In the midst of summer heatwaves, few things are as refreshing as biting into a juicy watermelon. The cut fruit is often on the menu at cookouts, but it turns out there’s more than one way to enjoy this tasty treat. Thanks to a charming summer trend, people are creating optical illusion dresses out of real watermelon and rocking them appropriately—without ever trying them on. It’s all made possible with a clever photography trick and some strategically cut (or eaten) slices.
Fruit fashionistas who are trying this quirky illusion do so with the help of a friend. The person who wants to “wear” the dress stands off in the distance while the other person holds a slice of watermelon up to the wearer’s midsection. They then point and shoot their camera. Scale is an important part of this process; to work, the fruit has to appear closer to the lens while the person in the distance looks smaller. This is what creates the optical illusion dress.
Because all you need is a buddy and piece of watermelon, this fun summer activity is something you can try now. People have been doing it throughout the summer and posting the results using the hashtag #watermelondress. Though the idea is simple, it’s easy to customize with the shape of the fruit—so strike a pose and have fun!