Who you calling old fashioned? Nail varnish is getting traditional

You last saw these shades on a pair of immaculately manicured hands, curved around a bone china tea cup, or ruffling your hair as a child

Nails inc nail polish

Mother of pearl

Our love of iridescent shades started watching our grandmothers get dressed up (or just get dressed) in the pearly adornments that were part of being an adult in the 1950s. Nails Inc’s Primrose Street (£15, Nails Inc) has just the right amount of shimmer; it’s a futuristic throwback.

Topshop nail polish

Hot hot heat

This shade (£8, Topshop) is the kind of unapologetic pink we are frankly delighted has made a comeback. There is no variation in tone here, it’s just one super vibrant holiday vibe, most usually found on the beaches of Brighton or Spain. So obviously, we will make it work in the office.

Illamasqua nail polish

Occasional red

Red nail polish is secretly our favourite, but it still feels like something you’d wear to a party, not to clean your bathroom, and that’s increasingly how our Friday nights are going (don’t pity us, it’s cathartic). Still, when we do go out-out, it’s with not-quite-scarlet shades called things like Throb (£14.50, Illamasqua).

Essie nail polish

You tart

We wish we could wear coral in the same way our older ladies did in the 1970s: Perspex bangles, handbag, lounge suit in a bathroom tile pattern. Instead, we opt for it on our nails, like this Tart Deco shade from Essie (£7.99, Boots). They would have probably done that too.

Nailberry nail polish

Real classy

Nailberry do chemical free nail polish that properly lasts (ours recently withstood an entire holiday). This shade, Fashionista (£14.50, Nailberry), is the kind of everyday warm, creamy pink that would have charmed at a Sunday lunch, but it works just as well around a meeting room table.

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