An insightful article published on the New York Times posited that nail polishes are the new lipsticks. That, in times of economic stress, nail polishes have replaced lipsticks as our means for instant gratification. The second reason is that, in a celebrity-driven world, nail polishes makes us feel closer to our favorite celebs without actually having to buy their thousand $$$ shoes, bags, and clothes. A Chanel nail polish is still Chanel at the end of the day.
I enjoyed the article, but the comments below it also deserve to be read. This brings me to the question: How do you feel about wild nail polish? By wild we mean bright colors, glitter, shatter, and nail art.
Personally, while I find crazy nails fun, they're not something that are always appropriate. I do my work at home most of the time, but I still need to go to an office or a meeting at least once a week. For my fashion/beauty and press-related work, I'm comfortable with wearing groovy nails since it's expected of me as a representative of this blog and the brands I handle.
But for my more "serious" work in an agency somewhere in Makati, I only wear neutral colors or dark but subdued shades. It won't do to go to the office in screaming nails since they're distracting and, however smart or competent I try to sound, it will be more difficult to be taken seriously. It's the same principle when it comes to colorful eyeshadow and loud lipstick - less is always more if you're in a conservative setting.
Camille Morton, the author of How To Walk In High Heels (am reading it now, will write a review when I finish!), says "Fashion colours, glitters, blacks, blues are fine if you are on the runway or fifteen years old. But unacceptable otherwise." I don't completely agree though, because I believe that there is always a time and place for everything.
So, how about you, what do you think of wild nail polish? Do you wear crazy nails all the time? Is your office the kind of place you can pull it off?