Dressing Your Truth: Before and After Photos

by Ann Marie Michaels on February 17, 2014

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Dressing Your Truth: Before and After

Back in December, I interviewed author and energy therapist, Carol Tuttle. Carol runs a company called Living Your Truth.

Part of what she teaches is Dressing Your Truth, which is a simple program that helps you dress in a way that is in tune with your true nature.

I can’t tell you how much this information has transformed my life. It’s not just about how I look. In fact, that’s just the frosting on the cake. It’s about how I feel. I feel powerful, strong, confident, assured. I feel more energetic and more alive. I feel like I can take on the world.

Do you want to feel more attractive and more in tune with who you really are? Read on…

Dressing Your Truth

There are 4 types that are based on the 4 elements:

Type 1: Bright and Animated (Air)
Type 2: Subtle and Soft (Water)
Type 3: Rich and Dynamic (Fire)
Type 4: Bold and Striking (Earth)

Carol says these aren’t “looks” — they’re energy movements. What that means is, on an energetic level, you resonate in a certain way. You have a certain type of movement.

For example, Type 1 people are light, bright, energetic and animated. Full of ideas and fun and laughter. If you put them in black, they feel and look heavy and uncomfortable.

Type 4 people are bold and powerful. If you put them in pastels or flowing fabrics, they will feel and look muted and drab and inept.

The best way I can explain it is that Dressing Your Truth helps you dress in a way that connects with who you really are.

What Type Am I?

When I skyped with Carol in December, she took one look at me and said, “You’re a 4.”

Since then, I’ve been slowly changing the way I dress to be more in line with the Type 4 energy movement. And I have to tell you… I’m having so much fun with this!

Before Dressing Your Truth

Here’s what I looked like before:

Dressing Your Truth Before

Notice I had on no makeup and I was wearing a brown t-shirt. Looking at the photo now, it makes me feel like I look frumpy and muted and like I blended into the background.

Here’s another before picture:

Before Dressing Your Truth

The green is a good color for me (it’s a saturated green which is Type 4) but the pattern is too much. The Type 4 energy is still and calm, and too much animation doesn’t fit who we are.

And again, no makeup, and my hair didn’t look right.

Before Dressing Your Truth, I didn’t know how to dress myself and wear makeup. Deep down, I think I was afraid to stand out, afraid to be seen.

After Dressing Your Truth

I took the Dressing Your Truth online class (Carol was kind enough to gift it to me).

I learned how to dress like a Type 4, I went and got some Type 4 frames, as well as some Type 4 lipstick (bright red).

I took a picture with my new frames and lipstick:

Dressing Your Truth After

A week later, I got my hair cut and colored to match my Type 4 energy:

After Dressing Your Truth

I have never worn bright red lipstick in my life. I always felt like it was too bold and that I couldn’t pull it off. I thought I didn’t have the right coloring to wear bold colors. Not only on my face, but also in my wardrobe.

Since I started dressing my truth, I donated all my blah clothes to charity. I ditched all the grey and brown and beige and I started wearing bold, saturated colors like black, white, red, turquoise, and hot pink.

I’m picking out skirts and dresses with bold lines and clean cuts. Now I know why Steve Jobs’ (also a Type 4) favorite designer was Issey Miyake and why he always wore his signature black turtlenecks.

The bold striking energy is calm, clean, simple, and perfect.

And I’m surprised that it really doesn’t take long at all to put on a little powder, eyeliner and lipstick. Just enough to make me feel pulled together and in control. And it makes such a huge difference in my day!

My Results with Dressing Your Truth

One of the things I love most about Dressing Your Truth is that while I used to feel overwhelmed by shopping and felt like it was a chore, now I have so much fun with it. It’s a breeze to walk into a store and see the pieces of clothing that are right for me light up in front of me.

I feel like I actually show up now. My biggest complaints have always been that people didn’t listen to me and that people didn’t take me seriously. Well, no wonder they didn’t. I was fading into the background. I looked frumpy and tired and blah.

