The spring/ summer 2021 nail trends are here, and while they’re not as intricate or dramatic as what we’ve seen in previous seasons, we still felt inspired by them.

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Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends
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Backstage at a fashion show, there’s always a flurry of activity, with makeup artists, stylists, models, and manicurists all fleeting about, trying to make things happen. This time around, fashion shows had to be pared back (if they were happening at all), and one of the things to be cut was dramatic manicures.

It’s not that there was no nail polish at all! While most models rocked simple nude or glossy nails, the summer 2021 nail polish trends still featured some simple colors like pink or black. Shapes were also mostly short and convenient, but there were some dramatic stiletto press-ons for those who would like to have a lot of room to work on their spring nail designs.

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Shapes

To start, let’s focus on the most common nail shapes into which nails were filed on the spring/ summer runways!

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#1. Short Nails

For the most part, models got to keep their nails short this season, with the tip of the nail not even peeking past the tips of the fingers. It’s a comfortable and down-to-earth nail length that still allows for some fun colors! We saw such short nails everywhere, from Fendi to Chanel and more.

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Short Nails

#2. Oval Nails

Slightly longer oval nails were also a great, classic choice. While oval nails are a little longer, they’re still very practical with a natural look. This was the nail shape for most of the models at Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain this year. We also spotted some well-manicured but otherwise bare oval nails at Burberry.  

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Oval Nails

#3. Ultra-Long Nails

Long, sharp nails offered a pretty big contrast to the short, practical nails on most other runways. They were noticeable, dangerous, and fantastical, offering a nice bit of escapism. 

Mar y Sol was responsible for the dramatic nails at Christian Cowan. Models rocked long, sharp stiletto nails covered in either shiny black or red nail polish. It was a little surprising to see lightly shimmery stilettos at Balenciaga, on the other hand. We also spotted sharp, dramatic nails at Chromat, Vivienne Westwood, and Rebecca Minkoff.

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Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Long Nails

Nails were mostly kept simple on the runway, but there were still some nail polish options worth exploring!

#4. Sheer Polish

The most common of the spring 2021 nail ideas wasn’t really a design or a color. Models sported bare-looking nails, perhaps very slightly enhanced with a reflective topcoat. Nothing could be simpler!

Some of the labels that decided to keep things simple with bare-looking nails included Givenchy, Balmain, Anna Sui, Alberta Ferretti, Versace, and many others.

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Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Sheer Nail Polish

#5. Pink Nails

Pink was the most major nail color in the spring 2021 nail trends. It’s a classic color, of course, with a comforting touch that often evokes childhood memories.

The shade of pink polish in the Tom Ford lookbook was more of a cool bubblegum pink, and it added a playful, put-together vibe to the relaxed garments. There were a few different colors on display at Fendi, but the pink of choice was also a sweet, bright pink.

For those who like even softer pinks, we spotted some adorable pastel nude nails at Badgley Mischka!

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Pink Nails

#6. Neutral Nails

There’s a difference between a sheer, no-polish look and a nude nail. Nude nails are like a nude pump for the fingers – they mimic the skin tone and elongate the nails, with even the tips hidden with polish.

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This nail design stood out at Jason Wu, in particular, where it fit in well with the understated collection. We also spotted some models rocking nude nails at Miu Miu, Zimmermann, and Michael Kors.

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Neutral/ Nude Nails

#7. Black Nails

We always see black nail polish on the runways, but every season it gives off a slightly different effect. For the spring 2021 nail trends, black polish was entirely elegant and classy.

We loved the combination of black nails with the preppy outfits at Chanel. The dark shade elevated the outfits and added a touch of sophistication.

It was all about a rock ‘n roll look at Rebecca Minkoff, where models sported long black nails decorated with white stars. While most models rocked nude nails at Michael Kors, a few changed things up with black polish.

Spring/ Summer 2021 Nail Trends: Black Nails

Photos via Vogue, Livingly

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