The Chicest Fall Nail Colors That Aren't Burgundy, Black, or Navy

Don't get us wrong—we'll protect (and continue to wear) our collection of signature fall nail colors for the rest of our days. Brooding cult-classic shades of burgundy, purple, navy, and rich emerald never go out of style and meld nicely with plummeting temperatures and our re-emerging sweater collection. But, in all honesty, said fall nail colors are 150% predictable. With all of our favorite nail polish brands debuting crisp new colors and collections for the fall season, why not expand our fingertips' color horizons?

We've surveyed the newest, most exciting nail colors and trends for fall, and ahead, we're highlighting 15 less-predictable shades we suggest putting on your looming fall beauty roster. From less-expected neutrals to less-expected flamboyants, we can't wait to lacquer up our nails with some help from these chic, warm-and-fuzzy nail shades. Keep scrolling!

Juicy Cranberry

Less intense than your typical burgundies or maroons, a fresh shot of cranberry is still rich and fall-leaning. We're loving this brand-new shade from Olive & June's epic fall collection. 

Rosy Caramel

Nudes are great all year round, but this hue of caramel (spiked with rosy undertones!) feels especially cozy for fall. 


Meet the equally flattering sister to your favorite fall shade of emerald. Creamy and highly pigmented, this slightly bluer take on the seasonal classic is great to have on standby.

Blueberry Cobbler

The brand describes this striking fall nail color as an antiqued shade of gray-violet, but it also reminds us of one of our favorite fall desserts—that's non-apple or pumpkin. It's our favorite shade from Zoya's beguiling new fall collection!

Shimmering Pumpkin

That said, we still love this juicy, slightly gilded shade of orange that's perfect for pumpkin picking and carving season.

Coal Gray

OPI's new Scotland Collection is the stuff of fall dreams. The color we're craving most? This sleek, cool shade of coal gray. Plus, that jaunty name just can't be beaten. 

Ballet Slippers 2.0

No, we're not asking you to put away everyone's favorite cult shade of baby pink forever, but for fall, how stunning is Chanel's new polish debut called Radiant Ballerina? A hint of shimmer elevates the hue for fall and the onset of holiday party season. 

Tartan Yellow

Back for a limited time only, Orly's lovable shot of custard yellow was a hit for summer and still has legs for fall. (It's one of the few polishes in our kit that we're seamlessly transitioning into next season.)

Spiked Cinnamon

J. Hannah is one of our all-time favorite nail polish brands, and pretty much every shade was made for your fall wardrobe. That said, if you're looking to switch out your cherry pop shade of red this season, look no further than this rustic shade of cinnamon. 

White Chocolate

White is the antithesis to fall's inevitable wave of jet-black nail colors. But we prefer this slightly warmer, creamier take, which is a chic compromise between ho-hum beige and summer's stark whites. 

Studio 54 Rose-Gold

Aila's shimmering shade of rose gold nail color called #LikeaBoss is one of our favorites for fall. It looks great stacked with jewelry and is more subtle than some of the chunky glitters that flooded our IG feeds all summer. 

Royal Velvet

We're asking you take the name of this pretty new fall shade seriously and break your typical rotation of almost-black fall purples. This vibrant shade from Deborah Lippmann is the perfect antidote for fall polish fatigue and is limited edition—making it all the more covetable. 

Oceanic Teal

Okay, so this plunge-worthy shade of teal is quintessentially fall, brand new from Oribe (manicurists obsess over these polishes!), and an enchanting alternative to fall's obvious shades of navy, sapphire, or emerald. 

Bewitched Black

Sorry, but we can't start talking about fall beauty trends without a little bit of haunted innuendo. Black Sugar from Tom Ford is mysterious and gorgeous pick for fall as it's not quite purple, not quite red, not quite black, but a rich, shimmering medley of all. 

Granny Smith Apple

FYI—Dior blessed us with four limited-edition nail polish shades for fall, and intermixed with a bold taupe (Rush Hour), a blue-gray (12 A.M.), a pretty plum (9 A.M.) lies this totally unexpected punch of chartreuse (called Rush Hour). Shades of green and yellow have been a constant for 2019, but this is the perfect beauty accent to crossover into fall. 

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