I have always loved the elegant look of long, nicely manicured nails with not too bright polish; but I don't get along well with that look at all. The kinds of things I do are prohibitive, for one thing. For another, my nails, though healthy, are rather thin and they tend to hook at the ends when they get even a little bit on the long side. Aside from that, it would seem that long just doesn't suit the size and shape of my fingers. Long looks weird on me, so I've never bothered to try press-on or acrylic nails. Short is just my style, I guess, and it allows me to do the things I do without fuss. Still, I do admire long nails on other people's hands. Not ridiculously long, though. No talons.