You know when you see an impeccably dressed woman and her manicure just goes with her incredibly chic ensemble, as if any other nail colour choice would have been just ridiculous? OK, maybe you don’t notice these sorts of things as readily as we do—but trust us when we say a manicure can make your outfit. To prove our assertion, we put together 8 dress-and-polish pairs. Keep reading to experience the manicure magic we’re referring to!
Metallic Dress + Pale Pink Nails
Keep things simple and understated when wearing metal hues. Pair your metallic frock with a high shine shade of pale pink polish, like Jin Soon’s Nail Laquer ($18) in Muse.
Pictured: Ellery Halter Dress With Drop Waist and Mini Skirt ($243)
Black And White Dress + Red Nails
Black, white, and red—nothing beats this classic combo. Dior’s Colour Icons Vernis Gel Shine And Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($25) in Tout Paris is the perfect hue to wear with a black and white ensemble.
Pictured: Finders Keepers Strange Fire Dress ($160)
Fuchsia Dress + Nude Nails
When your dress is bright pink, keep your nails clean and simple. Choose a nude polish, like Nails Inc.’s Nail Polish ($10) in Basil Street, and let the dress do all the talking.
Pictured: Amanda Uprichard Multi Strap Dress ($189)
Mustard Yellow Dress + Orange Nails
Mustard yellow is not only an seriously tough color to wear, but also a challenging one to (beauty) accessorize. Stick with a warm nail color, but make it bright for a bit of contrast. Try an orange polish, like Orly’s Nail Lacquer ($8) in Melt My Popsicle.
Pictured: Shona Joy Hypnotic Bustier Trumpet Dress ($264)
Pale Pink Striped Dress + Mint Nails
Pair a pale pink frock with another muted hue on your nails. But keep your pastel playful—Butter London’s Nail Lacquer ($15) in Fiver is a minty treat for your nails.
Pictured: Tibi Blanket Stripe Flirty Dress ($298)
Red Dress + Dove Gray Nails
Choose something a little unexpected when wearing red. Dove gray and red makes a killer combo, and RGB Cosmetics’ Nail Color ($18) in Dove is the perfect almost-neutral for the job.
Pictured: Diane Von Furstenberg Perry Dress ($312)
Chartreuse Dress + Silver Nails
What to wear with chartreuse? Silver. It looks chic, and doesn’t compete with the vivid color. Choose Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Nail Lacquer ($10) in Spanglemaker for your next metallic manicure.
Pictured: Naven Skater Mini Dress ($75)