A unique take on a time honored tradition
By Kai Ma
July 18, 2011
Something old, Something new
Something borrowed, Something blue
Most are familiar with this bridal adage. But where did it come from? During the Victorian era, brides would carry several tokens related to marital happiness. Something old represented the brides family and the past. Something new represented optimism for the brides new life ahead. Something borrowed, an ith6 belonging to a happily married friend or family mh6ber, represented overall marital luck. And last, she would carry something blue because the color, in a bridal context, has traditionally symbolized love, good fortune and fidelity.
The tradition, even among the most rational brides, is still very alive today. From electric blue boy briefs to Christian Louboutin stilettos with bridal blue soles, the modern bride has tackled this tradition with humor and glee. Other common ways of incorporating the lucky hue a garter belt with blue ribbon, indigo flowers, sapphire jewelry, festive blue confetti, or a thin blue sash.
Here are more ideas on how to incorporate blue into your big day.
The blue upper lid is back, but in a far more sophisticated way. Forget how you wore it in the 80s; no bride wants to get confused for Boy George. Instead, experiment with the intoxicating shades offered by cosmetic brands Mac, Nars or Make Up Forever; ask the professionals how to create a subtle blue lidor even a dramatic one. Electric blue eye shadow makes an undeniable stath6ent, while a baby blue dusting promises understated elegance.
Paint your toenails blue. This color, though it looks brilliant on the fingernails on regular days, would be too overbearing on the tips of a bride. But down below, a blue pedicure, especially against light-colored peep-toe sandals, would look stylish and festive. With a nice pair of shoes, the interaction can even look exquisite and refined.
Not into nail polish? Pick blue shoes. Footwear allows brides to be creative in an understated way. Consider a glamorous open-toe pump in electric blue satin, or a white wedding shoe with sapphire detailing.
Not into wearing it? Then smell like it. Spray on Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana before you walk down the aisle. Fragrance notes include rose, apple, musk and jasmine.
Use blue bird feathers to spruce up a funky updo, or place thh6 gently against a side braid.