I really like the French manicure look. It's always neat and professional. I like the sheer pink polish myself, but I have pink skin, so it complements my skin tone. However, I have also used kits with a more beige polish and this looked all right, too. To me, it looks nice on me as long as the "tip" is in a very white polish. However, I can see where an off-white tip polish would be more flattering for some people.
I think the French manicure always looks so well groomed and "put together." It's understated elegance, like pearls.