Nail Color to Wear With a Black Dress and Pearls

Magazine editor Devorah Rose finishes a black dress and pearls with a classic red manicure at a New York City benefit in 2013.
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A little black dress may conjure up sassy and sultry, but when paired with a string of pearls, the look is all about class. Elegant and refined, a black frock and pearls require similar styling -- look for nail colors that complement your classic ensemble, instead of detracting from it.

1 Subtle and Sweet

Embrace a ladylike vibe: Team your black dress and pearls with soft shades. Opt for a classic pale pink or barely-there peach, or rock a neutral hue, such as ivory, cream or buff. Select a shiny creme lacquer or an iridescent finish with subtle shimmer.

2 Bold and Sophisticated

Traditional black holds up well against bold, eye-catching colors, but pearls require that the shade remains classic versus eccentric. Opt for a true candy-apple red hue with an ultrashiny finish, which is appropriate year-round. In fall and winter, burgundy, maroon or deep plum shades yield a similarly elegant impression -- but with a sultry, mysterious twist.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.