You've got your of-the-minute colored denim, your Warby Parker glasses, and your wedge espadrilles, but don't leave the house this summer without the season's hottest accessory—seriously bangin' nails. On hands and feet, a hot summer polish is the best way to top off a maxi dress, miniskirt, or teeny bikini. Take one of these nine polishes to your next mani-pedi and get ready to rock the beach—or the boardroom.
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream
From her Spring 2012 collection, Deborah Lippmann’s nail lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream is the polish of the season. Is it green, or is it blue? Shimmery or pearly? Fun and frothy or formal and fancy? All of the above! (_$18, Lippmanncollection.com_)
Remember when you used to put Wite-Out on your fingertips to approximate a ladylike French mani? Be an adult and go all the way with this luxe-ly opaque white polish. It’s perfect for formal summer occasions. (_$8.50, Target_)
Summer reds need just a touch of poppy pink to stay bright and seasonal (save the vampy blood tones for fall and winter). Nicole by OPI’s lacquer in Keep it Real is the best seasonal red we’ve seen—bright and happy, never morose. (_$7, Walmart_)
Orange, tangerine, and coral shades have been the toast of the town all year. Indulge in a little trendiness with Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in Orange Fix. At only $3.99 per bottle, you can try the whole collection. (_$3.99, drugstores_)
As part of their The Shops at Target program, Target is bringing goods from the country’s best boutiques to the masses with small, limited-edition collections. This polish from the Cos Bar at Target collab is a gorgeous swirly metallic purple. (_$3, Target_)