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[–]LuminosityXVII 1143 points1144 points  (95 children)


It's a matter of how your mind interprets the lighting. A white-and-gold dress in cool lighting/shadow could have produced that photo, as could a black-and-blue dress in warm yellow lighting. Your mind determines the colors of the dress based on what it assumes the lighting to be like.

[–]sirlagslot 67 points68 points  (2 children)

This and I notice that it seems darker if you focus on the shadows of the material. if you look at the gold and not the dark shadows it produces around the trim..

Plus every ones contrast on phones/computers/electronics is different. Some cellphone screens put out a 6500k lighting thus bluer.

[–]Geolosopher 17 points18 points  (11 children)

But that's the thing: who uses blue lighting? Whose lighting, in a store or at home or anywhere else, is so blue it makes a gold and white dress look like that? Almost all lights have a hint of yellow, and the rest is just over exposure due to the brightness of the window in the background. And on top of that, how can the shadowing be so strong it turns white to blue but isn't strong enough to prevent the dress (look at the left side) from casting a strong shadow on itself? It's common sense. The thing is black and blue. My God this has been frustrating.

[–]cccCody 2875 points2876 points  (1397 children)

The photo is poorly exposed, but there's not enough context to tell whether it's overexposed or underexposed. To me, it looks like it's white and gold, but with a shadow cast over it. To others it looks like a washed out photo of a blue and black dress. You perceive it differently depending on which correction your brain does. I have a feeling that if we could zoom out and see more of the scene, people would agree on what colors it was.

edit: I took my tablet into a dark room, and suddenly I could see blue/black.

edit2: It's a sailboat!

[–]PapShmear 458 points459 points  (295 children)

Okay. Until I clicked the image posted for this thread, I saw it as white and gold. Suddenly, I clicked the link here and saw blue and black. BUT I went back to look at the other images I had posted, when I saw it in white and gold, and THOSE images were blue and black now too. What happened??

[–]whereweleftoff 989 points990 points  (195 children)

I have clicked every single link in this thread, and I only see white and yellow/gold.

[–]Salmon_Pants 339 points340 points  (152 children)

Me too. I only see a (poorly lit) white dress with gold lace. I can't get it to change at all.

e: if I stare and think reaaaally hard to convince myself that the gold is black, I can almost kind of comprehend how it's conceivable for the dress to actually be blue and black, but I still don't "see" it that way at all. I only see the color of the pixels of my screen, which to me is the light blueish-grey-tinged white of the fabric and the brownish-gold of lace.

e2: Ok, no luck. The gold color of the portion in the upper right IS the color of the lace on the dress to me. I don't think it can ever be black for me, even if the other part could have a blueish hue.

[–]Malarkay79 23 points24 points  (6 children)

I'm trying my damnedest to see how you all are seeing white and gold, because I can only see blue and black. I feel like I'm being punked.

[–]PM_Me_Yo_Tits_Grrl 219 points220 points  (89 children)

[–]sean800 306 points307 points  (43 children)

It just looks like the shadow is being increased a ton, just a darker picture of a white(light blue/greyish) and gold dress.

[–]queen_of_the_koopas 230 points231 points  (31 children)

I'm experiencing the same thing. I cannot fail to see a white and gold dress. Even when the darkness goes down, I see the same thing, just darker. It's so frustrating. >.<

[–]CatchyAxis12 218 points219 points  (17 children)

Holy fuck. I see a deep, rich blue in the original photo. This is a strange phenomenon

[–]jazzychaz 129 points130 points  (8 children)

Same! It just becomes more obviously blue to me.

[–]103020302 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Wow. That is completely blue/black to me.

[–]5510 79 points80 points  (6 children)

It looks black and blue after the "change," but this is still the only time I've ever seen anything but white and gold. To me this GIF just looks like somebody temporarily photoshops a dress to black and blue, and then reverses it back to normal.

[–]RunasSudo 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Still just poorly lit white-and-gold.

[–]just_leave_it 121 points122 points  (10 children)

This just happened to me too. I don't know what changed. For an hour I only saw white and it's blue and black. I feel for the other side this what empathy feels like!?

[–]made_in_bklyn_ 176 points177 points  (21 children)

ME TOO. I was seeing it in white and gold all over the place, until this thread. Now I ONLY see it in blue and black. I am freaked the fuck out. What is going on?

[–]Vid-Master 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Dick Cheney is up to no good again

[–]StraidOfOlaphis 58 points59 points  (1 child)

I saw it as black and blue the first time and am freaking out because you guys are all colorblind.

