23 Unexpected Fall Nail Colors to Spend the Next Few Months In

Forget about traditional autumnal shades, and experiment with these instead.
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Forget about traditional autumnal shades, and experiment with these instead.
Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Sure, the colors we think of as being traditional autumnal hues — the dusty reds and ambers of changing leaves, rich jewel tones, earthy beiges, perhaps — are pretty. But for fall 2017, we're bucking tradition. At least where our nails are concerned. As we welcome sweater weather and PSLs with open arms and start playing "Hocus Pocus" on repeat, we're turning to some unexpected manicure shades to shake things up a bit this season. 

So forget what you thought you knew about seasonal nail polish shades, and go on a nail polish journey with us, won't you? Who says super-bright, Barbie pink has to be reserved for summer pedicure season or vacation manicures? Not anymore! Sunset orange can totally work in September, and gray doesn't have to be boring. Ahead, we've rounded up 23 gorgeous nail polish colors that you'll want to have in constant rotation this fall.

Barbie pinks

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Loud? Yes. Far from subtle? Uh huh. Flashy? You bet. Millennial pink has been going strong several seasons by now, so why not go for something a bit more... nostalgic, like Barbie pink? Worn on short, expertly groomed nails and with a high-gloss finish (like the formulas mentioned here), the once-juvenile shade takes on a newfound chicness.

Desert tones

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

If you're craving something a bit more chill, these desert-inspired shades — dusty rose, muted lavender, sandy taupe and slate brown — have you covered. These not-quite-neutrals offer an unexpected flash of color that's still subdued.

Sunset shades

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Neon-orange and coral nail polishes have traditionally been associated with occasions that also call for espadrille sandals and umbrellaed drinks, but we see nothing wrong with keeping that vacation vibe going through the fall. Pale, melted-Creamsicle-orange looks amazing on dark skin tones, while punchy salmon flatters medium and fair complexions — no matter what time of year it is.

Non-boring grays

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

How do you keep gray from being dull? Try an unexpected take on it, like J. Hannah's hazy, brown-tinged version. Or look for a silvery dove gray polish, like Londontown's latest for Fall 2017. There's nothing snoozy about either one.

Emeralds

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

Photo: Whitney Bauck/Fashionista

We know, we know. We led you to believe there would be no jewel tones here, and last time you checked, emerald was exactly that. But we couldn't overlook our favorite moody, dark hue of the season. Whether spiked with gold shimmer (à la Chanel's classic take on the shade) or left unadulterated and mesmerizingly shiny (like Sparitual's gel-like formula), it's the manicure shade that's equal parts edgy and sophisticated.

Photographed by Whitney Bauck.

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