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Is Black nail polish unprofessional?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I really want to wear black nail polish, but I don't know how it will be looked at in an office setting. It is very rare that I actually meet w/ clients. I have been wearing OPI Lincoln Park after dark, which is reallly dark. I don't know if I should just stick to that or spring for the black.
What do you guys think?
post #2 of 24
"Black is whorish"
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
it's also this years most popular color.
post #4 of 24
Well IMO, if you're gonna be wearing black polish, you should have it professionally painted on. And when it chips even a LITTLE it needs to ALL come off. Nothing looks worse than chippy black polish or black polish that's smudged all over gnawed-on cuticles...
And the nails should stay short, too...

If you keep the nails short + keep the polish looking smooth, I don't see why it would be a major problem.
post #5 of 24
i love love love black nailpolish. i agree with Allison, you have to keep your nails short, trimmed and even. No chipping either! The second it chips is the second it starts to look bad.

As for wearing it to work... meh. Depends on the office and the environment in addition to if you go to client sites or not. I'd stick to the Lincoln Park after Dark (I love this color too) for the fingers for now. Older people in your office as well as clients (though you said you don't meet with them often) may not be in tune with the hottest nail polish colors and may (incorrectly and prematurely) make conclusions about you. Not cool. JMO though
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
My nails are always short and professionally done. I have acrylic on them, but only to keep the polish on. I keep them as short as possible. I jsut can't decide.
post #7 of 24
Not my style personally, but I think it looks cute on well groomed short finger nails...
post #8 of 24
ditto on the shorter nails. Also depending on your skin tone, you might want to go with a black cherry or vamp color. So you still have the effect but a bad or off looking look.
post #9 of 24
i was wondering the same. i always wear this really dark burgandy color polist to work. this thread helps.. now i need to remove it though cause it's chipping major! haha
post #10 of 24
agreed...I wouldn't go for black but instead go for something thats a deep red that looks almost black
post #11 of 24
I really want to wear nail polish but I can't because I'm a nail picker and it's chipped within an hour
post #12 of 24
Wear Chanel's "Black Satin" and keep your nails short and rounded. Black Satin is not a flat, Halloween black, it has a gorgeous shimmer to it - makes it more professional looking, imo.
post #13 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by BabyJ View Post
I really want to wear nail polish but I can't because I'm a nail picker and it's chipped within an hour
Try a good top coat, or nail biting polish that tastes bitter, you'll kick the habit and have long lasting polish...
post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by MISSPOOKIE View Post
Try a good top coat, or nail biting polish that tastes bitter, you'll kick the habit and have long lasting polish...

Hahahahaha, my mom and dad used to put that on my thumb and my sisters thumbs to keep us from sucking them when we were little. We used to called it "uckies." I have to get it for my bf for his nail biting habits now.
post #15 of 24
I don't bite them, though - I pick at my cuticles and constantly "clean" under my nails with my nails.
post #16 of 24
as long as your workplace doesn't have a rule against it in the dress code, i don't see why not.
Black nails are really popular and getting moreso by the minute! I love painting my nails black but I have black hair so sometimes I wonder if it is too much?
post #17 of 24
Yeah, it's unprofessional. it doesn't necessarily make YOU unprofessional, but if you are very concerned or work in a professional environment, I'd keep it to weekends personally.
post #18 of 24
it may be hot in fashion but it's not hot in the workplace, unless you work in fashion or a very liberal profession.

the times that i wore black polish, people asked if i was trying to go goth
post #19 of 24
I think it depends on what it looks like. Depending on skin tone, some people look great with nicely done shimmery black polish but others look like they're trying to be "edgy." If you have the right skin tone, do a very dark reddish-purple that almost looks black. An I agree, keep your nails short and don't let it chip! The polish must be shimmery or shiny too.
post #20 of 24
lincoln park after dark is NOT black

opi black ... is black

i think you should get it ... it's sold out in all the beauty supply stores in town it's so popular

it's a dark burgandy purple black...ish

anyway alot of my friends bought it ... it's HOT HOT HOT .. mines on order

get it and wear it proud! i will be!
post #21 of 24
I really like this look, but it has to be done well. Not BLACK black, but as they mentioned above, maybe sort of a cherry black, like Vamp. I really don't think it's unprofessional, but your whole look means more...if you're dressed professionally, and your nails are done right, in the right color, I think it totally works!
post #22 of 24
It really depends on the office culture. I have worked Real Estate and it would have been fine in that office, but in Mortgage since I would see customers probably not. I really think it just depends.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
^^ I actually work in the Mortgage industry, but its very rare that I see customers. It's pretty laid back... we can wear jeans as long as we look nice.
post #24 of 24
^ because you can wear jeans, i'd say it would be okay

i can't remember the last time i wore colour on my nails- it's always been french tips.

i need to go out and buy some polish
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