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Holiday sweaters have come a long way from the snowflake montages your Aunt Lorraine used to crochet. This season, festive knits are getting sophisticated updates without any assistance from reindeers or stockings. The only thing about these versions that may get ugly is the competition for them.

We'll gladly cozy up to a cup of cocoa and Roxy's Alpine Sweater ($60) after a day on the slopes. While the label may be intended for young adults, a fur-trimmed parka gives this knit a grown-up, ladylike look.

Design wunderkind Thakoon had us at "hemline" with his modern striped crewneck sweater ($490), which features punchy hues and notched ribbing.

Spread good cheer in Rag & Bone's pebble-colored Suffolk Sweater ($275). David Neville and Marcus Wainwright--the grade-school chums behind the label--have an uncanny knack for turning Hogwarts-inspired staples into hip, urban separates.

We typically get our fill of unpalatable fruit during the holidays (hello, rock-hard cake and panettone), but the cherry motif on Donna Karan's knitted sweater ($225) strikes a nice balance between stale and sweet.

If you really want to stand out among the tinsel, invest in Jil Sander's head-turning cashmere number ($1,980). The vibrant red-turquoise knit adds oomph to otherwise monochrome ensembles.

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