Pick Your Nail Polish Colors for Monsoon According to your City!
The early rain showers have already started, and soon enough, the monsoons will be here! The sky will go from sunny bright blue to dramatically beautiful grey – with thick clouds interspersed with sun rays streaming through their gaps, creating wonderful hues of yellows and oranges and pinks!
And you know what that will call for? Colorful rain boots, umbrellas, and of course, nailpolish that will brighten up your day! Let’s take a look at what nail polish colors for monsoon we will be wanting to wear this year to perfectly contrast the bleak grey skies! To make it more interesting, the colors I’m choosing are inspired by rainy days all over the world! It may not be raining all over the world right now, but I can compile what it looks like when it rains, together in one place!
Beautiful Rainy Day Pictures from all over the World!
Which is your color according to your city? Or better yet, choose one according to the city you want to visit!!
New York – Mardi Gras Purple
I’ve visited New York in all weathers – the sunny, rainy and snowy. Also the slushy – that’s the worst – rain+snow in puddles of slush!! But just the rain is way prettier – when you can move around without feeling frosted! Rain needs bright fashion colors, such as this purple, to make your day more fun, when the people are rushing about, trying to catch cabs and to get to their offices!
Midnight Storm – M.A.C. Studio Nail Lacquer
Brazil – Leaf Green
The rainforests of Amazonian Brazil have all shades of greens – from olives to leaves to dark grassy greens. I’ve never been there, but I’m sure it would look something like the Australian tropical rainforests. And this season, let’s put on some of this bright leaf green while we dream about going there!
110 Green with Envy – Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear
Beijing – Coral Red
Cairns – Pool Blue
Cairns, Australia has tropical weather, so it’s raining there all year round! Of course, they have a rainy season too, when it rains even more. Think of Cairns, and I am reminded of the bright blue colors of the coral reefs and the famous public pool! And this pool-blue-ish color by D&G is a perfect shade for this season!
Aqua 720 – Dolce & Gabbana
Washington, D.C. – Silvery Grey
I took this photo like four years ago, when I first visited the United States Capitol, and it was a sad day with murky weather. But wouldn’t it be great to be make it positive by adding a silver lining to it, literally? What’s more, it’s a big coincidence that the color I chose is called My Signature is DC. O.P.I. really understands me!! 😛
My Signature is “DC” – O.P.I.
Orlando – Fantasy Pink
Ah, Disney World, Orlando, the fairy land! This picture is my favorite memory from there – the light show at the Magic Kingdom that renders the castle in many different colors, patterns and shapes! This fantasy pink color is not only a perfect reminder of the fact that fairy tales may not be real, but fantasies are! So let’s keep dreaming. Such a happy color! 🙂
Knock-Out Pout – Essie
London – Phone Booth Red
The only time I ever had a chance to visit this city, it rained nonstop!! To the point that I was slipping on the side walk and being splashed on by the cars! Phew, what memories. But the city stood bright and shiny. There’s plenty red in London – with the telephone booths and buses. That’s why I’m gonna call this red the ‘Phone-Booth Red’ and dedicate it to that lovely historic city!!
Carnal Red – Tom Ford
Mumbai – Cab Yellow
Mumbai Monsoons – the infamous times everyone dreads yet enjoys! The monsoon season in Bombay is so many things all at once – the filthiest water you can imagine flooding every place in the city, kids playing with paper boats, plastic sheets covering slum dwellings and corporate towers alike, and everyone enjoying a hot cup of tea with warm fritters! And with that kind of lively spirit, what better color to choose for the monsoon than the brightest yellow? And forget sunflowers, this one is right from the Mumbai taxis – the Cab Yellow!!
Jaune Expression N24 – Givenchy Beauty
Paris – Iridescent Pink
Paris would shine with glamour, beauty and attitude even if the other cities cease to shine! That’s why I wanted to choose an iridescent color to represent it. And this one seems to portray the night lights of the Eiffel Tower so perfectly- with its shiny yellows and peaches, it’s like someone took all the night lights and combined it in this tiny bottle!
Limited Edition Scarabée in Nude Pink Gold – Christian Louboutin
Rome – Terra Cotta Mango
Rome is the most sculpted city I have ever laid my eyes on. Right from its floors to ceilings to column capitals to domes, everything is sculpted and painted and just gorgeous there! Including the food and flowers – the sculptures are adorned not just with angels, but also fowers, leaves and grapes and what not! Even the real flowers and food seem so beautifully designed! And where they don’t sculpt, they plant terra-cotta – on the roofs! I took this picture from the Capitoline Hill, over-looking the Vatican City, right after it rained. And check out the gorgeous terra-cotta roofs and mango-peachy paints on the building facades!
Silly-Billy – Butter, London
Chicago – Cloudy White
Before I wrote this article, I didn’t realize how many cities I have visited during the rains. Maybe the rains love to follow me to every trip of mine! I took this picture from the top of Willis Tower, overlooking downtown, while it rained.
Some cities like Mumbai completely transform during the rains. Chicago, on the other hand, doesn’t like to transform unless it’s heavily snowed in. The city maintains its handsomeness with the towering buildings, the greys and the blacks. It just adds clouds on top of them all. That’s why I chose the coudy white to represent it!
Non-Stop White – O.P.I.
Venice – Peachy Pink
Venice is another city that it was raining in the day I reached there. But it made it look that much more beautiful! Plus, the joy of finding a tiny restaurant by being lost in the narrow streets, sitting in a semi-outdoor place, and eating warm pasta while looking at the amazingly beautiful canals is something from the outer world! The city’s buildings all have peeling paint facades in corals, mangos, reds, brick and off-whites. And this monsoon season, I would certainly pick this pink-peach shade to wear!
Milly – Dior Beauty
Oh, I love these type of articles that make me think of my past travels, that inspire me to #travelmore! Throw in the season’s latest fashion trends and I’m happy throughout the day. Hope you loved it, too. If you did, lemme know below, did you like these nail polish colors for monsoon? And tell me which nail color would you wear this season according to your city!! 🙂
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]