6 Not-So-Classic Nail Colors to Try If You're Already Over Fall Hues

August 20th, 2018 at 5:00am

If you know me, you know I’m notorious for wearing the same dark nail polish year round. In the spring and summer I try to switch it up by wearing a lighter shade, but there’s just something about a dark nail that makes me feel put together. This fall however, I’m going to try something new. Instead of wearing my oh-so-typical dark polish and the season’s classic hues of red and nude, I’m going to spice things up with a millennial pink or a nail with a metallic finish. Now, If you’re anything like me and fear straying too far from your go-to polish, I suggest checking out one of the not-so-classic but not too daring fall colors below.

PHOTO: Vi Luong, Chapman University

Bright But Not Quite Neon Pink

Bright pink is usually seen as a summer color, but who says the shade can’t be worn in the fall? Pink is just a lighter hue of red, so instead of opting for a classic red nail color this fall, try a bright pink that basically serves the same purpose.

Get the look: Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish – Haute To Trot ($12), Chanel Longwear Nail Colour – Turban ($30), Londontown Lakur – Berry Punch ($16)

PHOTO: Tumi Nwanma, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Fun and Flirty Lavender

Another classic fall nail color is a deep purple. This season, switch it up and try taking the shade lighter by opting for a fresh lavender instead. It’s a fresh take on the season’s classic hue.

Get the look: Olive and June Nail Polish – Bold and Unshaken ($9), Ella and Mila Nail Polish – Lavender Fields ($10.50)

PHOTO: Briana Wilvert, University of Washington

Season-Less Pastel Pink

The millennial pink trend is not going out of style anytime soon, so why not embrace it on your nails this fall? A pastel pink is a perfect way to do so! What makes this shade even better is it’s so light it can also function as a nude which means it can be worn during any season.

Get the look: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color – Little Peony ($7.19), Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish – Ellen Blush ($30), Dior Longwear Nail Lacquer – Muguet ($28)

PHOTO: Sami Sibiya, LISOF Design and Retail Academy

Glitzy Silver

Want to make a statement with your nails? Add some shine to them by choosing a sparkly silver instead of the seasonal classic matte gray. Not ready to go full on sparkle? Try to add some sparkle to just one or two fingers by creating an accent nail. You’re still guaranteed to make a statement.

Get the look: Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish – For The Twill Of It ($10), Jinsoon Ayoka Nail Lacquer ($18)

PHOTO: Jennifer Mota, Temple University

Light and Shiny Blue

Staying on topic with the rest of this post, blue is another great color to wear in a lighter shade this fall. Instead of opting for a dark navy, take it lighter with a shade that will remind you of a better time—a.k.a. summer.

Get the look: Olive & June Nail Polish in Honest & True ($9), OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in To Infinity & Blue-yond ($13)

PHOTO: Vanessa Medel, San Francisco State University

Bold Winter White

Fall means winter is right around the corner and what better way to switch up the season’s classic dark shades than with a bold winter white nail. The color never goes out of style, it will match all of your looks, and you are sure to make a statement.

Get the look: Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Winterset Snow ($30), Pleasing Perfect Pearl Polish ($20)

What’s your favorite not-so-typical fall nail color? Show us on Instagram and tag @cfashionista!

Opening image by Jennifer Mota.