True Blue Femininity

"Make it blue!"
Merryweather, Sleeping Beauty

Blue is a common color to represent femininity. Thus a girl or woman wearing blue is a sign that she is fair and gentle.

This could have started at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome, and 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. (In the Mediterranean, it was also a sign of high rank, as the dye/paint color had to come from indigo, woad, or lapis lazuli which must be imported from a great distance and was therefore quite expensive).

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. Yet 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.

Blue has other meanings, such as sadness and loneliness. These can overlap with this trope (as in representing both femininity and sadness). Or that she is gentle (with blue representing peace and serenity). This can apply to any feminine woman at any age, some more than others, like a Winter Royal Lady.

A Sub-Trope of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.

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

Compare Shy Blue-Haired Girl, Woman in White, Princess Classic.

Contrast Woman in Black and Lady in Red.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Minto Aizawa/Mew Mint from Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • Hikaru Makiba from UFO Robo Grendizer -one of the Mazinger Z series- was feminine, gentle and caring and wore a blue uniform. On contrast, her best friend, Maria was a tomboyish Tsundere and usually wore red or pink.
  • While more action oriented princess Allura/Fala of Voltron/GoLion wore pink, Romelle/Amue wore a blue dress while she was less active, and switched to a pink Minidress of Power when she took an active role.
  • K-On!'s Mio's character color happens to be this. Genki Girl Jun too, even though she has teal.
  • One too many blue Pretty Cures, Cure Marine and Cure Beat being the only notable exceptions. This even applies in Curefics sometimes; Cure Fortune is one such Cure that comes to mind. Note that the real Cure Fortune plays a different trope.
  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya has her moments, most notably when she reveals her true colors to Kyon during the SOS Brigade's first "Magical Mystery Patrol" in one of the "Melancholy" episodes and with her festival yukata in at least one Endless Eight episode.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie has Tomoyo wear a blue Qipao to contrast nicely with Sakura's pink Chinese-style jacket and trousers.
    • Also, Feimei, one of Syaoran's older sisters wears one. According to the guidebook, the colors of the girls' dresses help to distinguish them.
  • Fairy Tail's Lucy is introduced in a standard bluish outfit, complimenting the red waistcoat Natsu wears, though she's more feisty than most examples. Juvia also wears blue, initially to reflect her early characterization as a sad, gloomy girl loved by no one, though she also has some fiery moments and later brightens up altogether.
  • Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess wears blue robes.
  • Both Ayeka and Ryoko of Tenchi Muyo! tends to wear blue outfits. Ryoko's as far away from femininity as you can imagine and Ayeka has a short fuse.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Notably Sailor Neptune is color-coded with turquoise and blue. She is the Lipstick Lesbian in contrast to Sailor Uranus's butch. She's also a Cultured Warrior. Not to mention that her hair is blue too. Also references her elemental powers.
    • Sailor Mercury is a demure Shrinking Violet who often acts as The Heart to her team - her hair and costume are blue. This is more pronounced in the live action where the character receives a Girliness Upgrade.
    • Downplayed with Sailor Venus but still there. She's a Girly Bruiser who dreams of becoming an Idol Singer (and actually is one in the live action). Although her signature colour is orange, she has a blue bow on her costume. And her Sailor V costume is coded with a blue skirt.

    Comic Books 
  • When Jean Grey first appeared in X-Men #1, she was wearing a blue dress, jacket, and hat. She's worn many colors and costumes (mostly being associated with green), but blue has also been included (notably her gold and blue outfit in the 90s cartoon.)
  • Originally averted in Hawk and Dove, where Dove represented many traditionally feminine qualities and had a primarily blue suit, but was himself male. When the first Dove died, the trope was played straight by his female successor.
  • The Dazzler switched from a white costume to a blue one in the 1980s.

