The Great Blue Social Experiment

It actually didn’t start as a social experiment. It started as a simple exercise in self-pedicure. Summertime…sandals…toenail polish. I went out on a limb and used a really cool metallic navy blue color despite my relatively conservative banking job, figuring I wear mostly closed toe shoes to work anyway and really, if I’m judged by my coworkers for the color of my toenails, I thought, it says more about them than about me. So blue it was. I had no idea it would turn into such an interesting social experiment. Not only did everyone I encountered who clearly saw my toes feel compelled to comment on them, but they all had a different opinion of what blue toenails “say.” They talk??? I can’t hear them! Here are some of the unintentional messages my toes communicated during the experimental period:

  • Fun
  • Juvenile
  • Sexy
  • Silly
  • Aggressive
  • Badass
  • Stupid
  • Pretty (my always-reliable sons can be counted on for positive feedback)

I’m sure there were others, but those come to mind first. Seriously, who knew toenails and the color they are painted could say so much to so many people!

Now I’m inclined to try others, but certainly not back to back or it would be too obvious. I think next up will be deep purple, but first we’ll go to a nice sparkly red. Which might say “Happy July 4” or they may say “F%$# me” as some red nails seem to imply. I guess the message is in the mind of the beholder.

What do your toenails say about you?

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