[–]peasncarrots20 67 points68 points  (4 children)

I scrolled down past the dress. It was white and gold.

I scrolled back up. It was blue and black.

I am currently having a crisis.

[–]root_over_ssh 25 points26 points  (1 child)

On my computer the pictures are black and blue (even the ones where people change the colors/white balance) on all 3 different brand monitors. On my iphone 5 it's white and gold.

Edit: WTF - just used teamviewer to connect to my desktop from my iPhone and saw blue and black. Came back to reddit on my phone and the picture is blue and black. I thought it was just a matter of warm/cold colors on displays making it just different enough, but now I don't trust anything anymore.

[–]TyeDyeShirtKid 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Your brain made the wrong correction the first time. When you looked at it again perhaps on a different page with a different amount of light hitting your eyes from the screen. The second time you saw the picture your brain made the right correction. Then when you returned to the original site you saw the photos, your brain made the right correction because it understood what it was seeing.

[–]Naillilb 852 points853 points  (897 children)

This is the right answer. I've been having this argument for a while now, and links have surfaced showing the real dress is black and blue. It all depends on if you automatically think it is overexposed or in deep shadow.

What matters is whether or not you perceive the photo as overexposed in general or as having a deep shadow cast over the dress. Your brain will automatically correct for whichever one you believe, and you'll see either white/gold or blue/black. I personally see white/gold, but the dress in real life is very much blue and black.

[–]Bardfinn 146 points147 points  (18 children)

There's more than just overexposure.

• There's the differing ability of human eyes to see yellows and blues. Those who see yellows more sensitively see the gold colour on the lace and taffeta, and it prevents them from seeing it as black.

• There's different assumptions about the colour temperature of the lamp illuminating the dress. If the dress is illuminated by a warm-temperature colour lamp or restricted-spectrum lamp (such as a sodium lamp), then blues will appear washed out, with a terrible white balance. If it's illuminated by a cool-temperature lamp, then it's white satin and gold taffeta and a terrible white balance.

• There's the fact that the lace and taffeta on the dress is scattering the light hitting it, causing it to appear to be shimmering — in this case, shimmering gold.

Three factors:

• Human ability to perceive colours;
• Assumed colour temperature of the lamp illuminating the dress combined with assumptions about the finish of the fabrics;
• Overexposed photo taken with a cheap camera.

[–]Naillilb 35 points36 points  (13 children)

That does not explain why the same person will see the dress differently upon scrolling away and then scrolling back.

It doesn't look shimmery to me at all except for the blazer part...

The lamp color is clearly warm, as evidenced by the background. However, a shadow would still make it appear blueish grey. The lighting color doesn't have a whole lot to do with why we see it differently, to be honest.

The biggest factor here is exactly what /u/cccCody and I described: overexposure vs shadow perception.

[–]Scaliwag 665 points666 points  (767 children)

Wait what?? There's no way that's the same dress...

[–]9Blu 1035 points1036 points  (126 children)

For funzies I decided to go the other direction. So here is the Amazon image tweaked to replicate the overexposed shot. I cranked up the exposure, crushed the shadows, and increased the color temp using PS Express for iOS. This is the result:

Edit: so when I first made this it pretty much matched how I saw the original (white/gold). Looking at the original in different settings online my perception shifted (jarringly sudden I might add!) to the blue/black view. This isn't as close for me as the first, the original's colors are bit muddier but it's the best I could do on a phone. It's very close to how I now perceive the original.

Edit edit: should also mention that my first version looks light blue/gold to me now. So weird.

[–]svtkate 799 points800 points  (55 children)

Can I just say that if that was the real colors of the dress I'd totally buy it.

[–]rolladoob 1047 points1048 points  (42 children)

And you'd look totally stunning in it.

[–]babysafari 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I'm sure one will be coming out shortly.

[–]E-werd 186 points187 points  (6 children)

I seriously think that's a better looking color scheme for that dress. I was kind of upset when I learned the truth.

[–]Morella_xx 113 points114 points  (5 children)

This is the first picture in this thread where I can actually see white & gold. I had no idea what everyone else was talking about until now.

[–]9Blu 12 points13 points  (1 child)

When I made this pic I adjusted it so it matched what I saw when I looked at the OP pic. Now that I've started to see the blue/black instead they look totally different to me.

So weird. It's the duck and the rabbit all over again.

