Nails for the Workplace — What’s Applicable in 2023?


young professional woman holds coffee cup; she has short red nails

We haven’t mentioned nails in a protracted whereas — what are your ideas on nails for the workplace? Are there any guidelines in 2023? Are there any lengths, colours, or decorations which can be maybe not applicable for each workplace — or any that will increase eyebrows on Zoom? If somebody paid zero consideration to their nails, wouldn’t it have an effect on your opinion on whether or not they have been “polished”? (How do these responses change if we’re contemplating interview nails?!)

As I’ve mentioned earlier than… I’ve (no less than since my teenagers) saved very quick nails… if they’re barely lengthy they annoy me whereas typing. (YES, I even have scraggly cuticles, that are in all probability not best, however I actually assume aren’t actually seen until you’re about six inches away from my nails.) I grew my nails lengthy for my marriage ceremony, and earlier than that bought weekly manicures for the primary few weeks after I used to be engaged. I simply don’t benefit from the means of manicures very a lot, nor do I benefit from the chipped polish that appears to occur after a couple of days.

On the flip facet, I do know some girls have lengthy, curving nails, with all kinds of enjoyable designs and even gems and the like embedded of their nails. I really love the inventive designs and particulars on different individuals, however the size will get to me. Overly lengthy nails at all times, at all times make me surprise how on earth the particular person buttons their pants, not to mention sorts for various minutes.

The final time we mentioned work-appropriate nails (in 2017!), one reader had a wonderful level that what’s “applicable” is very regional.

From what I’m inform, nails are regional. Actually, particularly regional. There are areas right here within the NY suburbs the place most well-dressed girl have longish (possible acrylic) nails. In Manhattan, a weekly skilled utility of Mademoiselle or Ballet Slippers on a pure nail was customary. After I lived in rural PA, manicures have been for particular events, principally. I suppose my level is that what reads “stripper” in Muhlenberg seems customary in Massapequa.

However I additionally surprise how a lot social media has made it extra generational in addition to regional — in spite of everything, if plenty of 20-somethings are watching TikTokers with lengthy, inventive nails, does that now look “customary” to them?

What are your ideas, readers? How do you personally hold your nails? What, if any, nails would make you increase an eyebrow on the workplace? (Exterior the workplace, equivalent to on Zoom calls, would something increase an eyebrow?)

(How do the nail guidelines change for interviews? Curiously, the reader favorites for interviews — Ballet Slippers, Mademoiselle, and Sugar Daddy (all by Essie) — are all nonetheless obtainable years later.

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