Winter 2014-15 is one of extremes, and no, we don't mean the weather. When it comes to nail trends, minimalist chic is in one corner, with its nude shades, super-thin French tips, and lace designs, and in the other is over-the-top patterns, gold accents, and bold stripes. You can't go wrong either way as long as you pick a side and embrace it. Style The runways were all about gray tones and everything gun metal this winter, and you can bring that industrial vibe to your fingertips with a chic slate-gray manicure. Add some extra edge by trying a matte finish, or up the glam factor with shimmery mercury tones or the can't-go-wrong glitter lacquers. If nail wraps are more your style, look for abstract prints that have sharp angles reminiscent of warehouse pipes or go full out rocker with chainmail detailing. Color When you're feeling chilled from all that metal, bring the warmth back and indulge your nails with your favorite vino-inspired shades. Red is timeless and adds classic style to any ensemble, but this winter urges you to go deeper with dark burgundy, raspberry and black cherry palettes. If blood red makes you feel more like passing out than living it up, muted navy and olive green are also on point. Shape Almonds aren't just good for you; they're also the go-to nail shape this season. There was hardly a square tip to be seen on the runways, with rounded and almond-shaped tips taking top billing. Which look is your best bet depends on your level of commitment. Almond nails are by far the more dramatic, but the nonstandard shape is also more prone to breakage and can take some getting used to if typing is a major part of your day job. Round nails complement shorter fingers and wide nails beds and can be achieved quickly DIY style by using nail scissors and a marker cap as a template. This season, it's all about experimenting so don't lock yourself down to just one look. Rock gold glitter one day and delicate lace the next. If you're really brave, you can even go nude with just a clear top coat for some shine. Most of all, remember that rules were made to be broken. Find your own inspiration and set the trends everyone else will want to follow.
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