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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Do or Don't: Black nail polish

The other day, I was watching the (surprisingly funny) show New Girl, and the gorgeous character Julia was wearing black nail polish. Instead of looking goth, her black polish looked grown-up and sexy. Since then, black nail polish has been popping up everywhere: pretty girls around town, celebrities at events, even the finalists on The Bachelor. :) What do you think? Would you wear it?

(Photos by New Girl, Getty Images and The StreetStyle)

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Michelle said...

I don't go black, but almost black like a dark navy or purple.

And LOVE New Girl, it's my favorite show on tv.

Charmaine said...

I think it only works with short nails. If the nails are too long it just ends up looking vampy.

beans said...

DO! love it :)

Joanna Goddard said...

dark purple would probably look similar, but maybe less jarring...good idea xo

katia said...

it's gotta be shiny and neat! no chips!

haylie said...

I have a dark purple, too, that I love... it makes my nails look like blackberries :o)

Briana said...

Definitely a 'do' if you keep it looking nice... otherwise, it looks very Emo teenager-ish.

Emily S said...

For dark purple, I love OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, always on SHORT nails.

Ana Degenaar said...

Definitely, yes. I wear it a lot and scotch has the best black nail polish.

Kaitlin said...

Definitely do it! Its my standard go to color in the winter! I recommend Essie!

Elisha(: said...

i LOVE New Girl!! (: <3 and i say...yeha it kinda depends on your mood..?

Anonymous said...

When I see black I think "Kardashian" ... the entire family has been using it for the run of their many series. But I did notice Kristin Wiig wearing it on SNL a week or so ago. (A rarity since it has to work for all of her characters during an episode). Anyway -- I'm currently sporting black on my toes so I guess I'm not immune despite the somewhat tawdry inspiration.

Jes said...

I love wearing black polish. It think it does just the trick to spice up a night out on the town outfit. Especially if you've got some great accessories.
The only thing that sucks is when it starts to chip because it starts to have a "Sharpie" feel to it, if you know what I mean.
--Jes
www.twosmuppies.com

Kerikins said...

I agree with Charmaine--gotta keep the nails short to make it work!

Uftade said...

of course i wear black ,they look so cool ,pretty and not looking goth,i refuse to give pretty black nails to them
: o

Hannah said...

DO! DO! DO! I love it. it's so stylish!

Ashley Faye said...

Yes/Always! I love dark nails, esp since I keep mine so short (mostly yes, to type faster) but it's such a "dont you dare mess with me" color...
Don't you always feel a bit vulnerable with pretty pink nails?
(speaking of the bach, the world vulnerable was said so many times this week, eh?)

Katie said...

It's a Do! I think it looks great with short nails.

Kimberly said...

I like it! It really draws attention to the hands in a visually striking way.

Personally I like to use Essie's Wicked which is a really really deep red. It looks black when there isn't light directly on it and (like the black) goes with everything.

Do you have any recommendations for a good black polish?

Chelsea said...

I love dark nail polish; however, I work in a conservative industry so I find myself rockin' it on the weekends. I did see an overcoat of a multi-color glitter over black that I loved not so long ago that I've been dying to try.

Chelsea (www.hautechildinthecity.com)

Romina (Decorando!) said...

I realy don´t like... for winter I prefer a dark red instead.

Emily said...

Hmmm I'm so pale I'm not sure I could pull it off. I have to agree it looks beautiful on short nails :)

laura said...

OPIs lincoln park after dark is almost black but way softer. i find black on my (borderline translucent) skin in winter is a little harsh but the super dark warm plum gets it done without making me look like a corpse.

Krysta said...

Love dark polish! My go to color is OPI's Lincoln Park After Dar which is actually a deep purple that reads at black. I also really like a deep navy color, or a very dark almost slate gray.

Sunaina said...

I've been wearing black nail polish for over a year now. I agree with those that said to go with a darker purple. I wear OPI's Linkin Park at Midnight and it's black, but it has just this hint of purple. It looks more flattering on my nails than just plain black.

Also, like someone said, keep your nails short when you do this look! Shorter and squared nails.

