small zoo).
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.