My Dressing Your TruthTM Experience as a TYPE 2SM Woman

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Β My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

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.)

My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

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.)


My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman


My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

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.Β 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 πŸ™‚

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.

My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

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!)

My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

And some flowy, lacy tops, all in soft, muted colors:

My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a TYPE 2 Woman

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.

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41 Responses to My Dressing Your TruthTM Experience as a TYPE 2SM Woman

  1. Hello!

    I’m a type two as well and relate 100% to how dressing your truth impacted your life. It’s had the same impact on me too. It’s funny, I have had periods in my life where I dressed more true to my nature than others. The most type 2 feature I had before was my hair. I wore it long and flowing with a side fringe. I had really hated shopping the last few years as I was trying to save money so really just buying what was cheap. But like you since knowing my type shopping has become a joy.

    I have also re-discovered thrift stores and get pretty much all my stuff from there so as not to break the bank. I did get a few things from the dyt store, just to get an idea of what I should be going for.

    Life is a million times better know I know my type. As you say it’s so not just about the clothes, event bough that is a huge source of joy to me now. I love that it has helped me get to know and accept myself for who I am. I can relax and be comfortable with the fact that I am who I am. It’s given me permission to be myself with no guilt :).

    Another huge bonus has been learning my hisband’s type (4). It has helped us soooo much.

    • Hi Maddie!

      I completely agree about shopping becoming a joy now. I’ve been having so much fun lately getting new pretty things (and finding things either on sale or from thrift stores so I don’t go broke!)

      Yes, the permission to just be myself is wonderful πŸ™‚ I love being able to understand myself better and to have a better understanding of the people around me too.

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience! πŸ™‚

  2. It was so fun to find your website! After doing the DYT free course last year, I left feeling pretty sure I was a type 2 with a secondary type 4 but also afraid that I wasn’t getting it quite right. But stumbling on your page, you might just be my twin! I know that sounds strange, but we share a lot of the same interests and even look a bit similar. So thanks for giving me the confidence to continue to follow my true nature.

    • I’m so glad this post was helpful to you, Carrie, and it’s really nice to “meet” another 2/4 twin! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi

    I think you look so much better on the before picture and the colours of your before clothes is so much more your colours, because you have a warm tone. I have been to dressing your truth but it is only 25 % true, which means that 25 % of the people who dress it will be perfect, the other 75 % will be wrong. I have worked with colours and seasons for many years and there is some “truth” in dressing your truth because it takes in more elements than only colour, but it is far from complete. I think DYT has put it in such an all or nothing kind of way that people sort of sell themselfes into it, and that is what you have to do when something is not complete. But what we have to ask ourselfes is; Do I feel great in these clothes, these colours, do I get compliments, do I feel more at home in my life, is it really, really true and not just something my mind made up to justify this.
    You are a pretty girl and you should wear what makes you look good.That orange necklace actually fits you perfect! But I know what DYT does. They say to people; You were wrong and now you are right.

    • Hi Mia,
      Lighting in photos and on computer screens can be pretty deceptive at times. Even if my coloring looks warm to you, when I’m outside in natural light, I’m definitely more on the neutral/cool side rather than warm. And, regardless of my coloring, I feel much better and more like myself when I am wearing clothing that fits my Type 2 nature. I’m sorry you’ve found the Dressing Your Truth experience to be an incomplete one. It’s been an incredibly helpful and enjoyable experience for me, and I stand behind it 100 percent.

    • I like and refer to BOTH the seasonal color system AND the dressing your truth system. I am a “type 2”, but my hair is reddish brown, eyes are soft teal, skin is warmer. I often refer to what is the “Soft Autumn” palette, which is still soft, but more complementary towards my coloring than the recommended tones of the type 2 in the dressing your truth program.

      I see this coloring problem with the type 4s a lot — many of them would do better following “deep winter” or even “clear spring” palettes than the super striking bolds DYT recommends. That being said, the structure and symmetry recommended by DYT for that type do seem to make those types really pop and look stunning.

      So — taking some color advice from the Color Me Beautiful system(and other coloring systems), combined with the movement recommendations from DYT regarding line and styling works for me.

