Celebrating American Independence: A Month of Red, White, and Blue

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July is a time for celebration and honor in the United States, as the country marks Independence Day on July 4th. To honor this special occasion, we proudly designate white, red and blue as the colors of the month. The colors of the American flag embody freedom, courage and unity that we cherish. 

Incorporating these colors into your fashion, interior design, makeup and hairstyle can help bring a SENSE OF PATRIOTISM and elevate July celebrations. 

How the Colors of the American Flag Came to Be

The colors of our country’s flag can be traced back to the Great Seal of the United States. Charles Thompson, who was Secretary of the Continental Congress at the time, said: 

“White signifies purity and innocence, Red hardiness and valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief, and the placement of the broadband signify vigilance, perseverance, and justice.” 

For over two hundred years, the combination of red, white and blue has come to signify both individual attributes and collective identity.

As we contemplate the iconic US flag and its associated meanings, we are compelled to remember that all the flag threads are intertwined to create a whole, representing the greatness of our beloved country.

The American Flag’s Color Symbolism 

Color symbolism plays an important role in nation building. Different colors often convey different meanings in different communities, and can be used to help build a sense of nationalism and national identity – the American flag is no different.

The Color Red

​​Wearing red signifies strength, power, and bravery. It is a reminder of the struggles encountered by those who fought for independence and the sacrifices made for freedom.

“There is a shade of red for every woman.” – Audrey Hepburn.When adding a touch of red to your fashion style, you can make it the main statement by wearing a red dress or shoes or using it as an accessory that complements the other colors in your outfit.

The Color White 

White is associated with purity, innocence, clarity, and unity. It is often seen as a symbol of hope for a better future. In interior design, white walls or furniture can brighten up any space, creating a modern, clean and fresh look. “I call white the most powerful non-color; it’s clean, optimistic, powerful.” -Jason Wu.

White is a versatile color that can be dressed up or down and flatter any skin tone. It is the perfect color for a summer wedding, a formal event or a casual day out. When it comes to makeup, adding a white highlight to the inner corner of the eye or on the cheekbones adds a touch of brightness to your look. 

The Color Blue

The color blue can be used to represent calmness, serenity, and loyalty, which is especially significant on Independence Day. It also evokes feelings of restfulness and peacefulness, as well as a deeper understanding and a greater spiritual connection.

“Blue is the color of peace. The water is blue. I like the color blue because it just puts me at peace. The patriotic symbol is blue.” – Antonio Brown.

To incorporate this color into an outfit, wear a blue dress or shirt or accessorize with blue jewelry or shoes. Those looking to add a hint of patriotism can also try a subtle blue rinse or hair highlights.

Embrace the Power of Color

This July 4th, let’s show our love for our nation by PROUDLY DISPLAYING AND WEARING THE COLORS OF THE AMERICAN FLAG. Through clothing, makeup, hairstyles and home decor, let’s honor our country’s rich history and the freedom and liberty it stands for.

On that note, it is essential to remember that color psychology is a complex and personal topic and that each individual may perceive colors differently. To learn about the psychology of color and how it affects our emotions and behaviors, we recommend exploring the works of color theorists and psychologists.

If you’d like to understand more about the meanings and symbolism behind colors, visit the ByFERIAL Image and Color Institute

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