I'm probably an outlier, because I don't go for classic as a rule. I would feel very conspicuous in red or deep pink. I alternate between a medium sparkly gray, a dark sparkly gray verging on black, or navy blue typically.
I'm thinking about finding a fairly pale warm pink (IME warm pale pinks are hard to find) for the warmer months but I would add my signature Essie Silver Lining, a silver glitter flake polish that I put on top of every colored base coat. It's my substitute for rings and bracelets, LOL. So I'm pretty sure no one would call my nail look classic, and many would probably say it's not classy, but I have no fucks to give about that. My nails make me happy.
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I don’t find French tips classy anymore. I thunk that it is not the color necessarily. I don’t like pale pale pinks or nudes for me and my skin tone. I think deep grays and navy colors are more modern neutrals.
Right now I have a very soft gold with a shimmer layer over it. It is sparkly but not over the top. With my skin tone it looks more neutral to me.
Over New Years I have silver glitter with iridescent shimmer glitter over it. Very fun but so not classy or neutral, lol.
American-style French looks classy when done as above. But as for what is "classy", that totally depends on the outfit and the setting and situation. In general a sheer pinkish nude will always be classy, but it's also pretty boring for every day use. A basic red creme is very classy in certain settings, such as a cocktail party with a little black dress. A taupe like OPI You Don't Know Jacques is forever classy to me, similarly a taupish gray like Essie Chinchilly. Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Espresso is a classic mauve that gets a lot of love because it's flattering on pretty much any skintone from very light to very dark to pink to olive to yellow-leaning.
The Zoya neutrals collection has tons of classy neutral shades. I think a shimmery white is classy too but some people don't care for it. A champagne gold like Zoya Tomoko or OPI Glitzerland is nice for dressy occasions.
My forever favorite holy grail classic shade is Nails Inc Bamboo White, but it's long discontinued. I have two bottles. Essie Mixtape (Mixtaupe?) is close, but I think it's not that easy to find anymore.
I also think shades like Tiffany blue are classy but not everyone feels that way.
My go-to and classic for me is red, specifically I’m Not Really a Waitress
That is such a great color.
I find pinks to be boring, but I do wear them because they match a lot of outfits. I like shades of blue, metallics, dark vampy colors, sparkly white, gold, silver, Right now I am wearing a color that is a cross between light blue and the color of cement. Kind of love it. People often tell me that they like the polish I am wearing, so I must not be too out there.
the younger moms I see these days are wearing nudes, pinks, sometimes reds, or very subtle ombré to white. But what I see most often in that group these days actually is just well groomed tidy hands with unpolished buffed nails. Acrylics seem to be going out of vogue.
I think greys, nudes and certain shades of brown. However, I can't pull off nude or anything with a pink tint... doesn't look good with my skin tone. I love dark colors but suck at polishing my own nails, so I go light. I was wearing acrylics and had fun with a variety of darker colors b/c the nail tech could paint them perfectly. Right now the acrylics are off and I have a light bronze (yuk) on.
I think a lot of colors can look classy, if they are done right and worn with the right outfit. I think it looks really out of place if someone has really bright, long, acrylic nails when the rest of their style screams, "Just got out of bed" or way too casual for that nail look. I don't prefer that look on nails anyway, but when put with certain clothes it looks even worse.
I would say the colors that I think of as classy/classic right now would be a dark gray, taupe, pale pink. I've never been much of a fan of french manicures. However, the top pic that pjaye posted is ok. Any more white showing doesn't look appealing to me.
But there's the cheap nasty version where the white is too white & is far too big (like half the nail), where the nail is short and stubby and thick. Those are definitely not classy or classic.
Classy/classic French which I don't think will ever date:
Trashy French, which was always a nail crime and should never be seen again!
PERFECT!!!! I always go back to a muted, good French white. Salons here have said that they do those huge white chunk tips to give clients more time for it to grow out. Gross! I used to bring a pic of the above pic with me when I'd get my nails done, but I do them myself now (8 years now).
Anything muted is classy IMO.
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Post by Spongemom Scrappants on Feb 12, 2019 12:09:16 GMT
Well, I'll admit to wearing a French manicure on my fingernails more often than not. But with shorter nails and thinner white tips (like the first photo pjaye posted). I dislike the chunky French and the ones done with colors. And I don't like a French on the toes at all.
Lately though, I'm doing more taupes and pinks on my fingernails. I occasionally do a classic red, but not often. I have tried the greens and blues and they just aren't me. Same with glitter, nail art, decals, and the like. I enjoy seeing them on other's nails, but not on my own. I really like the grayish lavender polishes, but I finally passed my bottle along to someone else. That shade matches the aging veins on the back of my hands too closely... not a good look! Lol.
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Post by maryannscraps on Feb 12, 2019 12:25:35 GMT
Timely! I'm going for a manicure this morning -- I have three full days of business meetings starting tomorrow and want to look polished.
My skin is super pale, and light pinks tans and taupes look awful on me; I usually go with a deep red or navy. If I plan on wearing black one day and blue/white another day, what color should I get? Do you think a gray would look good?