Now I feel like I stand out. I feel like I can be who I really am. I am comfortable standing out and finally being heard. I feel like I am living in the integrity of who I am.

Dressing Your Truth and Realationships

It’s also really helpful to learn about my family members. Now that I know my daughter is a Type 3, it helps me understand why she is so high energy and always in motion (and why she breaks all the arms and legs off of her Barbies).

It also explains why she hates all the Type 4 clothes I was buying for her. I was buying her pleated navy jumpers, crisp white blouses and bright red structured jackets. She wants leopard prints and hot pink and orange and purple!

My mother-in-law and sister are both Type 3s as well, and now I know why when we go on vacation with them, they like to plan the itinerary jam-packed with activities.

Not so with my husband, also a Type 4 like me. When we go on vacation, the most we want to do is walk to a restaurant. Otherwise, we just like to nap and rest and not do much of anything.

Learn More About Dressing Your Truth

If this interests you, I highly encourage you to check it out.

Click here to learn more about Dressing Your Truth.

I know it may seem to some that it’s just a fashion thing, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a way of dressing that actually changes how people react to you in the world, how you feel about yourself, and the results you are able to create.

Carol has a couple of books out that you can find on Amazon:

Dressing Your Truth, Discover Your Type of Beauty

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It's Just My Nature!

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Are You Dressing Your Truth?

What type are you? Please share in the comments! I want to hear from you!

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{ 92 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie Willard February 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

You look amazing! I am also a type 4 and I’ve always more or less known. ..but I’m embracing it even more.

I’m talking about Carol T on my blog today too… the Child Whisperer!


Ann Marie Michaels February 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I’m going to read that next – just downloaded on Audible!


Emily Francis February 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

You look amazing! So much younger and vibrant! You DEFINITELY pull off that red lipstick :)


Amanda February 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I signed up for the dressing your truth emails a long time ago but pretty much just ignored them. I will have to go look at them again. You look great BTW :)


Megan February 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

You look great! Thanks to your blog a few weeks ago (and I had already been trying to figure out my “season” as it was!), I started Carol’s DYT course immediately thereafter and shortly learned I’m a 1! It makes so much sense to me now and I think you explained it perfectly. It helps how you look on the outside harmonize with who you truly are on the inside. I’ve been reading lots of her blogs, watching several videos and getting my hands into everything I can.
It has really helped me understand those closest to me as well. I think my daughter is a T3, like yours, and still figuring out my son (T1 is my guess). My husband is a T2 and my good friend is a T4. The revelations have been astounding! I thought I was a sliver jewelry for life type of girl and now it has me requestioning all of that, but I’m actually loving the gold and totally seeing how it brings out the light, bright vibrance within :D
Ann Marie, what’s your secondary energy?


Ann Marie Michaels February 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Thanks for sharing, Megan! Even the way write exudes Type 1 Energy!

My secondary is Type 1. I love polka dots and a little bling!


Mary February 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I’m also a T4, and I dress my truth! The clothes and makeup and accessorizing is awesome, but I’ve loved getting in touch with my T4 nature the most – so glad you’re sharing this with your blog readers! Reading and applying The Child Whisperer has been life changing and allowed so much more peace in our home. Can rate Carol’s work highly enough!


Ann Marie Michaels February 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

@Mary Don’t you LOVE shopping now? It’s so easy!

I am a HUGE Carol fan now, too.

Just downloaded The Child Whisperer on audio and can’t wait to listen!


Julie February 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

You look awesome, Ann Marie! Such an amazing difference, and you look so HAPPY!

I just finished her online 7 day introductory session and I am totally a T1. I was pretty resistant to it (I’ve been trying to be more T3 or T4 for years!), but am going to embrace the results and go for it!

Thank you for interviewing Carol for the Summit, and introducing us to her awesome program!


