Holiday Sweaters: The Stylelist 7 (PHOTOS)

11/28/2011 02:28 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Have you ever been invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Or, have you ever received a horrible hand-knit pullover from a strange aunt? If you've answered yes to one or both of these questions, then you're probably traumatized by the thought of ever donning a piece of clothing with a giant reindeer, snowflake or sequined Santa hat on it. And hey, we don't blame you.

This year, however, there are some seriously stellar holiday sweaters that are perfect for any winter-time affair. Whether it's fair-aisle for a cozy night in, or shimmer and a print for a night out, these particular knits are a cool departure from the classically cheesy holiday wares we all love to hate.

Take a look at our picks for the seven best holiday sweaters to buy now.