Tuesday said...

DO, DO, DO it's gorgeous when done perfectly with a super shiny top coat like this one

http://56torivington.blogspot.com/2011/08/tool-time.html

Its wonderful and makes jet black look so chic!

Brittany Messner said...

I've always loved Black Nail Polish...with 2 rules, NO CHIPS, and TRIMMED, CLEAN NAILS! Add a good topcoat to make it super shiny and hello Sexy, Classy, Nails ;) xx -b.

Glenda said...

love all colors dark... short nails and square... very chic!

kendra said...

i'm gonna be honest... i haven't stopped wearing it. it is my go-to color for the past 7 or so years. I also have really dark grays. But black goes with everything, and is really classy i think. I even wore it in a friends wedding.

carley said...

nails have to be super dooper short to rock any dark or really bright colour. Mine are always either neon or really dark, but always cut and filed down as short as I can get them.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

when it comes to nail polish, i typically only wear white or black or gray. those are my staples. i've never worried about it (black) looking goth for some reason...

B. in the Know said...

Totally DO!! I love how it so much - as long as it is not over done.
Much love,
B

Wh. said...

I looooooove it!!!! Actually I was this close to getting one today but realised I didn't have any money :S

ElsaD said...

I agree with Michelle, as I usually wear a dark purple nail polish! It doesn't have to give the 'goth' look at all...Just try it out to see if you feel comfortable! xoxo

http://cafesocietyxxi.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

I love New Girl. Although I am more inspired by Zooey's style, I like Julia's sharp, but edgy career look. I would definitely try black nail polish.

Molly said...

Yep. I would. But only if I were dressed up, if that makes sense. Otherwise it looks too goth for me. And I agree with the short nails comment.

Meadow said...

I prefer lighter color myself, but I agree it can look very chic when done right. Nails need to be short and painted NEATLY, though. Messy black nail polish is the worst.

Dark green, dark blue, and black with shimmer also give a similar effect if you're worried about wearing the blackest black.

Jennifer said...

I tried it and it just wasn't me - I'm a nurse in a high school health room so of course the students love it - they said Ms Ingram it makes you look like "Haloween"!

Not so esoteric said...

I honestly thought the black nail craze was over at least a year ago.

I do like wearing dark purple or blue polish during the colder seasons.

Tragic Sandwich said...

I think it works in the first picture, with that particular look. I'm not sure how versatile it would be, and it's not my personal style.

Christina said...

i dont know why i just cant get myself to wear it. im definitely a red or hot pink nail polish kinda girl.

Erica Herold said...

Absolutely, yes! I think it all comes down to what you wear with it, but with the right outfit it can be super chic.

Sarah Carlson said...

I usually do a really dark colors instead of black like Black Cherry Chutney or Siberian Nights by OPI. However, I do LOVE a solid black like Black Onyx.

Stacey B said...

Seriously LOVE IT. I think it looks great on short nails though. Long nails make it look Goth. I also love really dark grey.

Lemanie said...

I think black nail polish has come a long way...definitely not the same stereotype it used to be! I love it!! It also I think depends on the outfit your wearing if you pull it off. If you wear mostly pink...skip the black! =P

Lemanie's Randomness Blog

Anna said...

There was a shortage of black nail polish when the trend first started to go mainstream in 2006.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/12/fashion/12skin.html

Annie said...

I love black nail polish. I don't wear it a lot, but I think it can be a fun and chic change from deep purple or blue (my usual colors). I also tend to keep my nails very short, which I think keeps the black polish from looking too goth.

Char said...

A total DO! MUST! WANT!
Char xo
www.itsacharmlife.blogspot.com

KristiMcMurry said...

Heck yes! I love black nail polish. I think it's very sophisticated.

Teri B. said...

i think that the dark chocolate cherry color is one of my faves but my husband hates it! right now, i wouldn't go black with the nails since i'm trying to channel springtime - even a flower crown tutorial on my blog today!

teri
www.bockting.blogspot.com

Alexi @ {lola's lust list} said...

