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Friday, April 24, 2015

How Changing My Wardrobe Changed My Life

This post has been sponsored by Dressing Your Truth®  All opinions and experiences are mine alone.

"Mom, I don't feel very pretty in here."

These were the words my then 12-year-old daughter whispered to me while we were shopping at a big mall in Chicago. We live in a small town, and big shopping malls aren't something we get to see very often, so it is always exciting to have the chance to go shopping in a big city.

But her words rang true to me. I didn't feel very pretty in there, either. I was surrounded by stylish perfection: stylish mannequins, stylish shoppers, stylish clerks, stylish furniture. And I didn't feel like I measured up. I felt fat and frumpy and a far cry from stylish.

As a woman I have always chased after some sort of beauty "ideal." Unfortunately, I have too often looked outside of myself to find it. I found it so frustrating to try to dress like the fashion world told me to dress, or to copy others who looked amazing. It doesn't seem like that should be frustrating, because the fashion world knows what's up, right? And if I dress like my always put-together stylish friend, I would also be put-together and stylish, right?

Wrong.

While not everything was a miss, many styles and colors simply did not work for me. I had no idea what I was doing wrong. I tried so hard to dress like the other moms I hung out with who seemed to have style down, but most of the time I just felt frumpy and not myself.

And then, in 2012, something came along that totally changed the way I looked at my wardrobe. I noticed a few of my friends were talking about something called Dressing Your Truth on Facebook and Pinterest. I got curious, and started looking into it myself.

And what I found out not only changed my wardrobe, it changed my life. Dressing Your Truth isn't just about how you dress. It's learning about your specific Energy Type and how that affects every part of your experience. I took the free course to learn my Energy Type, and once I recognized that I was a Type 4 ,    I was finally able to understand why so many things I tried to wear didn't work for me. I was able to understand why I loved certain clothes in my closet and not others. Once I purchased the Dressing Your Truth course, I finally started to feel put-together and stylish--and it wasn't even that difficult once I got the hang of using the tools that DYT taught me.

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Following are four ways that DYT changed my life for the better:

Do you ever feel like your clothes aren't working for you? Maybe because they aren't. Learn how to create a wardrobe based on your unique energy type with Dressing Your Truth and stop wasting money on clothing that doesn't work for you!



1. I've saved money


Any money I spent on purchasing the course has come back to me ten-fold because I don't buy things that don't work for me anymore. I can't tell you how many times I would buy cute clothes only to feel silly or frumpy in them. My Goodwill donation box was filled with these clothes way too often, and I always felt guilty about the money spent on things I never really wore. I still make occasional mistakes while shopping, but using the tools DYT has given me, I am more likely to say no to things that don't work before I buy them. This has saved me hundreds of dollars in the past three years.






2. I've saved time


First of all, it saves me time when I am shopping for clothing. I can quickly scan items and know whether or not they fit my Energy Type. This way, I don't spend any time trying on things that are the wrong color or style. My time in the dressing room is then mostly used to determine if things fit properly. The first time my mom came shopping with me after I started dressing my truth, she was absolutely amazed at how quickly I was able to find a lot of stuff that looked right on me.(I still actually wear most of the clothes from that shopping trip in February 2013!)



Secondly, DYT saves me time getting ready every day. I used to try on 5 or 6 outfits every morning before I found the one that I was okay with wearing to work or to church or to a playgroup that day. Not only was I taking forever to get ready, I was generally left with a mess to clean up after trying on so many different outfits! Now my wardrobe consists only of items that I feel great in, so I am usually happy with the first outfit I pick out. Plus, my entire wardrobe now coordinates with itself in a way it never has before, meaning I can mix and match pieces very easily. This also saves me a lot of time and has given me more use out of each piece in my wardrobe.

3. I feel more confident


I am sometimes amazed at how wearing the right thing for me boosts my confidence. Especially right now when I am dealing with health issues, dressing my truth always helps me feel better somehow. Wearing clothing that suits my Energy Type helps me feel more confident even though my weight isn't where I'd like it to be right now. When I wear things that do not honor my nature, I notice my weight issues and spend my day feeling fat.



4. I trust myself


I actually used to dress my truth naturally when I was in college. I absolutely loved to dress up. I've never been able to pull off the jeans and a t-shirt look the way others can. Since I was a vocal performance major, dressing up was something that nobody batted an eye at. But later, when I got married and started having children, people were always asking me why I was so dressed up and I began to feel self-conscious. I gradually stopped dressing the way I loved to dress and tried to conform with the other moms--moms who could pull off jeans and t-shirts and look totally put together. I just ended up feeling frumpy and awkward and like I never quite fit in.



This doesn't mean I never wear jeans and t-shirts anymore. It just means I know how to pick the right jeans and the right t-shirts and now I can pull off that look with the best of them. But it also means that I have finally given myself permission to dress up as much as I want to and don't worry anymore what others think.

And I finally feel pretty no matter where I am...even if it's a stylish shopping mall in Chicago.

This permission to be myself has leaked into other areas of my life. I feel more comfortable in my own skin and spend a lot less time worrying about whether or not I fit in with other women or if I'm saying the wrong thing. It's been very liberating.

That has been the very best part of the DYT experience for me. Learning to honor my own nature--and also learning to honor the different natures of others around me--has helped me to be happier and healthier in all aspects of my life.

Want to change your own life....starting with your wardrobe? 

First, find out which of the four Energy Types you are by clicking here: Free Energy Profiling Course.

Second, think about purchasing a Dressing Your Truth course. The course is valued at $297 and includes a beauty style guide for your Type of beauty (I always have mine with me while shopping!), the book Discover Your Type of Beauty by DYT founder Carol Tuttle, access to the members only area of the DYT website which is full of wonderful tools to help you on your DYT journey, and more.

