July 25th, 2012

Blue polish?

Marion Cotillard in Dior couture

Yesterday, my très chic French friend Anne asked me if I liked the robin’s-egg-blue nail color Marion Cotillard wore to the Dark Knight premiere (look closely at her fingers and toes). As a mother of a 12 year old daughter, I am well versed in the rainbow of polish options. I have not gone there myself and,  I’m not sure I would. However, I see lots of blues, greens and purples on other women (well past the age of 20), but I don’t think those colors would suit me. Actually, I rarely ever wear polish because a) I hate waiting for it to dry and b) chipped nails are hideous.

So I have to ask, are you wearing colors outside the red/pink spectrum this summer?

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  • I hear you on the nail situation.

    My self-painting jobs are inevitably awful, so I opt for a pro manicure whenever possible — but I’m a perfectionist, so I remove my polish at the first hint of a chip.

    And, since I rarely have time for a trip to the salon in the first place, my nails are sadly bare more often than not.

    So! When I do go the polish route, I tend not to be very experimental. Pinks, taupes, tans are where I stay.

    As far as trends? This summer I’ve veered into orangey-red territory once or twice, which was fun. But that’s as far as my trendy nail color commitments have ventured!

    ColleenJuly 25th, 2012  1:01 AM

  • The navy is waay to dark…but there is something about the robin’s egg blue….

    JaneJuly 25th, 2012  8:38 AM

  • As a downtown mother of 3 in my (late) 40s, I feel edgier when I wear a nontraditional color and am actually starting to feel kind of uncool in a classic red shade. This is in line with one of my favorite Jennifer posts on how older women with style get it right by forgoing the classics in favor of cooler, younger pieces. Lest we start to look stodgy! What was the name of that post again? Trying to find it…

    DanaJuly 25th, 2012  9:30 AM

  • It depends on the rest of the outfit, I know an older lady in her 60s that wears greens and blues, but the rest of her outfits, hair and make up are mature but cool and edgy and it’s very fitting on her.
    I am in mid 30s, work in a conservative construction environment, wearing blue polish no one will take me seriously.
    I love Chanel polishes and my newest obsession is Frenzy from the fall 2012 collection.

    ameeJuly 25th, 2012  9:41 AM

  • I was discussing nail polish with a colleague the other day, who in her 50s, is trying all colours of the rainbow. While talking to her, I suddenly realized I have been wearing the same colour for the past 20 years (I am 47) : light pink (any brand, I am not very loyal when it comes to polish, I just go for the colour). As for chips, I hate that, so the moment something happens, I just fix if possible or redo my nails completely (I have spare kits in the office and the car).

    patriciaJuly 25th, 2012  11:59 AM

  • I am 40 years old and have 3 young sons. I wear OPI’s Malaga Wine on my toes pretty much year round, but also love Essie’s Geranium for my toes in the summer. My hands are always in Essie Mademoiselle. I recently became a huge fan of the gel or “no chip” manicure, which is great for wearing dark colors or for a vacation.

    AlissaJuly 25th, 2012  12:33 PM

  • Hmmm…
    Be true to yourself in all things may apply here.

    TreeJuly 25th, 2012  12:49 PM

  • I just got my acrylics removed – I’ve had pink and white French acrylics for years – but wanted to give my nails a chance to recover. I went with those in the first place because I could never keep polish on – my nails were fine. Now we’re doing gel on short nails – just got it done the other day for the second time. It actually lasted a full 2 weeks, except on one nail that I tore a bit – but my nails are very thin from the years of acrylics! I pretty much stay more neutral on my hands – now I’ve got a medium taupe color that I love. More adventurous with my toes – I’ve got orange now – and I have tried blue and green. I wanted to try yellow, but I probably would hate it, and wouldn’t want to wait 2 weeks to change!

    bisbeeJuly 25th, 2012  1:14 PM

  • I have struggled with this question myself, and come down on the side of wearing untraditional colors on my toes. I look ridiculous with pale green or blue on my nails, but I wore Thakoon for Nars pale blue on my toes almost all summer. That way, I feel like I’m ahead of the times without seeming like I’m trying too hard.

    AlexandraJuly 25th, 2012  2:08 PM

  • With Ms. Cotillard’s dress – fingernails of robin’s blue – simple loveliness! Little eggs in her frothy confection fluffs


    MicheleJuly 25th, 2012  2:13 PM

  • Non traditional colors are challenging to wear well- they can look cheap and they are more likely to clash with one’s skin tone than classic colors. They can also be done well and look fresh and fashionable.

    SaraJuly 25th, 2012  2:52 PM

  • I too never wear nail polish – but was coerced into painting my toe nails before a recent beach vacation – I went with purple – love it! and I’m wayyyyyy over 20 : )

    Lisa EastmanJuly 25th, 2012  5:13 PM

  • I don’t like the blues, greens, etc. on anyone, although I think younger girls can have fun with it and get away with it. I used to wear certain muted red colors on my toes in summer, or maybe some kind of taupe color, but now I really only like pale, sheer pinks. I think they look the most chic and natural. And I only do polish on my toes; I wear my fingernails short, oval-shaped, with a white pencil run underneath…it’s low-maintenance and it suits me!

    CareyJuly 25th, 2012  5:18 PM

  • I am 50 and pretty conservative in my makeup and clothing, but love a little edge once and awhile and have my fun with nail polish. I don’t do glittery ones or things like that, but I was getting tired of wearing the natural or blush shades and this last manicure I went in and did a Dior shade in Blue Label and a sheer on my toes. Most times, especially in the summer I keep my nails nude or sheer on my hands and have fun with the toe color.

    KariJuly 25th, 2012  11:19 PM

  • I am wearing them all…. what i do is adjust to situations.
    If I am going to the beach I will do all brights, if I go visit a customer I’ll do pale and french tip nails.

    lorenaJuly 26th, 2012  10:21 PM

  • For everyday chic, I love having a manicure & just having my nails buffed. Toes can have polish for beach, sandals, evening…whatever colour you prefer. No chipping, no peeling, no artificial nails. Naturally elegant.

    gayle nicolettiJuly 26th, 2012  10:56 PM

  • I am way over 20 and wear polish on my toes in the summer (I NEVER wear open toes w/o polish). Usually I stay with the traditional lighter colors, primarily coral. I did have a hankering for a light green though, and I had it done for a wedding I attended wearing pink shoes. I liked it, and would probably do it again. On my fingers though, I usually don’t wear polish for the reasons already stated, but when I do I go for the French mani or totally clear. I don’t feel the same desire to express myself with my fingernails!

    AprilJuly 27th, 2012  9:09 AM

  • tenoverten TriBeCa makes an AMAZING blue polish called commerce.

    akRAugust 15th, 2012  12:11 PM

  • I recently got a wild hair and got Chanel’s Frenzy and Vertigo, I have Frenzy on my toes and Vertigo on my hands and while I think it looks very chic, I am definitely finding myself in an adjustment period as I have only worn classic colors for years (20)!

    SusanNovember 17th, 2012  10:58 AM


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