Trends come and go, and often come back again (hello,’80s bike shorts). But some pieces, colors and vibes never get old, no matter the year or season. When it comes to fall, if you’re not in the mood to scour runway trends to determine what color to paint your nails so they match your chunky knits and lug-sole boots, stick to these classic autumn shades that have stood the test of time.
The Best Tried-and-True Nail Colors for Fall
Red: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish In “lady Is A Tramp”
Red works literally all the time. Maybe it’s a stretch in the spring, but it’s still possible. Red holds nothing back and is strong, feminine and upbeat. Deborah Lippmann’s “Lady Is a Tramp” and Essie’s “Forever Yummy” both evoke ripe apples and rosy cheeks.
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Moody Plum: Opi Nail Polish In “black Cherry Chutney”
Plum is a gorgeous take on fall’s warm hues. Plus, that purple tint makes us think of royalty, and who doesn’t want to feel like royalty once in a while? Start with OPI’s “Black Cherry Chutney” on your fingernails and see if you’re not compelled to paint your toes too.
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Mauve: Sally Hansen Nail Polish In “mauve-olous”
If plums, raspberries, reds and maroons are too deep for you, look to a mauve polish. It’s refined and understated, which allows for tons of versatility. If you’re looking for a neutral that’s not too pink, here’s the perfect shade.
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Navy Blue: Zoya Nail Polish In “sailor”
This creamy blue makes a statement without being too loud. It’s not as intense as a noir nail, but it offers plenty of drama and welcomes that chilly fall air with open palms. Consider swapping it in as your fall neutral and giving the usual pale pinks a break.
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Vamp: Essie Nail Polish In “wicked”
You didn’t think we would get through this whole list without mentioning the cult-favorite “Wicked” polish, did you? On Essie.com, “Wicked” is described as “a deep and dark creamy sinister red.” The hue is shiny and almost black, and will make you feel like Morticia Addams in the best possible way.
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