(Closed) French Manicure- Classy or Trashy?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Are French Manicures Classy or Trashy?

    Classy and elegant!

    Trashy, trashy, trashy!

    Be careful, it can go either way!

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee

    French pedis would be a waste on my toes because my toenails curve down. Make sure yours don’t do the same if you go that route!

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Where I’m from if you have a fresh acrylic french mani that means you have money. Nice kept nails (I’m talking soft hues, white tips, short length) always look better than chewed on or ragged nails. I used to keep them up all the time and it was costing me almost $140 a month (needless to say it’s only a once in a while thing now). I can’t see how these can be percieved as “trashy” unless they are extremely long or have some crazy decals/colors?

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee

    The only reason I don’t usually do French is because I can’t do dishes. When I do, they start chipping like crazy! I don’t think they are trashy BUT I always do a solid color which I shall be doing on my day.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @JamaicaBride:  Seriously?  A fake tip on their toenail?  Eeeew.

    I go back and forth on the whole french manicure question.  I don’t know that I think trashy is the right word.  I think they may be a bit dated…a bit Britney Spears circa 1999. 

    But I like them and still get them occasionally.  But I do have limits.  I keep my nails fairly short and never get designs, jewels, or colors on the tip.  Most of the time though, I have color.  Why?  Because I did it once not long after our wedding and was blown away by my husband’s reaction to it.  Who knew anyone would be so excited about a little bit of red nail polish?  So now I mix it up a bit more.  But every so often, I still get a french manicure…

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I prefer American manis, I don’t like a lot of color on my nails unless it is a design. I usually go for bold or bright colors on my toes. I like to keep my nails at a short natural length. I don’t consider french manis trashy either.

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Trashy is a little harsh. But I’m not a fan. They’re ok on shorter natural nails. But I think the look is dated.

    I think the french manicure has mostly gotten a bad rap for being "trashy" because strippers and p*rn actresses tend to favor it on super long acrylic nails.

     

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I did solid color on my toes (blue) because I really dont like the look of french pedi. To me why would you want your toenails to look like toenails? Toenails are gross! I did a french mani and I just had them do a less bright color than white so it didnt stand out so much and do a nice top coat of a pinkish neutral. my husband hates when I have colors on my nails so I definitely didnt want to go that route! And a french mani makes your nails look so much longer!

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’m with trugem, I prefer American manis.  I also think it looks best on nails that are a natural length.  I think the “trashy” may come in when they are either super long, or crazy colors are used for the tips.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    okay… I guess nobody has mentioned this yet…

    I think the french manicure thing has been considered classy for a long time.. and this may sound funny, but I think it recently became a trend in the porn/stripping industry to have the girls wear them french (maybe to try to class them up?) which I think had the opposite of intended effect, and now they can get a bad rap because there might be some associations. I used to wear them French all the time, and started sort of ‘hearing’ that, so switched to a *very* light pink normal manicure that suits me a bit better these days. 🙂

    THAT SAID: I agree with whichever PP said it depends on how you rock it.. ie. clearly on a wedding day it will be incredibly classy.

    EDIT: Theresa just mentioned this right above me. Sorry!

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I love French manicures – I’m rocking one now after my sister’s wedding this weekend!  I grew my nails out especially for it 🙂  I’ve never had a French pedicure, and I have mixed feelings on them.  But if you love it, rock it!!

    Post # 27
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I do agree that most of the time it can be very classy and elegant but be careful of having the huge thick white tips. I think that looks awful. A nice softly squared edge and thin tip looks perfect

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve always been a fan of the French manicure, but the French pedicures creep me out.  French fingernails, solid toenails for me!  That said, I am really, really lousy at keeping my toenails (um, my whole feet, really) looking and feeling good so maybe that’s part of it?  I’ve been trying to work out/run more and can’t maintain a pedi at the same time.  I’ve also been chewing my nails but I’m trying to stop!  Bad!  I’m a stress nail-biter but the French mani makes me at least think twice.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Who thinks a french manicure is trashy?  I have never in my life heard that. What would be classier, fire engine red? I always have an american manicure (I wear acrylics maybe 1/4 of an inch longer than the bed of my nail and like American because I prefer the bed of  my nail to be pinker than french) because to me, it looks way more professional (i.e.: not trashy) than any solid color.  I usually have solid color on my toes, but will probably do french for the wedding.

    Now I do think colored tips can look….well let’s just say  I wouldn’t dream of coming into work sporting that particular look, but it’d definitely be fun for vacation or something.

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I think these pictures show the difference between "classy" and I don’t want to say "trashy"…maybe "not so classy."

     

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    Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think the bottom picture would look “not as classy” if the nails were painted any color.  The class factor has to do with the length, not the color.

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