OPI's Black Onyx is a true black and Black Pearl is a dark shimmery black, almost like a gun metal, other good choices are both the Lincoln Parks as previously mentioned, Russian Navy, and Give me Moor!, all by OPI.

A FANCY DAY said...

Love it. I use to hate it but I think it can look really classy and bring your look together.

Alexa said...

Always! Black polish in winter is one of my very favorite looks.

retrasar said...

I love black nail polish, but as a lawyer (much like the lizzie caplan's new girl character) it is totally unacceptable at work. I laughed when I saw New Girl last week because there's no way that black polish would be big law attorney friendly, but it looked damn good on tv.

Gaia• Illustration said...

Ha! I was noticing her nails too! (That show is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Who knew, right?)

Em {orange + barrel} said...

I love that show, it has grown on me as has my ZD girl crush.

I work in a really causal law firm and I think that would be a no go -- I can't even imagine wearing anything other than the light pink from Essie, but she is so cute.

Anonymous said...

I will not wear black nail polish.

Daniella said...

I think it depends on what you're wearing, a shiny new black manicure can look chic with a little black dress and heels... but one chipped nail with jeans and a tee can look too messy. Definitely a high maintenance colour! I'd rather a deep, dark burgundy red.

Amanda said...

"You Don't Know Jaques" by OPI. When I wear it, sometimes people think it's black, but it's more like a dark greige. I love it! And I've had a couple people ask me, "Is that 'You Don't Know Jaques'? That's my fave nail polish!" True story. ;)

H* said...

why not????? if not black a very dark purple...

Unknown said...

I think Lizzy Caplan/New Girl's wearing more of a vamp color, like Essie's Wicked (one of my favorites). And other than Lincoln Park After Dark, I recommend dark blue (I like Sally Hansen's Navy Baby or Butter London's Royal Navy Lacquer). I also randomly like a new Revlon black nail color w/ purple glitter (Facets of Fuschia). :)

Olivia said...

I say DO! I think black nail polish can be very sophisticated, but it is still very associated with the "goth" look. I wore it one time to work and my boss commented asking if I was "goth or something".

Totally ruined it for office wear, but I still wear it otherwise :)

xx Olivia
IWANTTHESESHOES

Angele Phillips said...

I do! Dark Purple is the key!

RuBee said...

I used to wear it all the time, but I don't seem to wear as much these days. I tend to go for rouge noir, navy or dark grey colours. I think it can look very chic on short nails. In fact...this post has persuaded me to paint them black tonight. x

abby said...

i've been wearing it on my fingers for years, but if you're timid, try it on your toes first! my long-time favorites are OPI lincoln park after dark (a deep blackish purple) and annny of the chanel blacks. i always think it looks especially cute balanced with pretty, pastel sundresses.

kate said...

had to check the date on this post...i think black nail polish has been around and going strong for the last 5-10 years (maybe more). it goes away a bit during the summer, but every winter super dark polishes are back, black being no exception. i think black is a standard neutral now that you can't go wrong with as long as your nails are short and VERY well manicured (immaculate polish application is a must).

i agree that a dark purpley or red black is a little more subtle.

Sylvia Louise said...

Definitely do! Lauren Conrad is wearing it in all photos in her "Style" book. Adds a little edge, but keeps things classy and a touch mysterious :)

Kirsteen said...

Do! I love how it looks (and I love new girl too)

Allie Todd said...

I prefer doing a deep purple, rather than a black. Especially with pale skin! That way it doesn't flush you out the way black would.

I wore it once and a boy said to me "You're so giggly and full of energy, why would YOU wear black nail polish?!"
And I smiled back and replied, "It's not black, it's purple."

Jennifer said...

I love black nail polish! I also have dark purple and dark navy OPI shades that I like (can't remember the names). My most recent go-to color is a dark charcoal gray called Power Clutch by Essie.

Also, I am obsessed with New Girl. I think my husband is secretly hooked too.

Jeneric Generation said...

Black nails ARE sexy and grown-up! I think as long as your outfit is classy, it will look purposefully daring.

Sarah said...

