Student Style Spotlight; Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Story and photos by Rachel Bednarz

As the Christmas season grows closer, students are starting to think about all the good things that come with the holiday season. No classes, hot chocolate, seeing family and of course, snuggling up in a cozy holiday sweater. Read what these CMU students love about their holiday sweaters.

Rochester Hills junior Hallie Wolf’s favorite holiday sweater is a Salvation Army find. Her sisters had bought it for her five years ago, and she didn’t own any sweaters prior.

Wolf said she loves this sweater because it’s soft and over-sized, making it perfect for the cold weather.

“I can wear it more than just to ugly sweater parties,” Wolf said.

Wolf doesn’t own any other holiday sweaters. “I want one, but I can’t find one,” she says. “I refuse to buy one new, so every time I go thrift shopping I look for one.”

Wolf’s favorite part about the holidays is the overall feeling of optimism and hope that comes with the season.


East Lansing junior Andrew Tiffany got his ugly Christmas sweater from TJ Maxx and has had it for almost two years.

One of Tiffany’s favorite features of the sweater is that it lights up. He owns two light up holiday sweaters but this one is his favorite because of the snow man.

He wears it twice a year; once to a Christmas party and again at his family’s Christmas dinner.

When it comes to the holidays, Tiffany loves the gift giving spirit and the snow.



Clinton Township sophomore Eva Steepe got her favorite holiday sweater from Clothing Inc. at the Isabella County Restoration House after volunteering last winter.

She likes that the snowflakes on the sweater are glittery and that the sweater is a turtleneck.

“I try to wear it as much as possible,” Steepe said. “At least four or five times in December.”

Steepe’s favorite part about the holidays is spending time with her family and playing board games.