[–]fungiandfoe 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Why didnt they make the dress in those colors!! ooh... pretttyy

[–]9Blu 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Lol. From all the reactions like this one I think I need to send a copy of my edited pic to the dress' makers and suggest they make a version in those colors.

Unfortunately who knows what color it would turn out to be! :)

[–]PublicallyViewable 586 points587 points  (266 children)

edit: Oh god I feel so dirty right now. I totally jacked this gif from elsewhere in the thread and now I got gold for it.

[–]BulbasaurCry[🍰] 131 points132 points  (7 children)

Honestly this gif just makes it go from shitty blue black to clearly blue black from my perception.

[–]woodenial 276 points277 points  (39 children)


[–]Xestrix 178 points179 points  (23 children)

Me too, that was bizarre. Watching this gif flip-flopped my perception. Someone needs to make an incorrect version that helps people seeing it correctly to see why others are seeing white/gold.

[–]ropeturtles 180 points181 points  (7 children)

It doesn't really change it for me, I still see a gross looking ugly golden brown.

[–]moep0r 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Holy cow, after watching this gif for some time I am unable to see it in white/gold anymore. Are you a wizard?

[–]stefatr0n 222 points223 points  (161 children)


I have been staring at the dress for 15 minutes thinking everyone who sees black/blue is insane or colour blind.

Then you post this gif. Now all I can see is black/blue.

Brain. Hurts.

[–]Moose_Joose 534 points535 points  (142 children)

I still can't see it in white/gold. I'm starting to wonder if this is a prank.

[–]Cakeflourz 158 points159 points  (100 children)

Glad to see its not just me.

I can kinda see how a person might interpret the black as white with a shadow, but come on. Blue is not gold.

[–]RuirikidFingolfin 31 points32 points  (1 child)

No no no, we see the blue as white, and the black as gold. Not the other way around.

[–]Gneissisnice 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I can't even see the white/gold any more, but before the gif it really looked like those were the colors.

I feel so...betrayed. My mind isn't trustworthy.

[–]jbdawinna 255 points256 points  (340 children)

Here, use this to try to get people to think its gold and white. Imgur

[–]mikewise 242 points243 points  (8 children)

still looks blue and black to me... just with an orange instagram filter.

[–]GoldenAthleticRaider 97 points98 points  (4 children)

I'm seeing a black and blue dress that is really lit up by some bright light.

[–]retrogreq 517 points518 points  (287 children)

This one STILL looks blue and black to me. This is starting to freak me out.

I'm using an IPS monitor, anyone know if that would matter at all?

I haven't seen a picture posted in this thread that makes the dress look white/gold. They all look black/blue.

[–]jbdawinna 352 points353 points  (30 children)

What about this one? Lol

Edited photo credit: /u/Praelox

[–]lycosa13 305 points306 points  (19 children)

You should post that on facebook and say you see green and red and see everyone go crazy all over again

[–]jbdawinna 72 points73 points  (9 children)

Please tell me you see green and red and this one doesn't do it as well!! If it does I'm gonna cry.

[–]hokiefan240 101 points102 points  (3 children)

It's pink and green

[–]Das_bomb 62 points63 points  (1 child)

Uh huh you know what it and yellow

[–]lycosa13 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I see purple and orange...

I'm just messing with you. Yes I see green and red

[–]jbdawinna 37 points38 points  (0 children)

To late, already cried.

[–]TruKiller 623 points624 points  (126 children)

you're trolling right?

[–]nivekpsycic 57 points58 points  (8 children)

After seeing the original picture, it's hard NOT to see this as just taking a black and blue dress but making it look yellow-er. At best, I can kind of see how the blue part can be white or grey, but the black is always black to me.

[–]icestreak 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I'm the opposite. I predominantly see blue/black, but I see the black with a golden sheen to it where the light hits. If I stare at it and think about it for a while, I can see the gold at the top of the dress.

[–]SoberDreams 259 points260 points  (42 children)

seriously, i don't understand how that picture still looks blue and black

[–]TheNormalMan 135 points136 points  (5 children)

I think that version of the picture is tough to separate from what you'v already seen (I saw black and blue). Of course I think the individual colors themselves looks MORE white and gold than it did in the unmodified photo, but my brain is reading it as a Black and Blue dress bathed in a warm gold light.

[–]PIGEON_WITH_ANTLERS 48 points49 points  (2 children)

That's exactly why it's confusing - it is a black and blue dress bathed in warm gold light. The black is reflecting a yellow/gold sheen, and the blue is reflecting yellow light to look white.

