Fall 2015 Nail Polish Trends

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Believe it or not, summer is drawing to a close, and fall is creeping closer. While you’d probably rather keep your brightly polished toes in the sand, it’s time to start thinking about back to school.

It’s not all bad though. Back to school usually means new clothes and accessories. My favorite accessory? My nails! Polished tips can pull together any outfit and make you look like you have your life together – even if you can barely make it to the closest coffee shop.

Fall is all about crisp hues in dark tones, and the Fall/Winter 2015 runways were no exception. The colors this season are all based on colors you’ll find in nature. I’ve put together a list of it nail polish colors based on what was a hit on the catwalks this year.

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Stormy Weather

I love a good thunderstorm every now and then. It’s the perfect time to curl up with comfy clothes and a good book. This color is all about those dark storm clouds you see that are a shade that looks like a mix of blue and grey. It’s a great alternative to warm toned neutrals because it doesn’t overpower – too much.

Splurge: Dior in Junon

Save: Essie in Petal Pushers

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Metallic Teal

Pantone calls this Biscay Bay, which is just another way that this color evokes the sea. The first thing I think of when I see this blue-green hue is mermaids! An iridescent sheen is a perfect compliment to this bright color that is sure to make your nails pop.

Splurge: Formula X in Lagoon Blue

Save: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jungle Jem

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It wouldn’t be complete list if I didn’t include Pantone’s 2015 color of the year. Marsala is a red-brown color that is based on wine from the city of the same name in Sicily. It’s bold enough to stand on it’s own, but also pairs well with others hues from this list.

Splurge: Julep in Marsala 

Save: OPI in Romantically Involved

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Olive Green

Military inspired clothing has become a closet staple in one form or the other over the years. Now it’s time to put the muted green hue on your nails. A negative space nail art design would fall perfectly in line when created with this color.

Splurge: Butter London in Sloan Ranger

Save: Essie in Power Clutch

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Sunset Hues

A rich orange color will certainly make your digits pop against the dark hues of fall. While a whole hand of solid orange might be too dramatic for some, using it as an accent with dusty pinks and muted purples would make for some breathtaking nail art – let the colors you see just before dark inspire you!

Splurge: Marc Jacobs in Snap! 

Save: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Sun-Kissed

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Soft Cream

A softer take on the stark white of summer, off-white colors bring a sense of calm and comfort to the table. Try using it on your tips instead of your typical French white. Or give it a matte topcoat for a surprising take on neutral nails.

Splurge: Formula X in Unforgettable

Save: Be There in a Prosecco

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Shades of Brown

What’s earthier than the color brown? This fall, brown is taking over as the new nude. Like nude polish, different brown hues work well with different skin tones so you might have to try a few on (Thank you, Sephora nail bar!) until you find the one that flatters you the best.

Splurge: butter London in Lust or Must?

Save: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Cocoa a Go Go

Liz Lombardi
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Liz Lombardi is studying Communications, Arts and Entertainment Management, and Journalism at Pace University in NYC.On top of a busy school schedule, she also writes for her Honors College's Newsletter and her own blog. When she's not writing, she enjoys baking, catching a Broadway musical, and practicing her downward facing dog.