You know what would go perfectly with your new summer frocks? An equally breezy manicure. Here are nine nail-art ideas that will keep you looking polished through multiple trips to the beach and beyond (and also pair well with ice-cream cones and social-media feeds).

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RAY OF SUN NAIL

A Ray of Sunshine

A simple pop of yellow at the base of your nails is cheery without being overpowering (or “extra,” as the kids say).

CONTRASTING NAILS

Calming Combos

Prefer something a bit mellower? Try two colors in complementary shades (like lavender and cobalt—or rust and pink) to create a soft contrast.

PALM FROND NAILS

Palm Fronds

And you said you didn’t have a green thumb...jokes aside, the palm frond trend of 2016 is still going strong. Pair a few illustrations with a neutral base for a seamless grow-out.

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MATISSE NAILS

Cloud-Like Squiggles

Inspired by Matisse (and contour drawings), this artsy print is easy to DIY as imprecision is highly encouraged.

ABSTRACT NAILS

Abstract Angles

Soften the sharpness of the angles by using a lighter palette. We’re really into muted pinks and blues at the moment. 

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POPSICLE NAIL

Wavy Patterns

Sort of looks like a melting popsicle—or a riptide, depending on the colors you choose.

FLASH OF SILVER NAIL

A Flash of Silver

A swipe of metallic here and there will make your nails glint in the sunlight.

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ABALONE SHELL NAIL

Seashell Accent

Or try painting a sliver of iridescent polish along the curve of your nails to evoke the glimmering surface of an abalone shell. Tip: Paint it over a black or navy base so it really shines.

GROOVY LINES NAIL

Groovy Lines

A perfect complement to all of the '70s fashion trends we're rocking now (like floaty maxis and oversize aviators), this fun design is also incredibly elongating on your tips.

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