6 Ways To Match Your Manicure With Your Handbag

Anna Webber

So, you’ve just invested in a gorgeous new handbag but there seems to be something missing. If you’re eager to take the eye-catching appeal of your new accoutrement to the next level, why not try matching your investment piece with a show-stopping manicure? It’s easier than you think, especially with the fresh batch of pretty polishes on the market this spring plus 6 tips and tricks from yours truly.

Shop Ultra-Cool Combos For Spring

Photo Courtesy: Jin Soon for Karen Walker Fall '14.

Gorj As Gold

If you're carrying a clutch with multi-colored embroidery or a busy print, mirror it via your mani by identifying a small accent of color used in the pattern and finding a like-minded varnish to paint your nails with. Genius, right?

Bold & Beachy

A neutral, straw number like this is fair game—any color goes! To complete a beach-bound look, reach for a neon nail polish like this '80s-inspired shellac by Deborah Lippmann.


In order to avoid drowning out the eye-catching effect of color blocking or geometric prints (and in this case, both!), pair up with a vampy or moody hue that won't distract (think burgundy, navy or deep greens). Even better, this trusty hue looks maj during the day and at night.

Pretty Pastels

How gorgeous is this combo? Nothing complements a pretty pastel clutch better than a light, feminine hue from the same trend family. Dior's peachy potion in Blossom also contains a dash of glitter, which literally makes it the perfect spring polish.

Punchy Purrr-fection

What doesn't pair well with leopard? Create a striking contrast by teaming the purrr-fect print with neon nails, specifically Butter London's pink polish.

Refined Glamour

Metallic leather + rose gold + embellishments = perfection. When you're dealing with this many (major) elements, go with a nail polish that picks up a color in its ornamentation. In this case, we're loving a varnish from the same opaque taupe family as the jewels on this clutch... Love!