There is a learning curve to Dressing Your Truth! The learning curve is not in understanding the basic program of the 5 elements of Dressing Your Truth; the curve is learning “your way” within DYT. How to listen to your beauty sixth sense and bring your style together in a way that truly expresses you, true to your Type.
To help you move through that learning curve with more grace and ease, I asked each of the Dressing Your Truth Experts to share “what they wish they knew when they started Dressing Your Truth.” Share in a comment what you wish you had known and what you loved learning from your Type 2 Experts. -Carol
1. When you started Dressing Your Truth, what aspect of dressing true to your nature was most challenging? Looking back, what kind of advice would you give to someone in the same situation?
- Anne: There weren't many examples of the Type 2 look, and as a result I defaulted to a lot of gray, flowers, and frills. That was a good start, but it didn't feel quite me. My challenge was to create a personalized Type 2 style. It was a fun challenge, and I continue to "challenge" myself to further develop my personal style. My advice to anyone that isn't feeling at home in the Type 2 look yet is to make it your own by trying new things. I have developed my style over the years by being willing to try new styles, colors, combinations, etc.
- Michelle: Trying to figure out which colors were really Type 2 was a little challenging at first. It finally clicked when I went to a thrift store that separated their items into colors. With all of the similar colors together, I could finally see what made something a Type 2 tone! It was exciting! I think now that the Lifestyle content is available, it is so much easier for women to figure out what colors are their type with all of the great color videos that the girls have done. I also forgot about incorporating ALL of the elements (design line, fabrication, etc.) and just focused on color, so make sure you don’t forget those!
2. What aspect of dressing true to your nature was most exciting or came most naturally?
- Anne: I was so excited to have a framework to work within. I felt so lost before Dressing Your Truth. My closet was a "grab bag" of colors and styles. Once I learned how to dress as a Type 2, I had clear direction and could easily create a more defined style.
- Michelle: I just felt so at home in the Type 2 colors, as opposed to the Type 1 and Type 4 colors I was wearing before, that I felt like I had finally come home! I loved knowing that I didn’t need to wear structured clothing, but that I could wear the comfortable, relaxed clothing that I felt so good in and was always so drawn to before.
3. What advice would you give to a Type 2 woman who is just getting started in her Dressing Your Truth journey?
- Anne: As a Type 2 woman you want to get it right, and you'll fret or worry that you're making a mistake. Get out of your head and trust yourself. 98% of the time, you are right on! The colors you have chosen work, the way you tied that scarf looks fabulous, and that necklace and earrings totally work together! Go easy on yourself and let the little doubts float on through without heeding them too much attention. Remember, it's a process and you're doing a great job where you are right now.
- Michelle: Don’t try to copy the way someone else dresses. I’ve learned that what works for one woman, won’t necessarily work for another of the same Type. Our secondary energy, body shape, and personal preferences come into play. Trust yourself and be you! I would also suggest remaining a Lifestyle member! Those videos can be SO helpful, even for a veteran like me.
4. What advice would you give to a woman who has been dressing her truth for a while now, 2+ years? How can she continue to develop and expand her style? What has helped you continue to develop your style over the years?
- Anne: Try new things! The #DYTFashionShows have really inspired me. We work together as a team to come up with those outfits, so others will suggest ideas for me that I wouldn't have considered. Even if at first an outfit looks like it totally "isn't me" I'll try it on. Often I'm surprised how much I like it. As a Lifestyle member, you get access to our best content with continual outfit inspiration. Try what you love and then try what you don't think would work. You might be pleasantly surprised.
- Michelle: Don’t be afraid to try new things. And, it’s okay if your style preferences change from one year to the next. I think the biggest thing that has helped me is that I’ve stopped trying to copy other people’s style choices and started being more true to myself. For example: I thought I should wear my hair naturally curly (since I’ve got it) and tried to copy Anne since I absolutely love her hair. I could never get mine to look like hers, and I never really loved mine that much. I finally gave myself permission to do flat iron curls and I like it SO much better on me! (Although that could change and I may want to go back to wearing it naturally curly some day).
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