Archive for October 4, 2012

A Colorful Thursday


The sweater I ordered from Talbots a couple of weeks ago showed up, and despite an expected temperature of 98 today I had to wear it.  I LOVE it.  Looking up close, there are so many terrific colors in it that I will be able to wear it in fresh new ways for years to come.  And since it’s cashmere, it’s also crazy soft….

I wore it with a thrifted hot pink tank.  I had gotten the tank to go with a skirt I had and found, when I got it home, that it wasn’t the right shade.  However at $2, it seemed enough of a basic to keep around.  I am so glad I did.

The pants are the same black ponte knit jean-style trousers from Coldwater Creek that I wear all the time (have I mentioned that, in addition to looking good, they are as comfy as yoga pants?) Looking at the sweater however, I can already tell I will wear it this winter with dark brown jeans as well and maybe my bright red pants.  I also have at least 2 skirts in solid shades of burnt orange and burgundy that are in here, so finding things to wear with this is not going to be an issue.

For shoes and accessories, I decided to pull the orange.  I went with a set of orange bangles on my wrist as my only jewelry.  (I felt as though a necklace might be a bit busy.)  For shoes, I also went with Orange in the form of these BOC (Born Open Concept) Orange Flower Sandals.  These are available on ebay.

Because of the classic line of this sweater and the brilliant color scheme, I chose to keep my bag tame today and pulled out an antique Coach Willis.  The image (right) is of the one on their site, which has silver hardware, and they have it listed for $298.  Mine, however, is considerably older.  The hardware is brass and I got it on ebay for $16.37 plus shipping.  It’s not quite as shiny and shows it’s age in the leather, but the seams are all solid, that hardware is in great shape, and the bag itself has a classic air that makes the wear not matter.

So, now I need more colors and styles of tanks to wear under the cardigan.  I’m not entirely happy with the fit of the one I’m wearing today (it’s a bit snug around my tummy, which makes me self-conscious) so I may have to go out and do some looking.

Expect to see a lot of this cardi this fall/winter!

Favorite Frock Friday

Review: Dressing Your Truth

In the process of looking at a bunch of different websites, I came across one that claimed to help you find your true style and dress accordingly.  The site is called Dressing Your Truth.

Carol Tuttle – Author of the system and books, and a Type 3

Dressing your truth is based on the idea that our personality, features, energy and strengths/weaknesses all can be used to categorize each of us into one of 4 broad types.  These types incorporate all sorts of personality traits that, frankly, set the part of me that taught Psychology 101 for a few years on edge.

  • Type 1: The Bright, Animated Woman – Extroverted, ideas-person
  • Type 2: The Subtle, Soft Woman – Introverted, nurturing
  • Type 3: The Rich, Dynamic Woman – Extroverted, entrepreneurial
  • Type 4: The Bold, Striking Woman – Introverted, perfection-oriented

Each type, according to this theory, is associated with a specific energy pattern and certain traits about how they move through their world. The overall theory is that by coordinating how you dress with your energy type, you can look your very best.

Type 1- Before and After

The process of figuring out your type is partially available for free in a multi-lecture format that introduces the system.  Frustratingly, you get an email with one lecture per day, about 10 minutes.  I wanted to get further into it and found it frustrating.  However the free course still only provides you with some help identifying your type.  It doesn’t tell you what to DO with that information.  For that you need to buy the full course.

I paid for the course myself specifically so that I could provide an unbiased review, and have to admit that it isn’t entirely positive.

Type 2 – Before and After

The process requires that you type yourself based on a lot of resources.  Unfortunately, I found many of them to be ambiguous.

For example, my features fit a Type 1, but my personality seemed to be a mix of Type’s 3 and 4.  While the system acknowledges that everyone has all 4 types in their nature, it constantly pushes the idea that we each have a dominant type.  I found it hard to identify one.  Unfortunately you only are allowed access to the real recommendations once you choose a type, so I made my best guess and identified myself as a Type 4.  (In the end, I am introverted.  Both types 1 and 3 are extroverted.  I’ve learned to fake extroverted, but it doesn’t come naturally.)

Type 3 – Before and After

On the plus side, this system will allow a woman to put together a strong, coherent look.

  • The looks seem to coordinate with the personality that one would expect from the (oversimplified) descriptions above.
  • The looks suggested hang together well and includes not just clothing choices, but hair, makeup and jewelry as well.
  • The system also provides rules around clothing that go beyond what you normally get in similar systems; this system talks about the line of the clothing, textures, fabrication (by which she means the drape and fall of the fabric), pattern and color.

This, however, leads me to some of the negative’s.

  • The Type 4 profile called for saturated colors, strong contrasts and structured fabrics.  If you’ve read the blog, you will know that I love saturated colors and contrasts, but don’t want a structured fabric within 10 feet of me.
  • More importantly, the specific colors recommended for a Type 4 are cool tones.  If your skin tone has yellow/warm undertones, many of those colors would NOT work.  And frankly, as someone with some of those yellow undertones, I felt that the color palette recommended was overly restrictive and not necessarily appropriate.  There were definitely colors there that I couldn’t wear, and it was definitely missing colors that I wouldn’t be able to remove from my wardrobe.  I doubt I’m alone.  The Type 1 color palette also seems to be cool, while 2 and 3 appear to be warm.  It is statistically improbably that the types and the skin undertones will match up in all cases.
  • I was also quite put off by all the pushing of their hair and makeup products.  They’ve created a line that is sold in the Dressing Your Truth store, and a good chunk of the hair and makeup videos were focused on talking about those products.  That type of product placement is intrusive and irritating, especially for things that are, essentially, commodities that are available everywhere.
  • The final (and perhaps largest) issue I had was the price/value ratio.  The ONLY reason I took the course was a 1-day “sale” for $99.  The list price of $279 is blatantly overpriced.  And since my course fee only buys me access to a single TYPE (ie. I can’t go watch the type 3 videos to make sure I didn’t make a mistake), the result was a program that I zipped through in about 2 hours.  I’ll pay $50/hour for someone to work with me personally, but I find that a poor value for video’s that were clearly made several years ago.

Type 4 – Before and After

So to summarize, I found the system to be expensive for what you go and only of marginal use.  For example I believe my co-author, Sandra, might get more out of this than I did.  (I’m fairly certain she’s a type 1 and is cool-toned, so the colors would work better and the style probably isn’t that big a departure from where she is already.)  And for a woman with no clue, or dressing to someone elses’ idea of beauty, this might provide some perspective and new ways to think about their look.  But the system is imperfect, the process of identifying a type can be difficult and the recommendations are far from universal.

Before you invest money into this program, make sure you do the free profile and feel STRONGLY attracted to a particular type.  Look through the before-and-after shots for an idea of the look she is advising for your type and try to get a feel for whether that would work for you.  If so, only then should you move forward and purchase the full program, and then only at a discounted rate.