Teresa February 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I too am a T1 who spent most of her life being a T3 & T4!! As a philosophy professor (which is such a T1 profession) I always thought I had to “dress” the part, which is so not my energy, and that is probably why some of my students think I’m a little crazy (the clothes did not fit the expression of self).

Ann Marie, you look great!


Fernanda Galvez February 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Ann Marie,

You look amazing! The frames and red lipstick made a huge difference. You truly look stunning!

I am also a type 4, and just learned about Carol when you blogged about her the other day. I have been a sponge soaking up all this amazing information Carol give us on energy typing. It has helped me understand my 2 year old (Type 1) and my husband (Type 3/1).

Knowing my profile has allowed me to reaffirm and sure up areas of my life I was a little lost in, like interior decor! We just bought a home and I have been completely overwhelmed with how to decorate it. Then I was listening to one of Carol’s podcasts and she mentioned type 4’s tend to like modern decor, minimalist etc. I have finally realized what my home aesthetic should be “Scandinavian Modern” is what fits us. Since I am a 4/2 the simplicity paired with comfort really hits home (no pun intended, lol).

Anyways, I have been a LONG time reader of Cheeseslave (prob since 2008?), I am soo very grateful for these gems you keep sharing with us.


Ann Marie Michaels February 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Thanks for sharing, Fernanda!

I, too, am a fan of modern/minimalist decor.


Laura@twinsontherun February 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Wow, you look amazing!! And dare I say years younger??
I’ve always wondered who Carol Tuttle is…I’ve driven by her storefront lots of times and always notice it because we share the same surname. Maybe we’re related somehow :)


Jordan February 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I am a notorious blog-follower yet non-commenter. But, in this case I MUST comment! Your transformation is truly incredible! So happy for you, so proud of you for taking the time to figure this out for yourself. You look gorgeous, strong, feminine, and confident. I’ve loved your blog for years. Love your new look – it’s the real “YOU”!


Ann Marie Michaels February 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Thank you Jordan!! <3


Aubri February 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

You look great! I sort of felt like your pictures didn’t match who you came across as in your writing…but now your look matches who I imagine you to be in my mind! I hope that doesn’t come across creepy…lol!

I’d like to look into this!! I am always halfway in tears when shopping because I try to wear things other people look good in and it’s just not me. And I don’t know what to buy! Yesterday I was wearing a shirt that looked nice, but I didn’t feel right. I changed into an old standby and said out loud “this is me!”…now to figure out what else falls into that category. Thank you for giving me a place to start! I feel like it would give me more confidence in many areas, not just about fashion like you said.


Jackie February 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM

This is all such new and fascinating information for me. I’d love to find out my type. But I’m a little afraid because I too feel blah and frumpy often – mostly has to do with being an exhausted mom of four kids but a lot has to do with my adapting a more natural healthy lifestyle – I stopped wearing makeup every day so my skin could breath, fully absorb vitamin D and my natural coloring to come back. I’ve also refused to highlight my hair any longer because I don’t want to use chemicals anymore (I know too many people getting brain tumors) but I’m slowly starting to gray (age 37) and fear graying too early. So I feel at the expense of being healthier and avoiding toxins, I’ve had to sacrifice my looks a lot and that doesn’t make me feel as good about myself. I’ve become more of a hippie (no shampoo and all) and I’m starting to look it as well unfortunately. Your transformation looks so great though. I’m wondering what kind of balance I might find.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

I use natural mineral makeup mostly and I use Aveda products in my hair. The salon I go to to get my hair colored also uses natural Aveda hair coloring. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough for me. As you said, it’s a balance. I think we can find products that are not toxic and make us look beautiful.

You can find natural mineral makeup in our VGN Marketplace: http://www.cheeseslave.com/personalcare


Mary March 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I don’t see the mineral makeup. Can you recommend a brand?


Shiloh BethEl February 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Henna is a great non toxic , herbal conditioning hair color.


