What Color Nail Polish Goes With A Silver Dress?

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You’ve got a super cool silver dress, it fits great, and it’s almost time to go out. But you are wondering what color nail polish to wear with it.

We’ve got you covered!

In this article, we’ll share our top picks for what color nail polish goes with a silver dress and give you a few tips along the way in terms of matching your fingers to your toes and choosing the right color for you.

Here’s the short answer: silver, of course, will work, as will nude, grey and even black. But you are not limited to neutrals.

If you want the full down low, keep reading.


What Color Nail Polish Goes With A Silver Dress?

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Silver is a great color to work with because it’s essentially neutral. So it will go with loads of different colors. But silver is a cool neutral, which means you should stick with either cool colors or cool neutrals for your nails. 

1. Silver Nail Polish

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When you are wondering what color to paint your nails, if in doubt, you can always match the dress. Silver nails will look great with a silver dress.

When you are wondering what color to paint your nails, if in doubt, you can always match the dress. Silver nails will look great with a silver dress.

There are lots of different polish finishes in silver, from shimmery to mirror to glittery. Which one you choose is just a matter of personal preference.

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Silver Storm, 0.4 Fluid Ounce
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Silver Storm, 0.4 Fluid Ounce
Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear; Xtreme color + shine; Latest on-trend shades
$2.46
L.A. Colors Craze Nail Polish, Live, 0.44 Fluid Ounce
L.A. Colors Craze Nail Polish, Live, 0.44 Fluid Ounce
Long-lasting; Chip-resistant; Shiny, smooth finish; Available in a variety of colors.
$1.50
ZOYA Nail Polish, Trixie, 0.5 fl. oz.
ZOYA Nail Polish, Trixie, 0.5 fl. oz.
Does not contain Doetoluene or dibutyl phthalate (DBP); Chip-resistant; Long-wearing; Formaldehyde free
$10.00

2. Grey Nail Polish

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Silver is essentially just a sparkly, shimmery grey, so grey nail polish will work equally well.

Grey nail polish is a little more understated than silver. There are lots of different greys out there. Stick with a cool grey. It can be lighter or darker than your dress, as long as it’s the same tone.

essie Nail Color Polish, Cocktail Bling
essie Nail Color Polish, Cocktail Bling
DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free; Provides flawless coverage; Provides outstanding durability
$9.49
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Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color, White To Black
Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color, White To Black
All-in-one formula infused with Keratin Complex for stronger nails; Precision brush for a quick & easy application
$4.39
OPI Infinite Shine 2 Long-Wear Lacquer, Steel Waters Run Deep, Gray Long-Lasting Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Infinite Shine 2 Long-Wear Lacquer, Steel Waters Run Deep, Gray Long-Lasting Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
This Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer delivers ultra-rich, vivid color in unique OPI shades; It is an innovative service option for manicures, pedicures and enhancements
$13.99

3. Nude Nail Polish

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Nude will always be a winner no matter what color you’re wearing. A nude nail is both elegant and chic and will look great with a silver dress. Rather than the nude polish matching the dress, you are going for a nude tone that will match with your skin undertones.

If you have cool undertones, stick with a nude that leans more toward pink than peach and if you have warm undertones, go with a nude that has more of an orange base.

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Re-Nude, Pack of 1
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Re-Nude, Pack of 1
WELCOME TO COLOR THERAPY: Adds a splash of vibrant color to your nails; FORMULATED FOR YOU: Made with an argan oil formula
$7.48
OPI Nail Lacquer, Samoan Sand, Nude Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Nail Lacquer, Samoan Sand, Nude Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Classic Collection; Samoan Sand; OPI Nail Lacquer was voted Best Nail Polish in Seventeen magazine's Best Beauty Awards
$11.49
Orly Breathable Nail Color, Nourishing Nude, 0.6 Fluid Ounce
Orly Breathable Nail Color, Nourishing Nude, 0.6 Fluid Ounce
Its nourishes and hydrates nails with Argan oil, and vitamins; It leaves nail smooth and sexy
$10.00
JINsoon Nail Lacquer, Nostaligia , 0.37 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
JINsoon Nail Lacquer, Nostaligia , 0.37 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)
JINsoon Nail Lacquer - #Nostalgia - 11ml/0.37oz; A gorgeous, sophisticated nail polish Gives vibr
$18.00

The popular trend of milky pink nails are also a great option, with an outcome similar to nude, but with a little more splash.

