"Make it blue!"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.
— Merryweather, Sleeping Beauty
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Anime and Manga
- 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.
- 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.
Films - Animated
- 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.
Film - Live Action
- In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sloane, the kinder and gentler of the two female leads, wears blue and white.
- 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.
- 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 richest clothing they could think of, and ultramarine (which is made of ground-up lapis lazuli) 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 orange-y 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 Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth at first wears a blue skirt with a white shirt that has blue details. She then changes into a long blue skirt and blue shrug (which are a replica of clothes Lady Comstock wore who also is an example of this trope). Here the blue symbolizes sadness, peace and isolation.
- Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII wears a blue coat, and is perhaps the most feminine of the female player characters (aside from Selphie, who is more perky).
- Harvest Moon:
- Elli from Harvest Moon 64 is the granddaughter of Ellen from the first game. She is a gentle baker who wears a blue dress and apron. In all subsequent appearances, besides Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, she is based on her Harvest Moon: Back to Nature appearance, who is now a nurse but keeps the same attire.
- Muffy from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life switches from her red dress to a more conservative, light blue dress when you marry her in the Playstation 2 version (Special Edition). She's the most stereotypically feminine of the bachelorettes, not really liking getting her hands dirty and wearing make-up.
- Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. She has blue hair, matching blue eyes, wears blue in her outfit, and is graceful in battle and a motherly figure to the lost boys and Ventus.
- Amitie Florian of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny generally wears blue clothes that reflect her kind and friendly demeanor. It also matches well with her sister's very pink motif.
- Yurika Kirishima of Project Justice wears a bright blue dress, and is very clearly the most feminine character in her series.
- In Alice and the Nightmare, kind and quiet Edith wears blue and has blue as her Suit's colour.
- In the Dudley Do-Right cartoons, Nell wears a blue dress. She is an innocent girl and frequent damsel in distress.
- 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.
- While in the comics she wears a variety of clothes, Sabrina in Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies mainly wears a blue dress.