During the holidays, there’s one thing you can count on—ugly sweaters. Once a shameful part of your closet, these garish garments are now a celebrated part of your winter wardrobe. The trend has been thriving for years thanks to themed parties and office dress-up contests. But if you’re looking for another way to rock this holiday staple, try taking the sweater off and wearing this nail art trend instead.
Called “ugly sweater nails,” the name says it all—your nails are adorned with the types of motifs you’d find on one of these over-the-top jumpers. Some wearers take a rather subtle approach to the style and rock tasteful snowflake patterns or red-and-green argyles. Others fully lean into the idea of an ugly sweater and cloak their nails in reindeer portraits and bauble-like jewels. This is our favorite iteration of the trend–it doesn’t take itself too seriously and best captures the gaudy essence of this cherished Yuletide tradition.
With a couple of weeks left in the holiday season, there’s plenty of time to get your nails done. Check out some ugly Christmas sweater nail art inspiration, below.
Ugly Christmas sweater nail art is a festive way to celebrate the holiday season.
— AmySomeday. (@londonbrolly) November 30, 2017
Ugly sweater nails pic.twitter.com/WNeoR4JlgK
— Brooke Pickel (@Brooke_pickel) December 22, 2015
Ugly sweater nails offer 10 opportunities to wear this Yuletide tradition—you can go subtle or over-the-top with the designs.
My Christmas nails with a side of Mickey ugly sweater print pic.twitter.com/msdCl8170t
— Maria Valdez (@StylebyMariaVal) January 1, 2016
Ugly sweater nails!!! pic.twitter.com/huMUEDabLx
— Dawnfaye (@Mushyfaye) December 11, 2016
— Sanja Hefer (@osijek69) November 25, 2017
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..!! All handpainted Check out @nailsmagazine ‘s December issue #stelovenailart #nailartaddict #nailphotos #nailart #nailartist #nailsmagazine #notd #nailsoftheday #nailsofinstagram #nails #artofnails #art #handpainted #handpaintednails #freehandnailart #sweater #sweaternails #christmasnails #christmasnailart #christmas #time #knitt #uglychristmassweater #lovemyjob #sweaterweather
And best of all, you don't have to wear an itchy sweater!
— sezjeuric (@sezjeuric) December 7, 2017
— AmySomeday. (@londonbrolly) December 23, 2016
— Sanja Hefer (@osijek69) December 10, 2017