Silver dress? Here are the Most Complimentary Nail Colors

So you have a silver dress and you’re not sure what color nail polish to wear with it. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! In this post, we’ll look at what color nail polish goes with a silver dress.

We’re about to dive pretty deep into this.

So for those of you with parties to get to, here’s the short answer to what color nail polish goes with a silver dress:

Black, White, Light Gray, and Navy nail polish go with a silver dress. You can also wear light pastels like coral, peach, seafoam green, sky blue, blush, and lemon yellow. Emerald green, Cobalt blue, and Cool Red nail polishes will also work. Mint green and turquoise nails go well with a silver dress. 

Great! You now have an idea of what nail polish colors complement a silver or silver-gray dress.

But wait!

Before you grab that polish bottle, let’s learn a bit more about the vibes these colors create when you put them with silver.

I’ll also suggest some exact nail polish colors that will go with a silver or silver-gray dress.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What colors go well with silver?

what colors gjo with silver

Silver and gray are very closely related. In fact, a lot of silver dresses will technically be gray.

True silver is metallic, which means it is highly reflective and contains very little pigment or color at all. It basically just reflects the colors that surround it.

So for color matching purposes, it might be helpful for you to think of silver as a shinier version of gray.

This means that any color that goes well with gray will also look good with silver.

Whether your dress is true silver or silver-grey, you are working with a neutral color.

This is great news for color matching because it gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to your nail polish.

You can wear just about any color with a silver dress, however, because silver is a cool color, you might want to stick to colors on the cool side of the spectrum like blue, green, and purple.

Or colors with a cool base, like blue-based reds for example.

Let’s take a look at some of your options. We’ll start with neutrals.

Neutral polish colors that work best with a silver dress

neutral colors that go with silver

Technically, silver is a neutral color.

So you can wear any other neutral nail polish with a silver dress.

However, some neutrals, like ivory, for example, are warm-based, and personally, I don’t like them as much with silver.

Here are my favorite nail polish colors to pair with silver:


Not everyone can pull off black nail polish, and boy does it show those chips!

But if you want a high-contrast look that’s bold, edgy, and oozing with drama, then black nails may be the best choice for you.

Pro-tip – if you’re a ghost-face like me then go for a vampy purple shade that almost looks black. It will look way less goth.

I can recommend OPI’s Lincoln park after dark as a great alternative to jet black.


White nails with your silver dress will give you a look that’s clean, minimalist, and classy.

If you want a look that’s modern and chic, then white nails are a great option.

There are endless white nail polish shades to choose from, so you can definitely find one that matches your dress perfectly.

I like Essie’s Blanc as a simple, versatile, and elegant white nail polish shade.

Friendly advice. White nails mean you’re single on TikTok, you’ve been warned!


Navy nails are posh, sophisticated, and ultra-chic. Also surprisingly versatile!

Silver and navy blue go very well together because they are both cool colors.

Your nails will also look amazing with blue jeans the next day!

If a luxury look is what you’re after – maybe for a formal event like prom or a wedding – paint those nails navy and everyone will think you’re expensive darling!

Light gray

Light gray is a perfect choice if you want a more tonal look.

Pale gray nail polish is not going to draw too much attention to itself, so it’s great if you want all eyes on that shiny dress!

My favorite light gray nail polish shade is Essie’s Cocktail Bling.

It looks amazing with silver.

I wear it all the time and have yet to find an outfit it doesn’t go with!

Pastel colors that go with a silver dress

pastel colors that go with silver

Awesome news!

Any and all pastel nail polish shades will work well with your silver dress – yay!

Pastels work so well with silver, they also minimize the contrast level.

With pastel shades of yellow, blue, green, purple, or pink you can create a flowing, seamless, feminine, and romantic look.

Think sea green, lilac and lavender, lemon, sky blue, and baby pink.

A good tip for staying on trend with pastels is to look at the latest spring and summer nail polish collections.

They always have the best selection of cute pastel shades.

Cool-toned colors that go with a silver dress

Silver is a cool color and personally, I prefer to match silver with other cool-toned colors.

Don’t get me wrong – you can wear silver and gold or silver and warm red if you want – it doesn’t clash per se.

But a cool-toned red like watermelon red is always going to harmonize better because of the tonal match.

If you want to wear red nail polish with your silver dress, my advice would be to look for a cool-based red with a lot of blue in it.

Here’s a few examples of cool-reds from Zoya:

  • Journey
  • Nidhi
  • America
  • Asia
  • Elisa
  • Donnie

Other cool nail polish colors that work with silver are:

  • Blue (any shade)
  • Cool greens (like Zoya’s Ness, Giovanna, Hunter, or Shawn)
  • Purple (any shade)

Be careful with greens, you don’t want anything really warm. Steer clear of yellow-based shades like lime green or chartreuse – these don’t match as well with silver.

Jewel tones that work with a silver dress

Silver pairs beautifully with most jewel tones, so it’s really up to your personal preference.

If you want to go all out with glamour, then try a rich and luxurious shade like ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, or amethyst purple.

These colors will add some sparkle and elegance to your look.

Other colors that go with a silver dress

Still haven’t found your perfect match?

Here are a few other colors that will look great with a silver dress:

  • Mint green
  • Cobalt blue
  • Turquoise and teal
  • Peach

Tips for matching polish to a silver dress

Here are my best tips to help you find a perfect polish match.

  • Start with the tone of your dress.

When choosing a nail color to match a silver dress, think about the tone of the dress. Ask yourself, is it warm, or is it cool? A quick Google search to show the difference between warm and cool colors should help.

  • Think about your personal style

What nail colors best suit your personal taste and style? If you like an edgy look, black might be the best choice, but if you love your girly style – then a pastel is going to appeal more.

  • Consider your skin tone

Cool nail polish shades look best on cool skin tones and vice versa. This is something worth thinking about when you’re looking at nail polish colors. If you’re interested to learn more about how to match nail polish to your skintone check out this post.

  • Base your choice on the type of event

If you’re going to a formal event, then a darker color might be more appropriate than if you’re just going out for drinks with friends.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to matching polish to your dress, but thinking about these things will help you make a more informed choice.

  • Consider the time of year

Some colors can read as seasonal. For example, I wouldn’t recommend wearing a bright canary yellow polish in the middle of winter when everything is covered in white snow!

As a general rule, think brights and pastels for spring and summer, and muted earthy colors or berry colors and bold shades in fall and winter.

Final thoughts:

Choosing the right nail color to match a silver dress can be a daunting task, but following these tips will help you find the perfect shade for your look. Consider the tone of the dress, your personal style, and your skin tone to make the best decision. With so many colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you!

I hope I gave you some good inspo for what color nail polish goes with a silver dress.

Thanks for reading 🙂


  • Phoebe Meadows

    Phoebe Meadows is a self-proclaimed nail addict, always on the lookout for the latest trends and techniques. When she's not creating stunning nail designs, you can find her researching the latest nail care products or experimenting with new techniques.