Ugly Sweaters Have More Fun!
By Micah Starkey, WHAM 2017 Intern
Of all the countless holiday traditions out there, none of them have quite the personality of the beloved ugly sweater. Last year, we dubbed our Friday Night Preview Party an ugly sweater affair—because who doesn’t want to spread some joy by wearing a silly, quirky, even ugly sweater!
WHAM is a celebration of all things crafty, creative and hand-made, so what better way to join the fun than by making your own ugly holiday sweater. From bows to glitter, tinsel and lights, you can have all the bells and whistles—literally! An old sweater plus a trip to your favorite craft store or a rummage through your old holiday décor is all you need to make the perfect ugly sweater.
Deck your sweater out with metallic tinsel and add pom-poms, ornaments or bells as the finishing touch. Battery-powered strings of lights are sure to draw attention. If you prefer to keep it simple, use felt to create your favorite holiday shapes on your sweater. Finally, use bows on headbands, bobby-pins or ties to create the perfect accessory for your festive fashion statement. The possibilities are endless—plus, no one will hold it against you if it’s ugly…that’s the point!
Not the DIY type? Your favorite vintage store is likely to stock up on ugly sweaters during the holidays. Retropolis in the Heights and Pavement Houston Clothing in Montrose are just a couple of holiday sweater destinations in Houston. You could also browse a vast selection on Etsy or try your luck at your local Goodwill store. I’ve even had luck at my neighborhood Marshall’s from time to time. And if all else fails, maybe look in your grandmother’s closet. (No offense, Grandma!)
Of course, we wouldn’t leave you feeling all dressed-up with nowhere to go! Once you have made or found the ugliest of ugly sweaters, you are ready to join us for the WHAM 2017 Friday Night Preview Party and Happy Hour. The night will be a special sneak peek of all WHAM art complete with a complimentary open bar and will be attended by over 500 patrons and the WHAM artists. So, grab your sweater and your Preview Party tickets, and we’ll see you there!