    Films - Animated 
  • Princess Kida of Atlantis The Lost Empire plays with this. She does indeed wear blue throughout the whole movie, and switches to a darker shade of blue at the end when she is crowned Queen. But then again Kida is a Tomboy Princess and all the other Atlanteans wear blue as well.
  • Several outfits Barbie has worn have been blue, as well as several characters in the Direct-to-Video movies. Ro's standout dress in Barbie as the Island Princess is mostly blue, including part of the feathers on the peacock tail.
  • Sally Carrera from Cars is portrayed as a light blue Porsche 911 Carrera. Other female blue cars include a racecar sponsoring RevNGo and the Queen of England.
  • The princess in The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland has a light blue dress, though she's never seen wearing it (it's worn by Alice in training to impersonate her).
  • This is perhaps the most common dress color for the Disney Princesses, even more than pink. The first three involve blue in their Pimped Out Dresses, while later ones more often use them in their non-fancy dresses.
    • In Aladdin, Jasmine's main outfit is turquoise, a greenish shade of blue, accompanied by a blue jeweled headband.
    • Belle's simple blue dress and white apron in Beauty and the Beast is perhaps the most familiar of her outfits aside from her golden ballroom gown.
    • Brave: Merida has a turquoise silk dress as part of her royal attire, though she's more seen and much more comfortable with her dark green cotton one. This is likely being invoked by her mother, who resents Merida's tomboyish nature and wishes for her to be more ladylike.
    • Cinderella's dress is only blue in products from the "Disney Princess" line. The dress is supposed to be silver (although the glass slippers were always blue tinted), but Digital Destruction caused her dress to become silvery-blue, a problem that still exists in the blu-ray releasenote . However, her nightgown was definitely blue. Her sweet and kindly Fairy Godmother also wears a blue dress.
    • In Frozen, Elsa pretty much wears exclusively blue dresses, save for the green dress in Frozen Fever. Anna inverts this, as most of her dresses are green, save for the blue winter dress (paired with the pink cape and hat) she wears when trying to find Elsa.
    • In The Little Mermaid, Ariel wears a blue ribbon in her hair and a dress that is no less than three different shades of blue in the scene where Eric gives her a tour of his kingdom. Her dress at the end when Triton grants her wish and she emerges from the sea is a shimmering silvery-blue number.
    • The dress Mulan wore to infiltrate the invaded palace, disguised as a courtesan. The rest of the men, disguising themselves as women, also wore blue dresses.
    • Tiana briefly borrows 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 feminine than the rest of Charlotte's wardrobe.
    • Sleeping Beauty played with this by making two of the fairies have a bit of a war over the color of Aurora's dress. It is blue for most of the movie, including the iconic kiss, despite being pink in merchandising.
    • Snow White's dress, though mostly yellow, has a blue bodice and sleeves.
  • Lady from Lady and the Tramp was given a blue collar. Her owner's son has an extremely pink wardrobe so the colors are probably in used in the older "Blue=Feminine, Pink=Masculine" way.
  • The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio is dressed in blue.
  • In 101 Dalmatians, Anita is usually seen wearing blue. Perdita, like Lady, wears a blue collar. In the animated movie, all her daughters have blue collars (In the live action film, the boys have blue, and it's mixed up in the TV show). In the series, Cadpig and Two-Tone both wear blue collars.
  • In an inversion of Pink Girl, Blue Boy, Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Peter Pan is portrayed as wearing a long, blue nightgown with a blue hair ribbon, while her youngest brother Michael is portrayed as wearing pink footie pajamas.
  • The blue skirt on Thumbelina's dress.
  • Marnie from When Marnie Was There favors wearing blue dresses. Her style of dress could be foreshadowing to the fact she's not a modern day child.

    Film - Live Action 
  • In The Court Jester, Princess Gwendolyn wears a Simple Yet Opulent blue dress and a matching cape trimmed with ermine.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sloane, the kinder and gentler of the two female leads, wears blue and white.
  • In Pitch Perfect, the Bellas' primary color is blue (the other being yellow and white). Their uniform is a navy blue flight-attendant like attire, while The Leader's pitch pipe (which symbolizes her authority) is baby blue.
  • In La Belle et la BÍte, Belle wears a deep blue dress for her dance with the Beast.
  • Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she boards Captain Shakespeare's ship in Stardust and it also coincides with her and Tristan falling in love. She completes the image with a blue travelling cloak. Tristan's mother Princess Una also wears a blue dress - she's much nicer and calmer than her brothers.
  • Bridget Jones is gentle-hearted and very girly, along with favoring blue in her wardrobe, which is likely chosen to match her eyes.
  • In Cinderella (2015), Ella mostly wears blue and her ball gown is blue too, rather than silver like in the animated film. Most likely because it's blue in the Disney Princess merchandise. Could also be to distinguish it from the Fairy Godmother's silvery-white dress (which amusingly was blue in the animated film).
  • When the titular character from Ricki And The Flash goes to her daughter's wedding, she wears a blue dress. She feels uncomfortable in it - given that she's normally a rock star - probably because of this trope. It's still a She Cleans Up Nicely moment however.
  • Pauline wears a glamorous gown of royal blue to her film premiere in the 2007 film of Ballet Shoes. She's played by Emma Watson, which is hilarious if one looks at the Harry Potter example below.

