Have you noticed how Jasmine, Snow White, and several other of your favorite Disney princesses wear blue, or some part of their clothes is blue, in their key scenes? This isn’t a coincidence, but a conscious decision rooted in how they wanted you to perceive them at the time. Princesses wear blue not because it accents their skin tones and hair color, but because the creator wanted you to see them as independent.
1. BELLE WEARS BLUE DURING HER TOWN SCENES
Belle is a free, happy woman, who’s also feeling adventurous and longs for something more than “her provincial life,” so she dons a pretty light blue ensemble while she’s cruising around town. In contrast, all of the townsfolk are wearing clothes with different shades of brown, and they certainly aren’t going to leave their lives of comfort.
2. ARIEL WANTED TO LEAVE THE WATER AND WALK ON LAND
When Ariel was able to finally walk, she donned a dress with two different tones of blue in it. Previously trapped, she’s now a free and empowered woman who’s enjoying every minute of her new life.
3. ALICE EXPLORES WONDERLAND IN HER SIGNATURE CLOTHES
Alice can be seen wearing blue all throughout this classic fantasy movie. She’s full of curiosity and joy as she explores this new wonderland that she never knew existed. Her adventurous instincts are paired up with her “boyish” independent, reliable and confident blue dress while she goes out on a wild self-discovery trip.
4. THERE’S A WELL THOUGHT OUT REASON FOR IT
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, talked to Allure and explained how blue is a color that represents dependability and reliability. It’s full of positive connotations, like consistency and loyalty. We associate it with the sky and even though it might be cloudy, we know it’s there, so it’s dependable and brings peace of mind.
5. BLUE HAS A DIFFERENT EFFECT ON WOMEN
Eiseman added that, when applied to girls on the big screen, blue tends to widen their horizons. Women of all ages are empowered by it and their character is shown as stronger, more confident just by merely donning an outfit that features this hue predominantly.
6. JASMINE WEARS THE BLUE PANTS IN THE RELATIONSHIP
Instead of wearing a dress, Jasmine uses pants during the Aladdin movie, but she couldn’t stay away from the blue hue. On screen we see her break away from the clutches of Jafar and help end his rule. Color coding in movies is extremely important as it can silently indicate who’s the nice guy and who’s not trustworthy.
7. CINDERELLA HAD THE TIME OF HER LIFE ATTENDING THAT GALA
She lived a life of servitude and unhappiness, but given the opportunity she went ahead and seized the chance to change her life, at least, for one night. All she needed was a dress, and what color did the fairy godmother choose for it? Blue, of course! Cinderella indulged in a night of pleasure and self-confidence, and no other color could’ve represented her empowerment.
8. WENDY DIDN’T WANT TO GROW UP SO SHE ESCAPED TO NEVERLAND
Wearing her light blue dress, Wendy took Peter Pan’s offer and escaped to Neverland so she could remain a child forever. But the adventures and perils that came her way made her realize the need for growing up and taking care of the ones she loved.
9. BLUE DOESN’T JUST APPEAR IN ANIMATED DISNEY FILMS EITHER
They can also be seen in other classic movies with a strong female protagonist who’s on a quest for adventure or self-discovery. For instance, Dorothy from “Wizard of Oz” or Grace Kelly in “To Catch A Thief”. Did you manage to think of other examples? There’s quite a few!
10. BLUE WAS SO INTEGRAL FOR BELLE’S CHARACTER THEY HAD TO RESPECT IT IN THE LIVE ACTION MOVIE
In the upcoming live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, producers decided to keep her classic blue look for the town scenes and made sure that viewers could see it too. It’s just as iconic as her wits, determination, and desire to look for something in life that fulfills her to the core.