Natasha February 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

You look like a movie star!


Elizabeth N. February 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM

My friend was really into Dressing Your Truth before she passed away from cancer. In fact, visiting their store was one of the few things on her to do list she was actually able to accomplish. But I never quite understood it. After this post, and seeing your pictures, I think I understand it a little better. You look amazing and I see a major difference. It also got me thinking about these past few weeks where I have been trying to put new outfits together from the pieces of clothing I already have and how some of my pieces of clothing make me feel better and more put together than others, and how I want to get rid of all the ones that don’t make me feel good. I think it might just do that. And I think I might just have to study this Dressing Your Truth a bit more. Thanks for the post!


Holly February 18, 2014 at 2:17 AM

You truly look like a different person! You look young, fresh and vibrant! Thanks for sharing this xx


Kathy February 18, 2014 at 4:18 AM

You really look beautiful in your new colors and hair color! I’m going to look into this program, as my wardrobe is all over the place! Thanks for the follow-up post.


Charlotte February 18, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Hi Ann Marie, wow, what a transformation! Thank you for sharing! What do your hubby and daughter think of the new look?

Thanks to your previous post I found out I was a type 2. I already dressed in this style most of the time but it was a relief to know why this was right for me and to be able to stop trying to make myself wear more bright colours (which i love, but just not right on me). I have now typed my husband (3) and my 2 eldest children (1&4), I’m just astounded how accurate the descriptions are and how so many things fall in to place when you understand what type someone is. It is a relief actually.

Can’t wait to read the child whisperer and figure out the types for my 2 younger ones.

Really happy for you, and so glad you put me onto this too.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

@Charlotte My Type 3 daughter has been telling me I need to wear lipstick and makeup for months. :-) She loves it when I dress up and wear heels and skirts.

My husband loves it as well — he is doing the Men’s Dressing Your Truth course and is getting rid of all the beige and brown in his wardrobe. (He is a Type 4 as well.)

So glad you are having fun with it, too!


Heather February 18, 2014 at 5:06 AM

I am curious what makeup brand you are using?


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I use different things — whatever I happen to have.

Some of it’s Aveda which I like a lot. However, their lip colors are not bold enough for me. So I bought some red and pink lipsticks I found at Nordstrom Rack on sale.

I plan to buy some mineral makeup — you can find the brand I love here: http://www.cheeseslave.com/personalcare


Soli February 18, 2014 at 5:10 AM

I am starting to go through her free online classes after hearing her presentation during the summit. So far I have not yet pinned down my type but I am guessing either 3 or 4. We shall see. The funny thing is my frames are the same shape as yours and I love them! When I was a kid I always got the big plastic frames for my glasses and they always looked silly.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Let me know what you decide on!


Robert W. February 18, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Carol took one look and said you’re a 4?

I took one look and saw you’re a 10!



Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Thank you! :-)


Holly February 18, 2014 at 5:47 AM

You look awesome! I have been following your blog for a couple of years and dressing my truth for year and a half now. It is so weird for the two to come together!
I’m a type 2, and I also love how much easier shopping is now. It is so nice to have some guidelines!
Congratulations on your makeover – you look fabulous!


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Don’t you love shopping now? I can breeze through the store — I don’t feel like I have to pick up everything I see. And for the first time in my life, I’m building a real wardrobe that all goes together.


Liz F. February 18, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Your transformation is just lovely!


Becky February 18, 2014 at 6:14 AM

You look wonderful!!! My first thought was “She looks so much like Kate now!”.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Thank you!


Lynne T February 18, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Time to change your profile pics- now that you have revealed your true energy! I am intrigued by this realm of thinking and seeing how well it applies to so many aspects in life. I got the course after viewing the link you provided a few weeks ago. I am also Type 4 with a secondary 1. I couldn’t decide although thought processes matched Type 4 completely; until I learned about secondaries.
Love your transformation, doesn’t it feel better to be in balance?


