Without a Doubt, These 13 Nail Colours Always Look Classy

It's safe to say that we've fallen back in love with getting our nails done. I know this because, every week, the stories we write about nail art and trends are consistently our most popular. This piqued my interest—what do people want when it comes to their nails? Are we more inclined to ask for short nails over long? Oval over square? Art over solid hues? When I visited my salon last week, I was curious to find out which colours were proving popular right now 1) to inform my choice and 2) to report my findings back to you. My manicurist responded, "Everyone wants timeless shades."

Autumn Nail Colours: @smythsisters with a rose manicure

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It's perhaps unsurprising that we're turning to more classic colours. I'm no exception, either, for the colour I chose was a rich, deep shade of burgundy, which I thought would help bridge the gap between my more colourful and neutral outfits.

Nail colours are less of a commitment than a new piece of clothing, shoes or a bag but have the same ability to give your look a new-season refresh. So I've charted the autumn ones that prove insanely popular season after season. And for good trend-led measure, I've thrown in a couple of of-the-moment shades that'll give your style a swift 2022 update. Scroll on to see all 13 of them.

1. JET BLACK

Vampy, not gothic, black nails have become chicer and chicer with each passing season. 

OPI is often stocked in many salons, so you can guarantee a professional manicure at home.

Essie's formula's are glossy and apply seamlessly.

2. ECRU

Autumn Nail Colours: @lefevrediary with an ivory, off-white manicure

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Although typically popular in summer, white nails are fast becoming a year-round manicure must. 

Flocon is French for snowflake, and this polish promises a fresh white hue. 

This off-white shade looks chic on all skin tones.

3. BARELY THERE PINK

Pink always looks pretty and taps into the clean-girl nails we've been seeing everywhere. It's all about those clean, almost translucent shades.

Look for polishes that have a semi-sheer finish to give nails just a hint of colour.

4. UNEXPECTED GREEN

The breakout colour trend of 2022, this shade of green is sticking around.

This hue leans on the more sage side of green.

5. CLAY

Not quite as glamorous as pillar-box red but more fanciful than standard beige, this is the autumn nail colour minimalists will zero in on. 

This pretty terracotta shade works across all seasons.

Dip a toe in the trend by opting for pink-brown hues.

6. BURGUNDY

Autumn Nail Colours: @monikh with a burgundy manicure

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The colour I chose for my own nails, burgundy is timeless and will go with any and every outfit. 

Look for rich, wine-inspired shades for a timeless manicure.

7. OCHRE

It might sound unexpected, but deeper, mustard tones will act as the perfect lift to more tonal clothing. 

The whole WWW team loves this mustard shade.

Ochre is the perfect compromise between brights and neutrals.

8. COOL GREY

Autumn Nail Colours: @buffcs showcases a grey manicure

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Not as drastic-looking as black, grey provides the ideal alternative to those who want a softer monochromatic nail look. 

9. CHOCOLATE

Autumn Nail Colours: @paragonnails creates a swirled chocolate manicure

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@paragonnails

Rich and delicious, chocolate-brown tones are trending in a big way, even more so than usual. 

This milk chocolate hue is a winner.

Meanwhile, this dark-chocolate colour is also taking our fancy.

10. FOREST GREEN

Autumn Nail Colours: @smythsisters with a forest green manicure

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If the more vivid shades of green don't do it for you, rest assured dark, forest green is still on our nail colour radar. 

This deep green looks so sophisticated on fingertips.

Emerald hues like this one work year-round.

11. CLASSIC RED

A perennial nail colour, red is always a good idea if you're unsure which shade to opt for. Although statement, it's so classic it'll work seamlessly with every outfit you wear while it's painted on your nails. 

This long-lasting formula stays chip-free for days.

12. GLISTENING GOLD

Autumn Nail Colours: @thatsaleaf with gold painted nails

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@thatsaleaf

Not just for party season, metallic nails are making a comeback. Why not try a shade of solid gold?

This antique gold colour adds a gleam to the nails.

13. DEEP NAVY

Autumn Nail Colours: @fongminliao with dark navy French tips

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@fongminliao

Elegant and striking, navy nails never fail to make an impact. I'm particularly taken with this French-tip situation. 

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A shimmery formula adds dimensions to your nails.

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