I don't mind it sometimes. I painted my nails black with a little bit of style before I ran nyc marathon. When I looked down at them they made me happy :)
http://instagr.am/p/S3Ouv/

Cher said...

I love black nails. I keep mine really short so I wear dark polish continuously. It makes me feel more feminine! Black is my favorite, although I have a dark dark brown, navy, charcoal grey and a little brighter royal blue.

Black nails are a DO!

moksha said...

Total do!

Mersey said...

I love wearing black nail polish from time to time. I'm a huge girly-girl so I use it to feel edgy.

Anonymous said...

I think it looks very chic.

http://citytechnique.tumblr.com

Champagne Cocktails, Cashmere Dreams said...

I am a huge fan of nude nail polish try and stick to stick to it as much as possible (unless I do a no-chip, which isn't often) since I find that it doesn't show as quickly when my manicure chips...which is always within 24 hours grrr...

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Miyan said...

definetly a YES! so chic, just no chips or it can look trashy. however, instead of pitch black, ive been using two coats of a dark plum color and you can only tell the difference in sunlight.

Miyan
www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Amy Plummer said...

I like it! But I must ask--why are we not talking about The Bachelor?? ;)

MILA said...

i always wear black... well not always but a lot lol. i love it. ever since i used to watch lauren conrad in the hills. make it chic and not goth and your good to go.
--mila
milasthoughts.com

themama23 said...

I like a deep plum on short nails - very chic! I don't think I could do black but that's just me I've seen it on others and think it looks nice when it is perfectly painted.

Lauren Knight said...

I definitely don't like it. Something about nails that dark just looks dirty to me!

Maria said...

Do! I'll try any nail color at least once

linda said...

i love black nail polish. i don't wear nail polish often, but when i feel bold, then i'll wear black. i think one way to class it up a bit and not make it look goth-like, is to choose a black with a bit of glitter in it.

Kim Dale said...

It's always been the color I'm most comfortable with on my nails that or like the perfect primary red.

jen said...

i've been wearing black and dark purple polish for a few years. definitely looks best with short nails. i like to pair it with a very feminine outfit. good contrast.

Polyana Ferreira De Oliveira said...

i love black! i wear a lot of bright colors, so it tones down my outfits a lot (plus, black matches with EVERYTHING!)

i live in Brazil, where everyone is nail obsessed, so there are too many colors to choose from, and a personal favorite of mine is a black that isn't too bright - it's classier than something that's shiny and costumy http://loucasporesmalte.com.br/imagens/2011/03/LPE-preto-risfosco.jpg

ps - also watch New Girl religiously! How much of a crush do you have on Nick!?

Lauren C.T. said...

I prefer chocolate brown or grey, but I do like black occasionally. You just have to keep your nails short and not wear all black clothes along with it.

(And I really like New Girl too!)

Susan said...

No. It's horrible. It either looks dirty or like you've had a car door slam on them. Ick.

amynicole said...

Definitely do. I always put it on when I feel like being extra sassy. When I first started wearing it, it made me feel mysteriously naughty :)

Hillary said...

it looks good if your nails aren't too long and not chipped. you can find deep burgundy or some other color that looks like black from afar, but is a little less harsh.

Christie Elkins said...

Totally dig black nails. And black toenails, too. Just not at the same time! ;)

Love your blog, by the way...just stumbled upon it a few days ago and I am already cooler just by reading it.Love!

Cupboard Love said...

Love them - not too short, but not too long either. And I love a dark eggplantly purple for when I can't get away with black.

Seem said...
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Seem said...

Try Essie Bobbing for Baubles, new for Winter. It is a beautiful dark navy. Can look black in dimmer lights but IMO the blue makes it super chic. Lovely!

monica rocha said...

Love it and i do wear it. :) But lately i've been wearing a very dark almost black purple that works even better!

:)


http://dearfashionjournal.blogspot.com/

Cassandra C said...

Love this! I've always been too timid, gravitating towards the dark purples and blues. But you've inspired me!

Laurie said...

Yes, but it has to be very shiny!!

Sara said...

I sport black nail polish all the time, I love the way it looks on very short nails. Matte black is particularly lovely.

