I DM'd My Favorite Fashion People to Ask About the It Nail Polish Shades

Like our wardrobes, it's time for our nails to emerge from hibernation. After over a year of naked nails and less-than-stellar DIY designs (hey, we did our best), nail salons are now safely back open, and it's officially time to have a little fun with our manicures again. And from throwback 2000s-inspired colors to suddenly chic cow-print nail art, seemingly nothing is off-limits. But if you're anything like me—that is, still reusing the same press-on kit you impulse-bought last summer—you may want to brush up on the shades that are trending right now, just in case.

I slid into the DMs of 12 editors, designers, and other in-the-know people I keep up with in the fashion industry to find out the exact nail polish shades gracing their fingertips right now. What I Iearned: They're wearing summery brights, classic neutrals, and more than a few different shades of lilac. Keep scrolling to see what they're loving, and to find your new go-to color.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Purple Palazzo Pants


(Image credit: Jenn Barthole)

Jenn Barthole, senior fashion editor, Shape and Sweet July: "This shade is the perfect pink-lavender combo that speaks to my personal style, which I would describe as classic meets Sporty Spice."

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Sheer Fantasy

Olive and June Nail Polish in Megababe Blue


(Image credit: @oliveandjune)

Essie Nail Polish in Clambake

Essie Nail Polish in Play Date 


(Image credit: Rolanda Evelyn)

Rolanda Evelyn, product marketing and customer strategy manager at Rent the Runway: "I'm loving putting a colorful twist on the classic french manicure. So Essie's Sugar Daddy has been my go-to for my base, and then I top it off with a punch of color."

Olive and June Nail Polish in EC

Morgan Taylor Platinum Nail Lacquer in Diamonds in the Sky


(Image credit: Elana Fishman)

Elana Fishman, style editor, PageSix"After the long, sad slog that was 2020—and now that summer's finally arrived—there's never been a better time to treat yourself to a bright, happy mani."

Essie Nail Polish in Sugar Daddy

OPI GelColor Gel Nail Polish in Red Hot Rio


(Image credit: Rosa Heyman)

Rosa Heyman, deputy editor, Cosmopolitan: "I'm always wearing some shade of red nail polish, and this ruby hue feels especially perfect for this sweaty, vaxxed, flirty summer."

Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Lilac 


(Image credit: Mekita Rivas)

Mekita Rivas, senior fashion writer, Bustle: "My current manicure is actually the first Paintbox manicure that I got while attending a press event in NYC. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my nails. I typically do regular polish (no gel) in a classic white-nude or ballet pink shade (Be There In A Prosecco and Stop It I'm Blushing! by OPI are my go-to's). I never do designs or embellishments, so this was a departure for me!"

OPI Gel Color Gel Nail Polish in Black Onyx


(Image credit: Meriam Ahari)

Meriam Ahari, digital content editor, Harrod's: "I love Black Onyx by OPI because the shade is a true, deep, saturated black with a shiny finish."

ILNP Nail Polish in Highline


(Image credit: Anna Moeslein)

Anna Moeslein, deputy editor, Glamour: "I've been loving holographic nail polishes this summer. They change color in the sunlight, so now that we're back out in the world, it means I have even more opportunities to enjoy the transformation."

Next: 10 Editors on Their Favorite Classic Nail Polish Shades of All Time

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Lindy Segal is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. She's originally from Atlanta, but she's sorry to report she doesn't have an accent. However, she does still have her taste for carbohydrates, love of losing sports teams, and fear of driving during rush hour. She's been in editorial for over eight years as a social media manager and writer covering beauty, fashion, and lifestyle at Glamour and People. Most recently, she was the women's editor at Express. These days, in addition to Who What Wear, you can see her byline at places like Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Ipsy, and WeWork. Both a skincare obsessive and a minimalist, she keeps her routine short, sweet, and effective—and she doesn't go a day without sunscreen. She's also deeply passionate about sustainability, and she strives to recommend products she truly believes are worth the investment. When she's not writing about the best and brightest beauty finds, she can usually be found hunting for vintage and secondhand treasures, attempting to find zen at a yoga class, bingeing Bon Appétit YouTube videos, or napping under her weighted blanket.