I encourage you to find your Energy Type and find out how to dress for YOU. Are you a bright and animated Type 1℠, a soft and subtle Type 2℠, a rich and dynamic Type 3℠, or a bold and striking Type 4℠?  Seriously, go find out now, and change your life in the same way I changed mine.



Do you ever feel like your clothes aren't working for you? Maybe because they aren't. Learn how to create a wardrobe based on your unique energy type and stop wasting money on clothing that doesn't work for you!
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34 comments :

  1. I have loved learning about energy types, both for DYT ands understanding my children's natures. I am a type 1, but I don't know my secondary energy type. I have tried to piece together what I can for type ones, but I would love to own the course. I haven't been able to justify the expense to my husband. I almost didn't comment because the first, it never seems to be chosen, but maybe my luck will change. I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by.

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  2. Antonia E. St├ĄdeleFri Apr 24, 02:57:00 AM

    The facebook site is great and I´d love to get the whole picture.

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  3. I have a closet full of clothes that were cute at the store but I never wear, I seriously need some help here!

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  4. I think I'm going to ask for it for my birthday... I think this type of thing could give me a good shot of confidence if we move. :(

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  5. I am still searching for my type. I am strongly considering T2...

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  6. I've never known how to dress properly. I've never had a style. I've always been the "Plain Jane". While all that doesn't bother me too much it sure would be nice to know what style would fit me best.

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  7. Debbi ChristiansenFri Apr 24, 01:11:00 PM

    I have a lot of friends who rave about them too - I really would love this class!

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  8. I would love to know how to dress correctly for me! Maybe if I was dressed for me, I would be able to feel better about myself and finally lose weight for my health.

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  9. It makes sense that if you can figure out what clothes work for you and just get rid of the rest, it would save time and money...my two favorite things to save! Great post, Lara!

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  10. I would love to win this to share with my daughter! Everyone should understand their truth before their 30s!!

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  11. I'm tired of looking like a worn out mom in yoga pants & a dirty t-shirt! (I mean, for around the house that's ok, but when I have to go somewhere I'd like to look a little more together.)

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  12. I want to feel pretty in my clothes too! Thanks for the info, I'll be looking in to this!

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  13. One of my good friends actually told me about this the other day. I know my type, which is totally liberating for me, and I finally feel like I have permission to be myself. I want so much to learn more about how to express myself as such. I would love to win this as I can move forward in my journey to learn more about how I can be me and express myself.

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  14. I've been considering doing this program for the last couple of months now. Thanks for the great article.

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  15. Wonderful review! I've been addicted to their videos on YouTube and it is great to get an inside look. Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs!
    Sarah
    http://sprinklesonmyicecream.blogspot.com/

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  16. I'd like to win because I can relate to what you said about feeling "silly" in some clothes that are actually really cute. What's the problem?!

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  17. This is so interesting to me! I'd love to win because we are moving cross-country and starting a new, post-residency chapter in our lives, so I'd like to arrive in our new place feeling more confident in myself and giving a good first impression. :)

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  18. I shop and shop and never feel like I have the right clothes!

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  19. My best friend LOVES this course and all of Carol Tuttle's books. She's recommended them to me, but I just don't have the money to dish it out right now- hope I win!

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  20. This is seriously the best personality profiling system out there! It gives me so much more insight into myself and those around me!

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  21. I really struggle with clothing. This course would help. My husband even suggested it. lol

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  22. I too have had great results after learning I am a T4. I would love to win for a friend of mine She has read the book and is a T1. In the last couple of years she has lost 30kgs. She is a full time student and about to turn 40. For the first time ever she is looking after herself and ready to express that in what she wears. She is such an inspiration I think it would be amazing for her to continue this journey knowing how to Dress her Truth.

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  23. I am so in need of this course. I feel like nothing looks good on me even though it looks great on others. I have so many pretty clothes, they just don't make me feel pretty. I own my own business and the lack of confidence really makes a difference in how i do business. I want to be successful, but if I don't feel it, I am so afraid that won't happen for me. I look at so many business women and think about how confident they are and if only I could have that too. This course sounds wonderful!

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  24. I am fascinated by this concept, and would love to look into it further!

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  25. Figuring out what to wear is hard. An approach with "shorthand" is appealing!

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  26. Even at my thinnest, shopping has been a struggle for me. Like you said, I've struggled with the "why can't I pull off what everyone else is wearing?" dilemma. Shopping always ends in frustration for me and I'd love some fresh insight.

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  27. Julia Matheny HalversonMon Apr 27, 09:59:00 AM

    Shopping for clothes is a frustrating process that often ends with buyers remorse. I would love to have the knowledge to help me make good wardrobe choices that I won't regret.

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  28. Shopping is always tough. Usually the things I am attracted to look terrible on me and after trying on tons of clothes I leave with one item at the most. It would be so wonderful to be able to start looking at the right things and raise my style confidence. I also often admire other peoples style but feel like I don't have one of my own.

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  29. It would be great to feel like I have a better sense of style that suits me and takes less thought!

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  30. I also have that problem of looking too "dressy" when everyone else is just in basics. Love basics, but even in jeans and tees I somehow manage to look dressy sometimes! Understanding the whys and hows would be very nice.

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  31. I just finished the free course and looked at the Dressing Your Truth store! Eeek! I hope I win! I want to get to know myself better!

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  32. Wow. Never considered any of this but have serious problems with clothing. I can barely afford a new outfit, but this really intrigues me. I'd love to win this course.

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  33. I have been stalking DYT for a year now. Such an amazing concept! Would love to finally take this course.

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  34. Thanks for the chance I would love to learn this, it could maybe help me get a secure job, thanks!!!!

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