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Chipped Nail Polish: The New Trend?

Today's New York Times reports on the dubious "trend" of having chipped nails. Apparently, having less-than-flawless nails is not a complete beauty disaster:

“Before, when nail polish was chipped you absolutely had to run and get it fixed,” said Ji Baek, the owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge and a manicure doyenne who has noticed the Olsens and Lindsay Lohan with less-than-impeccable polish. Now, clients like hers are “wearing perfectly-tailored clothes, they have $5,000 bags and equally fabulous shoes, but their nails are chipped and they’re saying, ‘I don’t care.’ They don’t want to be too perfect.”

Of course, Baek adds, there's a catch: “Chipping is cool, but chipping in a schleppy way when you don’t have a $5,000 handbag is not as cool." Oh, so that's all we need! Great.

Joking aside, the story explains that women, particularly the younger generation, don't flip out about having less-than-flawless manicures. While I agree that there are certain occasions (job interviews, your wedding) that require neater nails, I've always felt that life has bigger things to worry about than an imperfect manicure. Are you with me?

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rockymtnrob65 rockymtnrob65 7 years
Are you kidding me?!? When did this become fashionable?!? Personally, I find it absolutely disgusting, a total lack of class, and believe that it shows low self-esteem... It's simply GROSS!
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
I like chipped nails sometimes but not too extreme
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I can't say I'd purposely have chipped nails but it's refreshing that you don't have to immediately redo your nails when they are chipped.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
Sorry, but this does not fly with me. When I have chipped nails I fix them, or I take the polish off. I think it looks messy in any shade. When I see celebrities with chipped polish i can only think that there is no excuse. They've got the time and dollars to look fabulous.
newfoundlust newfoundlust 9 years
It depends on the color of the polish....chipped black, red or burgundy is too much for me.
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
more proof that the things that I do that no one likes at first always become trends a month later.
hvanness331 hvanness331 9 years
I am horrified. This is not a trend, this is just some lazy woman writing an article while looking down at her gnarly hands with chipped polish and wanting everyone to believe that she's "in the now."
shannon_jonas shannon_jonas 9 years
A little polish chipping isn't a huge deal because from far away, you can't even see it. It does bother me a tad when i have bareley no nail polish on my nails anymore. Then i take it off, even if its the cutest color everr.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
trend or no trend, i just love my nice no-chipped polish, especially when I'm using dark bold colors
misskimberly misskimberly 9 years
Honestly, I don't care how trendy this gets. When my polish chips, I always touch it up or remove it. Just looks really gross otherwise....
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
This Ji Baek sounds like an idiot.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
"During the 80's into the 90's there was a stronger sense of the Me-First, label conscious, consumerist attitude. That's gotten us, as a society, into a huge bit of a mess. I think we, as a culture, realize this and are personally growing out of it - each in our own way. Afterall, nothing says "Perfectly Pampered Pet" like perfectly lacquered claws." Good point.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i agree with CalliopePoppi. when i'm wearing a young color (hot pink or something), then i'm less likely to care if my nails are chipped. but if i'm wearing a dark, "sophisticated" color, i take it off as soon as it chips.
janellethechef janellethechef 9 years
Maybe its because I live in the south...but I was somewhat horrified by this article when I read it yesterday! Here in Dallas this would not fly!
brookrene brookrene 9 years
i cant stand chipped nails, i think it makes me look totally careless (and not in a good way). I choose to not wear any polish, because i dont want to give off a bad impression.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I usually end up with chipped nail polish like 2 days after I paint my nails, it tends to annoy me, so I usually repaint them. If I don't I start to pick at the nail polish and make more come off.
mannylove mannylove 9 years
Chipped polish doesn't bother me at all..unless I am going to a big event or something. I do my nails once a week & I love color most of the time, so after about 4 days or so they are chipped. I don't like doing them more often than once a week, so I just let them be until I feel like doing them again! Really, I don't think much about it once they've chipped!
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I like the pampering more than the actual nail polish when it comes to a manicure. I could care less about the nail polish. I just like having someone massage my hands while I sit back and relax.
soulight soulight 9 years
I personally hate when my nails chip, but I don't flip out about it. I would though if i had the time and money to fix every chip so I don't understand why the Lindsay Lohans of Hollywood wouldn't try to at least maintain an clean appearance when we really know that the only work they do starts at 11 pm and ends at 4 in the morning.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Not a trend I'll be on board with...
cookie23 cookie23 9 years
I totally agree. However when you are wearing darker nail polish and it chips it looks so much more noticable. A lighter sheer colr that has chipped ... not such a big deal. I am just noticing mine are chipped today
CalliopePoppi CalliopePoppi 9 years
i think sometimes chipped nail polish can look cute especially if you're wearing the kind of pink nailpolish that a 5 year old would choose -- but if you've chosen a darker or bolder color it does look messy... and there's only so much chipping before it starts making you feel dirty but i certainly agree that there are more serious matters in life than stressing about chipped nail polish!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Not a fan of the chipped polish look. I usually either don't wear polish or wear a very light shade so it's harder to see chips.
LArgent LArgent 9 years
That's so funny, I just left a comment on UK fab saying this was a bad habit of mine, I have partially painted pink nails as we speak. The thing is, I love bright nails, but just never get around to re-painting them, hence the shabby look. I have been secretly passing this off in my mind as 'grunge chic' for years though, so I am glad the NY Times agrees! Do you think Kate Moss has perfectly painted nails?
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