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Awhile back, I wrote an introductory post about a program I recently went through called Dressing Your TruthTM. (You can find that post here if you missed it before.) I mentioned that I would give some more details about my own personal experience with this program, so today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about what it was like for me.
As I mentioned last time, after completing the free course, I decided that I had a primary TYPE 2SM energy with a secondary TYPE 4SM energy.
In case you aren’t familiar with this program, the 4 Types of Beauty are:
- The TYPE 1SM bright, animated woman.
- The TYPE 2SM soft, subtle woman.
- The TYPE 3SM rich, dynamic woman.
- The TYPE 4SM bold, striking woman.
You can learn more about them and find out which Type of Beauty you are by taking the free course. (You can find it here.)
I wanted to start by showing you a before and after. Unlike some of the other Dressing Your Truth transformations that you can see, mine isn’t really very dramatic. True to my TYPE 2 nature, it’s a much more subtle change. In fact, I don’t even have a real “before” picture to show you.
I searched through all my pictures, and this is the best example I could find. It’s actually a picture from a few years ago back when I was in college. I was looking back through all of my pictures, trying to find a more recent one that was an example of clothing that did not match my Type of Beauty, but I couldn’t find a good one. I realized that I had been unconsciously dressing more and more like a TYPE 2 woman over the past few years, and that, for times when I knew that my picture would be taken, I tended to choose the items of clothing that I liked the best, which were actually clothes that were already perfect for my TYPE 2 nature.
(Note: If you go through the free course and find your Type of Beauty, you should definitely take a picture like it’s recommended to do! I really wish now that I had.)
I was wearing a black dress in the picture on the left, and it was one that I wore mainly because I thought it was supposed to be a fashionable color and not because I really liked it. It’s a little harder to tell in this picture because I was so tan from the summer sun, but whenever I wear black, it seems to make my face look really pale and washed out too.
The necklace I’m wearing is one I never really liked either. I had bought it online, and I had liked the way it looked in the catalogue, but when I tried it on, it just didn’t feel right to me. It was too big and heavy, and it didn’t feel comfortable at all. I actually never wore it again after that one day.
In the picture on the right, I’m wearing one of my favorite new scarves and a sweater in a softer, more muted version of my favorite teal color. (It looks a little bright with the lighting in this photo, but in real life it’s a much softer color compared to the very bright turquoise and teal that I used to buy.)
The softer colors, the silver teardrop earrings, and the details on the lace scarf are all things that I really love, and I feel much more “me” when I’m wearing an outfit like this than I ever did when I was wearing outfits like my “before” photo.
How I Was Already Following my Nature Without Even Knowing It
I realize now that the sort of clothing pieces and accessories that are the best for a TYPE 2 woman are the ones that I’ve always loved the most even from the time that I was very little. When I was younger, I always loved playing dress-up and putting on long-flowing princess gowns (aka dresses I found at yard sales), and I remember wishing that my ears were pierced so that I could wear tear drop dangle earrings. Even when I was very young, I was looking for the flowing, downward movement of a TYPE 2 energy to be reflected in the clothing I wore.
Over the years, I’ve bought many items of clothing with colors that were very bright, with bold, contrasting patterns, but the real reason I bought them was because they seemed like they were supposed to be in style and not because I truly liked them.
And because shopping for clothing can be pretty frustrating sometimes, there were many times when I bought things just because they fit or they were on sale, or because I needed a certain item of clothing and I was too tired to keep trying at other stores so I just bought something that was close to what I needed but wasn’t really what I loved.
When I was cleaning out my closet recently, I found quite a few items of clothing that I had only worn a couple of times because whenever I put them on, they just didn’t feel right. There were times when a shirt or a skirt looked great on the hanger, but then when I put it on it just felt like I was playing dress-up again but that this time I was trying to be someone that I really wasn’t.
Here are a couple of pictures of how my closet has changed. These are my fall and winter sweaters and long-sleeved shirts. (I still need to finish sorting through some of my summer clothes.)
Now that I’ve gone through my closet, I’ve taken out all of the clothes that I hardly ever wore and all of the clothes that weren’t appropriate for my TYPE 2 nature and donated them. When I look in my closet now, all that is left is clothing that I really like, in soft, pretty colors that I love, and it’s so much easier deciding what to wear now because I don’t have to wade through all of the clothing that wasn’t right for me.
One of my favorite things is being able to look into my closet and seeing everything coordinate. I’m one of those strange people who arranges their closet by type of clothing item (like all the sweaters together, all the blouses together, etc.) and then by color in rainbow order within each type of clothing, so whenever I open my closet now, I love seeing this more muted, dusty version of the rainbow. Maybe I’m just crazy, but I really like the way that all of the colors blend and harmonize with each other 🙂
Shopping is So Much Easier!
I’m also loving how easy and how fun shopping has been lately. When I walk into a store, my eyes are immediately drawn now to the colors that are in my TYPE 2 color palette, and that gives me a starting point for where to look. Once I find items in the colors that are right for me, I can look at the design lines and patterns, and feel if it seems comfortable and if it’s something that I like.
Having a color palette as a guideline narrows down the items in the store so that there isn’t an overwhelming array of choices, and it’s easier for me to decide which ones I really like enough to spend money on.
It’s also been fun for me to give myself permission to wear things that I really liked but that I might have been afraid would seem too “frilly.” Now that I can see why my TYPE 2 nature was drawn to the graceful draping design lines of a flowy scarf or the intricate details of lace trimming, I’m giving myself full permission to wear those items of clothing without worrying about whether they might seem like “too much.”
The Fun of Trying New Things
It’s also been fun to try some new colors and styles that I might not have given a chance otherwise. I used to gravitate toward brighter colors because some of the more pale, muted colors seemed a bit washed out in comparison, but I’ve been trying more muted colors lately, and I’m really liking them!
Just recently I bought a pale blue shirt that I probably would have walked right by before because I thought it was a “nothing” color that would just be invisible, but now I love the color, and it’s one of my favorite shirts.
Here’s a photo of me wearing the shirt (and one of my favorite pairs of earrings, too). The shirt looks slightly more blue in real life than it does in this photo. It’s really hard to find the right lighting so that you can see what the colors really look like.
And, just for fun, here are a couple more picture of some more of my new favorites that are appropriate for my TYPE 2 nature:
Scarves (You can never have too many of those!)
And some flowy, lacy tops, all in soft, muted colors:
It’s Not Just About the Clothes
Like I mentioned in my first post, Dressing Your Truth is about so much more than just clothing. Going through this program has helped me to understand myself much better than I used to, and I’ll go into some more details about that in another post since this one is already so long. (Update: you can find that post here:)
If you’ve already taken the free course and discovered your Type of Beauty, I’d love to hear more about how the experience has been for you! Feel free to share with us in the comments below.
You can also see more pictures of clothing and accessories that I love on my Dressing Your Truth Pinterest board here.
Other Posts in the Dressing Your Truth Series:
- Does Your Clothing Reflect Who You Truly Are? Why Dressing Your Truth Matters
- How Your Clothing Affects Your Health
- Dressing Your Truth Before and After – One Year Update