Dress Color Question Sparks Social Media Debate: Is The Dress Color Black And Blue Or White And Gold?

Is the dress color blue and black or white and gold? That is the question.

Within the past 24 hours, there has been a social media debate over a dress color worn by the mother of a 21-year-old bride, Caitlin McNeal, who posted the photo of the $77 dress to her Tumblr on Thursday after she and her friends couldn’t agree on the dress color, according to ABC News.

Seeking help from her followers on Tumblr, McNeal asked, “Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the (obscenity) out”

Not only did her followers view the post and respond, but her post managed to reach over 28 million viewers with various responses.

“I was just looking for an answer because it was messing with my head,” McNeal stated

The majority claims the dress color is white and gold while others believe the dress to be black and blue.

Here are a few responses from Twitter:

A few celebrities gave their input as well. Taylor Swift addressed the dress color debate by writing the following on Twitter:

“I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK.”

Kim Kardashian gave her opinion on the dress color as well as adding Kanye’s take.

“I see white & gold. Kanye sees black and blue, who is color blind?”

Senator Christopher Murphy chimed in and stated the following via Twitter:

“I know three things: 1) the ACA works; 2) climate change is real; 3) that dress is gold and white.”

With the dress color response being inconsistent, a brain and cognitive science professor at the University of Rochester, Dr. Duje Tadin, addressed the debate with the following.

“It’s puzzling. When it comes to color, blue is always the weird one. We have the fewest number of blue cones. If you don’t have very many blue cones, you may see it as white, or if you have plenty of blue cones, you may see more blue.”

“This clearly has to do with individual differences in how we perceive the world. There’s something about this particular image that just captures those differences in a remarkable way.”

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney added his own take.

“There’s no correct way to perceive this photograph. It sits right on the cusp, or balance, of how we perceive the color of a subject versus the surrounding area. And this color consistency illusion that we’re experiencing doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your eyes. It just shows how your brain chooses to see the image, to process this luminescence confusion”

What do you think the dress colors are?

[Image via Swiked]