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Wonderful! And yes, it does feel great to be in balance. I felt like I was muted before. Now I feel confident and strong.


Julia February 18, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Your before and after is one of my favorites that I’ve seen. You look like a celebrity! I’m about to read her book (discover your beauty profile). Excited to go on this journey too!


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Great! I’ll keep blogging about it. Please comment and let me know what you find out!


Tosha February 18, 2014 at 7:36 AM

You look amazing. I am currently watching the Dressing Your Truth videos. I think I am a type 4 as well.

What brand and color is your lipstick? I love it!


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I found this lipstick at a nondescript beauty store at the mall so I don’t even know what brand it is! I was just looking for color.


Tosha February 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Ok thanks!!!

Great post!


Jodie February 18, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Wow! Thank you for writing about this ~ it is so inspiring and refreshing! A commenter above said something about feeling like a hippie since she quit shampooing, wearing make-up, etc. I get to feeling frumpy a lot myself because of these things…but it’s amazing how just a little natural make-up and a new hair cut can make a huge difference! Awesome post and follow-up. Now it looks like you’ll have to do another follow-up on your make-up choices ;)


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Yes I should do a makeup post — good idea!

I never had any success with no poo by the way — I need a daily shampoo or my hair looks like a grease pit!


Jodie February 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Ann Marie, I have curly hair and started using the Curly Girl handbook. This is where I learned about just using conditioner. I still use natural conditioner and only use shampoo about every 3-4 months. I am loving reading all your comments here! You do look fantastic!


Monique February 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

You look so beautiful, young, and vibrant. I would like to look into this too. I often feel like such a plain Jane. But I know there’s more to me than that. Thank you for sharing this information. Maybe I can be beautiful like you one day.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

It’s amazing what the right lipstick will do. :-) I never thought I would wear makeup every day but I love it now!


Heather M February 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM

You look AMAZING. Love the hair, lipstick and glasses. You look younger.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Thank you!!! xoxo


Anna February 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM

You look gorgeous!!! And confident and amazing!!! I have been following you for you years (since almost the beginning of your blog) your blog has changed my life and helped me raise beautiful healthy kids. you were the first real food blog i followed. And I have always admired how confident you have always been and how you have always stayed true to yourself despite sometimes getting negative comments from readers etc. You are an inspiration!


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Thank you Anna — I am touched.


Amelia February 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You look fantastic, Ann Marie!

I read your first post about Dressing Your Truth and promptly signed up for the course – it just spoke to me. I feel like I’ve been searching for this for years without success. I love that I’m a Type 2 (you can give me all your muted cast offs!) I love how easy it is to shop now and how amazing I feel in my clothes. One of the biggest things for me is getting comfortable with makeup and accessories. Knowing exactly what I should use and how to put stuff together has been so helpful. I wear the most comfy clothes you can imagine and still get tons of compliments and feel like a million bucks. Thank you for sharing about Carol Tuttle’s work (I am now obsessed with all of her energy healing offerings as well). It has been life changing already.


Ann Marie Michaels February 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM


Thank you for sharing — that is awesome!

I feel like this is what I’ve been looking for for years, too!

And I’m obsessed with Carol Tuttle’s work as well. I am reading her book Remembering Wholeness right now — it is fantastic. I got it on audio so I can listen to it over and over.


Lori February 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Ann Marie,
Honestly, I think you look beautiful in that first pic with no make up on. I mean, come on! Clear eyed, with beautiful skin. But, you also look beautiful in that pic with your new frames and red lip. You look a little bit like Meg Ryan, actually. I think you look great in both!

I’d just like to thank you for being an inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing all that you have! I really appreciate it!



Julie February 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Ann Marie, You do look great! Ever since listening to your interview with Carol Tuttle I’ve been exploring my type 2 self and loving the results. I love your glasses and lipstick color. Now I’m off to find my lipstick color too. Thanks so much for bringing Dressing Your Truth to your blog followers.


