Great Shades of This Fall's Brown Nail Polish Trend
By Caitlin Durham
, last updated January 28, 2012
Now that fall is here and Labor Day has come and gone, it’s time to put away the white and dig out all those soft, warm brown colors, even with your nail polish. This fall’s trends favor brown, but lest you think your options are limited to dull and dank, don’t worry! Brown comes in a wide variety of shades and tints, from beige and chocolate to burnt orange and deep burgundy or pink infused shades. In creating some of the colors below, nail polish companies have taken inspiration from the local coffee bar, sunsets and even their sweet tooth. Here you’ll find some suggestions of great shades to help get you started.
Browns in any tone can be a great addition to your work outfit. Gauge what would suit you best by the different tints. If you’re looking for a deep, rich monotone brown to complement or contrast with your outfit (even your summer tan), familiar favorites all have something to offer. Essie offers Downtown Brown from their Manhattan Hip Collection for $8. More options for basic deep browns include Nars’ Mato Grosso, for $17, or Orly’s Prince Charming for $7.50. Also consider Sally Hensen’s Forbidden Fudge at drugstores for around $5. For a similar price, check out Revlon’s Totally Toffee, also at drugstores. For chocolate browns, consider OPI’s Suzi Loves Cowboys, new this fall and inspired by a cross country road trip. It retails online for $8.50. Muddy browns sometimes take their inspirations from your morning coffee pick-me-up. Essie’s Mumba, $8, is described as a “shimmering café au lait.” OPI offers a lighter Java-Mauve-A, also for $8.50
For browns with a hint (and sometimes even more than a hint) of eggplant purple or striking burgundy, check out the ranges of OPI and Nars. Essie also stocks Carry On, a strong burgundy shade with undertones of brown for $8. It’s available from September on. At OPI, find their decadent chocolate mousse for $8, or Tickle my France-y, both beautiful shades with strong hints of pink and burgundy. For something darker, check out Wholesome Earth by Sally Hensen, at drugstores for around $5
This fall, brown is anything but dull! Many shades are injected with oranges and reds that increase shine and warmth, another great way to add subtle spice to monochrome outfits at the office. For a classic orange brown blend, look for burnt sienna among your favorite brands. Essie stocks one called Very Structured” for $8. Over at OPI, look for Chop-sticking to My Story, also for $8. Other options for brown shades with a bit of spark include Essie’s Sequin Sash, $8 online, a metallic, glimmering bronze.
With any shade, remember that it’s about the simplicity of the statement this fall. With such a striking and bold deep color like brown, you won’t need to add many other embellishments. Keep accessories like rings and bracelets short and sweet and go for another solid color. Metallic accessories provide a great contrast.