So, let’s cut to the chase and address the question we all know everyone’s thinking—what color is the dress?
Recently a photo of a two-toned colored dress has been circulating the Internet and every social media outlet. At first glance, there seems to be nothing out of the ordinary about the dress despite its general unattractiveness. It’s just a photo of a dress. At least, that’s what I thought when it was first sent to me in a group message with the accompanying message “What color is this dress?”
I thought it was a weird question as the dress was clearly blue and black. Not really sure what was happening, I waited for another person to respond. I didn’t wait long before someone responded with “white and gold.”
I’m sure you could imagine my confusion as most of you have probably experienced it yourself. Was this a prank? Were they just messing around?
The argument ensued over whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold. Before I knew it, it was all anyone on campus talked about. Minds were blown, friendships were broken, and elementary color identification was questioned all because of a single picture of a dress.
It was later revealed that the dress is in fact, blue and black; however, due to the dim lighting of the picture people perceive the color of the dress differently.
USA Today talked with an expert to get a glimpse of the science behind it. According to Reena Garg, an ophthalmology professor, "This photograph was probably taken on a phone camera and is very poorly exposed," and “The colors people see are dependent on whether their retinas interpret this photo as overexposed or underexposed.”
There you have it. The dress is actually blue and black, but don’t fret. You’re not crazy, but sometimes science can be.