Ann Marie Michaels February 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM


You’re welcome! And thank you for the comment — glad you are enjoying!


Liz J. February 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Love it love it love it! I had a client do this for me years ago and I am a blend of 1,2 $ 4 but mostly 2. At first I got rid of all my black (having been from Seattle and now living in AZ) bought tons of charcoal grey everything. Lol Now I have evolved to be able to enjoy all sorts of color -just as long as it’s on the soft side. If it looks good next to grey I feel it’s soft enough. It truly is amazing how empowering it is to be able to understand people’s differences and to shop with confidence and direction. We are finishing up building a new house, and I have never been so completely happy with all of my home textile choices! It is so awesome to see you blossom into the true you! Very inspiring for me to take more time to dress myself in my truth! You are gorgeous! Always have been but now it’s just more obvious :)


Amanda February 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

you. look. amazing.

This comment is meant in the best way possible, but I always felt you needed a makeover in order for your looks to fit your personality and role as a successful online businesswoman. And look at you now! I love it when I meet someone who truly seems comfortable in their own style of beauty. :) Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

I’d LOVE a make-up post; never heard of beeyoutiful mineral makeup but I’m off to order my sample kit now!


Ann Marie Michaels February 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Thank you! Let me know how you like the Beeyoutiful products – I think they are fabulous.


Katie February 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I am a type 2 and have discovered I am pretty much dressing a way that fits me…But,watching some of the videos I am beginning to understand my family more. I am better understanding how to live with them in total harmony. Thank you so much for sharing. :)


Anna L February 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Hi Ann Marie,
I too went right to Carol’s website to try and figure out what type I am after seeing your post a couple of weeks ago.
I suspected type 2, but couldn’t believe all those bright colors my mother has been pushing at me all these years could be wrong. I ended up purchasing the program last weekend as a birthday gift to myself. I am a type 2 for sure (probably secondary 1).
It’s funny because I have been attracted to the correct style for a long time, but had the colors all wrong. In fact I have all types in my wardrobe, but have felt like I didn’t know how to put a cute outfit together. Knowing my type has already made this easier in my own closet. I am amazed at how much of my jewelry is already correct. It’s all so fascinating to me.
Thank you so much for sharing.


Michelle B February 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

You look gorgeous!


Elizabeth A. February 24, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I hope Carol uses your pictures on her site – a great example of a DYT transformation.

Right after you blogged about the program last year, I signed up for the e-mails. I was immediately drawn to the T2 images, and related to about half of the descriptions for T2. Initially, I thought I must be either T1 or T2, but I quickly figured out that it’s actually my sis that’s a T1, and I’ve been trying to emulate her for years because she always got so much more attention. But it made me exhausted. So, T2 it was, until I watched some T4. Oh, that must be my secondary type – I definitely have good posture, and was very quiet and responsible growing up, and could sit for hours and focus on one thing. But the images just didn’t speak to me the way the T2 did.

Then I read the book. There’s a section on celebrities in each type, and the T4 celebrities were the ones I had always been told I look like. So I reread both sections. Tried to gather more details (oh, that T2 coming out again), and when I’d put on the tailored clothes I’d say, “This is not comfortable!” So, still convinced of the T2, I pulled out everything soft and subtle from my closet and only wore that. Not much of a reaction. Just eh. But T2’s do kinda blend in, right?

So, 2 days ago I was in class working on a group project, that was then presented to the class. I got up, spoke confidently and comfortably, was a spokesperson for my group, and my voice was strong and bold. I got to my seat and it hit me – I’m a type 4! How could I have missed it! Now all the T4 stuff that I thought didn’t relate to me totally does, and I feel so confident. Excited to see what happens when I really do dress my truth.


Ann Marie Michaels March 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

That’s wonderful, Elizabeth!

I didn’t want to accept being a Type 4 either at first. I thought I was probably a Type 1 or Type 2.

