The over-the-top, super-embellished, even architectural nail-art creations of seasons past took a break for the fall shows. For the most part, nails went back to basics, with toned-down textures, sophisticated patterns, and lots and lots of neutral color.

Just because you opt for a non-color, neutral nail polish, doesn’t mean your manicure will be boring. The nail polish trends on the fall runways are proof that muted colors can, indeed, make a statement. There are small tricks and finishes that you can use to make your nails stand out in a chic, understated way. So go on, pick a color in a conservative hue and watch how many people will comment on your nails.

Below are a few of the upcoming nail looks:

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