Created By: DragonQuestZ on February 19, 2012 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on February 23, 2012
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True Blue Femininity

Blue clothing on a lady indicates at least partly that she is feminine.

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Expanded from princesses to avoid confusion.

Blue is a common color to represent femininity.

This could have started at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome, and even why the Virgin Mary is often depicted in a blue robe. The logic was that blue symbolizes peace, serenity, kindness, and other such aspects that were considered womanly virtues. And from the early to mid 20th century, some argued that blue should be the color for girls, and red should be the color for boys. And even though we ended up with Pink Girl, Blue Boy after World War II, putting a woman in blue is still considered a sign of her femininity, if not as obvious as colors like pink and purple.

This can apply to any feminine woman at any age, some more than others, like a Winter Royal Lady.

Now blue can have other meanings, such as sadness and loneliness. Those can overlap with this trope (as in representing both femininity and sadness).

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

A Sister Trope to Pink Means Feminine, Princesses Prefer Pink, Graceful Ladies Like Purple.

Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl.

Examples

  • This is perhaps the most common dress color for the Disney Princesses, even more than pink.
    • Snow White's dress has a blue bodice and sleeves.
    • Cinderella's dress is blue mainly in stuff outside the movie. The dress was actually silver with a hint of blue, but the glass slippers were blue tinted.
    • Sleeping Beauty played with this, by having fairies a color war over making Aurora's dress blue or pink.
    • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel wore a large blue hair ribbon and a dress with a blue skirt, when Eric was showing her around his lands.
    • Belle's blue dress in Beauty and the Beast got the most screen time of any of her dresses.
    • In Aladdin, Jasmine's main outfit is blue-green.
    • Tiana gets a fancy blue dress in The Princess and the Frog. On a side note, since it took place in The Roaring Twenties, that color would have been seen as more princess-like than Charlotte's wardrobe.
  • While more action oriented princess Allura/Fala of AnimeVoltron/Anime Go Lion wore pink, Romelle/Amue wore a blue dress while she was less active, and switched to a pink Mini Dress Power when she took an active role.
  • Ariel of Thundarr the Barbarian wears a blue Leotard of Power.
  • When Jean Grey first appeared in X-Men #1, she was wearing a blue dress, jacket, and hat.
  • Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII wears a blue coat, and is perhaps the most feminine of the women player characters (aside from Selphie, who is more perky).

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 19, 2012
    Psi001
    • Princess Sally Acorn of Sonic The Hedgehog media wears blue boots and vest. Amusingly her love interest is also blue furred.
  • February 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ "Amusingly her love interest is also blue furred."

    Doesn't count, even if he wasn't made before her. As in you can just remove that last part from the entry.
  • February 19, 2012
    nman
    How flexible is this trope? Do queens count?
  • February 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ If need be, it can be expanded to just blue meaning femininity in general.
  • February 20, 2012
    Calnos
  • February 20, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Azula's fire From Avatar The Last Airbender is blue
  • February 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ She barely wears any armor, other than as a villain, and it looks more silver than blue.

    ^ That is more an aspect of her cold nature, not femininity.

    On that note, I should expand and rename this to avoid confusion.
  • February 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Broadened the trope to help avoid confusing this trope to mean any princess with something blue.
  • February 20, 2012
    lebrel
    I don't think "start of the 20th century" is the actual start point; there's a fair bit of "blue = feminine purity" symbolism going back at least to Roman times. There's a reason the Virgin Mary typically wears blue. A contributing reason was that under Greek / Roman color theory, blue was the "colorless" standard (as we now regard white, which the Greeks and Romans thought was a color).
  • February 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Okay, I can adjust that in a little bit.
  • February 22, 2012
    robybang
    • The Farival twins in The Awakening are described as wearing the "Virgin's colors, blue and white, having been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at their baptism."
  • February 22, 2012
    jbrecken
    The innocent girl and frequent damsel in distress Nell in the Dudley Do-Right cartoons wears a blue dress.
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