      • That’s good advice, Cat. The color system in Dressing Your Truth is designed around the idea of using the broad categories of tints, tones, shades, or true hues, so there’s really a lot of variety possible within the color chromas. For Type 2s, the tones can be any colors that have the effect of being grayed down with a muted, soft effect. The color cards are really just a starting point to give a guideline, and everyone can use their own intuition to decide which versions of tones look the best for them.

      • I have to agree. I am a Type 2 that looks better with just a tad more lightness in the color chroma. I’m a light summer or a DYT secondary 1. I think most of the color’s DYT’s Ann wears are from a soft summer pallet. I think both systems of color and energy movement work together.

    • I sort of agree with the partial truth part of dyt. I feel that I am a 3/2 and so my style reflects this as well. I feel too harsh in total type 3 outfits and too girlie in total type 2 outfits. I seem to be most comfortable in between. I have wondered if anyone else feels this way?

  4. I really enjoyed this post. I am also a type 2 with a type 4 as my secondary. I could relate to a lot of what you wrote – I also have naturally started to navigate towards colors that suit me, but I have a way to go still. Seeing the transformation in your closet made me really happy! I want to someday have a wardrobe that coordinated and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Hi Kelsey, I’m glad to meet another fellow Type 2/4! I wish you the best as you continue to transform your wardrobe into one that suits your true nature!

  5. Hi again
    I actually watched Carols face profiling video now and it was interesting!

    But you look like a 4, very symmetrical eyebrows and a bit squared face, nothing is going downward like type 2s faces…anyway, you should have felt that by now since people who are not type 2 and dress that way is said to become very tired wearing the colours and clothes of a type 2!
    I really wish you all the luck and I am glad you are happy and wish to find my type aswell and become happy for my wardrobe.
    take care!

    • Hi Mia,

      You’re right – I do have some of the Type 4 symmetry and shapes in my facial features. I do have some of the Type 2 S-curves and downward movement as well and I also have the lower contrast in eye, hair, and skin color that is typical of 2s (which is easier to see when I’m not wearing makeup.) I’ve found actually, that I would feel much more tired if I were to try wearing Type 4 clothes (or clothes of any other type) since they seem very harsh to me now that I’m used to the softer and more muted colors. I wish you the best as you figure out your type and hope you’re able to build a wardrobe that brings you joy!

  6. Hi Lori.
    I get what you meant when you said you now have a relaxing wardrobe. Me too.
    Gaye R. (New Zealand btw)

  7. Hi! So I am just under a month into the DYT and I am pretty sure that I am a Type 2. I think I always used to stray from the “girly” and “frilly” delicate clothing because I felt it was weak. I also am pretty sure that my mother is a Type 3 and this had a lot to do with the way I suppressed my true self. I am still trying to figure out my secondary and keep going between a 3 or 4. Anyway I wanted to say that I think you look younger and your eyes are brighter in your after picture! Type 2 is definitely suiting you well! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Stephani! I’m glad to meet another fellow Type 2 πŸ™‚ I think it’s pretty common for a lot of 2s to feel like they need to wear clothing that is less girly, less soft and subtle, because they are judging their nature as being weak and suppressing who they really are. Type 2 clothing doesn’t necessarily have to be frilly, and many 2s prefer a style that is simple and elegant without a lot of extra frills, but it’s nice to be able to give yourself the freedom to dress in pretty, “frilly” clothes if you like them πŸ™‚

  8. Hi! Really enjoy your post, you look amazing! I really feel like I’m a type 2 with a type 4 as my secondary, and I love it! I really feel great with the subtle energy, but I also need some color and the thing is that I’m most the most girly and soft person, well, I’m still discovering my style πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Hi! It’s nice to meet another Type 2 Secondary 4 πŸ™‚ And thank you! I know what you mean about needing some color. I think it’s probably the Secondary 4 that makes us want a little bit more contrast and boldness than other Type 2s would want. My style is still evolving as well as I continue to learn more about my Type and build a wardrobe that I love.