4. Red Nail Polish

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Red nail polish can be tricky.

If you’re wearing a silver dress, you will want to stick with a cool red, and a red that’s a little darker. When we say ‘cool red’ think – raspberry, rather than tomato.

Any of these polish colors will work well.

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REVLON Colorstay Nail Enamel, Red Carpet, 0.4 Fluid Ounce
REVLON Colorstay Nail Enamel, Red Carpet, 0.4 Fluid Ounce
Color stay long wear technology instantly wraps nails in a shatterproof shield of color; Timeless, yet trend driven shade palette selected for long wear
$6.90
ILNP Nexus - Rich Raspberry Holographic Nail Polish
ILNP Nexus - Rich Raspberry Holographic Nail Polish
High quality, boutique nail lacquer; Long lasting & fast drying; Cruelty Free / Vegan; Versatile Finish
$10.00
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OPI Nail Lacquer, Got the Blues for Red, Red Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Nail Lacquer, Got the Blues for Red, Red Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
ProWide brush provides a perfect streak free finish to any nail style; High quality polish lasts longer than the competition
$10.49

5. White Nail Polish

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Rather than going for an opaque, flat, bright, white polish, opt for a shimmery finish that’s a bit more translucent.

Bright, flat white can be a little harsh and too much of a contrast.

You can adjust how translucent your nails by how many coats of polish you put on.

Revlon Nail Enamel, Chip Resistant Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Finish, in Nude/Brown, 020 Pure Pearl, 0.5 oz
Revlon Nail Enamel, Chip Resistant Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Finish, in Nude/Brown, 020 Pure Pearl, 0.5 oz
Gorgeous color goes on smoothly and bubble free; Choose from 64 sheer, opaque, shimmer, metallic, and chrome shades
$9.19
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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 012 Pearly Whites Nail Polish Women 0.5 oz
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 012 Pearly Whites Nail Polish Women 0.5 oz
All-in-one formula infused with Keratin Complex for stronger nails; Precision brush for a quick & easy application
$9.99
Duri Nail Polish, 50 Platinum, White Metallic Shimmer Pearl Finish Semi Sheer Coverage, 0.5 fl.oz.
Duri Nail Polish, 50 Platinum, White Metallic Shimmer Pearl Finish Semi Sheer Coverage, 0.5 fl.oz.
Salons and spas favorite professional nail polish; This soft white metallic polish will dress your nails in a stylish frost and glow
$9.49
ZOYA Nail Polish, Leia, 0.5 fl. oz.
ZOYA Nail Polish, Leia, 0.5 fl. oz.
Big 10 Free; Breathable Color; Long Wearing
$12.00

Though some people assign various meanings to white nail polish, we suggest you don’t worry about that and just choose the color if you like it!

6. Black Nail Polish

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Black is a neutral that will go with any color. Of course black isn’t for everyone, and some feel like it’s just too goth, no matter what. But if you dare to go bold, a sleek, black nail with a silver dress can look elegant and chic.

Just keep your nails neatly shaped and a modest length.

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OPI Nail Lacquer, Black Onyx, Black Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Nail Lacquer, Black Onyx, Black Nail Polish, 0.5 fl oz
Fun color for both toes and fingers; Won't chip or peel; Lots of shine and seal to protect your nails and give them fabulous color
$10.49
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Color, Black Heart, 0.45 Fluid Ounce
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Color, Black Heart, 0.45 Fluid Ounce
Shine, color and strength in 1 bottle; Hard-to-resist color; Great value
$1.97
Nail Polish By Wet n Wild Wild Shine, Black Crème, Nail Color
Nail Polish By Wet n Wild Wild Shine, Black Crème, Nail Color
Purse Pride - New improved formula and packaging
$6.45
ILNP Black Magic - Deep Black Holographic Nail Polish
ILNP Black Magic - Deep Black Holographic Nail Polish
DEEP BLACK - An intense holographic flame erupts from the deep black base.
$10.00
China Glaze Nail Polish, Liquid Leather CGS544
China Glaze Nail Polish, Liquid Leather CGS544
Black hi-gloss creme nail color; From the China Glaze Patent Leather II Collection; Gives long lasting manicures
$7.55

