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    Is there anyone here(male) that wears nail polish? I myself wear black, and really like the way it looks. It gives a little extra touch. Like when im at work, dressed little better, i feel it gives me an certain edge. Like "That dude looks like a total squere. What does he ewer do thats fun! Hey, wait a minute..HES WEARING BLACK NAIL POLISH!! Freak...."

    And i can wear nail polish, with out feeling like a woman, or a "lesser" man. What do people think?. And i would love to hear womens thoughts on the matter

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    I used to do orange and black at different times. I was very young then but I still did it. I don't think I would like to wear it now. I don't feel the need. I think it is more of a womanly thing to wear a nice red or pink color to compliment their attire for the day. For men though... I guess I just don't see it.

    If that works for you then keep on. It sounds like you have a very interesting way of wearing it and it make perfect sence! You have a great reason and I would consider wearing in that scenario but I am not in the scenario because I am a lifequard and no one at a fancy pants Country Club wants to see an employee with polish on. They are strange people like that. They need things to be classy and I guess I wouldn't fit the bill if I wore nail polish of any color.

    I guess I don't think I'm a square or come accross as one so I am safe for now...

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    You can make a statement that you're not the stereotypical macho guy without having to wear nail polish or put on make-up or partake in other such female behaviors. For instance, wear a pink dress shirt with your black suit instead of the typical white shirt. It gives that little "extra touch" without being too effeminate.

    I wear a pink polo shirt out to the bars sometimes, and I've received nothing but positive reactions from women. It demonstrates that you are confident enough in your masculinity to wear a traditionally feminine color and are courageous enough to face the potentially negative comments and reactions coming from other men.

    And I would also like to add that most straight women would be turned off by a man wearing nail polish. However, the pink shirt sends a similar message as the nail polish, only it's more subtle and is not a turn-off to women. You don't want to be too in-your-face about sending the message that you're anti-macho, because then you risk sending the wrong message--that you're homosexual or that you're trying to hard. Just my humble opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman
    And I would also like to add that most straight women would be turned off by a man wearing nail polish.
    Would they? Based on what data?

    Just curious.

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    Yeah, I used to wear nail polish a while back. I was going through this phase where I wanted to quit chewing my nails. A female friend recommend using nail polish. She said if they looked pretty enough you'd probably wouldn't want to chew them, plus the fact that I wouldn't want Nail Polish Oil in my mouth. At the end it never worked but it was okay. I really didn't fell any different plus I don't think much people noticed. It was a really light pink, probably more like clear.

    Peace, keep up the Nail Polish thing, I think it sounds cool. Definitely adds a little funky into the boring work day. Let the ladies know you got a dark side, you never know what might happen.

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    I paint my thumbnails dark blue. I think I originally did it for the transgressive value but I've been doing it now for about 12 years so I think It's mainly habit. Stragely enough I get way more compliments on it now than I did when I was younger. I think if you're in a suit and tie job it might have a bit of thumb your nose at "the man" value. I think for some people it's just icing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnvYuS

    I guess I don't think I'm a square or come accross as one so I am safe for now...
    Well. i wouldnt call my self a square Meaning. I dont look like Napoleon Dynamite or anything like that. Or i dont sit at home 15 hours a day, watching star trek re runs. Dont get my wrong, im nerdy, but to balance it out. I have quite few tattoos in my arms, and im getting ready to have a ful sleeve(that means my whole arm tattooed, if anyone doesnt now :P ). I have a dark side to me, like nsamadi said. And the nail polish thing is one aspect of that. It brings a little mystery to play. Like some cool vampyre type thing And its also linked to the music a lissen, because lately i have been lissening a LOT of AFI. And they are a punk band,with romantic Tim Burton type influences, i would say.