  • Alice's dress in Alice in Wonderland, and so it's often the same color in adaptations.
  • 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".
  • Dorothy Gale from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and especially in the film adaptation) is traditionally shown wearing a blue gingham dress.
  • Song at Dawn: When a lady wears blue it is consistently referred to as '(Virgin) Mary's color'. When the Arch Bishop sees Emerganda or Alienor wearing it he scoffs at the hypocrisy because (in his mind) they are anything but 'fair and gentle'.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Hermione's Beautiful All Along moment comes when she's dressed in a periwinkle blue gown for the Yule Ball. This is only in the book as the dress is pink in the film (and the fandom had a collective fit over it). Padma Patil is likewise described as wearing bright turquoise to the Yule Ball.
  • Polgara the Sorceress, when not wearing gray wool travel garbs, prefers blue reserved for special occasions.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Prairie Dawn, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita from Sesame Street. The former two have pink skin and fur, respectively, while the latter has light blue fur.
  • Although most Super Sentai/Power Rangers Blue Rangers are male, the few times they are female, this comes into play. True to trope rules, when the female Ranger is blue it's of a considerably lighter and softer shade than her male counterparts (with the notable exceptions of the very first female blue ranger, Choujuu Sentai Liveman's Blue Dolphin, who was more or less the same color as the previous blue rangers and the blue ranger from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger/Alien Rangers who wears a light cyan costume despite being male). Both canon female Blue Rangers, Tori and Madison, are very feminine characters. In Tori's case, she's The Chick and Madison is the Girly Girl contrasted with her Tomboy sister Vida (who ironically is the Pink Ranger).
  • Guinevere from Merlin has a number of pastel dresses, but in series four especially, she was frequently seen in pale blue.
  • In Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil Crawley (later Branson) has many blue outfits, possibly to represent her role as the youngest and most innocent of the family and ultimately Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones starts to prominently wear a heavily-blue outfit starting in the show's third season.
  • In the Spartacus series, Lucretia's body slaves seems to be required to be clad in blue, as seen with Melitta and Naevia. The other women in the show regularly dressed in blue as well.
  • On an episode of [1] discussing male/female dynamics and oddities Stephen brought up that the Pink Girl, Blue Boy trope used to be reversed, as well as specific reasons why. The panelists seem quite stunned at just the sheer oddity of the reversal to the trope.
    Stephen: For a long while, the colors would be pink for a baby boy, and blue for a baby girl.
    Jack Dee: How did they get it wrong for so long?

  • Among the Vocaloid, Miku Hatsune has hair that fluctuates between green and blue, and when dressed formally wears blue more often than any other color.
  • Mystery Skulls features Vivi in the animated music video for Ghost. She is blue all over, and even her skin tone is a cool shade.
  • Depeche Mode has a song called "Blue Dress" about a seductress in blue.
    Put it on
    And don't say a word
    Put it on
    The one that I prefer
  • Crowded House also has a song called "Into Temptation" in which a girl in a blue dress appears at his door.
    You opened up your door
    I couldn't believe my luck
    You in your new blue dress
    Taking away my breath

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Lucy Van Pelt of Peanuts usually wears a blue dress, although she's typically anything but "fair and gentle".


     Professional Wrestling 
  • Alexa Bliss, the Cute Bruiser and fan-described "fairy princess" of NXT, was colour-coded with blue. All her outfits were either blue or purple, and her titantron was given blue graphics. Additionally she had blue tips in her hair.
  • Bayley's first recognisable outfit was a light shade of baby blue, to reflect her innocence as The Ingenue. While she eventually wore more colours, she frequently has plenty of blue on her gear as well.

  • As mentioned above, the Virgin Mary is often depicted dressed in blue. Another explanation for this convention is that medieval artists wanted to dress the Mother of God in the most valuable they could think of, and ultramarine (which is made of ground-up lapislazuli) was the most expensive dye. St. Peter is also usually shown dressed in blue, but usually a lighter shade (i. e. with little or no ultramarine in it) or in blue and orangey yellow.

