Holiday Nail Ideas & The Outfits to Wear Them With

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This season, say it with statement nails.

From muted metallics to statement shapes, we bring you four nail ideas that will elevate your look for seasonal soirées. Whether you’re attending a winter wonderland wedding or a decadent Christmas dinner party, it’s time to upgrade your manicure.

DOT TO DOT

WHY WE LOVE IT: Metallic polka dots add an elegant yet effortless finish to a sheer base, which makes this look perfect for a winter wedding. Start with an initial white or nude coat, and then carefully apply dots of metallic polish with a cocktail stick or cotton bud.

WEAR IT WITH: a black stretch-knit dress with a fluted hem in a curve-hugging fit. Keep the accessories to a minimum: a bold red lip and box clutch are perfect.

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DIPPED IN RED

WHY WE LOVE IT: This twist on the traditional French manicure is pretty, polished and party-ready, thanks to the metallic blue accent. You’ll never settle for bright white tips again.

WEAR IT WITH: a low-key look that can work for day and night. Pair an off-white mohair jumper with wide-legged tartan trousers and velvet sock boots. Accessorise with cobalt-blue earrings – put your hair up in a topknot to show them off.

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CURVED LINES

WHY WE LOVE IT: This nude base combined with striking abstract lines is a chic conversation starter that will see you through multiple Christmas gatherings. You’ll need a professional to master the intricate design, but it will be worth the investment.

WEAR IT WITH: a black velvet jumpsuit with a high neck and open back: perfect for New Year’s Eve. Style your hair in loose finger waves and pin one side back with a statement hair clip.

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DIPPED IN RED

WHY WE LOVE IT: For days when block colour nails just won’t do, try two-tone. Choose a classic festive shade such as cherry, raspberry or burgundy – it’ll work with everything from denim to monochrome tailoring.

WEAR IT WITH: leather trousers and a cashmere cardigan for pre-Christmas brunch with friends. Finish the look with a chain-embellished shoulder bag and fashion-forward but functional sheepskin boots. For after hours, replicate the red-and-black palette with a red satin wrap dress and black stilettos.

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