Milli said...

I personally have large nails (sounds weird..I'm not a freak). I prefer a really dark purple or blue to black. Black is just a bit too much for me. I HAVE seen some awesome black MATTE nail polish. I think that would be interesting to try!

Victoria Waugh said...

I love dark nails- with my fair skin and red hair it looks kind of wild to do all out black. I love OPI's "You don't know Jaques" as a purple/grey/brown alternative!

Martie* said...

that´s not a new development though! but I like it a lot! Eva Mendes isn´t wearing black on the picture you posted - it´s a midnight blue by OPI!

Abby said...

Love it! I think it's a great way to add a little edge and sexiness to any look. Sometimes, I paint all but one nail (usually the ring fingers) black, and then add some sparkle or something to the non black nail.

Joanna said...

Eva is wearing navy, not black. I personally prefer the navy.

Mallory Nickels said...

I'm wearing it right now! LOVE New Girl, by the way!

Votre Amie said...

Love dark polishes!! Definitely a DO in my book!

http://iloveublank.blogspot.com/

Monica said...

yes absolutely! I love how Julia uses a subtle dark color instead of black! from afar it looks black but close up you see a shadow of red. My choice is wicked by essie and a high gloss over it! Perfect with wool sweaters;)

LKF said...

It's a do! Though my favorite are the nail polishes that look black but upon closer inspection are navy blue or dark purple.

Anonymous said...

OPI makes a great dark purple (can't recall the name) as well as a great dark blue (Russian Navy). Black isn't quite as gothic looking as it once did but I do prefer the dark colors over the straight black.

kate said...

i'm a nail polish commitment-phobe, usually opting for pale and sheer, but sometimes you just can't resist a little russian navy or lincoln park after dark. i think russian navy looks super chic in matte also...and a matte base with shiny french tip looks pretty cool too for a party: http://kate-girl.tumblr.com/post/7759404617

crowbloke said...

i would, and have. being a man didnt stop me.,,, also - loving new girl.

Mikki said...

totally! if its done perfectly on nice nails and isnt chipped its gorgeous and classy. And it makes a great base for glitter/flakie/shimmer topcoats or nail art too.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Not only would I, I do.

Shelby said...

I think this is definitely a DO. I totally noticed the bachelor girls rocking the dark polish!

This has inspired me to give myself a manicure tonight! Thanks Joanna!

--Shelby

Sara said...

yes! but with short, neat nails, and well moisturized hands!

CourtneyS said...

Instead of wearing black nail polish, I wear a dark, dark, dark purple. It's so beautiful! I think it's more sophisticated than plain black.

nailspotting said...

It's a DO! OPI's Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees is a beautiful black polish with jelly finish so it's amazingly shiny. OPI's Road House Blues is very nice too but it's a dark blue. Essie also have plenty of dark-almost-black polish like Wicked and Little Brown Dress. Oh, and Zoya's Cynthia is an almost black too.

Samantha Erin said...

I used to hate the look of black nails, but it's since grown on me... A lot. All that I wear now is either a nude shade or black.

Erica said...

I wear dark grey, navy and purple all the time. Don't worry - my nails are always short. :)

Yazmak iyidir... said...

The lady who does my nails says dark colors look great on pale skin. So especially when it's winter, I prefer dark colors just to make some contrast :)
I love black and use it quite a lot. The funny thing is that, I was using it when I was into heavy metal a lot more, now it's hip and I can even use it on the workdays at the office!

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

It's not for me. Why do black when you can do pretty, lovely things like corals and pinks and reds?! But I'm a girly girl. No doubt about it. Black seems like angsty goth teen. I don't mind the light greys, although they are somewhat joyless, no?

MaviDeniz said...

definitely a do but only if your nails are shot.

Xo

Siobhan said...

I'm having 90s flashbacks. I don't know if this is good or bad.

agnieszka said...

oh yeah, i totally adore black nails! with a matte top coat especially.

Rebecca said...

My fav is Lincoln Park after Dark by OPI - not quite all the way black.

Caitie said...

