The nail colours you can get away with in the office

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Finding office-appropriate outfits can be a bit tricky, but when it comes to makeup and nail polishes, the task can be just as difficult.

If the way you dress and do your makeup mainly depends on who you are and what you want to wear, when working in an office, it also depends on the type of company you work for.

Someone working for a fashion brand or magazine will not dress the same as someone working in a lawyer’s office. And even then, someone working for Chanel won’t dress the same as someone working at Urban Outfitters.

When starting a new job, we mainly want to give a very good first impression. Therefore, going for neutral and classic colours is the best way to go.

However, there are some colours that you may not suspect that are not so classic or neutral, that will enable you to show a bit more personality without being inappropriate.

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Rimmel Super Gel in shade Boho-licous

Nude shades

If there is a range of colours you cannot go wrong with, it is nude shades. They are discrete, but will give your nails that finished, clean and sophisticated look.

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Mac Factor Glossfinity in Red Passion


Red nail polish is a classic. If bright red nail polish will make you stand out, it is such a classic that you can get away with it in any situation. If you don’t feel confident enough to wear bright red nail polish, you can go for darker red shades, like burgundy. Which are as elegant, but stand out less.

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Essie 203 Cocktail Bling grey


Grey isn’t the first colour we think about when it comes to nail polish, but it is a great soft and neutral colour. Whether you go for lighter shades or darker shades, you will still have that elegant touch.

As you may have gathered, beside red, it is safe to stick with natural colours. Avoid very bright colours like fuchsia, electric blue, bright green or yellow. However, if you still want to go for a colour, opt for darker shades like “midnight blue” or “brunswick green.”

Also avoid glitter and shimmery formulas. Even if it’s not true, these formulas tend to give a non-serious image to people.

If you are unsure about what you are “allowed” to wear or not in the office, go for clear nail polish at first and ask someone from HR what the dress-code is.



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