A few weeks ago, I fell into a particularly compelling internet rabbit hole. I’m not 100% sure how I stumbled on it but if I was a betting man I’d say it was via Facebook. I came across a woman named Carol Tuttle. She has this outrageous idea of supporting people in living the truest expression of who they are on this planet and in being 100% okay with themselves. You know who else did that?
My hero, Fred Rogers, that’s who.
This woman is totally my neighbor.
At first it seemed like another “color” system that tells you how to dress. You know, the ones that promise you’ll lose 50 lbs, be happy, and people on Tinder will swipe right? Remember when seasons were in and everyone was being profiled as a Winter, Summer, Fall, or Spring? Back in the 80’s some lady put some swatches next to my face, said my hair was naturally “ashy” (it was actually dyed shocking pink and I was mildly offended) and told me that I was a Summer. Then she said that I should wear mint green. I immediately dismissed it all as complete silliness! Mint green? ME? I was very serious and important in the 1980’s, you guys. I wanted to be a Winter.
I tossed the swatches and the color movement went on without me.
Fast forward 30 years, I actually kind of like mint green. I get positively giddy when it is combined with pinks and lavender. Don’t even get me started on celadon.
Celadon completes me.
But I digress.
The whole Dressing Your Truth system is based on what Carol defines as “energetic profiling.”
“Wow!” I said, when I first saw this. “I’m in! I’m an energetic person, I totally do Reiki!”
Now as you might have noted from my sad seasonal tale above, I tend to respond to rules with a flippant, “You’re not the boss of me.” I won’t lie… I went through a little bit of that with this program. I balked at being told there were limits on my color palette. For all that I’m Lawful Good 99% of the time, I have a love/hate relationship with rules. If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m gonna feel super compelled to go do it. As a, um, rule. Because, I can. That’s why. Yes I’m 46 and super mature. At the same time? I really hate to actually break the rules. I get right up to the edge, I double dog dare, and then I get worried and no laws are actually broken.
The Dressing Your Truth system definitely has some clear guidelines to follow once you have figured out your type. But before you go and kill it with fire, let me caveat it! There’s a why for everything and the why makes sense, as they’ve created it. And we are all unique, we evolve, and what you do with it is up to you, you’ve got free will! There’s no clothes police. Nobody is actually wanting to be the boss of me, which makes following the system as they’ve created it feel okay for me. No inner threenager here, nope!
The other thing that makes it all okay? We all know that “guidelines” basically equal “Pirate’s Code.”
I do think that people should wear what ultimately makes them feel happy. What I like about this system is that it helps you find things that make you feel really happy. I have personally found that following the guidelines feels great. I look and feel awesome and Carol’s whole program is profoundly healing. It may or may not be your thing, but it’s helped me lift myself out of the awful depression I’ve been sunk in. Things are flowing more easily for me right now. These are good things.
So what is it all about? Let me tell you…
The Dressing Your Truth system is based in the expression of our innate energy in the body, not in color draping or typing, and not so much in our personality traits and behaviors. Those can be learned in our different families of origin, during various times during our lives. We can often express traits that are at odds with our innate energetic nature. It can be a survival mechanism – if you’re not safe expressing your primary nature, you might shift into your secondary or take on other traits to survive. The idea is that this ultimately causes disharmony which can lead to illness and other issues. Giving myself permission to let that go and just be me… very healing. That’s the magic and what really makes this system shine for me.
In this system, people are divided into 4 primary “Types.” There’s a primary energetic expression, then the others sort of fall into place as a secondary, a tertiary, and then the final type brings up the rear. In my case it just sort of sits in the background and twiddles its thumbs most of the time. We draw on or express each of the different energies in different situations and our one of a kind energetic expression is what makes up our unique, beautiful self.
After doing the free web course, my dominant energetic expression felt pretty obvious and I just melted into it. What a relief! Like putting on a soft pair of yoga pants, really. I wanted more, so I read her book. I just found this to be a really intuitive and smooth process.
If you’re curious about what all of that means, you can check out her free web course here and check out your own energy profile. It may not be what you think! And if you are still curious after that, I definitely encourage you to read the book – It’s Just My Nature – it’s free on Kindle Unlimited right now! The book was really what helped me go deep with all this. If you want more after THAT, there’s a lot of free stuff on the web. There is also a paid course that you can buy once you know your type. I did, and I have to say that it was totally worth it. Yes, I am even gleefully following all the guidelines for my Type and you know what? They work for me! I LOVE clothes now. I might even be getting into shoes. All the stuff that was hard about putting my face out into the world? Not hard anymore. Guidelines ROCK! Who knew?
I am not affiliated with Carol Tuttle’s organization. They didn’t ask me to review the program. I am just a huge fan and it’s really working for me. Two thumbs up, highly recommend, 10/10.
“So what IS your Type, what wisdom of the Universe did you glean?” you might ask. Or maybe not, you may not care. That’s cool. But if I’ve piqued your interest, stay tuned. I’m going to be doing a whole series of blog posts about my adventures. Next up, a little more about actually implementing the DYT guidelines, how I’m keeping it real with my own style origins and aesthetic, and why that’s been completely amazeballs for me.
Hint: it doesn’t involve wearing black. I might have had to get out the smelling salts… shockingly, I’m not missing it.
No seriously. Hand me that mint, will you?