I remember a time when black nail polish was popular back in 5th grade. ;)

I think it depends on the person and their style. It can look goth or it can look elegant. It all depends.

songbird said...

i have been wearing black polish for years..hell i love it..they look goth only if the whole attire is themed that way..black polish has been very popular for years.

MrJeffery said...

sometimes i think it looks cool.

LK said...

I wore black toe and nail polish to my senior prom several years ago. Everyone thought it was weird back then but I thought it looked elegant with my dress. Guess I was right.

dizzy_izzy said...

I love black nails!! I do them all the time.

Megan said...

Black (or any dark) nail polish looks great when it is neat and clean. It's when it gets all chipped, smudgy, etc that it starts looking goth. I love dark nails, but they do take some upkeep.

stephanie said...

Black is my go-to polish. It's sleek, sophisticated, and sexy. I also love wearing it in my office -- I feel glamorous and professional at once.

Mo said...

Haven't worn it in a while but I love black nail polish. Gives my skin a certain glow.

Colleen said...

I own black nail polish. It looked surprisingly good on my once short finger nails. I haven't tried it since my nails grew out, but I have worn black lace nail stickers (the Sally Hansen ones), and I love them!

World is My oyster said...

When executed with the correct outfit I think it can look very elegant. More so than french nails.

Shannon said...

I love black nail polish! I agree with everyone. It definitely has to be well kept so not to look trashy.

Jenny said...

I've been a black nail polish lover for about four years! I think its super chic and glam!

Felicity said...

I wear it all glossy on my toes....at 42 I don't feel grown up enough to wear it on my fingers....although maybe this post will give me the push I need to try!

Emily said...

I love it, but don't do it often. Only if having a big night out, but just found out a week ago, that my husband HATES it. So weird!

Julia said...

Big time DON'T! I've never liked this look. I think a very small window of women pull this off well. I agree with people bringing up the "emo teenager" look. Gag-association! And of course, the chipping is trashy.

GothamPolish said...

I like dark polish that has a hidden shimmer. There are so many almost blacks that I probably wouldn't reach for black-black as my first choice! Unless I'm layering something over it, like a flaky polish :)

smask said...

I think it's chic! And it does go with everything... and it's slimming... ;)

tara belle said...

In my opinion, black nail polish is a definite YES! I hink it's both edgy and sophisticated. Its goth/emo roots are undeniable but alas, a thing of the past.

Allegra Beba said...

I love black nail polish! It's my go-to nail polish and I wear it all year long :)
It's great for any occasion and goes well with everything :)

http://ladybug4sunflower.blogspot.com/

Michemily said...

I only own hot pink, cherry red, and black. Love! (Even though some guy on the BART train asked me if I was a witch or something.)

JBergum said...

I've been doing it for many years. A few years ago I'd only doing when I was going out to a bar/club, but now I can pull it off at work.
Agree with no chips and short nails. And also I have a dark purple and dark midnight blue/navy that looks just as awesome!

Molliee said...

i adore black nail polish and wear it often!

Kiley Kate said...

If you keep your nails short it looks classic and less goth. Doing navy, dark greens, and chocolate browns also seem sophisticated to me.

Bethany said...

I love going dark, but not black.

Also, you can tell that Eva Mendes either doesn't know how to cut her nails properly, or she chews them. eeks. Nails look much more elegant when they're the length in the last photo. Otherwise they look juvenile (circa 10th grade goth phase.)

LV said...

on the fence on whether or not I would wear it, but I love how it looks on other people.

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Cb said...

I know it's been said, but I think it looks best on short nails, and has GOT to go as soon as there's a chip.

My favorite is very dark purple - nearly black!

Found said...

I don't paint my fingernails, since I'm a painter and that always seems a little futile, but I think like with anything it depends what you pair it with. I think when the same actress played Janis in Mean Girls she wore black polish and it was a totally different look! If I WERE to wear dark polish though, I'd probably go navy or purple, something a little softer.

Lesley Myrick said...

Black is one of my favorites! I'm wearing it right now, in fact...a shade that has just the tiniest bit of sparkle in it. I think it's so chic on short nails.

~ AKM ~ said...

