Around the holiday season, we have a tendency to reach exclusively for gold nail polish. Well, gold and red nail polish. We volley between the two and for good reason. These colors are holiday classics. They look amazing on our nails, whether those nails are peeking out under a scarf and coat, grasping a hot coffee, or shining in juxtaposition with a black cocktail dress while holding a glass of champagne at a holiday party.
This year, however, we're in the mood to switch things up. We're feeling like wearing colors that are unique and unexpected. That's why we're switching out red for green nail polish and gold for silver. The latter is fresh and icy, just like winter itself. Keep scrolling to see the 25 nail designs we're referencing for manicure inspo all season long.
This simple manicure proves that the words subtle and glitter do indeed go together.
In the spirit of nontraditional shapes, try painting an inverted half-moon on the top half of your nails with a slick chrome polish.
Who else is reminded of Kylie Jenner's Lip Kits when they see this drippy design? It looks similar to her iconic cosmetics packaging.
This combination of squiggly white and chrome nail polish reminds us of an icy river mid-winter. And yes, that's a good thing.
A silver manicure doesn't have to involve polish at all. Opt for thin strips of crisscrossing foil, like this.
In the same vein as the minimalist manicure before it, try popping a single nail jewel on the middle of each nail. It's simple yet chic.
If you're not one to use a single color, try combining icy pastels with silvery nail gems. It makes for a very posh effect.
To us, this manicure screams New Year's Eve. We love the combination of gold, silver, and black glitter.
These starry nails are everything. Simply outline the shape with black polish before dabbing a chunky silver glitter inside.
Chrome counts as silver, right? Opt for this sleek manicure by painting each nail with a bold shade of reflective polish.
It's colorful; it's dimensional; it looks like the sort of nail design that a Zara model would wear, and we're into it.
Here's another posh manicure for you. It reminds us of something Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl would go for. It's easy enough to replicate on your own, too. All you need is one pale-pink polish and one glitzy silver one.
How gorgeous are these frost-tipped nails? Get a similar effect by using a beauty sponge to press chunky glitter into a clear polish. Layer another coat of clear polish over the top, and you're done.
The addition of white, hand-painted sparkles takes this glittery manicure up a notch.
This witchy manicure combines charcoal, silver, and white polish to re-create the phases of the moon.
We're not against a maximalist manicure. Try this one which seems to take inspiration from the iconic Comme des Garçons logo.
Another day, another high-shine chrome manicure. These nails are as futuristic as they are fresh.
Make your nails look like holiday ornaments with this pretty shimmery nail design.
Or go full disco style by donning bold, chunky sparkle. This manicure would fit right in with the fashion of Studio 54, which makes it perfect for New Year's Eve, too.
If you can't let go of gold quite yet, combine it with silver to make another disco-appropriate manicure. They don't have to match if they're both metallic.
This iridescent ombré manicure is so whimsical, it fits right in with the beauty industry's recent unicorn obsession.
If subtle nail art is more your speed, opt for this peach-and-silver manicure. The shimmery tip on each nail is so fine and delicate that we can't stop staring.
If you're in doubt, paint thin graphic shapes on your nails with silver polish. The symmetrical shapes are spell-binding.
Is it just us, or does a white-and-silver manicure pair perfectly with bold leopard-print clothing? We're about to make this color pairing our winter uniform.
If we've convinced you to let go of the gold polish this year, check out our 22 favorite green nail designs. They just might convince you to temporarily do away with your favorite red shade. (Yes, they're that good.)