[–]BrightNooblar 129 points130 points  (47 children)

Looks blue and black to me as well. Very faded blue and black, but blue and black all the same.

[–]TheDVille 265 points266 points  (31 children)

Ive NEVER seen the white and gold. I dont understand how it could be. Its so seemingly obvious that its blue and black.

Im very uncomfortable with all of this.

[–]Kneef 81 points82 points  (2 children)

I'm with you, dude. I've clicked on all these links and I can still tell it's a blue dress with black trim.

[–]PandasSayRawr 655 points656 points  (91 children)

Does anyone else see blue and gold? Or is something wrong with my eyes?

[–]88e 273 points274 points  (35 children)

Same. I can see both the black and gold tones in the lace strips, but no matter what I do the body of the dress always looks varying shades of blue to me.

[–]Big_Thotty 306 points307 points  (27 children)

seriously that shit is OBVIOUSLY BLUE I mean there is a little gold up top, but there is not a trace of white on the dress yall motherfuckers need to stop trolling this shit isnt funny ITS NOT WHITE

[–]45thGenRoman 90 points91 points  (3 children)

This is all I see. Blue and gold

[–]Gallifryer 53 points54 points  (3 children)

I see blue and gold too. I don't understand how people are seeing white and black.

[–]asskawa 28 points29 points  (0 children)

and i thought i'm the only one seeing blue and gold lol

[–]NSA_Chatbot 6 points7 points  (1 child)

To me, it looks like the dress is white with gold trim, sitting in a shadowy display, while outside the white balance is fucked up, making it overexposed.

The actual colours I see in the photo appear to be light blue and brown.

Maybe it's my years of diving making me filter the colours to white and gold, but I simply can not see it as blue and black.

[–]l_Banned_l 421 points422 points  (26 children)

holy shit, i thought this was some sort of internet joke with people playing along to confuse other people. it was white and gold for me and i left this window open and i came back after eating dinner to find a black and blue dress. I had to download the image to make sure it wasnt some gif or vid changing or something else. dope

[–]thebestwes 96 points97 points  (10 children)

Same thing happened to me. I assumed everyone was screwing with people by saying blue and black, then I saw it change. So I took it into photoshop and color-corrected based on both the black point and white point, and came to the conclusion that the real thing is blue and black. Now I can't see it any other way.

[–]PastelFlamingo150 177 points178 points  (12 children)

Shadows and strong light behind it screwing with the camera. Cameras are not the same as eyes.

[–]Whalen207 91 points92 points  (5 children)

Exactly. The camera was overexposed.

Checking the average colors of the dress in the original photo in an image editor results in a muted gold and some off-white color, not black and blue. The dress itself is indeed black and blue, but the photo was very overexposed.

[–]Martel732 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's weird when I opened it in Gimp the HTML notations I got from two random blue/white spots was 6f778a and 96a7c5 both greyish blue colors.

Edit: the black/gold is apparently a dark desaturated yellow (4d4520).

[–]kre91 137 points138 points  (25 children)

I'm freaking out. I can't see how this was or is ever white and gold. I saw it as blue/black the first time. No matter what I do, it's always blue/black.

[–]cutdownthere 59 points60 points  (8 children)

I cannot for the life of me see it as white and gold. Ive tried to, but it just dont...

[–]cheshire137 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Or periwinkle/bronze to us enlightened souls.

[–]ElRed_ 166 points167 points  (4 children)

This is something Jaden Smith would come up with. Our eyes are not real.

Edit: added a missed word

[–]TellMeWhyYouLoveMe 117 points118 points  (33 children)

Here is the actual colors according to color droppers:

[–]1I1I1I1I1I11I1I1 92 points93 points  (7 children)

The only black I see is in the image border.

[–]Sir_Vival 102 points103 points  (19 children)

Hey all, photographer here (and web developer/designer - two professions that require a fair amount of knowledge about color). Let me explain what's happening with the image as a whole.

Here is the real dress, or something like it, shot appropriately.

And here is the image in the OP, with some adjustments.

When dealing with light, we need to worry about something called color balance. Basically, a lot of white light that we deal with isn't truly white - that's why there are different types of bulbs (daylight is typically the closest to real, balanced white, but a lot of people see it as blue). The sun covers the spectrum of light that we can see more or less fully. An incandescent bulb burns pretty yellow. The orangish sodium lamps used on street lamps actually only put out that specific wavelength of orange, which is a real bitch as a photographer.

