Is it just me or is it already starting to feel like spring? As you can probably assume from the stories currently populating our home page, to say we're excited about spring's arrival would be an understatement. With so much promise pinned on the next few months, our minds are officially in spring mode, regardless of the fact that the weather's got a little bit of catching up to do (yes, it's sunny, but it's definitely still cold). So until we can slip into lightweight dresses and dust off our sandals, we're starting to carve out our springtime aesthetic in a way that doesn't call for double-figure temperatures by upgrading our nails.
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to transition your look between seasons is with a slick of fresh paint on your talons. While the moody colours of burgundy, black and navy always serve us well in the colder months, spring calls for a brighter polish palette. So which spring nail colours are we buying into? The classics. From orange-based reds and bubblegum pinks that look striking on all skin tones to the shade that minimalists always reach for, keep scrolling to discover the spring nail colours we'll be wearing this season.
8 SPRING NAIL COLOURS TO TRY THIS SEASON
1. TOMATO RED
Style Notes: While red nail polish looks great year-round, for spring, look for colours with an orangey tone for a more brilliant, juicy payoff.
Shop tomato-red nail polishes:
Style Notes: The colour of almost every '90s girl's bedroom walls, lilac has since had a major makeover. As well as dominating our wardrobes, it now decorates the hands of stylish women all over Instagram.
Shop lilac nail polishes:
Style Notes: White nails made a major comeback a couple of years back as the minimalist dresser's polish colour of choice. The trend is showing no signs of disappearing for spring 2024.
Shop white nail polishes:
Style Notes: Probably the most divisive shade in our spring nail colour lineup, striking shades of green polish have caught the attention of more and more fashion people. Keep the look polished by avoiding lime shades. Instead, seek out powdery tones of pistachio.
Shop pistachio nail polishes:
5. BUBBLEGUM PINK
Style Notes: Bright pink always comes back every spring. If a full-on fuchsia ensemble feels too daunting right now, nod to the look with a bubblegum-pink mani.
Shop bubblegum-pink nail polishes:
Style Notes: One of our favourite spring signifiers is when gorgeous yellow daffodils begin decorating our green spaces. Pay homage to the flower with yellow polish that's more muted than zingy.
Shop daffodil nail polishes:
Style Notes: When it comes to spring nail colours, none are quite as transportive as aqua hues. Just looking at these shades puts us in the holiday mood (even if it's grey skies as far as the eye can see).
Shop aquamarine nail polishes:
Style Notes: Bright-orange nails are synonymous with the warmer months, especially holidays. Even if you aren't jetting off anywhere exotic to show them off, giving your nails a slick of orange will help brighten a spring spent on home soil.
Shop tangerine nail polishes:
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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