    • Hi Amy,
      While it’s true that my secondary type is a 4 and that it’s a fairly strong secondary, I still know in my heart that Type 2 is my primary type. Deciding which Type you are is a very individual process, and it’s the sort of thing that you have to intuitively decide for yourself because only you can truly know which Type you are. I appreciate your sharing your opinion, but I’m going to have to respectfully disagree and hold to my primary Type 2 πŸ™‚

  9. Hi there. I just am starting this process. I am definitely a strong 2 with a 4 secondary. I was bummed at first because I am not into scarves and boho chic and the Berkeley hippy vibe. I like a bit of structure. I am drawn to designers like Donna Karen and Calvin Klein. Clean lines and soft fabrics. I am a hairdresser and it is killing me to give up my black but I am all about the grey. Funny I was shifting my wardrobe to these colors before discovering DYT. My question is this. If you are 4 secondary can you still where black shoes. Or where does the 4 colors come into play? In your accessories?

    • Hi Veronica,

      It’s actually really common for Type 2s with a Secondary 4 to like a little more structure, and you don’t absolutely have to love scarves and really flowy clothes to be a 2/4 πŸ™‚ I happen to like scarves, but I know a lot of 2/4s that don’t really like them very much. And I find that if I have on a scarf or a flowier top, than I have to pair it with something really structured like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans.

      As for the black shoes . . . technically you’re supposed to always stick with the Type 2 colors and incorporate some of the secondary 4 styles and design lines rather than using the Type 4 colors. A good compromise would be to wear a very dark charcoal gray or a black that seems kind of muted and soft rather than a really stark black. I still wear black shoes once in awhile because I haven’t found a good gray replacement yet, and because they are so far away from my face that it’s not like wearing a solid black shirt or something like that.

  10. It’s good to meet another type 2/4! I took the free online course two weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. Like you, I realised that I’ve been drawn to type 2 elements for most of my life (romantic, flowing style; ruffles & frills). I’m looking forward to taking the whole course someday.

    How have you been able to incorporate your secondary type into your dressing? For me, I’ve done it through colour (e.g. soft type 2 styles, but jewel-toned colours).

    • I’m glad to meet you! The way I’ve been incorporating my secondary 4 has been mostly through style. I find that I like my clothes and accessories to be a little more on the simple side, and I also like to have a little bit more structure. Like if I’m wearing a flowy top or a scarf, I like to pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt to give more of a balance. I also like to have a little more contrast between darker and lighter tones in the colors that I wear.

  11. Hello, I just want to say that I take issue with those who are telling you what type you are. Carol Tuttle emphasizes that we are the expert on what works for us and we are not supposed to let others tell us who we are or ask others what type we are. She also emphasizes that types are not just about facial lines, but more of an energy and a movement. You FEEL at home and like yourself in T2 colors and styles, then you are a T2. Those who are deconstructing your type are probably fixating on one thing and cannot possibly know what kind of energy you give off or what kind of movement is yours. You look great! If I were to break it down just by some facial lines, I see downward movement a softened nose bridge and I see S-curves.

    No one is a perfect example of any type because we are a mixture of the 4. It is up to us to determine what is predominant in us. As for the person who says you look warm per seasonal color analysis. I disagree. You had a tan in one picture and wore warm colors, which skews results. You are quite right when you say you are neutral to cool, I am sure. Keep up the good work and enjoy your evolving style. By the way, I am also a T2 and I think I may have a secondary 4. If I go by color analysis, I am a soft summer deep (4×4 – 16 seasonal types), which would be a T2/T3 with a smattering of depth from winter. I can tell you, no matter what my color or face or any other part of me would tell you, I have very little T3 in me. So, seasonal color analysis does not always equate to DYT. I am undecided about which way to go because of the conflict between the two. I always felt I could use a little more fire in my personality, but it is not who I am. The only time that fire emerges in me is when I feel compelled to stand up for someone else. Like now. My response to someone speaking to me like they did to you, would be very diplomatic just like you were.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Rita! I really appreciate hearing your insight, and I completely agree about the typing process being as much about energy and movement as it is about facial features. Discovering your type is such a personal journey, and it’s very difficult to tell what type someone may be just from looking at a static picture without being able to really sense the other’s person’s energy and level of movement. And that’s true about the color systems not always matching up exactly. I think I remember hearing Carol say something about that before, too, actually. That’s one reason why I like DYT so much because color is only one small part of Beauty Profiling system. I feel like I have very little T3 in me, too (I’m mostly T2 and T4 with just small amounts of T1 and T3.) One way I like to think of it, though, is that even though there might not be much fire in the dynamic T3 sense, T2 water can turn to ice if it needs to, and T4 earth can be solid like stone, and there’s nothing weak at all about ice or stone. So, even without the aspect of fire, a T2/T4 can still have a lot of quiet strength when necessary. πŸ™‚

