Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Are You Hiding Out from Who You Really Are? How to Identify Your Dressing Your Truth Type

Do you know your dressing your truth type?

You probably know already that for almost a year, I was convinced that I was a dressing your truth type 2 when I am actually a dressing your truth type 3. To read my story about that, click that link. What I discovered is that I had been hiding out in type 2, which is my secondary.

If you have been reading along in this blog but don’t yet feel sure of your type, I have two suggestions that may help you identify your dressing your truth type.

Listen to These Videos

Each video describes that type’s thought processes and may help you recognize yourself if other descriptions of that type did not seem like you. I think that even though we may be able to hide out in our secondaries, and not be aware of our true nature, we can’t control our natural thought processes.

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3

Type 4

You may find that there is more than one type that seems to resonate with you. That may mean that one is your primary energy and the other is your secondary. The one where you have the strongest “aha” may be your type and the other may be a support for you. 

But give yourself time to process the information in both and let it settle, and then, see which one fits best. It may not be the one you initially thought was primary.

Consider Whether or not Your Coloring is Warm or Cool…

I’m being a bit of a renegade here, mentioning something that seems more connected to seasonal color analysis than the typical strategies for finding your dressing your truth type, but T1s and T3s are warm and T2s and T4s are cool, so if you do know your coloring, it might help you narrow down the possibilities.

Here are some ways to begin to determine whether you have warm or cool coloring…

(1) Look at the underside of your wrist and see if your veins look more green (warm) or blue (cool).

(2) Does your hair or has your hair ever had reddish tones (warm) or does your hair have more ash tones (cool)?

(3) Does your skin seem more golden (warm) or more pink or red (cool)?

Once you feel sure of which you are, go back and watch those two videos again and see which one sounds more like you.

And then, let me know in the comments section which type you think you might be!

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aflowerfairymom said...

Lol...while I love the idea of being an Autumn just cus that's my fave season...this is where I find DYT's system more coloring tends to be split between the typical coloring diagnosis...I have red hair (tho strawberry-blonder these days as i age) so that puts me in warm category...BUT being Irish my eyes are blue (in fact most redheads eyes *are* eyes are one of the rarest colors for any haircolor) so that makes me skin is cool but my fantastic amount of freckles looks very warm indeed while my veins are definitely bluish (cool). I found the DYT system much more in tune with my looks even tho it is rooted in my energy type! AT the very least, it simplified things for more concerns about warm or I just have to learn "rich" and "shades"! LOL!

Sherrie Koretke said...

Hi Jeanine,
How interesting. I never thought about the color of my veins. My guess is they are blue but then my hair color has reddish tones. But! I am Type 4/1 so that could explain that!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hey there, flowerfairymom! I know what you mean about how DYT simplifies things. But I have good news! If you are a T3, you also are an autumn. Yay!

And I include the warm vs. cool part for those who really don't know or can't decide. There are so many women who have trouble placing themselves!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Sherrie! LOL, I guess that just might explain it.

Anonymous said...

My apologies for the long and rambling nature of this post... I just had so much to say!

I, too, have dressed like a type two and it just felt WRONG; I tried so hard to make it work! I have been draped in person in the Sci-Art system as a true summer (yet somehow on-line as a light spring or soft autumn... hmmm... I seem to be sort of a chameleon). I also thought I was a T1 if not a T2, but I felt absolutely ridiculous wearing those clothes. I got rid of the ones I acquired because I didn't really care for them and people would say things like I "looked sad" or asked if I was OK when I wore them.

My jaw DROPPED when I read the type 4 description. It was *exactly* how I process information! I have to admit, I never read the T4 portion of the IJMN book because I was so certain I was a 2, and was sure that "bold" and "my own authority" (which I gleaned from club night videos) were not words that would accurately describe me. I went back and read the T4 section of the book, and it was very much like me internally (but not externally-- I am completely messy-- but really, I think that is part of my perfectionism).

Could I be a "soft" T4? I just can't imagine looking my best in stark black and white, though. I don't want to waste my $ on another course, but I love the system and the results it has created for others! I feel like I might be too "nurturing" to be a T4. It's important to me for things to be right, but overall, I am more concerned with others' feelings. I am frequently described as "so calm," though, which is a surprise to me every time.

I feel like I've wasted way too much time with this, to be honest, but I really want to get to the bottom of it. Can a true summer be a T4? I believe I am a "soft classic" in David Kibbe's "Metamorphasis" system, but my impression is that a T4 is too black and white to allow for a "soft" interpretation. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks so much for any that anyone has!

Jeanine-- I also wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog and am so glad that you have taken the time and effort to share your journey with us.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Wow, I can so relate to your journey!

I'm not sure what to tell you. I believe that with color analysis, you have to take hair and eyes into account, so I would expect to find that you are warm, either a spring or autumn, if you have been analyzed to be both.

And if you are warm, you are like to be a T1 or T3. The fact that you resonate with T4 makes me think you might be a deep autumn, which would be a 3/4.

OTOH, if your in-person analysis was right in that you are cool, then you might be a 2/4 or 4/2. And they often have the "all over the map" experience you describe.

There is such a thing as a yin 4 and one of my friends feels like that is her type. If you want to email me, I'd be happy to tell you a little more about her experience.

And if you want to try online color analysis again, I'd be happy to do that, too.

Wishing for clarity for you!

Making It Work Mom said...

Oh wow! I have no idea what I am??? I guess I need to process the whole idea again when I am not so tired! LOL!

I think it is such a good idea though to dress for your type - it is probably amazing that once you really start dressing for your personality and instead of what you think your personality is how comfortable you feel!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

LOL! Well, it will be here after you've gotten some rest. And you're right, it feels AMAZING to dress for your type!!

Barb said...

Hi folks,
I asked Carol of Dressing Your Truth about the problem of warm-coloured Type 2's and she stated emphatically that the Dressing Your Truth system is NOT concerned with skin and hair colour and does NOT consider these things when deciding a person's type. She said that it was the warmth or coolness of a person's "energy" that is being considered. Whatever that means lol!

Barb said...

P.S. I think the "energy" warmth or coolness that Carol refers to is about inner personality and the way a personality comes across.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Barb! I agree that DYT does not address warmth or coolness in a person's coloring, except to say that type 1s and type 3s are warm and type 2s and type 4s are cool.

But she does not consider that when typing someone and does not encourage people to rely on that when deciding their own type. That's why I think that videos like that, that help people identify their thought processes, are so helpful.

Having said that, though, I don't think that there are any warm-colored type 2s. Warm coloring would be a reason to consider type 1 and type 3.

Thanks for commenting, Barb!

Barb said...

Here's a link to my discussion with Carol regarding an obviously warm Autumn who's being typed as a type 2 according to the Dressing your Truth system:

I find it strange that she does colour drapings since she says that skin colouring is not considered part of the DYT typing system!

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Barb, that is very interesting! If I were color analyzing her, I would probably say she is either a soft summer or soft autumn, which means that she is, indeed, muted, and does need soft colors. To know for sure I'd need more pics.

But in my opinion, if she is a soft summer, then type 2 is perfect for her. If she's a soft autumn, then her soft colors need to be mostly warm.

Soft autumns can wear some slightly cool colors, like sky blue and some lovely pinks, but going too cool would drain them of color.

And so, even if she is a soft autumn, there are type 2 colors that would work for her, like taupe and grey and sky blue and some pinks and some of the rose browns, but either way, she is a blend of cool and warm, so it would probably work best for her to combine cool & warm in her outfits.

You're right, DYT does offer color drapings that they call energy drapings. When I was draped, they compared each type's green, then, red, then brown to see what happened to my skin with the drapes under my face. It's a little different than what color analysts do, but both look for harmony with the skin.

mimi said...

So what advice would you give to a type 2 person who has warm colouring but is much too "soft" a type to wear type 3's "strong" warm colours and style lines? Seems that wearing only taupe, rose brown and sky blue is a very limited palette!

Anonymous said...

