Fall Nail Colors: It’s Time to Treat Your Fingers to an Autumn-Ready Manicure
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Already in the thick of your autumn wardrobe refresh? Kudos: now consider adding some fall nail colors to your polish rotation too. Because like that threadbare vintage tee and those jorts you purchased for the first time since, like, 2008, the summertime hues just don’t hit the same once the temps start to shift.
“Going into autumn and winter, I have received so many requests for neutral and muted tones,” says New York-based nail artist Juan Alvear. “I think people are excited for the cooler weather and want something that looks nice with the overcast tones of light in the city.” As it turns out, you’re not the only person vibe-matching with the elements. “For men in particular, I see shades like mauve, muted pink, sage green, purple, and of course, a lot of black,” Alvear adds. As for accents, the finishing touches that take a basic manicure to the next level, silver is having a moment. Alvear notes a spate of clients ditching colors entirely in favor of a nude lacquer with silver embellishments to help their ‘cure really pop.
We’re not saying you should completely retire the banana-bright yellows and fizzy limes just because we’ve hit the final stretch of the calendar year. But there’s something that feels right about turning to deeper tones and neutral shades during peak pumpkin spice season. Maybe it’s a quiet homage to the reflective nature of the quarter, when you start getting serious about your New Year’s ambitions. Or maybe the tones simply work better on an aesthetic level—just think of how sick a few maroon coats will look poking out beneath the fraying sleeve of a denim jacket, a heady accent to a dazzling pair of clogs and a thick, woolly scarf.
And springing for a new bottle of polish is never really a bad idea, right? (Right!) So to help you prep your nails for their seasonal makeover, we rounded up the fall nail colors we’re really feeling right now—each in a handy set of autumn-friendly hues—from buzzy new releases to the drugstore OGs we keep coming back to.