Why We're Not Ready to Wave Goodbye to Nail Art in 2018

After wire manis became the cool way to do nail designs last year, I thought, Finally, a nail trend I can finally get on board with. To be frank the often fiddly, overly pretty, nail art designs of the past have put me off. I find them kitsch and just not suited to my job or style. While bold block colours can be fun, there's something sophisticated about having just a line or two on a clear perfectly polished nail.

Luckily enough for me, Instagram agrees, with the more minimalist designs having become a popular choice among many a mani lover. I stumbled across the #minimalnails hashtag that revealed thousands of other simple mani enthusiasts. Clearly the chicest way to do your nails right now is to be as streamlined as possible.

By far the standout look was a clear nail (or a very light pink) with a simple white, black or gold line adorning it. The idea is to catch the light oh so slightly. The new nail design aesthetic is about a subtle look that is as ideal for the office as it would be on a night out. It's nail art for women.

Click through our gallery of the best nail designs for 2018—take these to your local salon and beg your manicurist to re-create them.