Don't Be Boring With These 6 Color Combos

Our top three things about winter? Layers, layers, layers! But, upping the ante with texture doesn’t mean saying good-bye to bold colors. Au contraire — a neutral fabric palette lets us play with brights on a smaller scale. Shoes, jewels, and digits are prime real estate for eye-popping shades. How perfect, then, that this year’s hot hues are rich oxblood, fresh mauve, and icy blue.
We teamed up with essie's color pros to create six holiday-ready looks, starring the spiciest shades of the season. Bonus: This posse of polishes takes the texturized trend to the next level with shimmer, shine, and serious sparkle. So, put away that bikini already, and turn up the heat in a whole new way.
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Twinkly Parka Perfect works as a neutral, so amp it up with bold accents, like this red satchel and ultramarine heel. Paired with a graphic swing skirt and cropped jumper, there ain’t nothin’ “baby” about essie's icy gray-blue.

essie Nail Polish in Parka Perfect, $8.50, available at essie; New Look Cream Crop Fluffy Jumper, $29, available at New Look; Dion Lee Cycle Loop Skirt, $2,015, available at Moda Operandi; JustFab Monroe Pump, $39.95, available at JustFab; Dune Oxblood Red Patent Dlocket Crossbody, $94, available at Debenhams; J.Crew Mixed Crystal and Resin Necklace, $129.99, available at J.Crew.
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The punchy-orange knit and deep-teal hue of essie’s Mind Your Mittens give this look a Warhol-ian vibe. Crayola brights play nice with grown-ups when you add a sleek pencil skirt and d’Orsay flats.

essie Nail Polish in Mind Your Mittens, $8.50, available at essie; H&M Cotton Canvas Jacket, $49.95, available at H&M; Joseph Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater, $275.01, available at The Outnet; River Island Grey Textured Sheer Hem Pencil Skirt, $44, available at River Island; Jenni Kayne D'orsay Flat, $595, available at Farfetch; BaubleBar Sapphire Madeline Drops, $32, available at BaubleBar.
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We might never get our hands on a real fur coat, but essie’s rich, pearlescent plum Sable Collar is every bit as luxe. Sleek separates, statement booties, and a contrasting violet duffel read opulent but understated.

essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, $8.50, available at essie; Rebecca Taylor Melange Knit Runway Sweatshirt, $250, available at Rebecca Taylor; Zara Five-Pocket Trousers, $49.90, available at Zara; Coach Legacy Duffle in Leather, $348, available at Coach; Chloé Bernie Bi-Colour Leather Ankle Boots, $1,133, available at Matches Fashion.
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A curve-hugging cocktail dress, tuxedo jacket, and fuchsia heels? Almost holiday-party perfect. Top it off with essie’s Shearling Darling, and the look is complete. The burgundy shade conjures up visions of vino (but a bottle of this lasts way, way longer).

essie Nail Polish in Shearling Darling, $8.50, available at essie; Chloé Cropped Blazer, $1,695, available at Net-A-Porter; TFNC London Stella Bodycon Midi Dress, $80, available at Topshop; ASOS Hoxton Heeled Sandals, $74.75, available at ASOS; BCBGMAXAZRIA Eva Clutch, $278, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA; J.Crew Geometric Floral Necklace, $165, available at J.Crew.
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We’d given up on owning Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers, but essie’s Toggle to the Top just made that dream come true. A blue-plaid flannel and shearling jacket toughen up the sparkling-red polish for a look that’s more powerful than “princess.”

essie Nail Polish in Toggle to the Top, $8.50, available at essie; Won Hundred Melany Quilted Shearling Jacket, $506, available at Madewell; Equipment Reese Single Pocket Plaid Silk Blouse, $248, available at Intermix; Opening Ceremony Chew Zipper Mini Skirt, $260, available at Moda Operandi; Boohoo Sienna Ankle Strap Pointy Heels, $60, available at Boohoo; Tory Burch Travis Stretch Bracelet, $150, Tory Burch.
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Winter pastels might seem tricky — till you ask yourself, WWAD? (That’s “What would Alexa do?”) She’d rock essie’s lilac Warm & Toasty Turtleneck with a pullover and brogues — duh. Finished with a knit cap and classic trench, this look is totally “London cool.”

essie Nail Polish in Warm & Toasty Turtleneck, $8, available at essie; Toga Pulla Check Knit Turtleneck, $380, available at La Garçonne; American Eagle Hi-Rise Jegging, $39.95, available at American Eagle; Dorothy Perkins Pink Chunky Rib Beanie, $12, available at Dorothy Perkins; Jeffrey Campbell Look Sharp Oxfords, $140, available at Nasty Gal; Zara Trench Coat With Checked Lining, $119, avaialble at Zara.
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