  12. Hi,
    Thank you for this !!
    At the tender age of 61 I have just done my profile…Oh– I feel like I am, at last, home.
    You are so much a T2…I realise that I often chose clothes that were “expected” of me.I think my mother may well be a T3…very dominating and overpowering !.

    I took up bellydance in my early 40’s..because I loved the excuse to “play dress ups” and wear beautiful, soft, flowing an only girl, with a difficult childhood I NEVER was able to play dress ups..
    I had my colour chart done by “Color 1 Associates” back in the early 80’s and find that T2 is very close.I am So glad I found you.
    You have given me the desire to continue.

    oh sorry for the novel.. Bless-ed Be.

    • You’re very welcome, Noeleen! I’m so glad the post was helpful for you and that you’ve discovered your Type and feel like you’re at home with it! It’s such a nice thing to be able to give yourself the permission to wear that clothes that you want to wear rather than what’s expected for you to wear, and now you can wear soft, flowing “dress up” clothes whenever you want! (Oh, and us T2s are very good at writing novels, too πŸ™‚ I do it all the time. It’s all the details we like to include!)

  13. I found Dressing Your Truth recently and I’m also a Type 2. What are your favorite stores to find Type 2 clothes?

    • It depends on the season (sometimes I’ll find lots of good Type 2 colors one year, and then the next year won’t find as many), but in general I’ve found most of my Type 2 clothes at Kohls and Forever 21. (You have to search a little harder in Forever 21 since they have a lot of things that aren’t Type 2, but I’ve found some gorgeous Type 2 colors there.) I’ve also found a few things at Target and JC Penney.

  14. Hi! I stumbled across your post in a Pinterest search I’ve been following DYT for about 2 years now, and am also a 2/4. I think it’s so interesting that while my coloring is different than yours (red-brown-blonde with hazel eyes), we share a lot of features. And I played dress up much like you describe I love DYT!

    • I think that’s really interesting, too, that coloring can be so different but people can still be the same types. It’s one of the many things that makes DYT so fascinating!

  15. I feel I am a type 2 by my personality traits but have the facial features of a type 4. My body shape is athletic in built. So I am clueless about this system.

    • In general, facial features and body language are considered to be more reliable ways of typing yourself than personality because personality can be more easily influenced. A couple of things to think about would be 1) Which Type do you feel you were more like when you were a child? 2) Which Type does your beauty sixth sense lean toward? Have you always loved clothing and accessories that are soft and flowing or ones that are more bold and structured? Asking yourself those sorts of questions might help to make it more clear.

  16. I felt like I was reading about myself! I am also a 2/4. πŸ™‚
    I went back and forth for quite a while because I wasn’t quite sure which I led with. As it turns out, I have an overdeveloped secondary 4. I have a very balanced 2 and 4 facial profile, and my personality falls well with both. In the end it was really how the energy matched with the styles. Being in type 4 clothing and makeup left me feeling drained and like I was playing a part. Type 2 felt very comfortable, calming, peaceful, and at home. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your story!

    • That sounds so much like my experience, too! I definitely have an overdeveloped secondary 4, and I can see some of both 2 and 4 in my facial features, but I feel so much more comfortable in the Type 2 clothes than in the Type 4 ones. It really does feel like being at home! πŸ™‚

  17. How did I stumble into THIS section?! After buzzing through it I’m convinced that you and all these other women are guilty of over-analyzing things…or maybe it’s just a male thing.
    Wear what you like…if someone doesn’t like it, you all merely have a difference of opinion, that’s all. Or maybe that’s just my male arrogance coming through.
    Of course out here in Portland we’re pretty laid back about couture (which is my sole la-di-da word for the day). Tom

    • In that case, I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a version of the same program for men, too, so all the over-analyzing isn’t reserved only for us women πŸ˜‰

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