Friday, April 29, 2011

Why I Love Dressing Your Truth! It Ain't Just about the Clothes...

For the next several days, there is a Mother’s Day Sale going on at Dressing Your Truth. All of their courses are 20% off until May 3rd.

So for anyone who may be trying to decide whether or not this is the right time to take advantage of the sale, I thought I'd tell you a little  more about it and a bit about what the Dressing Your Truth system has done for me and my family. You also will see some before-and-after pics which show how powerful the difference is when someone is dressing her truth.

The Dressing Your Truth system is not based on the fashion world’s external criteria, but on who you really are inside and who you were made to be.

"The fashion world only offers one system, one that is based on styles and trends. To teach a woman about her beauty..., she first needs to understand how her personality, body language and physical features influences what will look best on her." -Carol Tuttle, Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile

There are four types and each type corresponds to an element in nature. Though we all have some combination of all four elements (earth, water, air and fire), we each have one that is dominant and that determines our type.
Type One: Bright and Animated
The element is air and type ones have a light and upward movement and energy. They are bubbly and fun to be around.


My son is a type one, full of life and energy, cute, and always willing to do something fun. In fact, it needs to be fun or he’s not interested. When I found out about this system and began to dress him according to type, I asked what he thought of it.
“I feel more like me!” he said. And he looks happier (and much cuter) in those clothes than he did in the ones I used to buy for him.

Type Two: Soft and Subtle

The element is water and type twos have a more subdued, flowing movement and softer energy. They are warm and nurturing, comforting and connected.



This type is my type. And I must say that learning about what it means to be a type two has changed my life!

In the course, and on her blog, Carol (Tuttle) talks about the fact that if you aren’t dressing according to your type, then you are sending a mixed message every time you get dressed. Your clothes and style suggests one thing (some other type or a combination, perhaps) and may lead people unconsciously to expect you to be a certain way, when really, you are different than those expectations.
So you walk toward them, they create unconscious expectations and then, you open your mouth…Well, of course, I was doing that because I was dressing like a type three and a type four most of the time.
But the other point, that I haven’t heard Carol mention, is that you are also sending yourself messages about who you are every time you see yourself in the mirror or look down at what you’re wearing.

And for me, starting to remind myself that I am a type two just by dressing that way has changed the way I react to things, think about things, etc. Wearing something that sends out more energy and intensity than I am wired for was draining. These days, I’m not as tired as I used to be at the end of the day.

Type Three: Active and Reactive

The element is fire and type threes are active and dynamic in their energy and movement. They are fiery and intense and can be very resourceful.




I don’t think we have any type threes in my family, unless they are in my extended family. But I have gotten to know some wonderful type threes by participating in the Dressing Your Truth forum.

Several of them, and one in particular, are also on a quest to find signature style and I have noticed that when they are in their element, dressing their truth, their beauty has a “wow!” effect. You can feel the energy of it when you see it.

Type Four: Bold and Striking

The element is earth and type fours are reflective and their energy is stillness. They are authoritative, grounding and exact.

Type fours have a quieter energy, a stillness, but their beauty is stunning! My mom is a type four and even in her 70s, has a striking beauty. In fact, her wisdom and dignity are even more evident as she ages.
Understanding her type brought to an end a tension between us that we had had for many years. Because I finally could see that I wasn’t meant to be like her but she was! And that a lot of our conflict happened because neither of us understood that. We do now.
So if you’re curious about your type, you can find out for less right now because both the online beauty profile course and the Dressing Your Truth course are 20% off.
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I help plus-sized women who don't feel beautiful in their clothes discover their perfect style & create a closet filled with clothes they love that love them back!

"I thought I didn't feel good in my clothes because I was not my ideal weight. I am still not my ideal weight, but since learning how to dress my truth I feel like I look good. I haven’t felt that way for years. And all thanks to this remarkable new way of seeing myself." –Michelle, posting on Carol Tuttle’s Facebook wall.

22 comments:

Jym Tarrant said...

Like this concept Jeanine!

I never thought about it this deeply before, but it makes sense. Keep your outer appearance congruent with your inner nature, and you'll feel better, as well as be received in the way which is in harmony with the kind of person you are.

I wonder which I am? Stylish but practical, I like organic colors... A type 3 maybe?

Cheers!
Jym

Aurie said...

Wow - never thought about that before :) Thanks for the info!!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Jym! I'm no typing expert, but I'd have to look more closely at the features in your face. However, I think you might be right.

And yes, you have described it perfectly. The goal is to be congruent!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Aurie! If you've never thought about it before, it's probably because I haven't said it that way in a while. I've been more focused on wardrobe challenges.

I woke up this morning and realized I needed to say a little more his blog post (does that ever happen to you?). So I dashed out of bed and added a little bit more info.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Tettelestai said...

wow, i almost wish you had blogged this sooner!! i love it and i want to know more about my personality meshing with my dressing style. excellent post!!

Jen said...

What an excellent idea! Great post.

Thanks for stopping by my space today.

Visiting from Momma Made It Look Easy.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

@Kay, well then I wish I had blogged it sooner, too! :)

Thanks, it feels wonderful to me to "see myself" every time I get dressed. It makes me like myself more. A lot more!

@Jen, thanks! I'm so glad you came to visit.

Maggie S. said...

Jeanine, thanks for stopping by Accidentally. I hope to spend more time on this post later. I see the transformation in the photos, and haven't we all looked in the closet and wondered whose stuff that was???

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

LOL, Maggie! I certainly have. Or asked myself, "was I there when I bought that?" :)

Making It Work Mom said...

Stopping by from MMILE. This is interesting. I guess I would be number 2? I wonder if people dress to what they wish they were like.

What about a girl who likes all things patterns and loves to mix them. My daughter is the polka dot and stripe queen!

Paulette said...

Why have I never ever thought of dressing based on personality rather than what A) happens to fit and look ok and B) what others swear would look good on me?

Now I have a better idea of how this dressing thing can actually be. =)

Visting from Momma Made It Look Easy =)

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

@Making it Work Mom, sometimes going just by personality in trying to determine your type, can fool you.

I thought I was a type four, but it's actually my mother who is the type four. I was trying to be like her w/o even knowing it.

The way to know for sure is to learn what the facial features are plus the body language plus the personality. When I did that, type two edged out ahead as the clear winner!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

@Paulette, thanks so much for visiting. Yes, that makes a big difference!!

Yen said...

Hiii Jeanine :

I am so great to visit your blog. Cuz it's so much fun to dress myself up, and I could stuck in my corset hours long totally. I really like your blog introducing dressing and fashion. Definitely come back consistently. It does make women more energetic when we look after ourselves in beauty, even boys. Oh. Your boy must be very cute. :D

Have a great weekend & master knowledge in beauty,
Yen

Jeanine said...

Hi Yen! Thanks so much for visiting. I enjoy dressing myself up, too :).

Oliver Tausend said...

Hi Jeanine,

I agree that dressing one's truth is not only about the clothes. It's about letting the personality shine - and being authentic without being boring.

Thanks for sharing your insights.

Take care

Oliver

Adrienne said...

Hey Jeanine,

This is an interesting post. I'm definitely type one but I don't like a lot of bright colors. I know, I'm weird.. I've also never been one to keep up with what's in and what's not, big problem of mine. But can appreciate the concept and I know when we are dressed really nice it makes us feel so much better.

Can also understand that what you are sharing is not necessarily all about the clothes, but more about our own individual personalities and complimenting those. Again, like the concept.

Thanks for sharing this, very interesting indeed.

Adrienne

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

@Oliver, good point! Authentic without being boring.

@Adrienne, it's interesting you say that about being a type one, because a lot of type ones say they don't like bright colors. So you might be.

It's more than personality, though; it's facial features and body language and personality.

You're right, it's about dressing according to type, and clothes are a part of that. But it's also about living according to type and clothes can help support that.

Samantha Bangayan said...

Wow! I loved hearing about the idea being Dressing Your Truth, Jeanine, and learning more about you and your values along the way as well! =)

I love how you mentioned that we're more accustomed to following styles and trends rather than listening to ourselves. As I think about it more, this seems to apply to all areas of life. It's so easy to get caught up in society's waves, that we don't think to follow our own!

I always love typing myself and definitely feel like a type one (bright and animated), but I always dress in grays, blacks and whites. =P I have a lot to learn! =P

Thanks for this excellent post, Jeanine! =)

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Samantha, thanks!! I have no doubt that you are, indeed, a type one, (I'm no expert, but sometimes it's clearer than others) and if you try the course, you will find, uh, some other things to wear besides greys, blacks and white :).

You are right about listening to society instead of ourselves!

Ian Belanger said...

Hi Jeanine,

It is amazing how different clothes can change someones appearance.

I have never been much of a fashionable person, but I see by taking your advice I could really improve the way I look and feel, because we all want to feel good about ourselves and looking good is a big part of that.

Thanks for sharing Jeanine and have a great day!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Ian! It amazes me, too, how much of a difference it can make.

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