Post # 1
I work in a non-profit, but am consistently going to corporate events/meetings where I interact with a variety of positions (HR/Marketing/VPs/CEOs) so I like to keep my nail polish subdued.
However, I am in a rut and BORED with my nail polish. I usually wear a pale pink, classic red, or a nude. Any other color recommendations?
Also, I don’t know why but I am drawn to the very dark, almost black nail colors (especially for winter) but don’t know how this would come off. Thoughts on how this would appear to others when I am trying to conduct business?
Post # 3
@AnnieAAA: I don’t think the colour matters as much as the length of your nails. I like nail polish because it shows off my personality. But I also keep my nails very short, so they’re not a distraction. Sometimes I see women with really long nails that have designs on them, and while I think they’re kind of amazing, I don’t think they are the most practical in corporate environments. I wonder how loud they are when pounding on a computer keyboard?
I try to match the colours to the seasons – brights for the summers, rich/darker for the fall and winter, and pales and pastels for spring. But that’s just my preference.
If you’re still wary of colours but need to try something new, why don’t you try shimmers? Or paint all of your nails, and paint your ring finger in an accent that’s close to the rest of your nail colours? I often do this, but I usually paint the ring finger totally different, which could be distracting in your case.
Post # 4
I wear a lot of “greige” colors like Essie – Chinchilly. I think really deep navy/wine/purple are ok as long as they are still clearly not black.
Post # 5
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@AnnieAAA: You can get away with dark nail colors during the fall when they are in season so long as you make sure they stay nice and unchipped. I used to do a really dark burgundy but I try to stay away from black because it’s too gothic for where I work. So longas you don’t roll in looking like Halloween or like you’re going to a rock concert, your professional clothing should make it look like a stylish/fashionable choice rather than rebelious teen.
Post # 6
@AnnieAAA: I frequently wear black, either poloshed or matte finish. I don’t think dark nail polish has the connotations it used to. I wouldn’t worry about dark colors at all 🙂
Particularly if they’re not super long, you can still pull off conservative.
Post # 7
I think you could pull off a light purple, like this:
If you’re looking for something dark, I’d go with a dark red.
Post # 8
I don’t necessarily think it’s the color that looks unprofessional so much as the length. When ladies have long fingernails, that just doesn’t match up with the “corporate” look, even if they’re acrylic or whatnot. You could easily pull off some great colors with short, neat nails and a pulled-together outfit. It’s about the whole package!
Post # 9
I frequently painted my nails a dark color during fall and winter last year. My favorite ones were a very dark burgundy and dark purple. I have also worn very bright colors to work. I think that the key (as PPs have mentioned) is to keep them a reasonable length and also to fix them when they chip.
Post # 10
As long as you keep your nails short and chip free, you can wear pretty much whatever solid color you want. Personally I would avoid neon colors.
Here is a poll on corporette about nail polish.
Post # 11
I think you could add in some purples while staying appropriate:
Post # 12
I agree with everyone about the length and I keep mine short for that reason, it is just hard for me to wrap my head around expanding my color palet.
@LGenz: I had not thought of navy & wine before, I love the sound of that!
@MrsBeck: dark burgandy too! I’m picturing that and I love it!
@kellykellygg: I would normally never do a light purple, but there is something that is still subtile about that & would be good for spring/summer. Thanks for the recommendation!
I can’t wait to go to the store after work now, I have nail polish on the brain! Thanks for the recommendations ladies!
Post # 13
This is an interesting post, and I basically pay no-to-very-little heed with regard to nail color. Maybe this is because I’ve worked in a very conservative environment where my dress code was extremely regulated, but I really like wearing whatever colors are in season.
I noticed a lot of people mentioned length, so I’m interested to know PPs: What do you consider to be “too long” or “long?” Is just past your finger too long?
Post # 14
@Mrs.LemonDrop: In my opinion, if I can hear your nails on your keyboard, they’re too long.
Post # 15
@Mrs.LemonDrop – Yeah, I think the end of your finger is a pretty good indicator that you’re heading into no man’s land! I keep mine VERY short because they peel so badly and are very thin. I think the nails in @BeachBride2014‘s pic are super cute but heading into the “too long” territory. Anything beyond that is far too long for the OP’s profession!
Post # 16
When I paint my nails I usually do pinks. but I’m usually too lazy to do anything at all. My friend at work has all sorts of wild nail polish colors regularly though, so I think you can get away with it! We also work in a corporate head office.