Anyways, if a camera has it's white balance set to auto, as most camera phones always do, the camera needs to guess what type of light it's encountering. This is a measure of blue vs yellow and to a lesser extent green vs pink. The dress being blue completely screwed up this measurement, so the dress isn't as blue as it should have been. This added yellow to the whole image, including the blacks. On top of that, the image is a little over exposed, causing those orangish blacks to look more orange.

Why are some people seeing the dress as white? Their own vision is a part of it, but I would guess a lot of people are on monitors that aren't so great that have brightness cranked. That could make it look something like this extreme example.


[–]carmooch 8 points9 points  (6 children)

I've managed to see the dress as both blue/black and white/gold - albeit briefly.

It definitely doesn't have anything to do with monitor colour or brightness as I showed several people on the same screen and there was about an even split in regards to colour.

Interestingly, simply inverting the colours of the original photo gives you the correct colour tones I managed to see as white and gold - although the gold area in this photo is actually the white area through the optical illusion and vice versa.

[–]EasyDoesItDoesntIt 150 points151 points  (7 children)

Does this mean black people have really been gold this whole time?

[–]kelsasaurusrex 204 points205 points  (157 children)

Think my previous comment was removed for not enough info. Anyway, from what I've read it's an optical illusion. Your brain is perceiving the colours a certain way and to others it can look different depending on your colour depth perception. Here's a link to some more illusions to illustrate my point:

[–]kjhunkler 220 points221 points  (77 children)

Does anyone else see only bronze/lavender?

[–]creamilky 99 points100 points  (9 children)

I went on a journey from white/gold to black/blue to bronze/lavender.

[–]Darkderp 111 points112 points  (4 children)

I can't fucking handle this.

[–]Ethikos 56 points57 points  (3 children)

GET A GRIP MAN IT'S ONLY A DRESS its only a dress.itsonlyadressitsonlyadressitsonlyadress .....cries in a corner....

[–]I_Will_Try_More 29 points30 points  (4 children)

It doesn't change for me either. I think the magic gene is broken in us.

[–]blickblock 57 points58 points  (34 children)

The actual colors in the image (i.e. the RGB color values in the source bitmap) are bronze and lavender. While everybody can argue till the cows come home about what color the dress actually is, if you're looking at this image without trying to interpret it as being under lighting/photo conditions, you will see those two colors.

You should be able to replicate this for anybody by zooming in so you can only see a 20x20 region of the image, with some of the lighter dress bits, and some of the darker.

It's possible that with an unusual monitor / screen, you'll see other colors still, but that seems a strong indication that your monitor isn't calibrated very well, or is otherwise misbehaving.

Personally, I have a hard time seeing anything but what's in the image, which is bronze and lavender.

[–]lilnomad 125 points126 points  (29 children)

Here's a guy that did a nice breakdown of the colors.

[–]pappapidanha 33 points34 points  (2 children)

This!! Show this to the non believers

[–]WhatsTheMeta 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Why is it only this one picture it occurs with? How come I've never come across this before?

[–]fuckeroni 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I wonder how often this occurs unnoticed

[–]relevantsam 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Why does it switch between the two for me?

[–]Naillilb 62 points63 points  (44 children)

This should clear up some stuff. That link is the original dress. What matters is whether or not you perceive the photo as overexposed in general or as having a deep shadow cast over the dress. Your brain will automatically correct for whichever one you believe, and you'll see either white/gold or blue/black. I personally see white/gold, but the dress in real life is very much blue and black.

[–]IAMARomanGodAMA 92 points93 points  (2 children)

The reviews are getting fantastically out of hand.

[–]Ryugar 26 points27 points  (6 children)

This thread is kind of freaking me out..... why do so many people see two different things.

[–]homeboi808 38 points39 points  (1 child)

I know it is black & blue, but because it is so overly exposed, I still perceive it as a very light lavender and a muddy gold.

I originally saw it as white with a small blue hue and a less muddy gold. I even zoomed in and it stayed the same colors, but now when I zoom in I see it more as what I described earlier.

[–]Thomatoe 56 points57 points  (9 children)

It's both, it's a matter of perception and depends on the person or rather how they perceive the color with respect to the reflection of light. People either see white/blue and gold/black. People who see white don't actually see a pure white color (255 255 255 RGB) but rather a white that looks light blue in the picture due to the lighting which makes white appear light blue. In people who see the white color, the visual system acknowledges the lighting conditions and compensates for this by perceiving the light bluish color as white (similar to an auto-white balance feature in a camera). People who see it as blue see the color for what it is without this compensation. Similarly, people who see black don't actually see a pure black (0 0 0 RGB) but rather a black which looks gold in the picture due to the reflection of light off the black. People who see gold see the color for its actual color in the picture.

