5 Work Appropriate Nail Polishes

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You may or may not have known this the New York Stock Exchange, for quite some time, did not allow their female employees to wear any colored nail polishes – only nude colors. It wasn’t until several years ago that they finally allowed women to start wearing black varnish, which, though small, was a significant step forward in what is primarily a male setting. Now, personally, my job allows me to sport all sorts of colors, ranging from bright red to metallic purple. However, I realize that this is not the case for all women and, therefore, I have compiled a list of five nail polish colors that are perfectly appropriate for the workplace.

OPI “Samoan Sand”: This is my absolute favorite nude nail polish. This color is just a tad darker than my skin tone, so it blends in almost perfectly. I know that having “mannequin” looking hands isn’t popular amongst all women, but this color blends to the point where it elongates my fingers. And because it blends, I can wear it for interviews, meetings, or formal functions while giving my nails that clean “done” look that I love.

opi samoan sand

OPI’s “Samoan Sand” photo courtesy of pinterest.com.

Essie “Ballet Slippers”: Worn by the Queen of England herself, Ballet Slippers is one of Essie’s staple colors. A soft, milky-white pink color, Ballet Slippers indeed reminds you of the flowing tulle skirts of a ballerina that is entirely office-appropriate. The only catch is this color will require several coats (and some patience) for full opacity.

Essie ballet slippers

Essie’s “Ballet Slippers” photo courtesy of web.stagram.com.

Essie “Topless and Barefoot”: This nail color hardly ever left my hands when summer rolled around. A pink-tinged nude, despite the name, Topless and Barefoot is perfectly office appropriate without blending in too much. It’s also more opaque than ballet slippers, getting full coverage in two coats. Not to mention it’s a great neutral color to use in combination with other pinks or golds for nail art.

essie topless and barefoot

Essie’s “Topless and Barefoot” photo courtesy of pinterest.com.

OPI “Tickle My France-y”: A light mauve-pink shade, this is a great color to wear if you want a little extra sass with your office manicure. It’s one of my favorite neutral shades to wear for fall, due to the dark color but is light enough to be wearable in the warmer months.

opi tickle my francey

OPI’s “Tickle My France-y” photo courtesy of polishchest.blogspot.com.

Essie “Bond With Whomever”: A year or two ago, Lilac was named one of the new “neutral” shades, so if you want a little extra color for your office manicure, this one is the way to go. A light lilac color with extra red undertones, Bond With Whoever is surprisingly wearable and is one of my favorite “neutral” shades to wear, particularly because it’s not a pastel, which doesn’t work for my skin tone. Looking for something similar with blue undertones and is a little more pastel in the shade? Essie’s “Lilacism” is the one for you.

essie bond with whomever

Essie’s “Bond With Whomever” photo courtesy of zoemacaron.fr.


essie lilacism

Essie’s “Lilacism” photo courtesy of flickr.com.


There you have it; a short and sweet list of neutral nail polish shades that are guaranteed to leave you feeling perfectly polished while also being work appropriate. After all, us busy ladies have to look and feel our best. Have other questions about neutral colors? Leave them in the comments below!

Here is a short and sweet list of nail polishes that are office appropriate to keep even the hardest working woman looking sharp.

Interested in learning more about nail polishes? Be sure to read Spectacular Nail Art: A Step-by-Step Guide to 35 Gorgeous Designs.

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  • Selene Sorto

    love the samoan sand! <3