Easy Nail Art Designs and Summery Accessories
Jazz Up Pastels
Sherbet accents should look modern, like these twinkly pumps. When you pair them with other pale tones or fluttery dresses, the result will be fresh and cool, not sugary sweet.
To buy (clockwise from top): Elizabeth Cole crystal bracelet with glass, brass, and gold plate, $338, elizabethcolejewelry.com. Swarovski crystal–covered clutch, $450, swarovski.com. H&M iridescent plastic necklace, $8, hm.com for stores. Nina glitter heels, $79, ninashoes.com.
Nail the Look
A trio of pastel shades works beautifully together as a graphic parfait manicure.
To buy: Color Club Nail Lacquer in Twiggie (on the tips), $8, shopcolorclub.com. Color Club Nail Lacquer in Factory Girl (center stripe), $8, shopcolorclub.com. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Blow (bottom stripe), $17, sephora.com. KiraKira ring of amethyst and gold vermeil, $196, kirakira.com.
Sample Something Exotic
That's all it takes to make jeans and a tank seem adventurous.
To buy (clockwise from left): Zara heels. Carven flats. Holst + Lee nylon-thread necklace with cotton and brass, $415, holstandlee.com. Rosena Sammi silk thread–wrapped bangles, $50 for six, rosenasammi.com. Natalie Frigo wood bracelet with lapis and brass, $160, bynataliefrigo.com.
You don't need to be a fine-arts major to attempt tribal nails—the designs are stickers!
To buy: Opi Nail Lacquer in Need Sunglasses? (the yellow base color), $9, amazon.com. NCLA x Melody Ehsani Nail Wrap Kit in Umoja, $16, shopncla.com. Mercedes Salazar woven bangle, $175, M29 Lifestyle, 202-295-2829.
Dabble in Metallics
Whether for day or night, glints of crystal, silver, or gold bring big-time polish to everything from simple basics to crazy prints.
To buy (clockwise from top left): Urban Expressions gold plastic clutch, $47, karmaloop.com. Kotur glitter-and-acrylic clutch, $395, shopkotur.com. Alexis Bittar necklace of Lucite and gold plate, $595, alexisbittar.com for stores. Vince Camuto cork-and-metal cuff, $88, vincecamuto.com. Senso Lucite-and-leather heels, $190, ashburyskies.com.
All That Glitters
Go for the gold, whether a dusting on the fingernails or a bevy of bangles.
To buy: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Golden-l (on top third of nails), $3, sallyhansen.com for stores. Ruby Wing Nail Lacquer in Sunflower (the fine gold glitter), $10, rubywing.com. Opi Nail Lacquer in When Monkeys Fly! (the chunky gold glitter), $9, opi.com for salons. Jill Golden gold-plated bangles, $145 each, jillgolden.com.