Tldr Depends on the person and whether they see it as a white that only look blue in the picture due to the lighting or a black that only looks gold due to the lighting

[–]cyanonyx117 172 points173 points  (55 children)

I came here to post this but I'm glad I didn't have to.

No matter what I do, be it changing devices, displays, squinting, tilting the screen, I cannot see blue/black. It is undoubtedly white/gold to me. I sent it to a few friends and they all say white/gold except one of them, and coincidentally, he was the only one not viewing it on a smartphone. He then looked at the picture on a different display and said he saw white/gold on that one, but keeps seeing black/blue everywhere else. I don't know what this could mean, but I felt the need to contribute it to the conversation.

[–]HudsonWozEre 64 points65 points  (7 children)

Try looking at it indirectly. Like catch it in the corner of your eye. Worked for me, after I went insane of course.

[–]aglock 59 points60 points  (14 children)

How do you see it as white and gold? What part is white and which gold? I still can't begin to understand how it looks white and gold to anyone, I see it blue and black no matter what people do to the picture. I'm seriously just trying to understand this.

[–]object_on_my_desk 31 points32 points  (12 children)

I can't see white/gold no matter how hard I try. Which parts appear to be white and gold?

[–]MiddlebrowMentality 20 points21 points  (5 children)

This effect may have to do with the light color temperature we have installed in our homes. Most people have orangish lights because it's been the norm for so long. The brain tries to adjust for this orange light and make it seem more white. In this way, the brain skews the colors you might see. Some maybe have daylight temperature lights, which are a more accurate white. My thought is that people who have orangish lights are having the blue and black colors washed out by their brains which are adjusted for orangish colors. People with white lights (or with no lights) aren't having colors skewed by their brains and can more accurately see colors, seeing blue and black. This matches with online surveys I've seen. More people have orangish lights and more people see gold and white.

Here's a clear example of different light temperatures. I like daylight temperature bulbs, but I never used this room and left the bulb that came with the house in there - a more orangish light.

Edit: If you think hospital white lights are super cold, bright, white, then you probably have orange lights in your home.

Edit 2: The colors swapped for me unexpectedly, and after freaking out a bit, I have to admit that light temperature has nothing to do with it. Sorry guys. The good news is I can now see it both ways with some effort.

Edit 3: If your eyes are used to compensating for orange temperature lights, it could influence your view, but will not determine which colors you end up seeing.

[–]applejitters 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I did just ask both of my parents, who are currently in the same room with the same lighting, and one said black and blue, the other said white and blonde. I also see white and gold. So fascinating!

[–]xBlackLogic 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Looks gold/blue to me.

[–]slykethephoxenix 50 points51 points  (12 children)

I don't see how people think that's White and Gold? I can't even trick myself into thinking it's White and Gold.

It looks Black and Blue, through and through.

[–]ashabellanar 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Can someone make an image of the dress actually as white and gold? My roommate cannot conceptualize what I see and I hate it!

[–]Gypsyhook_ 31 points32 points  (11 children)

Can someone tell me why I could see it as white and gold, and then it changed, and I can't change back?

[–]Nashad 63 points64 points  (25 children)

The Picture has poor color recognition. The reason we see it differently is just from how our eyes have their brightness and color balance set. you can easily change that from looking at different colors. If you see white and gold, read this. If you see black and blue, read this. The effect is slow, so be patient.

[–]doppelwurzel 69 points70 points  (10 children)

How slow... I read it ten times and nothing changed.

[–]Soader03 7 points8 points  (0 children)

But why Comic Sans, whyyyyyyyy?

[–]lilnomad 7 points8 points  (3 children)

After looking at the actual dress on the website where it's sold, it seems like it would definitely show up as black and blue if you were to see it in person. But with a picture it could easily look like another color. Like everyone said, the original photo is over-exposed to hell and back.

[–]tatsuyame 41 points42 points  (12 children)

I see the image as white and gold, even given the actual dress colors (
However, I did some editing of the photo to make it look like it would if the lighting wasn't all wacky: The quality is pretty bad due to my hack job + original bad lighting, but I think it brings out how the image probably should have turned out if the camera didn't overcompensate on making it brighter.