As we say goodbye to summer we also say goodbye to our warm-weather clothing and get ready to layer up with our fall and winter clothes. Usually this means dressing in duller colors, often black or gray sweaters or jackets instead of the bright blues, oranges, yellows, and reds that often dominate our summer styles. With our changing wardrobe colors, our choice in nail colors should also change to match. Here are some tips for keeping your nails looking great while matching the fall and winter color schemes.

If you’re particularly fond of certain colors, and are scared to change it up too much, chances are the nail polish brand sells a similar color in a darker hue. If you wear baby blue in the summer months, look for a royal blue for fall, or a navy blue for winter.

Woman wearing green nailpolish.

If you’re ready to try some new looks there are plenty of options that work well with a cold-weather ensemble. For fall time, think about the colors of the leaves, pumpkins, spices like cinnamon, and hot toddies. These are deep ambers, oranges, chocolate browns, and dark reds. Look at your favorite sweaters as you take them out of storage and think about what colors would go well with them. If you want to match the sweater that is always a safe bet, but you can also take a completely contrasting color to make things more interesting. For example, if your go-to sweater is a dull mauve, go with a similarly dull shade or orange or green. If you wear a lot of black in the cool months, your choices are broadened, as most colors go well with black. Other colors to consider during the fall are forest green, dusty teal, nude, and a soft mauve.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, as the weather turns to winter you can try and match the ice and frost by going with shiny, sparkly nail polish to bring out the ice queen lurking inside. There are a ton of nail polishes with glitter and shine but you want to make sure you choose the right color to fit the season. A metallic finish in the nail polish really adds another layer to the look. There are great metallic starry blue polishes with just enough glitter make your nails look like the winter night sky. A glossy metallic deep red will emulate that big glass of red wine that fits winter nights so well. Shiny and glittery silvers and white of course will go perfectly with the icicles and snow that winter brings, and a holographic white will add just enough tones of color to keep things interesting.