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November 27, 2014

White of the bride

I love it when I hear children ask naive questions like “Why do men have beards?”, “Why do birds fly?” or “Why is the sky blue?” As we grow up, I think we begin to lose that free questioning ability and start “knowing” everything. Now and then, I try to look at the world around me through the eyes of a child.

Recently at a wedding I wondered: “Why do brides wear white?” Enter Internet. ☺ White, an inherently positive color, is associated with purity, virginity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, sterility, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection.

It fitted totally with my expectations. New beginnings and purity. But I did not stop with my research. Queen Victoria’s decision to wear white when she married Prince Albert in 1840 set in motion a fashion revolution, quickly making that color the dominant choice among blushing brides.

I had the answer to my question. Brides wear white because Queen Victoria wore white.

“It’s the done thing – it’s just what you’re supposed to do.” When you hear a statement like that, maybe you should let the child in you think about it. Once, the child in me asked why I was wearing a tie… That was 20 years ago… I’ve never worn one since. ☺

Don’t always try to fit into the world you are living in, especially when you don’t know why you’re doing it. Sometimes it is good to have the world fit to you.

Song of the week: Shania Twain – From This Moment On (1998)

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