  • Edward Albee's Tiny Alice has the Original Cast Precedent of Alice wearing blue. As theatre critic Otis L. Guernsey pointed out, though many people took this as symbolic, "nowhere does the Tiny Alice script specify that Miss Alice wear blue, though it does describe her boudoir as 'Feminine, but not frilly. Blues instead of pinks.'"

  • In BIONICLE, all the Toa/Matoran of the Water element are female and have blue armor. The female elements of Lightning and Psionics also have blue as their main color.

    Video Games 

  • The Dream Oracle from Cucumber Quest is head-to-toe blue.
  • Jigsaw and Daisy's Team Andromeda uniforms in Last Res0rt are this combined with stripes of Red Is Heroic, although that's admittedly as feminine as the outfit gets. In contrast, Team Corvus wears a darker navy blue.
  • Yihwa Yeon's outfit in Tower of God consists of a royal blue sweater and some shorts over stockings. Mainly because fighting in a dress seems rather inconvenient. It also displays perfectly that all the females (aside from Nare and Miseng) are asskickers first and women second. Maria, however, is truly blue feminine and a Princess Classic, if one can believe Koon's twisted memories.
  • Both Jade Harley and Jane Crocker from Homestuck almost always wear blue, although Jade is more commonly associated with the color green.
  • In Alice and the Nightmare, kind and quiet Edith wears blue and has blue as her Suit's colour.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Nell wears a blue dress. She is an innocent girl and frequent damsel in distress.
  • Sarah Phillips from Libertys Kids.
  • Charlotte of Making Fiends is completely blue. Her skin, eyes, clothes and hair are all blue. She's the epitome of a Cheerful Child.
  • Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls, the girliest of them, is color-coded with a blue dress.
  • In the comics she wears a variety of clothes however Sabrina in Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies mainly wears a blue dress.
  • Princess Sally Acorn of Sonic Sat AM media wears blue boots and vest. She's feminine, but strong, even giving (G-rated) cusses to Robotnik.
  • Gretchen from Recess usually wears a blue dress with a pink bow tied around it. Although she's a brainiac without much like for girly things, this does show that she has a small girly side to her. Notably for getting her school pictures taken, she wears another blue dress. When she gets a makeover from Ashley A, the two are both wearing blue skirts. Additionally this is Ashley Q's signature colour.
  • Ariel of Thundarr the Barbarian wears a blue Leotard of Power.
  • Chromia from Transformers is colored blue, as opposed to Arcee's (usually) pink. In Transformers Prime, Arcee is blue with pink highlights.
  • Inverted with Rainbow Dash. She has a blue coat, and part of her mane is blue, but she's the least feminine of the main characters. Played mostly straight with Princess Luna, whose coat is very dark blue, as is most of her mane and tail. Princess Cadance is, largely, an example of Princesses Prefer Pink and Pink Means Feminine, but her cutie mark prominently displays a blue crystal heart, she used to wear a blue bow in her mane, and her magical aura is light blue (as opposed to her husband Shining Armor, whose primary color scheme is white and blue, yet his cutie mark has pink in it and his magic aura is the same color as his sister Twilight's (magenta)).
  • Bloom of Winx Club. All of her fairy forms are primarily blue.
  • Lapis Lazuli of Steven Universe combines this with Amazing Technicolor Population- not only is she featured wearing a skirt and top in shades of blue, but her hair, eyes, and even skin are shades of blue as well. Along with Rose Quartz and Sapphire she's the only Gem thus far whose primary outfit features a long skirt.
    • Sapphire, as well, who is the Girly Girl to Ruby's Tomboy. And like Lapis, she also combines it with blue skin and hair (though Sapphire does have patches of white in her outfit.)
    • Steven's friend Connie Maheswaran wears a blue dress in some episodes as well as in the first title sequence.
    • A flashback shows that refined femininity was a trait widespread in the court of Blue Diamond, which included Sapphire, Lapis, and many other silhouettes of Gems in shades of blue, most of whom wore dresses or skirts. Blue Diamond's Pearl fit the stereotype of Pearls as emotionless, pretty dolls for nobles, which the other two Pearls we've seen don't. Blue Diamond herself wears a veil reminiscent of the Virgin Mary, and speaks softly, though she's still as ruthless as any tyrant. This is a deep contrast with Yellow Diamond and every known Gem who was made to serve her; they all have outwardly aggressive, rude and haughty personalities, even the Pearl, and generally have gender-neutral designs.