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Walking in a Winter Wonderland (In Your Best Christmas Sweater)

Dashing through the stores, with your college ID, over Beacon Hill you go, shopping all the way! Amidst this holiday season, avoid being caught off guard and scrabbling to find an outfit the day of an ugly sweater party by being prepared. Here’s a guide to the best place to buy Christmas sweaters on a college budget:

1. Forever 21


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With a mixture of both ugly and not-so-ugly ugly sweaters, Forever 21 showcases both in-store and online deals for sweaters and shirts to prepare for a festive night out. Previously ranging from prices of about $22-$25, these ensembles are now on sale going for around $17, which isn’t too bad if you’re ready to get a few uses out of it.










2. Primark

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Courtesy of Primark

Just a short walk away from the Forever 21 in Downtown Crossing, Primark is an obvious stop on the ugly sweater trip. The selection seems to be greater in the men’s department as compared to women’s, and prices vary from cheaper than to the same cost of a Forever 21 sweater. Although many of these sweaters seem to be of a style that could be worn many times throughout the winter.










3. Urban Renewals

Sweater selection at Urban Renewal

Sweater selection at Urban Renewal

Located in Allston and just a short walk from the Harvard Ave T stop, Urban Renewals is a thrift store that has must-see ugly sweaters. For about $4, this shop provides sweaters with patterns, buttons, pompoms, and more to truly spice up your sweater game. They also have festive blazers and shirts. The low cost is perfect for shopping on the typical college budget.










4. Buffalo Exchange

Ugly sweater at Buffalo Exchange

Ugly sweater at Buffalo Exchange

Also located in Allston is another thrift store. It’s cheaper to purchase items here and may be the best option when choosing a sweater that you might not wear again. For all the pun enthusiasts of the world, the winter wear here proved excellent with funny sweaters that could liven up any ugly sweater party.

5. The Garment District

The Garment District houses tons of different kinds of ugly sweaters to try on in-store. If you’re in search of the tackiest sweater you can find, this is the place to be. Though this Cambridge store may be a bit pricier than the other options, the selection of sweaters is typically more extensive than a thrift store or regular clothing store.

Deciding whether to go a more traditional route with an ugly sweater or something completely out of the ordinary may dictate which shops you prefer stopping at. The thrift stores definitely allow for a smaller amount of money to be spent, but if you’re looking for a brand new or wild sweater, Forever 21, Primark, and The Garment District can be your best bets. Enjoy decking the halls and frolicking in your sweaters!

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