The Autumn Nails That Match the Biggest Fashion Trends

Updated 05/01/19

Autumn is here, and to make us feel better about summer being but a distant memory, we've started really embracing our A/W 18 wardrobe. But no new-season attire is quite right without the finishing touches, and that's the perfect manicure in the hottest new shades.

While the warmer weather might see you with bare nude nails that look incredible, thanks to a holiday tan or anarchic brights that you can get away with on the beach, come October, you'll want to shift your focus in line with the new fashion mood.

To help, we've had a look at some of the chicest and biggest colour trends on the catwalks for the upcoming season. Our research led us to the conclusion that there are five big shades you'll want in your wardrobe and on your fingertips.

Keep scrolling for our guide on the biggest autumn nail looks and where to stock up on the colours.

Silver: High-Shine Glitz

Autumn nails:silver
ImaxTree; PICTURED: Christopher Kane, Alberta Ferretti

Of course, silver is a big trend for the upcoming season, which was seen at Christopher Kane and Alberta Ferretti's A/W 18 shows. We predict it'll hang around for longer than that, too. From straight-up metallic to injected with glitter, here's how to wear the trend on your nails.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Glass Souls $19
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Nars Nail Polish in Amarapura $15
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H&M Nail Polish in Space Race $4
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Green: Anything Goes

Autumn nails: Green - anything goes
Getty Images; PICTURED: Toga

Green nails are pretty divisive. No one wants to look like the Wicked Witch of the West. But when there are so many options to choose from that will perfectly complement your outfit, it's hard not to love it. From mints to jades, as well as emeralds, there's bound to be a green hue to suit every taste.

Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Now $21
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Jinsoon Nail Polish in Keppel $15
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RGB Nail Polish in Peacock $15
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Red: Muted

Autumn nails: Red - muted
Getty Images; PICTURED: APC, Aalto

Ideal for someone who is keen on a more sophisticated approach to nail polish, this is the grown-up way to do it. Avoid overly orange or neon reds, and try the shades that are slightly darker and don't scream "look at me" and more "come hither."

Nailberry L'Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Rouge $15
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Mavala Nail Polish in Rococo Red $6
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Tom Ford Beauty Nail Polish in Smoke Red $29
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Purple: Lilacs and Iris

Autumn nails: Purple - lilacs and violet
Getty Images; PICTURED: Marni, Agnes

Purple will be big for this coming season—trust us. Whether you prefer a sharp iris or a more regal violet, there are a couple of ways to try the look that will turn heads.

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Grandma Kissed a Gaucho $15
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Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Viper $29
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Nails Inc Duke Street NailKale $15
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Nudes: Metallic Sparkles

Autumn nails: nudes
Getty Images; PICTURED: Givenchy, Anna Sui

Nudes are never out of date, but for AW 18 it's all about adding a hint of glitz to your tonal shades. Whether it's frosty and beige or sparkling pink, make sure your nude has a hint of shimmer this season. 

Barry M Liquid Chrome Nail Paint in Razzle Dazzle $4
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Essie Nail Polish in Birthday Girl $8
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Smith & Cult Fosse Fingers Nail Lacquer $18
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