Gold & White or Blue & Black?

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You may have heard about the dress that has gone viral on the internet as people all over the world debate whether it is gold and white or black and blue. Although those a very different colours, many people swear it is gold and white while others are positive that it is blue and black….so what’s the truth?

No matter what colour you see, you’re not wrong – the dress is both colours depending on who and where you are. It is believed that the colour of the dress depends on the brightness of the room and of the background the dress is printed on.

There are also 2 different kinds of cells in your eyes that allow the brain to see colours.  Rods are more sensitive to light but not colour while cones are less sensitive to light but more to colour. Having more rods than cones is what leads to colour blindness.

Having more of one or the other will lead you to see the dress as white and gold or blue and black – it all depends on how your brain decides to interpret the colour. So what colour do you see?


Article written by D Mulhern

104 Responses

  1. how can it be gold and white it is blue and black
    and oso its not blue and grey

  2. I see Blue and black but my sister sees gold and white also my mum. Also my dads sees blue and black like Me

  3. I see black and gold. When I showed this to my parents, they got into an argument over which colours it was. My dad called my mom colourblind.

  4. I can see gold and white while my mum and sister both see black and blue.

  5. Its Gold & White because your eyes are much closer to the dress.


  6. Have any of you red the article no matter what couler you see its right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$*******************************

  7. From 3 metres away I see blue and black but close up I see gold and blue

  8. I don’t know how people think that dress is white and gold!
    I can see blue and black and almost everyone else I know can see blue and black!

  9. everyone knows that its blue and black B-) 🙂 🙂 and not white and gold:(

  10. it’s quite clear that it’s blue and black. well at least that’s what i think. lol

  11. if u guys had seen the facebook post that is currently all over the news u wouldn’t be arguing over which colour it is.


  13. what is the real answer? I am pretty sure it’s blue and black because the picture looks like gold & white but that’s because of the sun, so it’s probably black & blue.

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