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).

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