What Color Nail Polish to Wear With a White Dress and Black Blazer?

Color up a bland black-and-white outfit with bright nail polish.

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The idea of wearing a little white dress can frighten even the most daring fashion diva, but pairing that dress with a black blazer makes a bold, albeit colorless, style statement. Basic black-and-white ensembles leave plenty of freedom for colorful accessories, and nails are no exception. Nearly any nail color is acceptable with black-and-white outfits, but pay special attention to a few key factors to make the most of your colorful nails.

Black Tie Formals

High-end functions such as galas and balls typically demand a high level of style and professionalism, and this should shine through in your polish. Neutral tones of browns and grays are always acceptable and pair well with either black or white. If you’re looking for something slightly more adventurous, lacquer up with a deep mahogany or rosy wine. Steer away from unnatural shades such as blue, purple and green, as they may be pretty, but don’t scream sophistication.

A Day at the Office

Pair your black-and-white ensemble with muted nails at the office. Nude shades of peach and light pink keep your nails pretty and your style professional. Deep charcoal and navy contrast well with basic black, and give your style a little infusion of color without looking garish. If you’re torn and don’t know what color to choose, an acceptable option is a couple coats of clear polish over well-manicured nails.

Everyday Glam

Look around you for color inspiration for everyday occasions such as meetings and lunch with the ladies. Colorful pops of pink, green and blue are ideal for springtime nails, while rich oranges and coppers are right at home for summer and fall. Shopping or errand days are the ideal time to try out new, bold shades without incurring the wrath of an angry boss or gossipy co-worker.

Night on the Town

Bust out your boldest shades when you hit the town. Neon shades of purple and pink look super hot paired with black and white, and glitter polishes glow under the spotlights. For an even more daring look, mix a few of your bold colors. Try a black base with gold glitter tips, or blue base coat with silver glitter to add a bit of bling to your fashionable fingertips.

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