(Closed) Are French Manicures Out of Style??

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Are French Manicures Out of Style?

    No, they are classic, elegant, and timeless.

    Yes, they are out of style.

  • Post # 17
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    The classic french manicure cannot go out of style because it’s just the perfect version of natural nails.

    When the nails are filed square or the nails are really long or different colors or shapes are used for the solid area (or the clear area), then that can be trendy and may look out of style.

    Post # 18
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I personally think they are way outdated. There is nothing natural looking about them either. I men, no ones nails are bright pink and white! 

    Post # 19
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think French manicure is classic and timeless

    Post # 20
    394 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t think a french manicure will ever be out of style or lack class – the ones that I dislike/think are trendy are when really bright pink is used and the white part is like half your nail. Those look like something from a jersey shore episode and look tacky imo :p

    Right now solid colors (especially something with an accent nail) and other nail art stuff is really trendy – but you can’t go wrong with a simple, classic french manicure 🙂

    Post # 21
    7199 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I agree with 

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    @BlondeMissMolly. The problem with “traditional” french manicures is that they DON’T actually look natural. Since I have a darker skin tone it DEFINITELY doesn’t look natural on me. I had a supervisor who did thin white tips with a more mocha base and it looked a lot more like her natural nails. 

    I have decent nails with nice nailbeds, so I grow out my natural nails and use a slightly pink clear coat but I’ll paint the underside of my tips white. It makes the more opaque and they look healthier. 

    Post # 22
    404 posts
    Helper bee

    FWIW my nails look almost like a french manicure naturally. 

    But, I don’t think it’s all that classy a look unless it’s done really really well. Where I live, its the less classy people (and I stress, this is not meant as snarky, nor is it aimed at everyone, it’s just a local observation) that get the french manicures to try and look more classy, they’re the ones who’ll also often get the big fake nails. So personally, I’m not a huge fan of them, for that reason, but I think if done right they can look nice sometimes…

    Post # 23
    13379 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Around me, the very bright white tips are out. I think Jersey Shore, the TV show, and all the renditions of Housewives brought out some of the anti- French manicure sentiment. As another poster said, sheer with tips is still popular, but the tips are more muted and natural looking.

    I also agree with the person who said the OP featured tips that are far too wide. Long nails are not current either. They shouldn’t be too short, of course.

    Post # 24
    1880 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    @sofiekitty  But if you have long nails, the white HAS to be big to cover the nail – and if you’re doing gels, it has to be about 1-2mm bigger than the natural white so that the edges of your natural white won’t show as it grows out. The narrow french you posted wouldn’t work for me because my nails aren’t that short. And even if I clipped them, I’d only be able to wear it three or four days before they’d grow out enough so that the natural white would show through the clear base on the edges.

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    @sofiekitty  My nails looked very like your inspiration pic for my wedding. French manicure is definitely not my fave cause it is SO boring, but it’s neutral and my husband loves it. I did the gel, got it done the day before my wedding, and it lasted through my wedding and the two weeks of my honeymoon with no chipping. I’d also heard people say gel frenches chip easily but I didn’t find that at all. It lasted just as long as solid colors on me.

    Post # 25
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    @Mrs. Mink  bad taste as in, I never see someone super chic wearing a french manicure

    Post # 26
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    A French manicure is classy and understated. If you don’t have super long nails, or don’t normally use nail polish as a major form of self-expression, or just want to look put-together on your wedding day, I think a French manicure is the way to go. Not that you can’t look nice with any other combination, but no one is ever going to look at wedding pictures with a look similar to the French manicures that have been posted on this thread so far and say “Giiirrrrl….?”

    Full disclosure: I had a French manicure for my wedding. Wink

    Post # 27
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    @distracts  this is all my opinion, but I don’t think anybody needs nails longer than that anyway. If mine are long, I paint them a solid color (which to me is a very timeless, classy look). I don’t care for fake nails either. I also don’t know what you mean about them only lasting 3-4 days. 

    Post # 28
    2947 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

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    @BlondeMissMolly  my thought exactly:) 

    Post # 29
    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    How can they be out of style?  Keep the white tip modest and not-too-bright.  Have the nail tech paint the sheer pink over tips to tone the white down.  In the photos, French manicured nails are going to look natural and beautiful – they’re not going to stand out as they would if you paint them any color.  


    I LOVE me some trendy colors – I’ve got some orangey-pink Essie color on now.  But for a wedding, it is never a bad idea to err on the side of classic.  (Unless you are going for a specific look!)

    Post # 30
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    While I think a thin white/whiteish tip on a short, natural nail can look nice, I’m not a huge fan of the look (maybe if it’s not stark white).

    The fake nails (any shape, but especially the square ones) with the bright white airbrushed tips are awful. I totally used to get them done and the (Asian) ladies at the salon called it the “white girl” nails. I’m not a fan of fake nails anymore anyway. They look…trashy. And all I can think of it how unsanitary they are. 

    Post # 31
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i personally really like it. i dont think they automatically mean the person isnt classy or chic or whatever.

    I personally don’t like to see any colour on finger nails, i think its very high school-y

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