DIY Ugly Sweater For Last Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party season is in full swing, and there’s always a chance you might get a last minute invite to one this weekend (or already have one on the calendar!). It seems like every year holiday parties require the best (or worst?) ugly sweater attire, so if you’re scrambling for a quick outfit to wear out this weekend, we can help. All you need are a few quick decorations and tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to making a DIY Ugly Sweater for last minute holiday parties.

What You Need: 

1. Find the perfect sweater. We like our Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater (pictured) or the Raglan V-Neck Sweater. Bright colors are best to really make your look stand out!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

2. Start with some tinsel. Use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to add some fun texture and depth to your sweater. In this case, the crazier it looks, the better!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

3. Glue on seasonal patches or pins. Grab your DCI Ugly Sweater Kit or pins, or make your own cutout holiday shapes from thick fabric like felt or fleece. Glue the patches over the tinsel for a 3-D effect.

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

4. Add your finishing touches. Take your sweater over-the-top and add finishing touches like mirror balls (you could even use ornaments here) and throw a necklace on top – extra points if your sweater lights up!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK: We like these little extras from our Holiday Party Shop for the ultimate ugly sweater party outfit .

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Real Gifts Made With Love: Sweater Patches

Ugly Cute sweater parties start here!

What you need:

  • Cozy sweater
  • Red felt
  • Red thread
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper

What to do:

  1. Draw heart
  2. Cut it out
  3. Trace heart onto felt
  4. Cut it out
  5. Sew onto elbow (or wherever your heart desires!)
  6. Holiday party ready!

What are your DIY gifts this year? Comment below & tell us!

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How To: Style A Bodysuit 3 Ways

ALL ABOUT BODYSUITS! Add our fave new trend for easy fall layers.

How To: Style A Bodysuit 3 Ways

#1 LIKE A CAMI, BUT COOLER

Not sure what to wear under sheer tops? Ditch the cami for a lace one-piece.

How To: Style A Bodysuit 3 Ways

#2 BACK TO BASICS

Dress up your softest essentials and show off your pretty back!

How To: Style A Bodysuit 3 Ways

#3 SPORTY SPICED UP

90’s + bodysuits… when 2 trends become 1!

How To: Style A Bodysuit 3 Ways

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Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Back To The Books

Don’t let the last day of summer get you down, there’s back to school shopping to look forward to! Get back to the books and look GOOD while you’re at it with our stylist’s outfit of the week.

Erin's Outfit Of The Week: Back To The Books

Shop Erin’s Look: Oversized Lace-Up Sweater | Chambray Shirtdress | Geo Lace Hi-neck Bralette | Boybrief + Geo Lace Undie | Felt Hat | Fringe Scarf | AEO Aviator Sunglasses | AEO Convertible Bag + Backpack | ban.do Pencil Pouch | ban.do Agenda | Zoella Wonder Hand Creme

Not that you need an excuse, but the first day of school is the best reason to get a new bra and undie set like this Geo Lace Hi-Neck Bralette and Boybrief. Then take notes: our Chambray Shirtdress is made for late summer outside, then add our Oversized Lace-Up Sweater on top when you head into your air-conditioned classes inside. Grab a new ban.do agenda and take it one day at a time… it’s gonna be a good year!

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How To Style Leggings With Laura

Leggings have been on our must-have list for the past several seasons, but we’re especially excited about our Winter leggings this year. We’re offering more variety than ever – sweater fabric, bold patterns, photo real prints and, of course, the basic, go-with-everything hi-rise legging. Because we were feeling overwhelmed by all the amazing leggings, we turned to our favorite Styling Manager, Laura, for styling tips. Below, Laura pulled together two different looks featuring leggings to fit every style, from sporty athleisure to cozy comfort.

Look #1: Winterized Athleisure
We love the way printed leggings look paired back to sporty sneakers. The gold details on these sneaks elevate them from the average sport shoe, making this athleisure look on trend. Keep it seasonal with a heavier parka, and play with color by contrasting navy and grey hues with a sienna hoodie and a vibrant winter hat.

Leggings

Shop the Look:
AEO Hi-Rise Legging
AEO Ribbed Pullover Hoodie
K-Swiss Belmont Sneaker
Wool Parka
AEO Patterned Beanie

Look #2: Cozy Comfort
Sweater leggings are stealing the show this season, so let them do the talking for this look. Pair bold patterned sweater leggings back to a cream sweater with cool side zip features, and add a bit of shine with gold sneakers. Let a grey bralette peek out beneath the sweater for a flirty finish to the look.

Leggings

Shop the Look:
AEO Hi-Rise Sweater Legging
AEO Side Zip Sweater
AEO Slip On Platform Sneaker
Aerie Lace Bralette

How will you style your leggings this season? Tell us in the comments below & show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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One Sweater, Three Ways: Open Knit Crew Sweater

Every so often a top comes along that you want to wear with everything because it’s just that perfect. That’s how we feel about our Open Knit Crew Sweater. It’s the ultimate seasonal transition piece and a fresh take on a basic cable knit. Plus, the open knit details make it lightweight enough to layer or throw over top of a tank or tee those early fall days when the sun is still blazing (and you’re trying your hardest to make Fall happen!). Check out how we styled one sweater, three ways below.

One Sweater, Three Ways featuring the AEO Open Knit Crew Sweater

Look #1: Weekend Cool
This outfit will carry you from the coffee shop on Saturday morning to your Netflix binge on Sunday night. Keep the look carefree but still put-together by pairing a tapered jogger with your open knit sweater, and finish the look with a classic pair of double buckle sandals.

One Sweater, Three Ways Open Knit Crew Sweater

Shop the Look:
AEO Open Knit Crew Sweater
AEO Zipper Jogger
AEO Cotton Stretch Cami
AEO Double Buckle Sandal

Look #2: Pretty Comfort
A fun twist to Fall outfitting is utilizing your favorite tank dress as a layering tool. We love the way the pattern and colors peek through an open knit sweater, giving you the perfect excuse to squeeze one last wear out of your prettiest Summer dresses. Add a pair of booties to bring a sense of the season to the outfit.

One Sweater, Three Ways Open Knit Crew Sweater

Shop the Look:
AEO Open Knit Crew Sweater
AEO Tiered Babydoll Dress
AEO O-Ring Western Bootie

Look #3:Effortlessly Relaxed
Sweaters, plaid button downs, and destroyed denim: if we could only wear those three Fall pieces, we’d be totally fine with it. Keep your look casual and give a nod to the 90’s by tying an unbuttoned plaid shirt around your waist, but pull the outfit into this decade by mixing destructed denim with suede clogs. Don’t forget a layering tank under your sweater!

One Sweater, Three Ways Open Knit Crew Sweater

Shop the Look:
AEO Open Knit Crew Sweater
AEO Boyfriend Plaid Button Down Shirt
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Cotton Stretch Cami
BC Like Clockwork Clog

How will you style your Open Knit Crew Sweater? Tell us in the comments below & show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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