You might be surprised to know that only one type of person looks good in black. Are you that type of person?
If I were to go look in your closet right now, chances are I would see a ton of black. Here are some reasons why:
- Black goes with everything.
- Black is safe.
- Black is great for business-wear.
- Black is sexy.
- Black makes you look thinner.
- Black looks great on everyone.
But are all these statements true for everybody? Some might be true for you, but it totally depends on one major thing:
Your energy type.
What do I mean by “energy type?” Well, think about the most upbeat, fun, energetic, smiley, bubbly person you know. Now think of the most serious, studious, thoughtful, calm person you know. You can clearly see the difference in quantity and quality of energy between these two people. Energy type is more than just personality. It is an innate quality that we are all born with.
According Carol Tuttle, author of “It’s Just My Nature” and creator of the Dressing Your Truth program, there are four different types. Every person has portions of each of the types, but one will be dominant.
Type 1: The Bright, Animated Woman. The element associated with the Type 1 Woman is air. This woman exhibits high movement and energy, but also a lightness and brightness.
Type 2: The Soft, Subtle Woman. The element associated with the Type 2 Woman is water. This woman exhibits a lower, fluid energy. She is generally easy-going and tuned into others.
Type 3: The Rich, Dynamic Woman. The element associated with the Type 3 Woman is fire. This woman has a high, pushing energy. She is determined and driven.
Type 4: The Bold, Striking Woman. The element associated with the Type 4 Woman is earth. This woman has a very still, solid energy. Though often quiet, she has strong ideals and perfectionistic tendencies.
You might be surprised to know that only one of these types looks good in black. Now don’t go running for the hills or get scared that you might not be able to wear black any more. Afterall, this is America, and you can wear any color you want. However, certain colors really accentuate and bring out the most of your natural beauty based on your energy type.
Type 1 women (and men) sometimes see their upbeat, fun nature as immature and flaky. Though this perception is incorrect, they will often try to look more serious and intelligent by wearing black. Unfortunately, this tactic backfires. The still, solid nature of the color black just accentuates their natural buoyancy and can make them look silly. What they are presenting to the world is in direct opposition to their true nature.
Type 2 women (and men) will wear black because it feels safe. These people have a lower, more subtle nature, and black is a comfortable fall-back. However, it is too stark for their soft, gentle nature.
Type 3 women (and men) will wear black because it is seen as a “power” color. These people with their confident natures want to appear independent and strong. However, black is a color with no movement–it is completely still. Black is in direct opposition to the high, driven energy of a Type 3 person. It also has a tendency to make them look older.
Type 4 women (and men) have the most still, solid nature of all the types. For this reason, black compliments them perfectly. Their bold, serious nature harmonizes perfectly with the color black. When they wear black, who they are on the inside is reflected by what they wear on the outside.
Now I know you are asking two questions:
- Which type am I?
- What am I supposed to wear if I can’t wear black?
Let me answer the second question first. For Types 1, 2, and 3, there are colors that can substitute for black. They will compliment your true nature rather than fight with it. Some of these colors are navy blue, chocolate brown, charcoal grey, and even a dark maroon. The colors that are best for you will depend on your type.
There is a free online course you can take to figure out your type. I also highly recommend the book, “It’s Just My Nature!“ by Carol Tuttle. This book is what really helped me to figure out my type. Not only did I find out my own type, but I also learned the types of my husband, children, and friends. Knowing your type goes far beyond knowing which clothes to wear. It reveals to you your many gifts and talents that you perhaps are not aware of. It even helps you realize that many of the things you thought were weaknesses are actually strengths!
You can also visit my More Than a Makeover page to see in-depth posts about each of the four types.
Honestly, learning about the four types has changed my life. You can read about my experience on this post called “More Than a Makeover–Part One.”
Don’t throw all your black out right now! But also open your mind to the possibility that you might need to! Trust me. When you find out your type, you will only become a more beautiful person, inside and out!
Wondering what to wear once you figure out your Type? Click below to get great outfit ideas for every Type!
(This post gives just a small glimpse of the entire Dressing Your Truth program that was developed by Carol Tuttle. To learn more, please visit the Dressing Your Truth site).