As we look ahead to cooler temperatures and all things autumn, something else has to make a transition, too: our nail colors. We tend to gravitate toward manicures featuring bright pops of color in the summer, but fall is the quintessential time to reach for those rich, moody shades that pair so well with the season. Burnt oranges, edgy greens, and decadent purples have the power to simultaneously warm up nails like a seasonal spiced latte from Starbucks and complement those favorite plaid sweaters and scarves.
Try out a new fresh-for-fall polish color the next time you visit the salon to get almond-shaped nails or give yourself a manicure at home (you can even set the scene by burning a fall-scented candle). We've rounded up a few favorites to spark inspiration.
Things I've Seen in Aber Green
This gorgeous dark green shade is one of the colors in OPI’s new Scotland Nail Lacquer collection, which includes 14 fresh shades inspired by the country's landscape, history, and even fashion. This simple-yet-edgy green nail color can also easily transition from fall to winter.
If your red is your go-to manicure color, Rocky Rose is an easy way to branch out. With its high-shine satin finish, this burnt orange shade from Essie reminds us of autumn's signature spicy palette—and the warm pumpkin pie we can't wait to enjoy at Thanksgiving.
Buy It: Essie Rocky Rose, $8.99, Target
In our opinion, everyone should consider investing in a simple and versatile gray polish. This cozy shade from OPI is giving us sweater weather vibes, and we’re so ready to snuggle up with it on our fall mani (and a new book in hand).
Kill The Lights
China Glaze’s Kill The Lights is the perfect shade to use to transition your nails from summer to fall because it's soft and bright, yet subtle. The mauve polish is also flattering for every skin tone.
Black Cherry Chutney
Looking for a sweet treat to change up your fall manicure? Indulge in OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney nail polish. Its reddish-purple coloring will beautifully accompany your fashionable fall wardrobe without being too bold or creating a clash of colors.
Enjoy your bright, summery nails just a bit longer, because soon it'll be time to make the switch to one of fall's signature shades. But with colors like these, we doubt you'll be too upset about it!