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Blue Dresses: Why Blue Is A Stylish & Popular Choice

BY ADRIAN LEIGHTON

The Meaning Of the Color Blue, And Why It’s A Good Choice For Dresses

We love blue dresses, so let’s look at why blue is so popular and what it can mean. Did you know that blue is said to be the most popular color, especially amongst men? Certain studies suggest that the highest number of people responded that blue’s their favourite, and we’re surrounded by blue logos, ads, and clothing. 

shades of blue

Notice how blue changes in coolness depending on if it's brighter or darker and has other colors like green added to it.

Why Did We Start Using Blue?

Humanity has been using blue and making blue dresses for many thousands of years, as it’s one of the colors that can fairly easily be made into dyes from naturally occurring plants and minerals. [caption id="attachment_6180" align="aligncenter" width="300"]blue dyes used for a long time Blue dyes have been used for a long time, as they could be made from rocks and plants. For example, the Scots would paint their bodies blue before battle in an effort to frighten their enemies.[/caption] Blue started to be used extensively by the ancient Egyptians in painting, clothing, and jewelry, as it was associated with their Gods and religion as well as its beauty. This tradition and certain techniques were carried on through the ages by the Romans for instance and then into modern times. [caption id="attachment_6181" align="aligncenter" width="217"]Tutankhamun funeral mask featuring blue precious stones Blue was recognised for its beauty by the Ancient Egyptians. Here you can see it used widely on Tutankhamun's funeral mask dating from 1323BC.[/caption] Everyone probably thinks that purple is the color of royalty, but is only one of the popular colors for royalty, red and blue being the others. The French kings started wearing blue in the Middle Ages (around the 13th Century) and this caused blue’s popularity to really take off amongst normal people and to this day we still see a lot of blue dresses and other clothes!

The Meanings Of Blue

Unlike the in the past, people don’t wear blue dresses these days because it’s the King’s favourite color! These days we tend to choose blue based on our beliefs and feelings about this color. Blues, especially darker tones like Navy Blue, are well-known as projecting corporate power and masculinity, therefore it’s important to consider how you’re going to use blue when you're a woman, and which tone you desire; this is especially true for brides planning their wedding colors. [caption id="attachment_6188" align="aligncenter" width="238"]Margaret Thatcher in Blue Wool Suit Blues are popular with women who desire to project their power and masculinity in a business or political sense.[/caption] Blue may be seen as more masculine because of its relationship with male babies, but did you know that even as recently as the early 1900s in the West blue was a girls color, and pink was for boys? This is because people were more religious in those days, and blue was the color of the robes worn by the Virgin Mary, whilst pink was derived from red which was thought to be a very masculine color. [caption id="attachment_6182" align="aligncenter" width="225"]baby in pink Nowadays we'd know this is a little girl due to the pink clothing, but it wasn't always the case...[/caption] Blue, like most colors, has positive and negative meanings. Let’s look at them:

The Positive Meanings Of Blue

If you agree with any of these meanings then you’ll probably love wearing blue dresses:
  • Spirituality and faith
  • Calmness and serenity
  • Spaciousness
  • Cleanliness and fresh air
  • Our dreams
  • Calm and thoughtful
  • Trustworthy and secure
  • Faithfulness
  • Intelligence
  • Confident
  • Technology
  • Success and power
I certainly agree that blue is a very calming color, and think of how many big companies use blue in their logos (Facebook, Microsoft, Ford, GE, HP, Samsung, Intel etc).

The Negative Meanings Of Blue

Blue isn’t always seen as a very positive color though, which is why we must take care when choosing to wear it. I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase, “Feeling blue,” Right? That means feeling sad or down.
  • Sadness and feeling depressed
  • Cold
  • Plain
  • Formal
  • Old-Fashioned
I think it’s especially dark blues that give a very ‘cool’ vibe, so it’s better to wear dark blue dresses or clothing in a formal environment as by its nature it’s not very casual in large amounts.

