Princess Pedicure

Sunny days have arrived! The much-anticipated spring sunshine is finally here, and with it comes wonderful spring and summer fashions! Rejoice! Sundresses, floral prints and sandals! Open toed shoes are a marvel of modern fashion. 100 years ago, women simply didn’t wear open-toed shoes. Nowadays, we practically live in them from April to September. And with those adorable peep toes, Jack Rogers and strappy sandals comes the pedicures.

Let’s say you got a little bit lazy this winter. Perhaps your pedicure wasn’t always “princess perfect.” That’s okay, we understand. It’s cold, and you’re wearing boots anyways. But the moment that that spring sunshine arrives, you need to find the closest nail salon, stat. I demand you stick to this very simple Modern Princess Commandment: “Thou Shalt Be Pedicured.”


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Having a pedicure is an easy way to step closer to “princess perfect.” While there are a few pictures out there where Kate isn’t pedicured, I really think her barefoot request was a surprise – had she known she was going to be showing off her toes, she would have lacquered them! So to get that princess pedicure, think – What would Kate do?

She would get a pedicure.

Yes, with a good scrub and a steady hand, you can paint your own toes. But nothing looks as shiny, well-done and perfect as a salon pedicure. If your budget just won’t stretch for bi-weekly pedicures (a good pedicure should last AT LEAST two weeks!), then get one once a month and either have a polish change or change the polish yourself at home (again – steady hand!)

But what color is princess appropriate? Well, the best way to know is to look at the Duchess herself!

Kate Middleton-inspired Pedicure

Royal Red

The Duchess of Cambridge has painted her toes a ravishing shade of red quite a few times. Red toes are classic and timeless, suiting Donna Reed as well as it suits Kate. For a classier look, stick to darker reds or more wine/burgundy tones. Anything that is too “fire engine” can lean towards cheesy or cheap.

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Classy & Clear

There is something effortless about clear painted toes. While some people cannot stand a clear pedicure, it sends a message of natural beauty and refinement, as if the toes always look that nice and shiny. It is also extremely easy to keep up with, and some salons might offer a discounted pedicure price for a lack of color.

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Perfectly Pink

This isn’t your Malibu Barbie hot pink – this is soft, pretty, feminine perfectly pink. Hot pink is for Valley girls. Perfectly pink is for princesses. The light, soft, blushy tones are all the rage this year, and will complement any shoe, sandal and skintone nicely. Kate has sported this shade on her toes and her fingers, as it is a graceful yet girly shade.

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Stick to these “princess pedicure” shades and you might find
Prince Charming offering you a glass slipper (to show off the toes, of course!)


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Christine is the editor of What Would Kate Do? and The Refined Side. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading with a cup of tea. Her interests lie in history, etiquette, and consumer culture. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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9 Comments on Princess Pedicure

  1. Taylor
    July 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t mean to be rude at all, but I really took some offense to the way you categorized all sorority girls in this article as “freak(s) in the sheets.” I am a member of a sorority and I would never describe myself as such. My chapter (Phi Mu at American University)is really working to change the image the general public has about sorority girls from the one you describe in this article to one that shows us as classy, compassionate, charitable, hardworking, and down-to-earth women. I imagine the comment in this article would upset all the girls in my chapter as it is the exact stereotypical judgement we are working to change. It is possible to be a classy, princess-like sorority girl — I consider myself to be living proof.

    • The Heiress
      July 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Taylor, thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I sent you an e-mail and I hope you accept my apologies! You are absolutely correct – classy, princess-like sorority girls are all around us!