But I agree with you — Type 1 energy exhausts me (although I am secondary Type 1 I think — although that is not fundamentally my energy). I just have a slower, calmer energy. And Type 2 clothes make me look frumpy and old.

As much as I did not want to be a Type 4, I now love it. I am so relieved I don’t even have to look at all those other clothes. And yes, I agree — I am so much more confident now.

Maybe I’ll do another post and have everyone send in their Before and After pics — wouldn’t that be fun?


Julie February 25, 2014 at 4:51 AM

Elizabeth, I’m pretty sure I’m a T2 because I’ve always gravitated to T2 type clothes. Comfort has been and always is my motto for clothing. As a fairly certain T2 I often give standing on your feet speaking presentations and I feel confident as a T2 speaker. Just wanted to give you a T2 speakers perspective.


Carol February 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this amazing info! Since your first post about it, I’ve been avidly reading Carol’s website and book. I’ve embraced being a T2 and feel more energetic and “visible”, even in the muted, quiet clothes. Looking forward to reading the Child Whisperer. You look amazing. Thanks again!


Ann Marie Michaels March 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Hooray! Type 2s stand out much more when they dress their truth.

I like comfort, too, but I do feel so much better wearing structured clothing. Even my pajamas are structured!


Esther February 25, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Hey Ann Marie,
I also read your post a few weeks ago about this and decided to check it out. At first I thought calling it an “energy type” was a bit hokey, but the free lessons were fascinating and I bought the course. I’m definitely a Type 4 also. I haven’t done too much so far but I have donated a bunch of clothes and bought a few new things. I agree, it’s so much more fun to shop now! Before I wouldn’t know what to even look for sometimes, or it would take forever, or I had to take someone with me. I love feeling empowered in this way now. :)
Btw this inspired me to keep working on it – you look GORGEOUS in the new photos. It’s amazing what just glasses & lipstick did for you. Wow! I bet your husband is thrilled too. ;)
Thanks again!


Ann Marie Michaels March 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Yay, Esther!!! I’d love to see your Before and After pics.


Michelle February 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

YOU LOOK AMAZING! Way to take charge :)


Christine VR February 27, 2014 at 5:42 AM

I’m a newbie to your blog, so I didn’t have an image of you in my minds’ eye. When I saw your before and after pics, I seriously thought they were two different people.
You do seem so much more vibrant and poised in your after pic. I have a Q for you about the process: it seemed like a big style jump. Was it hard to totally switch gears? Were you resistant at all? Did you do it in stages or just totally went for it?


Ann Marie Michaels March 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Thank you, Christine! I appreciate the compliment — and I love what you wrote: vibrant and poised. Words well chosen. That is how I feel. It is amazing how dressing your truth makes you show up in the world and people start to see you for who you truly are.

Re: process… as a Type 4, I am pretty all or nothing. Black or white. When I make my mind up about something, that’s it. I’m ALL in.

So yeah, once I knew I was Type 4, I went into my closet and got rid of all the brown, beige, pastels, grey, and muted colors. It was really liberating. I have a very scaled down wardrobe now, but I have something fabulous to wear every single day and I don’t stand in my closet wondering what to put on.


Yossif February 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hey there, I’m a long time reader but I rarely comment on stuff. It’s incredible to see how far we get when we treat our bodies right! Congrats!

Here’s my before and afters of about 120lb weight loss: http://imgur.com/a/HqWCU

Keep up the good work!!



Claudia March 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I’m sure the look on your face in that second picture had nothing to do with the quality of our Dutch beer, right? ;-)
Congrats on your transformation – that lipstick looks amazing on you!


Ann Marie Michaels March 1, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I’m pretty sure it was a Belgian ale and I LOVE THAT STUFF so no, nothing to do with that! Probably a bad joke my husband made. :-)

And thank you!


Jenn M March 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Your transformation is amazing. You even look younger! Thanks for sharing.


