How To Match Your Nails To Your Party Dress |

How To Match Your Nails To Your Party Dress

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Party season is the ideal time to embrace old school glamour with subtle outfit-and-beauty pairings, and right now we’re matching our nail shade to our evening dress for serious style points. From glittering golds to emerald greens, SL’s Health & Beauty Editor Tor Cardona and Fashion Features Writer Charlotte Collins team up to show you how it’s done…


La Lacque Couture in Dore, £19 | Yves Saint Laurent  

Carisa Metallic Plissé-Crepe Gown, £595 | Alice & Olivia

DRESS: Channel your inner goddess by opting for a dramatic floor-length lamé dress. Keep accessories minimal for maximum effect.

NAILS: Equally as eye-catching is YSL’s molten metallic offering; top with a gel coat for the ultimate glossy finish.



Oxygenated Nail Lacquer In Rouche, £14.50 | Nailberry

Off The Shoulder Dress, £49.99 | Zara

​DRESS: Pillar box red is a classic when it comes to festive dressing. This Zara number adds a dash of femininity with an off-the-shoulder ruffle and flattering, fitted shape.

NAILS: Free from any nasties, this Christmas-ready polish offers an impressive high-shine finish.


Gel Effect All Fired Up Polish In Spencer Street, £15 | Nails Inc. 

Turtleneck Dress, £39.99 | H&M

DRESS: Let your dress do the talking by opting for a silver style – no accessorizing required. H&M’s turtleneck midi is the ultimate in comfortable chic.

NAILS: Nail’s Inc’s All Fired Up is a bold winter hue for after dark.


Gel Nail Polish In Kettle, £8 | Topshop Beauty

Jasmine Wave Tassle Dress, £95 (was £170) | Whistles

DRESS: The LBD is a fail-safe for party season, but bring a little life to your black dress by opting for a style with a touch of interest – we love Whistle’s fringed design.

NAILS: Formulated with shellac, this hard-wearing polish will see you through any festive debauchery.



Laughin' To The Bank Nail Lacquer, £16 | Deborah Lippmann

Green Metallic Wrap Slip Dress, £55 | River Island

DRESS: A universally flattering shade, emerald green is the ideal colour for festive dressing. Get party-ready in this mini River Island design – just add heels and chunky gold jewellery for a dramatic finish.

NAILS: Deborah Lippmann’s Laughin’ To the Bank is a wintery forest shade with a hint of shimmer for a festive flourish.


Midnight Cami Nail Varnish, £8.99 | Essie 

Silk Wrap Maxi Dress, £315 | Reformation

DRESS: For mature party dressing, the robe-like design of this Reformation dress brings instant glamour to an outfit. Plus, midnight blue is the ideal alternative to black for colour-phobes.

NAILS: Just as eye-catching, Essie’s metallic offering is an offbeat take on classic navy.


Vivid Colour In Star Sapphire, £13.50 | Jessica Phenom

Lace Panel Dress, £190 | Karen Millen

DRESS: In dark, electric blue, the panelled design of this Karen Millen mini adds an instant touch of interest to an otherwise simple dress.

NAILS: Jessica’s Star Sapphire polish is darkly seductive and super glossy for hands and toes alike.



Sloane Mews Polish, £14 | Nails Inc.

Cut-Out Silk Dress, £139.99 | Mango

DRESS: Aubergine has long been a favourite Autumn/Winter shade of ours, and this maxi from Mango offers a smart yet subtle way to do night time glamour.

NAILS: Universally flattering, this rich purple polish will leave even short nails looking preened to perfection.



Black Cherry Chutney Nail Varnish, £11.95 | OPI

Kaelin Garnet High-Neck Shift Dress, £185 | Reiss

DRESS: You can’t go wrong with burgundy, easily elevate this simple Reiss number with a fur jacket and statement black heels.

NAILS: A deliciously dark, black-red polish gets our full beauty marks come the party season.



Nail Polish In Respect, £16 | Deborah Lippman  

Jacquard Mini Dress, £59.99 | Zara

DRESS: We’ve been eyeing up this bright Zara dress all season – team with thick tights and a gilet for the office, and towering black heels come night for desk-to-dinner style.

NAILS: Up the ante on your standard red with this brick-hued offering – partner with statement evening-wear for serious style points.



Nail Polish In Gold Shimmer, £15 | Burberry

Patty Embellished Silk-Chiffon Mini Dress, £1,270 | Alice & Olivia

DRESS: Christmas is the time to embrace gold, glittery style, and for a modern take on old world glam, this dramatic Alice & Oliva number is a statement piece you’ll go back to year after year.

NAILS: Festive events require gold shimmer – we’re coveting both frocks and polish in this metallic hue.



Nail Polish In Alexa Lace, £15 | Nails Inc.

Tiered Lace Dress, £225 | Reiss

DRESS: Red lace is as sexy as it gets for the yuletide season. Marry the seductive texture with a demure midi length for a grown up take on feminine dressing.

NAILS: A clever blend of different-sized particles, layer this varnish over your regular nude for a red-lace effect.



Nail Polish In Exhibition Road, £14 | Nails Inc.

Long Sequined Dress, £49.99 | Zara

DRESS: Embrace texture with a sequin dress, keeping your beauty look minimal and your fake tan topped up for a nod to goddess luxe.

NAILS: Packed with gilded glitter particles, Nail’s Inc’s polish is as festive as they come.



Nail Polish In Teenage Riot, £19 | Smith & Cult

Sequin Dress, £95 | & Other Stories

DRESS: For an alternative to gold, a statement silver mini (with long sleeves to balance out the dress’ bold texture) is the way to do cool festive glam. 

NAILS: Make short nails pop with this silvery shade or apply just to the ring finger for a hint of shine.

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