During my dress practice interview with Romy, many themes were discussed. These being routine, organisation, beliefs, self-made rules, and mood changing pieces of clothing. After this interview, I noticed and begun to observe some of Romy’s ways of dressing that I did not pay attention to before. For example, when looking back and thinking about it, I realise that Romy has never worn an all black outfit before, because she prefers lighter colours on her. Romy stated how she knows that “some people are uncomfortable wearing colour”, and she feels the same way about wearing black. As a result of this, each time there is a piece of clothing in her outfit that is black (a sweater for example), she makes sure that every other item she is wearing is in colour. “Our consciousness of dress is heightened when something is out of place” ( page 133, paragraph 3)1 and I think that Romy feels as if there is something out of place, and therefore her consciousness of dress is heightened by ensuring all the other items of clothing in her outfit are in colour. Additionally, Romy definitely takes comfort into great consideration. I believe that the main reason for this is because of her major, profession, and her hobbies. All these subject positions contribute to her dress practice, in a very similar way to mine. I stated previously that my major is important when it comes to getting dressed because I value being comfortable throughout the day. Additionally, I feel that I perform my best when I am comfortable, and Romy has stated that she feels more motivated in school, and with other everyday activities when she is comfortable. Another similarity between my dress practice and Romy’s was the way that gender contributes to our dress practice. We both have very strong opinions about exposing too much of our bodies, and this is because of our definitions of being a woman. Romy prefers her “body to be a mystery” and believes that it is more feminine and womanly to remain elegant. In conclusion, this interview impacted my understanding of the relationship between clothing and the body to a great extent in a few ways. Firstly, I begin to understand that everyone has their own definitions of something feeling out of place (in terms of dress), and when this happens, our consciousness of dress is heightened. Secondly, I realised that there definitely are mood changing items of clothing, and some clothing can motivate and encourage us. Lastly, we all have subject positions (such as gender and major for Romy and I), that contribute greatly to our dress practice, and this makes us more aware of our bodies.
1“The Dressed Body.” Real Bodies, A Sociological Introduction, by Joanne Entwistle, Palgrave, 2002.