i am very on board with the recent trend of ironic ugly holiday sweater parties. i'm invited to several each season, and my j.c.penney purchase from black friday 2008 has served me well (far right).
getting a good sweater is serious business. if you don't make a move early in the season (like my black friday acquisition), you could be left with lackluster holiday apparel. instead of an ironic homage to the tasteless, you've just got an ugly sweater. SF weekly published a great article today on the "tragic shortage" of appropriately ridiculous sweaters, and it featured my favorite, the meta sweater: