I see it as blue and black, but there are other people out there that see it as white and gold. It’s basically been the argument amongst friends, family, and even coworkers for the last 24 hours.
So what’s the deal? Why is there such a discrepancy?
This is where we turn to science! The easy answer is light. The way light hits an object tells you what color an object is. “Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,” says Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, who sees the dress as white and gold. He’s been studying color vision for 30 years and this is the biggest division he’s ever seen.
For the most part, our eyes work just fine and are able to handle the translation. However, this particular dress has some sort of perceptual boundary.
In the end, it seems as though people who are night owls see the dress as blue and black. For me, that makes total sense! I’m a night owl. I wake up and work in the dark.