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Are french manicures 'cheap looking' and make me 'common'?

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booksrock Fri 22-Jan-16 08:25:44

My nails have finally grown to a lovely length and I spent ages yesterday giving myself a French manicure look, with white tips. I thought it looked ok considering I did it all myself. All natural, no plastic or artificial things added, just paint.

However I was reading today that its a dated and 'chavy' look - is this true? I was going for elegant and classic looking! What is classy on nails?

mrsmugoo Fri 22-Jan-16 08:29:40

In all honesty I do think that look is dated now.

The modern nail trend tends to favour a pointier shape and neutral "greige" colours are very in at the moment. Or go for something vampy like a blackened red.

katiegg Fri 22-Jan-16 08:36:53

I actually like a French manicure like you describe (polish directly on the nail, no gel, acrylic etc). I can't have long or painted nails for work, and would tend to do a French manicure on my nails if I have somewhere to go like a wedding. and it has the added bonus of making my nails look longer than they actually are!

I'd say if you like it, stick with it. personally, I think long, pointy acrylic nails look awful, no matter what colour they are painted.

KoalaDownUnder Fri 22-Jan-16 08:39:21

Aaah, sorry - but if I'm completely honest, I do think they look a bit tacky. sad

Panadbois Fri 22-Jan-16 08:41:40

If not too square and not too long, I think they look very smart.

slebmum1 Fri 22-Jan-16 08:44:12

I like it but not on horrible square acrylics.

Ancienchateau Fri 22-Jan-16 08:45:05

I think they are dated / fake looking and in line with acrylic nails. If the tips are not too white and the nail not too long, then they are ok. I think classy nails are natural or painted a dullish colour (black, grey etc) and quite short. Nail art and long acrylics are definitely out where I live.

5608Carrie Fri 22-Jan-16 08:49:13

I think it is quite classic provided you don't also wear false tan and keep the white tips shorter and not square.

Noeuf Fri 22-Jan-16 08:51:38

No I think it's just a classic look. Maybe if you are in a high fashion industry but for every day normal people I don't think it is dated. In fact I'm getting one this weekend.

ABetaDad1 Fri 22-Jan-16 08:54:17

If I see women with a French manicure and especially square cut I always think 'footballers wives'.

Women in professional managerial jobs should be careful not to make their hands too noticeable. Most people unconsciously use their hands to express themselves while talking. I find it distracting if people have decorated or brightly coloured nails. Sorry but people form impressions based on appearances.

PurpleDaisies Fri 22-Jan-16 08:56:35

I think it looks nice, but I really dislike most of the current nail trends I see round here at the moment (hate pointy talons, hate fake nails, hate having different designs on different nails, hate gel polish).

If you like it, don't worry about what anyone else says.

Fugghetaboutit Fri 22-Jan-16 08:56:41

I prefer just a nude pink all over colour and rounded tips. Square tips with French manicure is quite 2001

mrsjskelton Fri 22-Jan-16 09:00:37

It depends how they are done. I think false French is very tacky but on long, carefully manicured nails it will always be one of the classic looks. Have a look at some different nail shapes to modernise the look - the ballerina and almond shapes are very popular and to to date and the French looks beautiful on them. Don't forget the value of getting them done by a beauty therapist! We know the right balance of white/nude for your nails smile

JustAnotherYellowBelly Fri 22-Jan-16 09:01:09

Around here "the look" seems to be block colour with something different on the ring finger.
Everyone has it, from management down.

Nabootique Fri 22-Jan-16 09:15:47

I agree with 5608Carrie. Those look really nice.

It's the long, squared off fake ones with French manicures that are tacky IMO, as PPs have said.

Bodicea Fri 22-Jan-16 09:22:15

Short, round and tips not too white looks fine.
A nice nude pink colour is nice.
I think the classiest nails are short dark colours that are glossy but don't have any shimmer or sparkle in them - think rouge noir. High maintenance though, lasts about half a day on me!!!

NNalreadyinuse Fri 22-Jan-16 09:29:21

I like a french manicure so long as the white bit is a natural shade of white and not a super bright 'glow in the dark' white. I also think it looks nicest on bails which are not too long.

I really hate the current trend of pointy long nails - they look like claws. Urgh!

WilLiAmHerschel Fri 22-Jan-16 09:32:54

Am I the only one who had no idea there was such a complicated world of nail styles?!

burnishedsilver Fri 22-Jan-16 09:35:44

Now that you mention it, yes they are pretty dated looking. They're not "cheap and common" looking, unless you're talking about long artificial nails.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Fri 22-Jan-16 09:37:56

I get mine done in a French sometimes, but it does feel a bit WAG especially as they grow. carrie's example is lovely though, just the perfect nail shape and white line.

currently I have a lovely dark sea green with a glitter accent ring finger! ...maybe I live near justanotheryellowbelly

Very NOT keen on the pointy extreme almondy shape that seems to be coming in, but I do like the darker colours, always feel like my hands belong to a stranger if I have a French or pastel colour.

CallieTorres Fri 22-Jan-16 09:38:08

on your real nail, and done well, not too thick - not dated,

on a fake thick plastic looking nail -ew!!

madmomma Fri 22-Jan-16 09:41:41

Dated, sorry. I'd just use the pale pink all over rather than adding the white

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 22-Jan-16 09:44:59

I like an understated FM look but not the Essex FM look ( hmm, i think Essex FM might be a radio station confused ) the obviously fake square bright white thick plastic shit looking nails where the nail bed is only 25% of the nail length.

I live in Essex. I love Essex but my God, it's the County Where Style Comes To Die .

My DD got some false nails for Christmas, they looked really nice on her (short French petite)
I have very small nails but they looked wrong on me.

A 'proper' FM with a short nail and fine white free edge looks clean and classic

VertigoNun Fri 22-Jan-16 09:51:20

Yes they are dated. I don't see the problem with dated <shrugs> if you like the look go for it.

Pantone363 Fri 22-Jan-16 09:51:58


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