It's my go-to, along with navy or deepest brown. I agree with practically everyone else though - Short, squared off nails only! Definitely takes on that scary/goth quality if the nails are long.

Soo said...

love it! but, can't seem to wear it myself. feels so bold and dramatic when i try it on that i end up getting cold feet and remove them. pity!

danielle19 said...

I am a serious nail polish enthusiast. I am one of the few actually enjoys the act of painting my nails, it's relaxing to me... most of my friends find it time-consuming and frustrating!

I love super shiny black nail polish. it's often my go-to for formal events, especially in the winter. It really complements my favorite cocktail rings, and makes my nails feel as dressed up as the rest of me.

If your nervous about taking the plunge and going for black, try my favorite color of all, which I call "secretly purple" (so dark, you can't even tell it's purple). The perfect secretly purple shade: Chanel Vendetta (a total splurge that I got for Christmas, and my absolute fave)

ncostyle said...

I love it! It really does look very sophisticated. I think this might be my next mani color.

UrbanChiqueNess said...

Love dark polish...can't go back to the days of Ballet Slippers. I love Black Cherry Chutney and Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI, so "Chique". Check out my blog for other "Chique" tips.
xo
E

http://www.urbanchiqueness.com

Anonymous said...

It's so 2005-06 to me but if you must keep it short and neat. Otherwise it'll end up looking trashy.

Penelope's Wardrobe said...

I like it, but agree with above anonymous, nails need to be short, otherwise it's a little witch like...

Fancy French Cologne said...

I love black nail polish! I don't think it ever goes out of style, but definitely prefer it on shorter nails!

Rini said...

LOVE IT!!!!

but your nails have to be short!
If you prefer it more elegant have a look at my pics:

FRENCH MANICURE NAILS IN BLACK

with matte and glossy nail polish.

http://touchkajal.blogspot.com/2012/01/black-french-manicure.html

big fan of your blog!!!
check out mine ;)

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cassandra said...

Oh for SURE. Goth is an attitude and entire style, and I don't think it gives off that vibe at all if you aren't goth.

I love my Essie black polish. I think it is so chic and elegant. I was thinking of doing a black/grey ombre. I also like to do black with one nail painted glitter with Deborah Lippman's Happy Birthday polish.

http://itsthelittle-things.blogspot.com

SKC said...

For me, black nails are reserved for Halloween. But I do like dark blues and purples (as long as they have a hint of sparkle). And am I the only one who doesn't find New Girl funny?!?!

marissa (stylebook) said...

DO! i paint mine black every october and leave them til it's time for christmas red. sometimes black toenails for summer sandal season too!

manuela said...

I love black polish in short nails! and I always paint my toe nails black, it looks cool and makes a nice contrast with mi skin since i'm quite pale.

Taylor said...

I was just thinking about this last night! I remember short black nails coming into vogue a few years ago, but then they kind of disappeared. I wouldn't mind a return...maybe?

Truan said...

I'm 23 (that's grown up right??) and I wear dark nail polish all the time. Sometimes it's dark blue, black or dark purple. It looks awesome as long as the nails are short and square, and not chipped!

Meganne said...

I love black nail polish, it's highly sophisticated and goes with absolutly everything!
Material Fixations

Yanira Garza said...

Must be a no-chip and really shiny. I think it is a do but I play favorites with my dark nail polishes!

Shawnee said...

DO!! it's one of my favorites, and i've been wearing it A LOT lately! so chic! x

Carly said...

I like dark Olive Green. Very pretty and not too harsh.

jess lonett said...

i feel like black has been glamorous and not goth like for a solid 5 years at least now. haha. i actually just painted mine black today for the first time in a while though! i like to thank ashlee simpson circa 2004 for my love of black nail polish.

Lotus Blossom Design said...

Try OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark. You won't be disappointed. It's dark purple enough to look blackish without being black polish.

penelope said...

definitely a do especially in the winter.

Anonymous said...

I can't watch Julia in New Girl without immediately thinking of her character from Mean Girls, Janis Ian

Daphné said...

