Don’t quote us on this, but we’re pretty sure that autumn is the most underrated season of them all. From moody skies to picturesque colour changing trees and the satisfying crunch of leaves underfoot, there’s a lot to love about this transitional season. Change is everywhere: as the days grow shorter and the temperatures finally cool, it’s time to swap out your summer wardrobe and accessories for warmer, cosier counterparts. This goes for everything from clothes and shoes to the colour of the polish on your finger and toe nails.
This year, we’re ditching the tradition of sepia tones and orangey-reds for autumn and going for something a little bit fresher: think sophisticated pastels and metallics with a twist. Read on for our pick of essential autumn nail colours to get you through this transitional season in style.
Champagne - We’ve never met a Champagne we didn’t like, and this pearly metallic shade is no exception. Join us in raising a toast in honour of this sophisticated take on glittery gold, which doubles as the perfect accompaniment to any autumnal outfit. As versatile as you are, Champagne is subtle enough for your 9 to 5 and slings serious overtime as an eye-catching accessory for evening drinks or a weekend night out.
Forget Me Not - Take Crowded House’s advice and always take the weather with you with Forget Me Not, a dreamy reminder of the clear blue skies of summer. Tinted with the tantalising promise of sunnier days to come, this is the hue to carry you through the season’s most dramatic days. The weather may be transitioning toward the grey and gloomy, but with this dusty shade of blue you’ll carry a reminder of summertime with you wherever you go.
In The Buff - We love minimalism as much as the next fashionable lady (RIP Céline), but sometimes more really is more. We’re calling it now: autumn 2019 is the season for maximalism, in a big way - if you’ll pardon the pun. Layer up instead of down this season with In the Buff, a solid nude for when you’d really like to be wearing less but the weather says otherwise.
Peace Talks - At Kester Black, we’re as passionate about animal welfare as we are about making sure your nails look as good as possible. Part of our In Loving Memory collection honouring the 137 racehorses that lost their lives in the lead up to the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival, this muted lilac pays tribute to Peace Talks, a grey gelding who fell victim to this barbaric sport. $1 from the sale of every bottle of Peace Talks goes to The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses: it’s a win-win situation if we ever saw one. Wear this shade with pride in the fact that you’re supporting a great cause and show others how they can do their bit.
Periwinkle - Periwinkle is the vintage dream girl of deep blues. She’s classic without the cliche, glam without the glitz, and pretty without the preciousness; best of all, she goes with anything. Play up her softer side by pairing her with fine florals and delicate knitwear, or toughen her up with a slick pair of boots and leather accessories. Minimum fuss for maximum effect? Sign us up.
Quartz - A precious gem if we ever saw one, Quartz is a Kester Black breakout best-seller, and with good reason. A little bit modern workwear, a little bit French street style, this grey-purple blend has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes you - and everyone around you - look twice. Pair with well cut basics and the knowledge that your outfit is a classic 10/10 and wait for the complements to roll in like clockwork.