Erin March 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ann Marie, you look totally fab! Isn’t it freeing to figure out what really suits you, style and color-wise? It really does shift your energy.

If anyone is having a hard time with feeling like they don’t quite fit into any of the four basic types, explore the Kibbe types and the sci/ART color analysis systems. The 4 types in Dressing Your Truth correspond loosely to the 4 original season types, but with sci/ART there are 12 seasons and this can make a world of difference for those who seem to be between types. sci/ART is based solely on how color optically reacts with your skin and features, not on your coloring or personality. It really refines your colors. You start with your palette and go from there, as far as style/lines go- for example, some women who look good in bright, cool colors look best in soft, draping lines, but others look good in structured lines. It’s very individual- that’s where the Kibbe types come in.

I already knew which basic lines looked good on me, but I had my colors wrong! I had been wearing warm, earthy colors for years, not knowing that I’m actually a sci/ART Bright Spring (neutral warm) and that coral, fuchsia, and hot pink lipstick are really good on me and that I can handle bright color (though not bright cool color). I feel like a whole new person and have been getting so many compliments!

My favorite websites for reading more are 12blueprints.com and truthisbeauty.com The facebook page for True Colour International is great, too- she will put together collages of 12 season and Kibbe type clothing and post them on their wall if you ask :)


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Christine March 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Ann Marie,

You look outstanding! I’ve just read an older post of yours about “balancing your hormones with food”, and I couldn’t agree more (or be more relieved!). I’m a chef, and although my diet hasn’t always been the greatest, I’ve put more focus on eating better, and more, in the past year. Although I haven’t gained any weight and that I do feel much better, it sometimes concerns me that I’m eating a lot of fatty foods – artisanal cheeses and yogourts, lots of locally raised meats, traditional sourdough-type breads. I will admit to the lack of vegetables in my diet, but mostly I’m happy that you share (and mostly confirm) what I’ve been saying all this time – well-made, craft products that are not processed are easier and healthier on your body than their generic counterparts.

I’m currently working my way off the birth-control pill and am consulting a naturopath to help me get my hormones back in balance. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated :)

I love your story about “Dressing your truth”, and I definitely identify with how you used to feel. I feel inspired and motivated to make a change in my life. Thanks again!


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Ladee April 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Hello! I see that you’re a fellow youtuber, like myself! Have you considered doing more youtube videos? I would love to see you in your new look! Maybe you can do a video on your DYT transformation? I would loooooove to see!

Here’s my channel:

The link that my name is hyperlinked to is my wordpress acct which I haven’t “beautified”. But my original blog is http://www.thetype3woman.blogspot.com.

Let’s keep in touch!


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I challenge you to do my DYT tag!



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Catherine Chisnall June 11, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Good for you! I’m a type 4 too btw. DYT is perfect.


Anna June 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I haven’t read the books or paid for the course, but judging from the free videos, i am a 4/1. I identified with different things from all the types, but 4 most strongly. I think rather than feel my way through life. I feel classy and bold in black rather than serious. What other way is there to organize a closet than by type and create color? Etc.


Alison July 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience. Just watched a few videos and think I am a 4.

Would love to wear make up but it is so irritating to my eyes and skin. What type of products are you using ? What products do you recommend for individuals with so many sensitivities?


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Julie August 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

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You look GORGEOUS!!!! I am astounded at your stunning transformation! You should send your before and after pictures to DYT because they are some of the best I’ve seen and they would be crazy not to use them! The hair style, color, and lipstick are awesome and look easy too.

I absolutely love DYT and am a type 1…sooo freeing after trying to be a 2 for years and never quite understanding why I felt wrong and fashion-confused. When I dressed like a 2 I felt trapped inside, like my personality couldn’t get out. Having been born with fine, flat, mousy hair, I’m still trying to figure out a type 1 hairstyle/color. Anyway, thanks for sharing with us!


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