Lying Eyes

I will start with a question my amused friend in Chicago texted me. It’s one that you may have already answered, but humor me and tell me, what color is this dress?

 A sleeveless, knee length dress with varying widths of horizontal stripes


Predictably, Buzzfeed served up a healthy amount of snark as the internet became consumed last week with the dress color question. Experts weighed in about photography and light and overexposure.

With my visual impairment, there’s no wrong answer here. I feel a hint of mirth when otherwise fully sighted people see what I see, our eyes in agreement. In a moment, they will understand the bafflement of lying eyes, optical illusions. Sometimes we can’t be certain of what we see.

For the true dress color, check out this snap of a woman wearing the dress at her daughter’s wedding. Before this dress issue becomes as stale as the macarena dance of the internet, I’m left with one question. This year, will my mom wear this notorious mother-of-the-bride dress to my sister’s wedding?


8 Comments Add yours

  1. floridaborne says:

    My eyes perceived lavender and gray. The question is not “what color is this dress” but “what color appears on the photo.” 🙂

  2. Casee says:

    I was off Twitter the day the “dress debate” took place. When I finally got on and saw all of the conversation I was shocked there was any debate at all. Clearly it is black and blue on my Mac and silver and gold on my phone and white and gray on my iPad. 🙂 Gives new meaning to the old saying “Who you gonna believe? Me or your lying eyes” 🙂
    As a side note, One of the ways I realized something was going on with my eyes was never really agreeing with people on what colors various articles of clothing were. Not saying people should be paranoid but if it happens quite a bit and you haven’t had an eye exam lately, get one!

    1. Good point Casee. Variations in vision can encourage a visit to the eye dr for a checkup.

  3. Trisha says:

    My husband showed me this last week. He sees white and gold and I see blue and gray. I look at it and can’t see how he can not see the blue!

    1. Exactly, it’s one way or the other and puzzling.

  4. Joy says:

    It’s the first question my husband asked me when I got home Thursday evening, and I said, “gray!” because I’m color blind. 🙂

    1. Another correct answer!

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