I’ve been paying more attention than normal Christmas-inspired fashion this year, and I’ve been surprised to find one unexpected piece growing on me: the festive sweater.

(Oblige me for just a few minutes and put aside the fact that we’re going into summer in Australia, which means most of us couldn’t wear one of these even if we wanted to.)

For me, the thought of a Christmas-themed sweater initially conjured up images of a miserable looking Bridget Jones, cigarette and glass of chardonnay in hand, at the most boring Christmas party in history.

In short – total dorkfest.

But designers like Moschino, Isabel Marant and Marc Jacobs have completely changed my perspective by releasing some quirky, but incredibly chic options:

Moschino Reindeer appliquéd knitted wool sweater

Moschino Reindeer appliquéd knitted wool sweater, featuring a peanut print and button eyes – cute! Buy it from Net-A-Porter.

MASON BY MICHELLE MASON Reindeer-intarsia wool and cashmere-blend sweater

MASON BY MICHELLE MASON Reindeer-intarsia wool and cashmere-blend sweater. Also from Net-a-Porter

Phillip Lim Snowflake-embellished wool-blend sweater

Phillip Lim Snowflake-embellished wool-blend sweater. Festive and elegant! Available from Net-a-Porter

Another Phillip Lim reindeer sweater, that's anything but dorky. From Net-a-Porter

Another Phillip Lim Christmas-inspired  sweater, that’s anything but dorky. From Net-a-Porter

It doesn't have to be literal. This Preen Cashmere Cube Sweater is almost a Picasso-like take on Christmas! From Shopbop

It doesn’t have to be literal. This Preen Cashmere Cube Sweater is almost a Picasso-like take on Christmas! From Shopbop

Markus Lupfer sequin-embellished 'Santa Claus' sweater. Why wouldn't you want to wear sequined version of the jolly fat man? From Net-a-Porter

Markus Lupfer sequin-embellished ‘Santa Claus’ sweater. Why wouldn’t you want to wear sequined version of the jolly fat man? From Net-a-Porter

Proenza Schouler abstract snowflake-inspired merino jumper

This Proenza Schouler abstract snowflake-inspired merino jumper features a very on-trend neon pop. Buy it from Net-a-Porter

You could dress all of these up with a pair of skinny jeans and heels, or down for daytime with some casual denim and flats. Either way, I’m loving them.

So, are you coveting these festive-inspired creations too, or could you not care less? I suspect this is the kind of thing you either love or hate. Do tell!

Image credits: Net-A-Porter, Shopbop.