What Your Nail Polish Says About Your Vacay Style

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Figuring out how to master vacation chic can feel like a chore, so why not let your nail color inspire your wardrobe? If you’re a creature of habit, pick a shade you wouldn’t normally wear—an exotic getaway is a great excuse to get a little adventurous with your mani-pedi routine. Once you select the perfect hue, allow it to inform your outfit choices: Mint green calls for an eccentric caftan coverup; classic red pairs perfectly with a striped sundress; opaque white looks cool with a mod-inspired romper—and so on and so on. Your nail color can act as an accessory, so pick a shade that reflects the vacation vibe you’re after, and the rest will be all sunshine and umbrella drinks.

Vacation Vibes

Adventurous nail polish colors can be the key to stellar vacation style.

Nail Color in Turquoise & Caicos

$9

Essie

You Love: Mint Green

You Need: A Bright Poncho

Styling tip: If a sandy beach is on your agenda, pair mint green polish with a colorful crochet cover-up and metallic sandals.

Crochet-Knit Poncho

$275

Missoni

Seditionary Flat Sandals

$328

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Vernis Manicure in Captain

$30

Dior

You Love: Classic Red

You Need: A Striped Dress

Styling tip: If your travel plans include a lobster lunch at the marina, pair sleek red polish with nautical stripes and espadrille sandals.

Jersey Dress

$30

H&M

Lois Espadrille Leather Wedge Sandals

$495

Ralph Lauren

Nail Polish in Optic White

$22

Burberry

You Love: Opaque White

You Need: A Mod Romper

Styling tip: Optic white polish is quintessentially '60s, so style it with a mod romper or mini dress and black flat sandals for a cool contrast.

Short Jumpsuit with Metal Applique

$80

Zara

Erin Leather Sandals

$535

McQ Alexander McQueen

Nail Lacquer in Pink Crush

$32

Tom Ford

You Love: Blush Pink

You Need: An Airy Sundress

Styling tip: Blush polish just feels romantic, which means it works beautifully with flirty chiffon and elegant knee-high gladiators—an outfit ideal for a weekend tryst in wine country.

V-Neckline Boho Dress

$80

Mango

Leather Gladiator Sandals

$159

Zara

Nail Colour in Mula Lisa

$50

Christian Louboutin

You Love: Canary Yellow

You Need: A Denim-Shirt Dress

Styling tip: With festival season upon us, playful polish can really step up your style game—pair a canary yellow hue with your favorite denim and embroidered hippie sandals for a chic Penny Lane vibe.

Dark Denim Shirt

$150

Rails

Embroidered Ankle Wrap Sandals

$65

Z & L