Hot nail shades for summer toes

While polish-free fingernails can look chic, bare toes give me the creeps. They remind me of maggots, blindly wriggling around, brrrr… horrid!
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June 18, 2012
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shoppables, nail polish, summer feet, oldschool

I haven’t yet started chasing the nail art bandwagon as it rumbles over the horizon – that’ll probably happen in about a year’s time – so for now, I’m still happily painting my nails in bright, basic, paintbox shades.

Some of my favourite nail polishes

I don’t know why but for some reason I really hate naked toenails. While polish-free fingernails can look chic, bare toes give me the creeps. They remind me of maggots, blindly wriggling around, brrrr… horrid! So while my fingers are often bare, my toes are always, always painted – usually in hot pink (Nails Inc. Shoreditch), orange (Essie) or red (Revlon). These juicy shades look particularly good with a tan, but also add a punchy full stop to pasty feet in the winter months.

Hot pink, orange or red for toes...

But while I play it safe with my polish choices for toenails, I love having fun with each new season’s shades on my fingertips. As someone who generally eyes most fashion trends with cynical suspicion (I can solemnly promise you that I will never urge you to rush out and buy something simply because it’s – cursed phrase – ‘on trend’), I must admit I do look forward to trying all the fresh nail shades.

Artful Dodger, £12, butterlondon.com, a pretty yellow one from Topshop and Trout Pout, £12, butterlondon.com

Maybe it’s because I’m stingy and lazy and there is no quicker, easier way to transform an outfit than with a couple of coats of nail polish on your fingertips. And somehow, every single year those tiny bottles of polish manage to successfully sum up the attitude of the season more effectively than any item of clothing or hairstyle possibly could.

The lilac and lavender corner: Maybelline, Laura Mercier, Topshop and Nails Inc.

The Spring/Summer catwalks were a riot of tooth-achingly sweet sugary pastels – pistachio, lemon, sugarmouse pink, baby blue – and I’ve been tentatively trying them out on my nails rather than flooding my wardrobe with candy colours that will probably make me wince in a few months time. I love the pale lilacs and lavenders from Maybelline, Laura Mercier and Topshop and have a serious soft spot for Nails Inc. Pall Mall - a pearly pink that makes me think of Sloanes and Dolly Parton (Very Good Things.)So before this turns into even more of a rambling stream of consciousness about my nail polish collection, tell me: what are your favourite nail colours, do you distinguish between shades for fingers and toes and am I really weird for hating naked toenails?