What Nail Color Goes With A White Dress?

White dresses are timeless, just like the classic little black dress, and deserve a spot in your wardrobe. The right nail polish can genuinely complement your white dress, whether you're going for a gentle and fresh look or something bold and enchanting.

Bride's feet with red nail polish on the toes and bridal high heel white shoes with white ribbon

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Wondering which nail colors will enhance your white dress the best? We've compiled a list of top picks for you.

If you're still undecided about the perfect shade, keep reading! We'll guide you through choosing the best nail polish color and address other related questions.

Nail Colors That Go Well With A White Dress

These nail colors will look amazing with your white dress and still provide ample versatility for the style you want:

1. Red

Starting with a classic, red is an easy go-to for most dress choices. When it comes to nails, reds can act as a neutral and suit many different color options.

Beautiful woman wearing white dress

When paired with a white dress, red makes a bold statement. It looks mature and feminine in both dark and light shades. Combining red nails with matching lips will give you a sultry look sure to draw all eyes to you.

Have fun and play around with different shades of red and accessories in different colors. Bright reds look amazing with black or silver accessories, while deep reds make gold jewelry really pop. With a white dress as your canvas, reds leave a lot of room for creativity.

2. Lavender

Soft and pastel lavenders look youthful and delicate when combined with a white dress. Lavender is understated and won't distract from your outfit when you want it to be the star of the show.

 hands and vanished nails with purple flowers

Lavender is an incredibly versatile nail color. Light purples look amazing with gold and silver dainty jewelry. Plus, lavender with more gray tones can act as a neutral to match daily outfits, meaning you won't have to redo your nails when finished with your white dress.

3. Pink

Shades of pink add the perfect touch of color to a white dress. From light pastels to hot pinks, there's a shade for every occasion and time of year.

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For making a dramatic statement, magenta and bubble gum pink shades are sure to draw attention. And when you're looking for a more modest and subdued nail color, blush or dusty rose will add a sweet hint of color.

4. Blue

Blues are a beautiful color choice to liven up a white dress when you're feeling more adventurous with nail color.

Close-up of woman hands applying blue nail polish on fingernails

Fall and wintertime are ideal for royal and midnight blues. Light shades like a baby or cornflower blue are the perfect addition to a flowy white summer dress for spring and summer.

5. Yellow

White and yellow are sunny colors for summer and spring, especially in bright and pastel shades. Yellow nails in mustard or gold are also gorgeous when paired with a white sweater dress in the fall.

Hands holding yellow nail polish tube and cap with nail brush

Yellow nail polishes can be a bit hard to pick out, as the wrong shade can make your nails look yellow (and not that you actually painted them that way!).

For paler skin tones, lighter yellow polishes can wash out your skin, so choose shades that are two or three shades darker than your skin tone. This means choosing deeper pastels or yellow that lean more towards orange and gold.

For olive and darker skin tones, yellows will pop and look extra bright, so be cautious with neon yellows that might look even brighter than you anticipated against your skin tone.

Don't be afraid to splurge on yellow polishes to ensure you are getting an opaque and streak-free application for the best finish.

6. Orange

Orange covers a wide range of shades and tones, from coral to marigold to amber. There's an orange polish for every occasion, style, and time of year, all of which will pair beautifully with your yellow dress.

Orange nail polish

If you're afraid of looking too eager for Halloween in the springtime, ginger and canteloupe, offer shades of orange that don't scream of October.

And if you are looking to harness the fall in your nail color, yam, carrot, and squash are deliciously perfect for channeling Autumn.

Now that you have the nail polish down head over to this post for inspiration on what shoes to wear with that little white dress: What Color Shoes With a White Dress? [5 Awesome Options!]

Should your toenail and fingernail polish match?

Choosing a matching manicure and pedicure will create a beautiful, seamless look when you have your hands and toes out. However, it's not necessary to be matchy-matchy with your fingernails and toenails.

Beige nail polish manicure and pedicure on brown fabric

Instead of choosing the same shade for your mani-pedi, you can try complementing color combinations. Colors like pastel blue and yellow, emerald and gold, and gray and pink are perfect combinations for coordinated hands and feet.

Should your nail color match your dress?

When preparing for an event or special occasion, matching your nails to your dress is never a bad idea. It creates a cohesive and put-together look.

However, there are ways to create a matching look without having to change your nail polish as often as you change your clothes.

How to match nail polish to dress

You have a few options if you want to match your nail polish to your dress. You can match a dress color, match your accessories, use a color that pairs with everything or use a contrasting color from your dress.

1. Matching Dress Colors

When you find that you have an exact match of nail polish as the dress you plan to wear; there's nothing wrong with a monochromatic look.

Girl wearing a powder blue dress with a corsage

However, this works better if you match a dress in more than one color than just one. For instance, a white dress with blue details is the perfect opportunity to choose a blue polish.

If you like to get your nails done and not change the color for a couple of weeks, this may not be the best option for you unless you choose a color that also coordinates with frequently worn outfits in your wardrobe.

2. Match Accessories

For solid-colored dresses that you are spicing up with colorful accessories, you can choose a polish color that matches the pops of color in your accessories instead of your dress. This will make your nails pop and coordinate beautifully with your ensemble.

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3. Basics and Nudes

When in doubt, basic and nude shades are always a safe bet. Nudes, light pinks, french manicures, and reds tend to match well with almost any outfit choice. This is especially great if your dress is a bit more out there, and adding to that with matching nail polish would be too much.

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This allows you to match any outfit and dress you may choose until your next manicure, and you can take the headache out of deciding what will give you the best look for your dress.

4. Contrasting Shades

Contrasting or color-blocking your nails with your dress is the perfect way to create a high-impact look. This technique is when you choose a contrasting and complimenting color for your nails.

Woman hand with light pink nails on pastel blue table side

Color combinations like yellow and blue, red and green, and blue and pink will help you achieve this look.

Nailing the Perfect Match

White dresses give you lots of ways to be creative with your style. You can pick any nail color to match the look you want. The right nail polish can make your white dress outfit even better. So, feel free to try different colors and find the one that suits you best.

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