Typically Swift wears her nails short, which makes sense given she's been playing guitar since she was a kid; though Dolly Parton can play a multitude of instruments with her long acrylic nails, Swift seems to prefer a shorter set. She's also fond of doing her own nails, like the ode to Midnights she whipped up with a dark polish and star topcoat.
But at the 2024 Golden Globes, Swift hit the red carpet in a glamorous green Gucci gown and an equally glam long, almond-shaped, pale shimmery gold manicure to match. Since then, she's been sticking to longer lengths — probably in part because she's on a break from her Eras tour, so she can experiment with different styles and sets more easily than when she's onstage. For a dinner in New York City with her friend Brittany Mahomes, Swift really changed things up from her usual manicure oeuvre with a square-shaped cotton candy pink set that feels very out of character for the musician.
Instead of her usual short nails, Swift opted for medium length nails in a bold square shape. Her nails were painted a bright, Lover-esque pink shade with a subtle design layered overtop that appears to be clouds. The whimsical detail feels very Swiftian, but I've never seen her in a manicure in this style before. The shape, the length, and the color … it's so unexpected, I'm honestly a little shocked.
Clearly Swift is having fun with her nails during the Eras hiatus, and if the Kansas City Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl, perhaps we'll get a celebratory red mani for the occasion. But until then, I'll be examining these nails with a magnifying glass trying to figure out if they hold any hidden clues or Easter eggs, or if Swift was just in the mood for something pretty and pink. It is almost Valentine's Day, after all.
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Originally Appeared on Allure