I read about the Dressing Your Truth thing on Crystal’s blog, and initially I was a little skeptical about breaking all people down into only four types and then prescribing clothes, hair, and makeup for each. But then I read Crystal note that she spent a lot of her life thinking she had to be a certain type and acting and dressing that way, when it wasn’t really true to who she really is. I have been there! So I decided to look into it. The program website offers a free video series but I completely loathe video–I avoid getting information that way at all costs. And there weren’t very many written recaps. So, being me, I checked the library and found that a copy of the book version, Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Type of Beauty, was available. Problem solved.
As I said, I am skeptical of the only-four-types thing. Women come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and I have a hard time buying it that all the women in one type look good in the same things. However, reading the book I immediately fell into Type 3. As in, pretty much everything was spot on. And the clothing suggestions for my type were pretty much the type of things I choose when I’m picking things I like and look best in. However, I have gotten sidetracked over the years at times by wanting to fit in, wanting to follow a trend, or trying to be something different for someone else. It never works. You always know when you see someone wearing the wrong thing–you don’t think “yikes, your butt is big, girl!” but rather “I wonder if she knows she’d look better in a different silhouette?”
The tips in the book are pretty broad, which was enough for me. I personally don’t love many of the styles on the website, so since my personal taste varies from Tuttle’s, I am fine with the broad guidelines. However, I will say that if you have no idea what you’re doing with clothes and colors, or if you’ve been chasing someone else’s idea of what you should look like, the book won’t help because it doesn’t give much actionable detail at all about what to do once you determine your type. In fact, the book is pretty much a vehicle for promoting Tuttle’s online course, which is very, very expensive. That said, if you really don’t know what to do after reading the book, maybe the course–which includes tips on clothing, makeup, jewelry, and hair–would be worth it.
I appreciated how the book encouraged women not to be locked in to one type of femininity, but to embrace their own beauty and temperament while being aware of some pitfalls that could be negatives. I always find personality typing helpful and get some insight from it, although I still don’t think Dressing Your Truth is as comprehensive as, say, the Myers-Briggs.
If you don’t mind getting information from videos, you can sign up for the free series on the website, or if you prefer to read for information, see if your library has Dressing Your Truth. It’s an interesting read.
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