Call it a nail art backlash, but simple nails in neutral colours were huge at the S/S 13 shows. From glossy French manicures at Chanel and Marc Jacobs (below) to matte, creamy styles seen at Rag & Bone, there's a lot to be said for scaling back and keeping nails simple.
For a twist on a classic French manicure, look to two tone nails. For a statement-making style, try pairing two contrasting colours or for a subtle, easy-to-do take on the trend, layer a pastel shade such as lavender with a darker version of the colour, as seen at the 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S show.
From check prints at Kate Spade to Rodarte's weave-effect (below), textured nails are great to try for the wow-effect. Be warned: these styles require patience, time and a steady hand. Polka dots layered onto a neutral base coat are a great alternative to really make nails pop.
The sparkling diamonds at Nicole Miller's S/S show were the talk of New York Fashion Week, but if sequins and sparkle is just too much, metallic shades in greys and pastels are a safer, on-trend alternative. A simple silver stripe over a bright, matte shade is an easy way to highlight nails.
Got the trends sorted? Shop this season's top 10 nail colours below: