The Great Dress Debate of 2015

February 2015

#BlackAndBlue or #WhiteAndGold Dress Debate

This dress debate should be tossed into color theory classes. I know that it has popped up all over many people’s social media accounts but this color dress debate deserves to be a silly marker in internet history.

This dress was introduced by a Tumblr user who posed the following question

“Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black. Me and my friends can’t agree…”

The controversy and confusion that followed was probably not what she expected. Here is the original post by Swiked.

Initially my eyes only saw a white and gold dress. This was true when I saw the dress debate covered on the news as well as when I saw it on my computer and cell phone. Then suddenly, without changing the brightness on my cell phone, I saw the dress change to blue and black. It has been these colors ever since.

After looking into why my own eyes were playing tricks on me I found the answer. The brain’s natural process for adjusting to varying lighting conditions can trick you into seeing the dress as white and gold instead of blue and black.

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