|Which of the 4 Types are you?|
The old joke goes like this, “There are two types of people: those who believe there are two types of people and those who don’t.”
My own version: “There are two types of women: those who seem to have innately developed a strong personal style by the time their first molars come in, and the rest of us.”
The rest of us sometimes need a little help and guidance to come to an understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and why. There are scores of great style books out there that tackle the “what, when and where” of style, the purely physical and situational aspects, but far fewer that delve into the “who” and “why.”
If you’ve had the experience of wearing garments that should be perfect for your shape and coloring but knowing that some that something’s still missing, you might find Carol Tuttle’s book “Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile” and Dressing Your Truth course helpful. I reviewed both a few years back, but recently was contacted by the DYT team and asked to have another look and review again, as the videos and website have been updated and expanded.
The premise of Dressing Your Truth Beauty Profiling is that there are four “energy types.” We each embody aspects of all of these energy types but one will dominate. And finding our dominant energy type will help determine what looks best on us, and helps us feel most “ourselves.” When our appearance and clothing are in harmony with our dominant energy type, we will look and feel more energized, attractive and vibrant. Yeah, I know. It all sounds more than a little “woo woo” and New-Age-y. But, in reading through the descriptions of the different energy types, the attributes of Type 4 people really resonated with me, and the styles and clothing recommended for this energy type also aligned with the types of clean, bold style I’ve always been drawn to and feel best in.
|Type 1 Makeover – April|
Dressing Your Truth a very affirming, body- and age-positive approach and program. The focus isn’t on some sort of cookie-cutter, media-sanctioned version of beauty or style, even within a Type. Carol emphasizes how the fashion and beauty industries promote a single, narrow standard of what’s beautiful, and shows a way to see past that and really embrace our own type of beauty. There’s no “10 Items Every Woman Must Have” type of advice. The idea of focusing on “dominant energy” or “movement” is, IMO a very holistic approach that addresses not only our physical selves when exploring style and beauty, but our personality, expression, and way of being in the world. With Dressing Your Truth, you become your own expert, and rely on your own intuition and judgement in determining your dominant Type. The clothing, accessories and beauty recommendations for each type are clear and a lot of information and support is available from the website. Carol might say this is my Type 4-ness coming through, but I really like being able to define, analyze and duplicate the styles that work for me, and Dressing Your Truth really provides those tools.
|Type 2 Makeover – Mary Helen|
Some may take issue with…
Any style/beauty advice or system can feel dogmatic and rigid, especially when it conflicts with our own taste, experience or ideas. Some may feel the 4 types are too restrictive, or simplistic. For those who have been draped in Sci-Art or other color systems, the DYT recommendations may conflict with what a color or image analyst has suggested for you. Some of the clothing shown in the course videos looks a bit dated, but I do believe some of the videos are a few years old. (But I also think the general guidelines for each type can be applied to what’s currently available.) You may not agree with or like all of the recommendations for your type. If you’re a makeup minimalist, you may find the makeup recommendations for some of the types a bit garish. Be aware that the “Beauty Profile” book and introductory course help you determine your dominant energy type, but do not provide specific style/color/makeup/hair recommendations once you do; that requires purchase of the full course.
|Type 3 Makeover – Judy|
The bottom line:
There are a lot of different systems and philosophies for categorizing the styles and colors that will be most flattering and work best for each of us. I’m not ready to sign on to any one of them to the exclusion of all others. Last winter I had a comprehensive color analysis by a Sci-Art trained consultant who assessed my seasonal color palette as Light Summer. A few of these colors are within the DYT Type 4 color recommendations but many are not. I do know that when I’ve tried to dress “softer” (with regard to colors or styles/shapes) that I feel frumpy and faded. I love the bolder expression of DYT Type 4, and even though I may take a pass on some of the colors recommended for this type, I know that feel and look better with a bit more contrast and brightness.
|Type 4 Makeover – Deborah|
I still stand by my “tools not rules” philosophy when it comes to any kind of style or beauty advice/system, but I do think Dressing Your Truth offers some very valuable tools. If you’re at a point in your life where:
- you want to shop smarter and really hone your style
- you are overwhelmed by all of the (often conflicting) style advice out there and don’t know where to begin
- you are looking to update your style to keep up with changes in your life
- you’ve done some research and perhaps even worked with a stylist or color consultant but feel that some component is still missing
- you have a closet full of clothes but “nothing to wear”
- you copy styles or ensembles you like but feel like you’re wearing someone else’s clothes
Right now, Carol is offering a free introductory course, which includes 20 days’ worth of videos, tips, and a special offer if you decide to purchase the full course. The full course includes the book Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile, a style guide for your type, and a $10 credit at the online store, where you can shop for clothing, makeup and accessories selected specifically for your type.
Disclosure: I was given access to the full website/program at no charge in order to review.
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