    So im definetly going to be wearing it, as long as it isnt boring And i also would like to hear some insight to this that roman said

    And I would also like to add that most straight women would be turned off by a man wearing nail polish
    Maybe the ladies could give there side of things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman

    I wear a pink polo shirt out to the bars sometimes, and I've received nothing but positive reactions from women. It demonstrates that you are confident enough in your masculinity to wear a traditionally feminine color and are courageous enough to face the potentially negative comments and reactions coming from other men.
    The first thing that popped to my head was. "Isnt pink trendy now?". Because all the FAB5 thing etc. So its in a way, ok to wear it. Would you have worn pink 4 years ago? Im not trying to bash you . It just seems that pink is more accepted in these days, and its natural to guys be wearing this colour. And im not trying to get women with this nail polish. Well, in some aspect, maybe im sending messages to all the women i like, the Suicide Girl type ladies , but its more a athmosphere thing.

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    I get pedicures every couple of weeks

    Now put a girl wearing five-inch strappy stilletto heels with her toenails painted in front of me, and you've got my full attention
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    Way back in my grundge days, I wore this color called "Vamp"-- sort of goth dark reddish black color. Nowadays, I still get my pedicures but I just have them buff my nails for me. Occasionally, I would still wear colors.:-)
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    Well, if your national flag is any indication, you're from Finland? I think that it is more accepted there. When I was travelling Europe it seemed to me that there was a higher percentage of guys doing the whole "punk, grunge" thing. European countries are more open than America, I'd say. In regards to females liking it or not, I think, of course, it depends wholly on the girl. Some chicks would be all over you for it, while others wouldn't.

    Personally I'm not a nail polish kinda guy, but it's not a bad thing.

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    Never in a million years. Manicure and pedicure but buff shine only for me.

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    Ill resurect this old fellow

    Well, im still wearing it Now im liking the silver polish more. It isnt as noticable as black, and I would ewen say that its more "mature". Discreet and stil gives a nice edge. I used it at my work places christmas party and mached it whit my silver tie bar, and the boss (woman) came to me the next day and complimented that I was really stylish And some girls have said that they lookd really pretty. Some guys might get "scared" form those kinda comments, but I dont find anything bad with pretty.

    Anyone else sporting the finger painting?

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    The opinion of someone over 40:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenGator

    And I would also like to add that most straight women would be turned off by a man wearing nail polish. However, the pink shirt sends a similar message as the nail polish, only it's more subtle and is not a turn-off to women. You don't want to be too in-your-face about sending the message that you're anti-macho, because then you risk sending the wrong message--that you're homosexual or that you're trying to hard. Just my humble opinion.
    It`s better to try too hard then not to try at all IMO .Pink shirt is fine, clear nailpolish too. But,you should wear whatever you like...Good luck!
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    punk in the eu yes, but grunge I haven't see much of when I was there, nor tatoos, maybe some in germany nothing like here, and almost not at all in france. and the gays are not at all up to date as of a couple of years ago anyway, with like the gay uniform these in the USA these days: baseball caps, with t-shirts on guys showing off their bodies and long sleeve t-shirts with a short sleeve shirt over it for guys hiding them, etc the whole tending towards "livin large", as Ralph Rugoff wrote, what I guess you'd call "alternative" - the post grunge 3rd-generation-homo pseudo-str8 styling that has been very much the gay urban style for the last decade really, that wasn't there yet, that I saw, as of 2004, at all. Germany in particular is very funny cause there are some real gay fashion throwbacks (as there are here as well) and then also particularly German (and British too I suppose) rigid dress codes adhered to by some of the gays there. i.e. mainly the skinhead look which suits so few of the Germans that adopt it, but is absolutely de rigeur for so many: shaved head, nylon bomber jacket, high boots and "Londsdale" logo sweatshirts. The Lonsdale logo is like a total turn on in Europe, in Germany, Berlin certainly. Here in the US nobody would get sexually excited over the Londsale logo.