"The New Girl" is ridiculously funny, I love it!
I am not a fan of black nail polish though, I prefer dark blue, dark red or dark purple.

Caz said...

Seeing dark colours on nails is the only time I wish I had short nails! I have long, narrow fingers and long nail beds, so even when my nails are cut short I find that dark colours can just be a bit much - it ends up looking a little goth.
But I LOVE colours on my toes (it makes my feel feet more feminine) -- I usually go for reds and pinks but maybe next time I'll try a dark plum :)

Vera Elisabeth said...

Do!

But your nails should be short, otherwise it looks kinda of gothic like.

Charlotte said...

I genuinely love black nail polish, I have a really pretty once from Topshop that is glittery, so it looks more vamp than vampire

It's so pretty: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=1708444&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208569&parent_categoryId=208495&pageSize=200

macaca grava por cima said...

it depends on the person, the situation... Eva Mendes looks great with everything, that's a fact... although I believe her neil polish in this photo is dark blue or purple... And her nails are to short for such a dark color. That's why I guess the last photo shows how great a black nail polish can work.
Never wore it, but I would never say never ;-)

Shannon said...

DO! I love black nail polish because it's a nice contrast to an otherwise girly outfit:). I always keep my nails really short with a black or dark color, since I think it looks cleaner that way.

Alissa said...

Yes! I tend to go with a super dark navy but that black looks great!

The Culinary Chase said...

I like it now but at first it seemed only Goths wore it. Cheers!

Nicole said...

I went with a black manicure during the fall and received a ton of compliments. Since, I've finished my toes in black a few times, a little more my style. I love it

Anonymous said...

I've tried, but it never looks right on me! Dark blue looks good, though!

Madeline Grace said...

I've always meant to pick up a bottle of black, maybe I will now! It always reminds me of the goth phase a lot of girls went through when I was in high school but I did notice it coming back. I'll have to give it a go!

-Madeline Grace
Just Let the Sparrows Fly

Traveling Mama said...

I love black nails! they are very in right now in Copenhagen! I was worried that I wouldn't like it, so I bought some very inexpensive polish at H&M. I posted a photo of mine if you are interested: http://travelingmama.net/?p=11260

Being Brazen said...

I love black nails and wear them often. They can really compliment a dark outfit.

Sarah @ See Sarah Bake said...

After reading this post, I went straight to Target after work and picked up some Essie polish in Midnight Cami (a VERY dark navy) and I'm in love. I feel chic, which is hard to do as a engineer that sits in a cubical all day...lol

Serea said...

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.... ;)

http://runningintherainn.blogspot.com/2012/01/black-nails.html

Krissy :: Miss B and Hustle said...

I love it! But my nails chip so easily, I need to stick with neutrals!

alissa b said...

i think it's a definite do. while i change up my fingernail polish often, i always keep my toenails black. i especially the love the look of black nails in the summer against tan skin!

alissa b
http://alissab.us

Kelly said...

this is not really a new trend. i love dark nail polish. usually the color you think is black is really a dark purple - OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark is the best. super classy.

kate said...

i love a black nail! mine are a great dark coppery brown right now and i love it. i'd go black if i found a good quality. :)

danielle said...

i love black nail polish! definite DO (on short nails). my favorites are OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark (a darker purple), my new favorite, Slick Slate by Sally Hansen (a slate gray/purple --- LOVE!), and just one of my many plain blacks. i like to think i started the trend back in my college days (at least amongst my teammates and friends).

Ali said...

It's a do for me and I love it with a gold sparkle on top.

Rita Bee said...

Yes! Most definitely! I am a firm believer that dark colours on our nails can and do look very glamorous if your whole ensemble pulls it together. Personally it really makes me feel like a strong woman. I wore dark purple to my wedding ("Honk if you love OPI") with my lovely Pronovias dress ("Pasion") and it all was just lovely.

Amanda said...

Black, deep purple or deep red are the only colors I wear. My favorite shade is by OPI and it is called "Lincoln Park After Dark". It is a very deep purplish black. It looks clean, neat and glamorous.

Julie said...

Been doing this for years... I thought it was an old trend?

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