Fashion Girls Love This Pretty Nail Trend—and You Will Too

Sarah Yang

If anyone knows anything about trends—what looks good, what is worth the investment, what is long-lasting, etc.—it's a fashion girl. We love taking cues from them, not only when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories, but also when it comes to beauty. They seem to always know the best way to achieve a stylish and effortless makeup and hair routine that just goes perfectly with their aesthetic.

One beauty trend we've been seeing on the fashion set lately that's made us stop and think? Simple and chic light nail colors. You know, the colors that draw just the right amount of attention to the tips of the fingers without being super distracting. And while the light color nail trend has been around for ages, there's a reason why it never goes out of style—it goes with just about every look and season.

So if you're contemplating a new manicure in the next few days or weeks, might we suggest looking to lighter hues? We've rounded up some of our favorites below.


The palest pink is so delicate and pretty. And because it's not that attention-grabbing yet still sophisticated, it's a good option if you want to dress up your nails for a big meeting, presentation, or interview.

Tenoverten Polish in Jane ($12)

Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($8)

Deborah Lippmann Never, Never Land Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Love at First Sight ($20)


A white manicure just feels so fresh and crisp, whether it's opaque or a milky, translucent finish. It looks good for any time of year, but I especially love wearing one in the hot summer months for an instant cool factor.

Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish in HD ($8)

OPI Nail Lacquer in Funny Bunny ($11)

Base Coat Breathable & Halal Nail Polish in Magnolia ($20)

Light Blue

Whether it's baby blue, aqua, sky blue—a dose of the hue on your fingertips is a fun way to express yourself with color. And with so many different shades, there's a lot of room to experiment.

Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Junon ($28)

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in To Infinity & Blue-Yond ($13)

Essie Nail Polish in Pret-a-Surfer ($7)


Pale yellow nails are so underrated, yet there's something so happy about them. Definitely wear this color when you're feeling good (or need a pick-me-up).

Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish in JLR ($8)

Zoya Nail Polish in Bee ($10)

Ella+Mila Nail Polish in Limoncello ($11)

Light Purple

If you constantly wear light or blush pink polishes and want to change it up, might we suggest switching to a light lavender or lilac? It's still the same delicate, subtle color that you can wear for pretty much any occasion.

Deborah Lippmann Soft Parade Nail Polish in Call Out My Name ($20)

Essie Nail Polish in Play Date ($9)

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Fauntleroy ($18)


We all have a go-to nude polish on standby. You really can't go wrong with one. I mean, when have you ever gotten a nude manicure and regretted it? Mine is Olive & June's MM, it's both creamy and subtle and I love the way it looks with the yellow undertone of my skin.

Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish in MM ($8)

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Cold Brew Crew ($9)

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Toasted Sugar ($31)

Light Gray

Like the light purple and blush pink, whenever I opt for a pale gray, it's when I want to try something different than my go-to nude polish. There are so many shades of gray, too, from the almost-purple to the cloudy hues.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Subnormal ($18)

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Like Dreamers Do ($20)

Essie Nail Polish in Press Pause ($9)

Light Green

There's mint, jade, lime—why not be experimental when it comes to light green polish? This is another one that's fun to wear if you're wanting to get a little playful with your manicure.

Tenoverten Polish in Liberty ($12)

China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners in Highlight of My Summer ($8)

Base Coat Nail Polish in Pisces ($18)

Light Orange

This is another color to me that is just pure happiness. And when you go with a light orange, it's not as in-your-face as a fiery coral or a bold tangerine but still looks so good—especially when it's warm out.

Essie Nail Polish in Set in Sandstone ($9)

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed ($3)

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in 160 In A Flash Sale ($9)

Next up, the 16 prettiest nail colors we keep seeing on the fashion set.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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