It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means ugly holiday sweaters are back — and flying off the shelves. Once the domain of grandma — the garish holiday sweater has made a comeback, with college students snatching up the fun alternative for Christmas parties and gifts. Barnes & Noble College bookstores across the country are offering the collegiate version of the ugly holiday sweater in school colors and a variety of designs.
Today’s college version reinterprets traditional designs such as Fair Isle, reindeer, candy canes, snowmen and snowflake patterns, along with the school name and oftentimes the school’s mascot — and it’s actually a sweatshirt. With prints that replicate the stitches of a knitted sweater, the ugly holiday sweatshirt has become a popular must-have item for students, parents and alumni.
The University of Maryland, located in College Park, Maryland, offered several designs.
Campbell University, located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, chose its school colors of Orange and Black for their Ugly Holiday Sweater design.
Adelphi University students show off their school ugly holiday sweater in the campus bookstore, located in Garden City, New York. The bookstore combined their DeStress Fest with an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party to provide a fun-filled break for students during finals.
The University of Mississippi shows its Ole Miss holiday spirit at the Oxford, Mississippi campus bookstore.
The Hawaii Pacific University Bookstore team shows their holiday spirit with the HPU Ugly Holiday Sweater.
Mississippi State University, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, shows off its Bulldog holiday spirit.
It’s bows and stockings for the Penn State Ugly Holiday Sweater. The Penn State University bookstore is located in State College, Pennsylvania.
A classic stocking and elf suit are the choices for Ugly Holiday Sweaters at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Pittsburg State University, located in Pittsburg, Kansas, went with a classic design for their holiday sweater.
SUNY Cobleskill, located in Cobleskill, New York, offered several holiday designs, including a cow, which represents its highly respected agriculture program.
Tulane University, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, chose a classic holiday design in school colors.
Tufts University, located in Medford, Massachusetts, chose to highlight their mascot, Jumbo, on their ugly holiday sweater.
The Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University offer Commodores fans a choice of Ugly Holiday sweaters in school colors.
Walla Walla University Ugly Holiday Sweater showcases snowmen, poinsettias and reindeer. The University is located in College Place, Washington,