There are some colors that are indelibly associated with fall, like burgundy, berry, hunter green, and rust — the warm hues of the changing leaves and apple orchards. And those shades will always make for classic manicures. But just because they’ll never go out of style doesn’t mean you have to stick to them and them alone, and with some of our favorite fall nail art ideas, you definitely don’t have to wear just one at a time.
With talented nail artists and celebrity-frequented salons sharing inspirational designs on Instagram every single day and beloved polish brands constantly cranking out stunning new colors, there’s no shortage of manicure ideas to add to your to-do list for fall — including ones you’ll feel confident doing yourself.
“My [Instagram] Explore page is filled with abstract manicures where every look is unique and perfected in its own way or very simple, classic looks with a twist, such as a French manicure using neon colors,” nail artist Amy Le previously told Allure.
“Lines and dots are the easiest DIY art to create as long as you have the right tools,” nail artist Elle tells Allure. “Essentials are toothpicks to create dots, makeup sponges for marbling, and a thin eyeliner brush or paintbrush to create stripes.”
Here, you’ll find unexpected ways to wear both timeless shades and unexpected shades, as well as DIY-friendly designs and — should you feel ready to head back to your favorite nail salon — intricate styles that call for a professional touch.
Keep scrolling for the looks you’ll love to see peeking out of the sleeves of your favorite oversized sweater.