Thoughts on “Style” and Dressing Your Truth

So I watch a youtuber named Diane in Denmark – she used to be a FlyLady Premium mentor, and started making videos that I really enjoyed listening to and that were really motivating to get my house put together. And she had a really strong sense of personal style.

She talked about a system called Dressing Your Truth, which is (yet another) thing that you can look to for determining the way you’ll look your best. It’s more than just colors though, it’s design, fabrication, texture, pattern, etc. Anywho, it’s made by a lady named Carol Tuttle, and she looks like your typical new agey white lady, except that something about the energy typing system stuck in my brain. A lot of her stuff strikes me as pretty kooky, but for some reason the style stuff I kept going back to.

This was … well over a year ago at this point, and I recently went back to it, since I’ve stubbornly not lost any of the weight I gained in 2017, so I have been getting some new clothes. There’s a free course here – https://course.liveyourtruth.com/ – and I watched it a few times. Dabbled around with it for awhile, and then decided to just try it for real and see what I think.

After joining Lifestyle over the summer, with an annual membership (like a good little pagan, I gave myself a year to decide if I like it or not), I was wearing Type 2 stuff (soft, subtle, lots of grey and mauve) and Carol saw my posts and suggested I contact her team to be officially typed as part of a Facebook quiz thing. I was selected, and ended up getting typed by Carol herself, as well as well over 200 other women who agreed with her, and I’m now living in the world of the Type 4 – Bold, Striking Woman.

(Oddly what had kept me from selecting Type 4 for myself was that I didn’t think I was stunning, striking, or symmetrical enough – basically I over analyzed, decided I wasn’t perfect enough, and went for the next closest thing. Also oddly, this is apparently incredibly common for Type 4 personalities.)

This has been an adventure. I don’t know how much I buy into the whole thing, but a lot of it is VERY true for me, but I also know that personality tests are like opinions these days. As a system for style, the Bold, Striking Woman wears pure hues – white, black, and other pure colors – in structured, clean, refined styles. And to be honest, that’s a lot of what I had in my closet (what wasn’t already Type 4 was Type 3 – rich and dynamic – hues with black mixed in for a lot of depth).

And so I’m now trying out “dressing my truth” – and I honestly really like it. It makes shopping easier, I’ve discovered I look STUNNING in a true red or true raspberry lipstick, and I feel at ease in the clothes that I’ve been picking up (mostly from ThredUP – thrift stores FTW).

It feels a little silly to have decided to do this – I’m 35, like I can’t figure out how to dress my own god damn self? But it’s fun, and it does make shopping easy, and so far everything I’ve picked up that is true to type has looked amazing on me.

(Go figure, the Italianate woman looks good in black and red.)

We’ll see if I’m still into it in a year.