Boost your acceptance rate to Harvard with these cute preppy nails.
Characterized by clean lines and simple designs preppy nails make for an overall polished look. Pair a preppy nail manicure with classic styling and you’ve got a versatile look you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion.
Preppy nails usually feature classic colors and shapes, like pastels, neutrals, or nude shades on square or almond-shaped nails. Designs can be embellished with small details, like dots, tiny hearts, smiley faces, stripes, or stripes but overall the look is fun and put-together.
Here are some of my favorite preppy nails for you to bookmark for your next visit to the nail salon.
Cute preppy nails
Cheerful, fun-loving, and cute. What’s not to love about these preppy nails?
Valentine’s Day preppy nails
Try these adorable preppy pink French tip nails for this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Adorned with a deep red crystal accent nail on each ring finger, this manicure has flirty preppy nails written all over it.
White preppy nails with accent art
Love these beachy white gel nails with their prep schoolgirl vibes. Style with stacked rings and layered necklaces.
Bold preppy nails
Slightly bolder than your typical preppy nails, this orange and pink mani blends an eclectic mix of designs to create a fun look you can wear all over campus.
Simple preppy nails
These simple pastel preppy nails featuring a single white squiggle are understated and refined. This is nail art simple and elegant.
Classic preppy nails
Perfect with khakis pants or your prep school uniform, this classic preppy nail manicure is adorable with its mix-and-match subdued color tones.
French tip preppy nails
Love the combination of pastel French tips with dainty floral nail art. These preppy nails are both classy, chic, and understated.
Modern preppy nails
For a modern look with bold saturated colors and a variety of designs, these preppy nails are the perfect mani for a fun summer look.
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Swirled preppy nail design
Square-shaped nails are one of the most classic shapes for preppy nails and this set is no exception. The teal blue accent nail paired with swirl art is perfect for showing off your hands at your next musical showcase.
Summer preppy nails
Why choose one color when you can do each nail a separate punchy hue and add a pop of color to these classic summer preppy nails?
Feminine preppy nails
Looking for something more soft and feminine? Wear these nails with your best eyelet cotton dress or worn pale blue denim jacket.
Kim is an expert, with over 7 years in the nail art and makeup industry. She is an avid DIY nail artist and now contributing writer at BeautyStack.