Sorry but Dressing your Truth does not address people who are soft/warm. I believe the only warm type 2 colour they have is a greyed forest green. You would probably have more success by giving up on Dressing Your Truth and simply wear the seasonal "soft autumn" colours along with soft fabrics and flowing style lines. Even then you may be dissatisfied with Soft Autumn's colours if your hair or colouring is on the dark side, because for some reason colour analysts assume that if you are soft you are also light. Unfortunately I don't know of any systems that actually address people who are soft/warm/medium to dark.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Mimi! I don't believe that there are type 2s with primarily warm coloring. If you are sure that you are, however, then I would stick to the warmer versions of the colors of the type 2 palette.

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

Hi Anonymous! Actually, I heard Carol say on a video that type 1 and 3 are warm and type 2 and 4 are cool. But you're right that they don't answer the question of what to do if your coloring is warm but you're a type 2. I do know that when I was realized I was warm, that was my first clue that I might not be a type 2. And now, I am quite happy dressing as a both a type 3 and a warm autumn.

Anonymous said...

I am completely a Type 1 and completely a TrueSummer (I know because when I wear TS clothes barefaced it looks like I'm wearing makeup, they bring out my features so well). Similarly, Type 1 is my personality exactly. What do I do?

Jeanine Byers Hoag said...

I believe that you have to dress for your coloring, Anonymous. So if your coloring is best served by TS colors, then wear them. If the T1 style matches your personality, follow the style and design line recommendations while still wearing the colors that suit you best.

Holly said...

OMG! When I heard them talking about how 3s have an agenda and have trouble paying attention to another person when they are "on a mission" I just KNEW this was me. This is SO me! So, I guess I am a 3. Even though I love silver (over gold)...

Kourtney said...

i am so frustrated with Carol Tuttle. I talked to her in a forum that i thought she said she wouldn't address which types people are. then she started typing me I was very taken back she said I had a long face with parrell lines HAHAHA and then I put up a fuss becasue they swtiched my type so I could see the type 4 and indeed the color of your skin is taken into account with dyt. Even in the book it talks about how 2 and 4s are fair skin blah blah and then in the video it talks about how prcelain and fair the skin is for a four so when choosing make-up it is best to use fair. Yah never have I been fair or porceilan my pores can be seen from a mile away. so Carol had a 15 mintue chat which she noramlly charges $150 for but so generously ;) gave me for free were she decdied to tell me I had a heart shape face and I would not feel compfortable wearing heavy things blah blah the point being Carol contradicts her self. so don't take her word as being right or doctorine becasue the next day she will say something different to justify how right and in control she really is. i noticed many people are discussing what Carol has said it is a never winning battle one minute she says trust your self and move on and then next minute she is on brunches and videos telling every women they have typed themselves incorrectly. I love that you have mentioned the seasons I find that very refreshing. Because when I first got into the dyt program Carol said this is nothing like the seasons so I trusted her and went along with it. After my little chats with Carol I went to amazon purchased the seasons book and read it and found that it is extremely a like and guess what ladies it only cost $8 and it explains how children and men are and it gives you the colors right in the book. With Carol it is thousands of dollars to get simillar information. I would be very catutious when working with dyt. You know who you are and if the color and style doesn't feel right self evaluate and determine if you are hiding your primary. Jeanine- I can't thank you enough for this post. It has helped me so much. As it is probably expressed I am very mad at DYT and especially Carol.

Jeanine Byers said...

Holly, I am just seeing your comment! Not sure why I didn't get notified. You know, that's what did it for me, too!! Have you tried the type 3 course yet? If not, it's on sale this weekend if you go to this link for their Spread the Love promotion...

It's $99 (instead of $297) and you get $30 in store credit.

Thanks for sharing your realization! I love it when people suddenly know, for sure, which one fits.


Jeanine Byers said...

Kourtney, I am just seeing your post, too!! SO sorry to just be responding now. And I'm so sorry you had such a negative experience. ((hugs)) I understand your frustration. They say themselves that DYT isn't for everyone, but I know it can be disappointing to think you know your type and then not be sure because they have told you that you are something else. Though that happened to me, too, I was excited about it since T3 is colors I love! :) Hope you do find your sense of place one way or another!!

Catherine said...

Thanks for these videos. I seem to be all the types however as I recognise all the thought processes! :s

Jeanine Byers said...

You're welcome! LOL! I have heard other people say that, too.

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