    Anyway, for my taste colored nail polish is... too queer! I am not a straight woman but on most guys it turns me off. Men's hands are so different from women's it just doesn't make sense to me. And the "masculine" colors... just don't make great nail polish period. Maybe with a full arm tatoo the effect would be different. Also like nsamedi I bite my nails, which is too bad cause I do have purty hands. Lately I have been tending spontansously towards what someone pointed out to me - I hadn't seen him doing this - is the recent Karl Lagerfeld look of ring encrusted fingers. I have a long way to go though, don't own anywhere near enough rings yet, but totally am enchanted by that idea, for me, although I certainly wouldn't dress the way lagerfeld does otherwise. For three years I adhered to this manifesto "we are against beastly human haircolor" and was always using manic panic and punky color and fudge. I found it really rough going amongst the gays who largely did not accept it, and often, of course, I would get a sort of negative vibe from non gays. I sometimes go a very natural blonde for the "Sue Lyons look" blonde with dark eyebrows, but. . . haven't had the urge to go blue in awhile, but I should do it again sometime. Midnight Blue (with my roots done in a ligher blue) was sort of my signature color and sometimes people would see my gay personals online profile and write me little hateful notes about being the blue haired freak and stuff. My rule about unnatural haircolor though is that you have to keep it up. EVery two weeks at the most it's necessary to strip it all off and start over again. Which is nice cause it's an occasion to go from blue to green, or pink and orange, or up to 8 or more colors at once. I hate the washed out colored hair punky thing; non-mammalian color must be kept vibrant! The thing about such gestures is you turn off a lot of people but at least the people you attract are probably going to be the right people.
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    adore wearing polish, but hate it on my toes. used to do every color - but usually stick to clear or a natural color now. gray was always my favorite.
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    Hmmmm, very interesting. I think the polish is more of a Euro thing. As a manicurist, I'm seeing my male clients even diverting away from clear polish in favor of buffing. I'm not sure how I'd feel if my guy wore polish. I suppose I wouldn't mind at all. In fact, it would probably be fun to see all the strange looks he'd get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenGator View Post
    You can make a statement that you're not the stereotypical macho guy without having to wear nail polish or put on make-up or partake in other such female behaviors. For instance, wear a pink dress shirt with your black suit instead of the typical white shirt. It gives that little "extra touch" without being too effeminate.

    I wear a pink polo shirt out to the bars sometimes, and I've received nothing but positive reactions from women. It demonstrates that you are confident enough in your masculinity to wear a traditionally feminine color and are courageous enough to face the potentially negative comments and reactions coming from other men.

    And I would also like to add that most straight women would be turned off by a man wearing nail polish. However, the pink shirt sends a similar message as the nail polish, only it's more subtle and is not a turn-off to women. You don't want to be too in-your-face about sending the message that you're anti-macho, because then you risk sending the wrong message--that you're homosexual or that you're trying to hard. Just my humble opinion.
    Just don't do both the pink shirt and the nail polish at the same time. Then women will really wonder!
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    First thing you do wrong ask what we think.Be a leader. There alot women that shouldn't be doing thats manly but they do.I see most of these people are not open minded. At one time guys couldn't wear short because it was not manly. Then you got long hair unmanly at one time, The ear ring same thing on men at one time unmanly. People this is just the next step. Learn to be a leader guys.
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    Umm..not I, but OK by me for others.
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    I did black nail polish for the week before, and after, Halloween (I used the holiday as an excuse to test it out.)

    I received one compliment, two indifferent, and about two dozen women who were VERY turned off by it. Sometimes they would even approach me to express their disgust, "What's up with your nails??" And especially if I wore normal clothes that weren't black, they'd be like "Black nails?? The rest of you is business as usual, it doesn't fit." The worst one I got was "Are you a crossdresser now or something?"

    I suppose it could work on a macho man, but I'm way too metro to pull it off, same goes with the pink shirt too lol. If I was jacked, I would wear a pink shirt and black nails everyday

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    Work on a macho man? Please, black nail polish and nail polish itself turns me off on men. I don't know what's worse... Men with nail polish or men that chew their nails.