Blue Dresses You'll Like

Thanks to this very long history there’s no shortage of blue dresses if you’re a fan, and you can start by checking our store’s range of blue dresses and accessories. Blue is a very popular color for bridesmaid dresses, especially lighter blues which are quite fun, jolly, and fresh. [caption id="attachment_6183" align="aligncenter" width="300"]bridesmaids in blue dresses Picture courtesy of EricaMay.com[/caption] As you can see, blue also brings out the best in other colors, such as the red of the bouquets here and a nice bright blue is a great color for spring and summer weddings! For a formal event you can go darker, as these blues have a sense of gravity and elegance that sets them apart from their lighter cousins. Like this dark blue taffeta A-line dress for instance: [caption id="attachment_6184" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Taffeta Blues A-line Sleeveless Black Tie Event Style Code: 01329 $129 The darker blue taffeta gives this dress a sense of formality and maturity that is ideal for formal events.[/caption]   Do YOU like blue dresses? If not, which color do you prefer? Tell us and we can feature your favourite color next time!
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Choosing & Using Your Wedding Colors Like A Boss!

OuterInner.com's Guide To Choosing & Using Your Wedding Colors Like A Boss!

By Adrian Leighton A customer asked me about how to choose her wedding color-scheme on our OuterInner facebook page recently, so I thought I'd expand on what I was telling her in this blog. After all, we're all about weddings here, so any way we can help is a pleasure!
where to start to find your wedding colors
There are several things to consider when choosing the colors for your wedding:
  1. Think about both of your favorite colors. Can you incorporate these, or shades of them? After all, they are your favorites, so you'll definitely like them!
 
  • Does your venue have a color of its own, for instance wallpaper of a certain color? If so you will want to choose colors that do not clash, and preferably fit in with this.
   
  • Grab color swatches from the paint section of your local hardware store. They're free, and can help you both decide at home.
   
  • Think of the 'emotion' of your wedding. Is it peaceful, fun, classy, or energetic? This will have a bearing on your choice.
   
  • Use the internet to help you get inspired! For example, you can try our Pinterest board: "Lovely Wedding Ideas," to help get color and style ideas for free again.
  You'll find loads of cool color examples on line, like this one:
navy and cranberry wedding colors

How Do I Use Color In My Day?

If you have found the colors you like, then there are heaps of fun ways to incorporate color into your day.

Wedding Dress

Everyone knows that bridesmaid dresses can be certain colors, but have you considered adding color to your wedding dress? Don't be too horrified at the idea! If you are a purist and can't bear the idea of not having a white dress it's OK, as many white wedding dresses have little pops of color these days, such as a sash, or decoration. Take a look at this wedding dress for instance:
Strapless Mermaid Back Tie Wedding Gown, Style Code: 08974, US$245.00
Strapless Mermaid Back Tie Wedding Gown, Style Code: 08974, US$245.00 As you can see, this dress has an embroidered red sash which, far from overpowering the white of the dress, actually adds a more regal style to it!    

Bridesmaid Dresses

You can also co-ordinate your maids, as mentioned. The usual method is to choose bridesmaid dresses that are one of your main color picks, but in fact many brides these days are trying different, interesting, ways to mix things up a little. How about:
  • Same style dresses, same colors?
Same style dresses, same colors  
  • Same style, different colors?
  Same style, different colors  
  • Different styles of dresses in one color?
  Different styles of bridesmaid dresses in one color  
  • Dresses in different shades of the one color?
  Bridesmaid dresses in different shades of the one color

Wedding Invitations

Don't forget to use one or more of your colors on your wedding invitation and perhaps table name settings. How about this example below where the couple have used a dark red color:
colored wedding invitation

Flowers

You can really go to town when it comes to your flowers, and the good thing is that they're usually available in any color that you can possibly dream up! Again, finding flower color ideas isn't tough, and Pinterest is your friend, for example, our board "Gorgeous Wedding Bouquets." How about these cheerful colors?
wedding bouquet

Wedding Cake

The cake is another important focal point of your day, and there's no reason why you can't incorporate colors into it. Don't think that they are all white, they're pretty crazy at times these days! Love this one?
colorful wedding cake
I'm sure there are many other ways to use color! Why don't you tell us what you did for your wedding? Which colors did or would you choose? Remember, for all things wedding, come and give our dresses at try at OuterInner.com!