Beyond the Greige
March 14, 2012 5:21 PM Subscribe
What's a cool/quirky nail polish look for a 30-something with an otherwise nondescript sense of style?
posted by mauvest to clothing, beauty, & fashion (34 answers total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe it's just the tail end of the winter blahs, but I'm feeling antsy to try something fun and new style-wise. I've got a pretty well-established wardrobe of neutral (some would rightly say boring) casual standard stuff, and it feels like I could get a lot of bang for my style buck by trying some more daring things with my nails. I'm pretty over- and underwhelmed by what I've been able to absorb from online and print fashion sources, which seem to have a lot of teen-y patterned stickers or "nail art" ... or just boring "here's the NEW new pink" color picks.
What can I try that would be unusual and somewhat fashion-forward, but not make me look 20 years younger (or older) than I am? Is the painting-one-nail-a-different-color thing already way passe? Are metallics hip or gaudy, or does it depend? Is black the new black again? Is there really no way for someone in my age group to even try to have "cool" nails? Can you recommend any good resources, or nail style muses?
If it helps, I'm in a college town in the Northeast U.S. and don't have any restrictions on propriety for an office or customer service environment or anything. My nails are short and healthy and I have fair skin. I don't mind paying for have my nails done professionally, or trying things at home. Thank you!