How to Choose Nail Color for Your Outfits

how to match nail color with clothes

When it comes to manicures, no question has sparked more debate than how to pick a nail color. On one hand, matching nails look good and it shows that you’ve put effort into your appearance. On the other hand, it can become time-consuming and look too polished. Which side of the debate is right? When, if ever, should your nails match your clothes? Learn how to match nail polish to dresses and other outfits.

Should You Match Your Nails to Your Outfit?

Realistically, changing your nail polish to match every single outfit just isn’t feasible for most us. Imagine the time it would take to paint your nails almost every day — not to mention the bottles of polish that you would go through.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t match your nails to your outfit. In fact, you should coordinate. What’s the difference? When you coordinate your nail color with your clothes, you choose a color that matches multiple outfits. Whether you wear a simple black dress or something more intricate, your nail color should match.

How Do You Coordinate Nail Colors and Your Outfits?

What does it take to coordinate? Here are some ways to twin your tips with your clothes:

  • Take a step back and look at your wardrobe. What colors and patterns are dominant? If you have a lot of loud and colorful prints, subdued and natural nail polish colors will complement them. But if you tend to dress in neutral tones, dare to choose vibrant colors and designs like bedazzles for your nails.
  • Color blocking is a hot trend and it’s a great way to coordinate your nails with your outfits. Color blocking is just a way to pair colors that naturally contrast like blue and yellow, and red and green.
  • Remember that you don’t have the coordinate with the primary colors of your wardrobe, either. You can coordinate with accentuating colors as well as the colors of your jewelry. For instance, if you wear a lot of silver or rose gold jewelry, paint your nails to match those colors.
  • Another way to coordinate your look is to pair your nail polish color with your makeup. Love a red lip? Rock red nail polish, or color block with a bright pink or a jewel-tone green.

Neutral Nail Colors Match Any Outfit

Of course, you can always play it safe with neutral colors that go with anything. Beige and light pinks are safe choices with most skin tones. Black has gone from gothic to sophisticated and it looks good with most any other color or pattern. Here are a few other neutral colors for you to try:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Brown
  • White

After years of debate, it’s time to finally put this style question to rest. Your nail color should match your outfits, but it shouldn’t take hours of effort. There are many ways to coordinate colors. Try them all and see what looks best on you!

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