Buh-Bye Black: It's All About Red Nails Like Ashlee's

02/02/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

It looks like trend-setting celeb fingertips are moving on. Stars from Ashlee Simpson to Hilary Duff to Nicole Richie are trading their Goth-inspired black nail polish for classic candy-apple red. Still a bold statement, but a lot easier to swallow for most of us. And it only gets lighter from here — we hear that white polish is making a big comeback too, just in time for the mod trend for spring. Tell us: Will you wear red? Are you ready to give up black polish?

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Jamie on

New Nails – Check!
New Hair – Check!
New Chin – Check!
New Nose – Check!

Nicky on

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.Ilove those sunglasses. Does anyone know what brand those are?

Crystal Beach girl on

Ashley does look a lot better then she used to look like. To me, she looks better then her sister. But as for the red nails, it looks better if the nails are longer. But each to their own. I can’t wear polish anyways. But if I could, I’d wear a nice pink.

Miia on

I have never been a fan of red nail polish, but worn on short nails, as Ashlee has done, it does look nice. It definetly looks much better than black nail polish, which just makes you look like you’re trying too hard.

On another note, Ashlee looks amazing, and more importantly HAPPY!!!

Anne on

I’ve been sporting the black nail polish before the celebs and I’m still sticking to it. It looks so classy (when not chipped of course). If I want to wear red, I opt for darker wine tones.

Cristina on


Kristin on

So let me guess, a classic like red is back in style??




j on

i never stopped wearing red. give me a break.

Michal on

THIS is trend-setting? Ok…

Frab on

I’m not wearing any nail polish just because it’s a “trend”. I wear whatever I feel like wearing.

beth on

Yep, I’m wearing red nailpolish now, but it’s darker than what Ashlee is shown wearing. I have a whole case of nail polish – and I’m always buying more. I will wear this color, and other funky ones when the weather warms up!

Lola on

I’ve always worn red and black nail polish so it wouldn’t be a matter of giving up one for the other ~ I may try white polish though

Michelle on

Love the red polish. Black was OK for fall, but red is glorious for spring!

funfun100 on

For them it’s red now…..for me it was red ages ago!!

tiffany on

I think the red nail polish is very cute. However, I have to ask why do people care what color a celebrities nails are?

Jenn on

I love red so that’s definitely a trend I will follow. I do also like the black nail polish with certain outfits, so I’ll keep doing that as well too.

BC on

Well I must say that red nails are better then black. The Sunglasses are UGLY.

Colette on

I, like many others here, have been wearing both shades for a very long time. In fact, I’m sporting short red nails at this very moment. I don’t care if black is “out”, I will continue to wear it and love it.

Bo on

Are you kidding me!!!!???? I’ve been wearing RED for the entire 2006, what does she know about nails??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!
Red is OVER for me, although I haven’t tried black yet. I hate when I’m always the opposite of the “trend”.

mssoccerbunny on

Like a lot of other posters here, I have been wearing red this entire Winter season. I have different variations of red, and they look great on my short nails.

I was never in to the black nail color. Way too trendy for me. I’m not the type of person to wear something just because everyone else is.

Linds on

Seriously!!? When DID red go out of style?? I thought that black was kind of gross….it looks like when you put black olives on your fingers when you were a kid!

Elda on

I agree with Jamie, a whole new Ashlee!! Maybe she should change her name and then she’ll be a whole new person!!

Stephanie K on

try white — its interesting and makes you look tan.

Tayme on

Holy moly, I didn’t know red nail polish was the “in” color on the nails….? I thought red has always been around? (Note the sarcasm) How about this…. we’re not all robots, we don’t all copy the celebs, some of us do what we want whether it’s “in” or not. I can give a rats crap if Ashlee is wearing it or not. I’ll wear red or black any time I feel like it, and if it’s Summer, oh lordy, give me a citation for red nail polish when I should be wearing green, LOL. I have always worn the color red, and I love the darker reds with my long nails.

Kristen on

Linds… the black olives comment was funny! I was always kinda afraid of the black polish thing. I’m from south Louisiana and people around here thought it was weird. But I’m always into red… every shade of red.

Kristen Y on

I think you shouldn’t follow the media! What’z hot one minute, will be cold the next. When it comes to my nails,
I think about what I’m going to wear, and will it go, but that’s all. What would the world be like with out variety?
If you think it looks nice, who cares what the next person says about it. By the way, Ashlee’s nails look nice on her.

rachel b. on

YES!!! Red is nicer than Black.

Nadine on

I love both nail colors: red and black, but I found dark blue nail polish (remember Emily Blunt from ‘The devil wears prada’?) and it looks REAALLYYY good. Don’t be afraid to find something new, girls ;]

madders on

black was fine for fall or winter, but now that spring is well on its way, red is the way to go. my favourite red shade is *suprisingly* New York Colour “nail glossies #223”. its super cheap, which i love, but it also comes out super smooth and without streaks.

JEnnifer Smith on

Okay seriously, I have to agree, because last time I checked, certain things never go out of style; a little black dress, jeans, long coats, and red nailpolish. And the black thing, give me a break, half of the women that wore black nail polish this season are the same chicks that make fun of goths for being weird.

Juri on

nice sunlglasses can you say 80s

Melanie on

I have never worn the black on my nails. It looks horrible!! Red is much better than black. Any color is better!!

becky on

for the past few months i have been wearing OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark” which is a deep plum so it seems almost black but recently i had the urge to try a red/wine color. to me it is a big transition just to have color instead of a french manicure on my nails. i love both.

Courtney77 on

I love black nails and Im still sticking with them. Once you go black, I just cant go back!!

Jessica on

I like red nails way better then black. I have red on right now and it looks classy!

Angela Seal on

Well I really do not get this, either PEOPLE had nothing else to write about or the public is obsessed with “stars” and celebs. My point is, its freakin nail polish, who cares? Its sad enough some people take this kinda of crap seriously, I mean god forbid if she starts wearing pink…good lord.

~*morgan*~ on

i love candy apple red i wear it all the time!!
the only time i wear black is when i have gold nails
with black tips….but yes,it looks super cute…
and her sunglasses r cute too!!! much love miss.simpson!!!!!

Joshua on

Let’s face it – this girl has been a trainwreck since day 1.

nidah on

ehhhhh who wears blackkkk…ehhh….what are u gothic or something….

melissa on

I am guilty of being pulled into this whole “what the celebs are doing,” and frankly I won’t be surprised when we are all wondering what toilet paper they are wiping with so we can use the same stuff!

Amie on

black, red, white….i’ve done it all!!
and i love all of them

as long as the color stands out!

AndiM on

Nah, i think i’ll stick 2 my black polish…it’s not goth at all..i think it’s quite classy!!! And u cant wear read nails with everything!!!

LJ on

i just love red. I’d wear it all the time. by the way, i like the sun glasses she’s wearing. where can i get that exact same one? the photo doesnt provide info about it so yea, can anyone help me out?

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