Almonds & Stilettos. What’s Old is Nails Again.

Above, Adele’s peach-y nude almond-shaped nails at the 2013 Academy Awards

There’s a not-so-new nail shape in town: the almond. After decades of squares and squovals, it only seems natural that we’d be coming back round to the almond shaped fingernail.

A once popular shape in the 60s and 70s, the almond started making its comeback about a year ago, when a handful of celebrities started wearing it. It’s a hyper-feminine look and recent devotees include Adele, Lady Gaga, and Fergie. Most recently, several fashion designers embraced the shape for their recent Spring and Fall 2013 shows.

We love the almond–and it’s more universally flattering cousin, the oval–not only because it’s feminine, but because it’s ageless and a classic.

Another shape, that takes its cue from the almond, is the stiletto. As its name implies, the stiletto is long and pointy. (And much like stiletto heels, the longer the stiletto nail, the more perilous it is to wear!) We have to admit…our jury is still out on the stiletto. But hey, if you can pull it off in style, then you go flaunt it, girl.

Of course, you can always use temporary nails to see if this shape suits you. For a bit of fun and glitter, we like the almond-oval shaped nails from celebrity nail artist, Kimmie Kyees, who has worked with Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and Scarlett Johansson.


Celia Hammond 1960s_1Above, model Celia Hammond wearing almond shaped nails in the 1960s.

Angel Sanchez Spring 2013 CollectionAbove, a model from Angel Sanchez’ Spring 2013 show.

Lady Gaga Almond Nails 2 Above, Lady Gaga wearing almond shape nails in a muted pastel.

Beyonce Stiletto Nails 2Above, Beyonce wearing almond nails with a slightly pointier tip – veering into stiletto territory.

2 thoughts on “Almonds & Stilettos. What’s Old is Nails Again.”

  1. That is amazing! for so long i’ve been wearing square acrylic nails, and i honestly think it makes my fingers look fatty. Next appointment I’ll ask for almond nails! Great info!

    1. I love the almond. Very feminine and it does make your fingers seem longer. My fingers are on the shorter side, so I was thrilled this look was popular once again – or at least a stylish option.

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