Forever 21 sunglasses | Forever 21 hair bow | Express dress | A’gaci shoes
“You were red / And you liked me because I was blue. / But you touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky / And you decided purple just wasn’t for you.”
Content warning/note: The content below includes a mild discussion about addiction; please be aware if you believe this could adversely affect you. I do not own this song; all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Welcome to my first dress-up post. I’m really excited for this to be a thing — whenever I find a song I like, I’m always looking up the lyrics and the song meaning, and through posts like this, I can add my own interpretation. I first heard “Colors” during my freshman year and it has been one of my favorites since; it’s dreamy but also surprisingly deep if you listen carefully. Enjoy the post, and let me know what you think!
Lyrical Analysis: At its core, “Colors” is a song about addiction. He is addicted to a substance, and she is addicted to him. Things aren’t looking good, though — he’s sold his soul and there’s nothing she can do but watch as her partner, once vibrant and full of life, fades into an empty husk of a person. “You’re dripping like a saturated sunrise … You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece,” Halsey sings, but quickly acknowledges that he’s in a bad place: “Everything is gray / His hair, his smoke, his dreams / And now he’s so devoid of color / He don’t know what it means.” There’s some intense speculation that “Colors” was about Matty Healy of The 1975, who Halsey had a thing but never became official with (read my favorite analysis of “Colors” in regards to Halsey and Matty here), but as far as I know, neither of them have confirmed it.
The outfit explained: This dress, with its simple cut and abstract white pattern, was the one that immediately came to mind when I thought of the lyrics “everything is bluuuuuuue”. The main character is the opposite of the guy she sings about; she’s blue, not red, and that’s why he fell in love with her in the first place. Blue is often associated with introverted qualities, and I wanted to create the look of someone who was sharply observant, on the quiet side, and maybe a little prim and proper (how cute is that side braid?) as well. How cool would this getup look in a shadowy, intense music video? Very.
The official music video tells quite a different story, and I encourage you to check it out. Its preppy outfits, Tumblr-esque filmography, and huge plot twist at the end are definitely worth 4:14 of your life. I really enjoy styling these dress-up posts because I’m doing my best to stay true to both the theme and my aesthetic — although shooting this one was hard because “on the quiet side and maybe a little prim and proper” is so not me that it’s almost laughable. ? I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it, and if you have any songs, movies, books, or anything else you’d like me to interpret for a future dress-up post, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always looking for new inspiration and open to suggestions.