Fun Holiday Fashion From
Sweaters To Santa Hats
It doesn't quite hold a Christmas candle to the costume craziness of Halloween, but the holidays play host to a wide variety of unusual fashion trends and accessorizing choices. From the classic Santa hat and adorable reindeer antlers for pets to the strange tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that the holiday season is the best time of year to play dress up. Get to know a little more about some of the Christmas clothes you can't help but wear with this fun holiday fashion overview.
The image of Santa Claus and his iconic red suit took a long time to come together as we know it today. Clement Clarke Moore's poem, known by most as, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", is one of the first depictions of Santa Claus in his traditional guise. Although Moore's words paint a vivid picture of St. Nicholas, it wasn't until the editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast used Moore's poem to create a portrait for Harper's Weekly that our cheery Santa Claus, complete with a full red suit trimmed with white fur, finally appeared. Nast imagined Santa Claus with a festive hat that was not too far a cry from the traditional Santa hat we see everywhere during the holiday season.
Christmas elves also wear a hat similar to that of Santa Claus. It might have been Clarke's poem once again that inspired the elf hat, but only because his original description of St. Nicholas related his appearance to a "jolly old elf." Yet, the history of pointed hats like the elves usually wear is often intertwined with folklore. Witches were depicted with pointed hats, but so were wizards, dwarfs, gnomes and fairies. It's possible that the pointed hats of the elves, given the elf's deep connection to myth and folklore, might have inspired the cheery pointed hats they are depicted with today in so many different forms.
One of the newer holiday traditions, the ugly Christmas sweater has its obvious roots in one of the coziest Christmas trends. There's no official date we can point to where Christmas sweaters started popping up, but the garment has been around for quite some time. The mystery is why people started taking their sweater designs to new extremes. Unfortunately, the sweaters that inspired the ugly sweater tradition were not originally designed for comic relief. Nevertheless, the trend continues to thrive, and the stock of original ugly sweaters from generations past are dwindling, inspiring participants in these fashion festivities to design outrageously over-the-top sweaters to meet demands.
Some Christmas traditions are so deeply rooted in our brains that we don't second guess where they came from. The Christmas stocking happens to be directly connected to one of the original legends of St. Nicholas. The inspiration for Santa Claus can be traced back almost 2,000 years to the Greek Bishop Saint Nicholas and his gracious habit of secretive gift-giving intended to help those in need. In one of the most iconic stories about the Saint, it's said that he sought to help a poor man who was worried about how his daughters would be able to survive without any money after he passed away. Nicholas wanted to help, but might not have wanted to insult the man or damage his pride by giving him money face-to-face. Knowing that his daughters often hung their stockings up by the fireplace overnight to dry, he left them each some money in their stockings and disappeared into the night.
The holidays are great time to dress up, but they're also the time of the year to start getting serious about your winter wardrobe. Find all the clothes to keep you warm with apparel with The Lakeside Collection, as well as Christmas gifts for kids and everyone else on your list.