7. Any Dark Jewel Tone

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Any dark jewel tone will work well with a silver dress. When we say dark jewel tones – think sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and emerald.

The key here is darker shades. Avoid neons and really bright colors.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Soothing Sapphire, Pack of 1
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Soothing Sapphire, Pack of 1
Color that cares while you wear; Intensive Nourishment for healthy looking nails; Up to 10 days fade-proof, Chip-Resistant Wear
OPI Infinite Shine 2 Long-Wear Lacquer, Turn On the Northern Lights!, Purple Long-Lasting Nail Polish, Iceland Collection, 0.5 fl oz
OPI Infinite Shine 2 Long-Wear Lacquer, Turn On the Northern Lights!, Purple Long-Lasting Nail Polish, Iceland Collection, 0.5 fl oz
Up to 10 days of wear and gel like shine. Easy application and removal. No light needed; Available in 100+ shades including OPI’s truly iconic colors
$13.99
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Orly Nail Lacquer, Ruby, 0.6 Fluid Ounce
Orly Nail Lacquer, Ruby, 0.6 Fluid Ounce
Natural pearl for shine and durability; It has a streak free coverage and is fast drying; UV inhibitors prevent fading
$8.25
Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish, Revive Ruby Red, 0.5 Fl. Oz.
Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish, Revive Ruby Red, 0.5 Fl. Oz.
Nail Polish Made With Organic And All Natural Ingredients - Repairs And Strengthens Nails; Doctor Recommended. Cruelty Free And Vegan Friendly - Made In the USA
ILNP Fir Coat - Sultry Emerald Green Holographic Nail Polish
ILNP Fir Coat - Sultry Emerald Green Holographic Nail Polish
High quality, boutique nail lacquer; Long lasting & fast drying; Cruelty Free / Vegan; Holographic sparkle
$10.00

Should Your Finger And Toenail Polish Match?

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The polish on your fingers and toes can match, but they don’t have to.

When how does this question relate to wearing a silver dress? If you are wearing a silver dress, chances are it’s a glitzy occasion. And no, they still don’t have to match.

But you want the focus of attention a little higher up, so you are going to have to be strategic about this.

Do your toenails to either match the dress (a.k.a. in silver/grey), or nude. Do your fingernails the different colors if you want to go different colors on your fingers and toes.

Do your toenails to either match the dress (a.k.a. in silver/grey), or nude. Do your fingernails the different colors if you want to go different colors on your fingers and toes.

If you want to do matching fingers and toes with a silver dress, then either go nude or silver/grey on both.

When you are styling out any outfit, you want one focal point. The silver dress can be your statement piece, so you want everything else to complement your dress, rather than compete with it.

That said, silver can almost act as a neutral if you have a stellar statement manicure in a dark, bold color, in which case, you don’t want your toes that same color.

If you go with a bold color on your fingers and toes, it splits the focal point and no one will know where to look. So this comes back to keeping your toes either silver/grey or nude and your fingernails the bold color.


Conclusion

Silver, grey, white, black, cool reds, and any dark jewel-tone nail polish will work fantastically well with a silver dress.

If you’re going for a different color than silver/grey, keep it on the dark side and avoid really bright shades. You want to make sure your blingy dress and bright nails don’t compete with each other.

We didn’t talk about light pastel colors because pastels tend to get washed out with a silver dress. But if you think about it, wearing a pastel shade can sort of work like wearing a nude polish, just there in the background.

If dark nail colors aren’t your thing, and you’d prefer to go with a light pastel, make sure it’s a cool tone.

Written by Kayla Young

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