    As I stated before on this forum, I'm attracted to metrosexual men and well, people that take care of themselves, but nail polish and men aren't something I like. Pink is just a color though, I don't see the big deal in men not wearing it. It sends the message that you don't fear stereotypes and you are confident with yourself. Or used to, until it became "trendy". Nail polish won't send that message.

    Black nail polish to me, doesn't send the cross-dresser message, but the message that you'll go home and hang yourself. I can't make up my mind which is worse...

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    No need to be rude to the poor guy, Delia. There's a difference between stating an opinion and being mean.

    Black polish requires a certain style to pull off. I associate it with goth/metal/emo types, but if guys want to try it, why not? On the way to and from work, I see enough guys in suits with facial piercings, nail polish is hardly going to make anyone bat an eyelid.

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    If pink is "just" a color that men should wear if they want to, the same reasoning about defying stereotypes applies to nail polish: it's "just" a decoration that men should wear if they want to, certainly understanding that it's a little unorthodox, and not worrying so much about what other people think.

    Women who are turned off by a guy's nail polish probably aren't the kind of nonconformists he'd be happy with in the long run anyways.

    To each his or her own.

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    I've never done it, but I've seen a few guys do it, especially goths. I suppose I could pull off black nail polish, but, as I have natural dark circles around my eyes and tend to wear black a lot, I'd look at best goth and at worst Addams Family, neither of which I particularly identify with. Silver and gold strike me as a bit bling-bling, if you catch my drift.Other colors... are just too female for my tastes. I know one should theoretically be able to walk around in nothing but a pink unicorn-patterned mini-skirt and be entirely masculine, but I strongly associate colored nail-polish with women. Lastly, my own hygiene paranoia comes into play: can I be 100% sure my nails are clean if they aren't transparent?
    All of that being said... I have absolutely no problems with others doing it.

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    I'm forward and I speak my mind and I don't consider it rude, but again, if he does that, it wasn't my intention.

    And I just expressed the way I think. And yes, men can wear it, but they must realize they'll turn off 90% of women. And again, I'm not turned off by the non-comformistic part of nail polish, but because it looks bad on a man's hand from my point of view and because it's not according to the style a man I'd look at has. Same applies to make-up on men.

    And I'd like to know what stereotype you defy when you wear nail polish as a guy.

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    Mystery from The Pick Up Artist pulled off the black nail polish pretty well, imo. But it goes to show that you've got to have a lot more going on with your image than just the polish if its going to work.

    I do the "American" pedicure style on my toes, with a matte (not shiny) topcoat. You can't even really notice anything is there unless you're very close up. It just looks perfectly groomed and kept. I do this because I'm ridiculously particular about my feet and feet in general, and have never even tried the clear matte on my fingers. I keep my fingers well-groomed as well, but have never been interested in polish on them.

    I guess thats what you get nowadays when you cross a supposed "metrosexual" with a foot fetish.
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    Hey Scentronic, that's why I tested out the black nails, because of Mystery haha
    Of course I'm not a goth magician, I'd like to think I'm a normal college student..

    I didn't think delia was rude, it's good to know women are so against it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebe_delia View Post
    Black nail polish to me, doesn't send the cross-dresser message, but the message that you'll go home and hang yourself. I can't make up my mind which is worse...
    This goth/emo/tortured soul reference is not a stereotype? Again, my sense is that the non-goth guy who is adventurous enough to wear nail polish once in a while is not going to care that apparently 90% of all women are too superficial to look past a little paint. (And as DrBubba asked earlier in this thread, 90% "based on what data?")

    Speaking only for myself and not the rest of womankind, I could see it coming across as edgy, quirky, self-assured, playful, free-spirited, and intriguing -- all qualities I find appealing.
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