6 Summer nail polish shades and hot heels to match

Summer is almost here and we’re celebrating the onset of our favorite season with some fab new nail polish hues and a few pairs of hot summer heels to match.


Pretty and pale

Pretty and pale

Go minimalist where your nails are concerned this summer with a polish trend that’s been gaining popularity since last year when we spied it on several runways in the spring (Marc Jacobs and Valentino to name a few). Pale nails are still hot for summer, especially soft milky shades that work well with most outfits. We love Deborah Lippmann Careless Whisper (neimanmarcus.com, $17).

Hot heels to match: Calvin Klein Gracen heels (zappos.com, $76).


Dark and dramatic

In the mood to make a bit more of a statement? Trade pale polish for something darker — another must-try nail trend for warmer weather. Look for navy blue with gray undertones or ultra-deep purples that look almost black. This summer we’ll be snapping up a few bottles of RGB Nail Color in Deep (beauty.com, $16).

Hot heels to match: Kenneth Cole platform pumps (kennethcole.com, $79).


Rich red

Rich red

Oxblood was fall’s go-to hue but this rich shade of red can also be a summer stunner if you opt for something with lighter undertones. Sophisticated yet still playful enough for summer, we’re crushing on Butter London Nail Lacquer in Saucy Jack (threadsense.com, $15).

Hot heels to match: Patent open toe wedge heels (lorisshoes.com, $125).


Mega metallic

Mega metallic

Deck out your nails with something that’s sure to get noticed this summer. Metallic polish is poised for popularity as the weather warms up and we’re not surprised. It’s fun, it’s fresh and it’s sure to add a stylish twist to whatever you’re wearing. Pick up a bottle (or two) of TheBalm Don’t Metal in my Business (nordstrom.com, $10).

Hot heels to match: Metallic leather platform pumps (nastygal.com, $155).


Make it minty

Make it minty

Light green nails are another on trend choice to make when you get your next mani (or pedi). The cool, elegant shade is ideal for hot weather and makes a bright yet understated statement perfect for the office. Try Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer in Mint Bliss (neimanmarcus.com, $18).

Hot heels to match: Pointed toe ankle strap heels (heels.com, $135).


Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

You can’t go wrong with pale, blush-pink nails, especially in the summer. This season choose a pink that’s light and rosy but not overly pastel. We’re planning a mani and a pedi with Essie Petal Pink, which is just pink enough without being overly feminine (essie.com, $8).

Hot heels to match: Pink peep-toe pumps (aldo.com, $80).

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