The Best Nail Polish Trends 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Nail polish trends that match fashion trends. Each designer has a different vision for fall and winter 2011, but there are always overlapping trends. This year I have chosen nail polish colors that parallel designer trends and colors. Dazzling colors and edgier designs from Robert Cavalli. From Ferragamo and Valentino, I have chosen glamorous, sophisticated nail colors. Then there are the dark, intense colors that go with this year's Gucci trends. There's a nail polish trend to match every fashion trend.

Some ladies, like my mother, would never be caught dead wearing anything but ladylike colors on her nails. Although the term "ladylike" is relative, in my mother's eyes that means light and classic nail colors. So, for all the "moms" and for people like me who can't wear bold colors to their day job, try O.P.I.'s classic Dulce de Leche. It has a gorgeous light pink color that will go with anything and won't offend anyone. It's a clean and simple look.

O.P.I. Dulce de Leche nail polish

→ Buy O.P.I. Dulce de Leche nail polish, $8.00, at

Since there is so much animal print to go around this season, I thought it appropriate to pick a color that not only dazzles and stands out like animal print, but also will nicely accompany an animal print design. O.P.I. made a glitzy, glam color for Sephora that will sparkle. The opaque metallic bronze color will also accent Cavalli's lustrous leathers and feather looks this season.

Sephora by O.P.I. Rumba Romance nail polish

→ Buy Sephora by O.P.I. Rumba Romance nail polish, $5.00, at

Along with all the jewel tone fashion, it is nice to have complementary nails to go with it. Essie's Bahama Mama is a fun purple color that you can wear with all the fall/ winter trends. It goes with the animal print, the jewel trend, Ferragamo's power suits, and even Isaac Mizrahi's more subtle, girly daywear.

Essie Bahama Mama nail polish

→ Buy Essie Bahama Mama nail polish, $8.00, at

Call me crazy, but I am loving Orly's bright red Star Spangled. It's both wild and bright. This red color speaks to me and will brighten up your hands and feet. It's not a color you wear for consecutive months. It is not a classic. But, not everything can be. That's what makes it fun.

Orly Star Spangled nail polish

→ Buy Orly Star Spangled nail polish, $7.00, at

Lastly, my favorite nail polish this season is O.P.I.'s Got the Blues for Red. I am not a vampire or anything, but this dark blood red color is amazing. Looking at the picture of the bottle doesn't do it justice.

O.P.I. Got the Blues for Red nail polish

→ Buy O.P.I. Got the Blues for Red nail polish, $7.50, at

Whatever route you choose to go, I highly recommend keeping it exciting because a lot more people get a glimpse of your hands than you think.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.