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10 Nail Polish Shades That Are Perfect For This Weekend’s Fall Pedicure

The best part about getting dressed this time of year is that you can wear just about anything in your closet. You're no longer limited to the most lightweight floral maxi dress you own because you'll sweat through anything else (paired with sneakers, because you'll slide right out of sandals). The cooler temps mean you can throw on the vintage jeans you haven't worn since February, paired with any cardigan, and your favorite transitional peep-toe mules or slides. The only thing that might need an update is your toenail polish.

For most of us, that means taking a cotton ball and polish remover to our chipping polish — be it the white, baby pink you loved in August — and popping on a more autumnal shade. If you're not sure what that should be, we asked the pros to break down the best pedicure shades for fall 2020, ahead.

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Bright Red


The great thing about a red pedicure is that it's seasonless. Even if you wore it throughout the summer, you can double down for fall — just make sure you pick a true red with a high-gloss finish, like this polish by Auda B.
AudaB The First Lady, $18.00 Buy
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Chocolate Brown


Pedicure trends tend to mirror their manicure counterpart. So, if you're looking to get the most bang for your buck when polish shopping, take a cue from Kate Hudson and grab a bottle of dark, glossy brown for your inaugural fall mani-pedi.
Mented Cosmetics Mented Cosmetics Nude Nail Collection, $8.00 Buy
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Navy Blue


The best part about a shiny navy-blue pedi is that it looks great on every skin tone, which is one of the reasons it will be trendy this fall. The other reason is that the deeper jewel tone feels moody and chic, but more dimensional than black.
Mischo #NYFW, $20.00 Buy
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Rich Burgundy


Dark purple burgundies are a fall classic. This specific bottle by Pear Nova pick is a foolproof sophisticated red-wine shade with a subtle hint of sparkle.
Pear Nova Rub My Temples, $13.50 Buy
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Baby Blue


When you want something light, but ballerina pink feels too soft, a glossy pastel blue is the move. Plus, consider it the best pick to show off what remains of your summer tan in September.
Suite Eleven East Coast West Coast, $11.00 Buy
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Olive Green


Whether you call it army or olive, earthy shades of green are taking over the trend reports this fall, according to editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein. For toes, we're especially into this deep green from OPI's Scotland collection.
OPI Infinite Shine OPI Nail Polish in Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, $13.00 Buy
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Milky Beige


Before it's officially boots season, you can't go wrong with a light, but nuanced, neutral. We love this milky beige by Olive & June because it's a little white and a little pink, but both are cool and subdued, making it less summery.
Olive & June Olive and June Nail Polish in RP, $8.00 Buy
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Burnt Orange


According to nail pro and Jin Soon founder Jin Soon Choi, shades of orange will be everywhere this fall. "This polish, called Koi, is the perfect transitional shade because it's not too bright, and shares shade similarity to the autumn leaves," Choi says.
JINsoon Koi Nail Polish, $18.00 Buy
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Slate Gray


Instead of a soft, creamy gray, consider a darker slate tone for your toes. "I love this CND Asphalt shade for a dark-gray pedicure," Choi says. "It's a little unexpected — a grunge or hipster vibe — but also feels sleek and sophisticated at the same time."
CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish, $7.99 Buy
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Black Ink


Rita Remark, Essie's global lead educator, tells us that you can never go wrong with a full-shine black pedi. "I love a black pedicure because it's bold, but will also work with whatever you're wearing," she explains. "Essie's Licorice is a glossy patent-leather black that's perfect."
Essie essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $6.99 $9.00 Buy
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