The trick to loving how you look

It starts with knowing your type. Are you a 3, like Laureen Harper?

The trick to loving how you look

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When Valerie Monroe, beauty director for O magazine, revealed her top tip for an article asking “Do You Love the Way You Look?”, Carol Tuttle, a psychotherapist turned beauty adviser, took issue, calling the advice ridiculous. Munroe told O readers that, in order to love her own face, she lowers the bar. “I picture a face with little piggy eyes, a drooping, fleshy nose, a wet slash of a mouth, the whole thing sallow and sagging, really something awful. I prepare myself for this unpleasantness right before I look in the mirror.”

Tuttle took her Oprah outrage to YouTube. “I’m shocked. Oprah, come on! I’m going to think of the most horrible, awful-looking ugly face I can imagine and then look at myself and think, I’m not so bad? You basically should’ve written, ‘Honey, you’re just not attractive.’ You’re basically telling women, ‘You can’t be beautiful, so think of the ugliest face you can imagine, and then you’re not going to look so dang awful to yourself.’ This pisses me off, people.” As Tuttle told Maclean’s, “It’s disconcerting how many women have put themselves in the category of, ‘I’m not a beautiful woman. I have other talents.’ ”

For the last seven years, Tuttle has been teaching women how to “capture” their beauty with her course, “Dressing Your Truth.” “Most women do not know how truly beautiful they are,” she writes in her book of the same name. The problem for most women, she believes, is that they don’t know what “type” they are and are therefore “misunderstood.”

Women who take her course start by examining their personalities, then their facial features. Tuttle believes there are four types of women. Sarah Palin, for instance, she sees as a Type 1. Type 1 women typically “talk readily and easily to people” and “like to keep things light and fun.” Yet, “in an effort to be taken more seriously, and not to look so cute and youthful,” Type 1s tend to dress in black, their biggest fashion mistake, writes Tuttle. In 2008, Palin dressed in black suits that were too structured for her playful nature. Winking at the cameras, “she appeared silly and ridiculous. If she had hoped to be taken more seriously by dressing the way she did, it only backfired.”

Jean Price, a Canadian who teaches Dressing Your Truth seminars in London, Ont., believes that former governor general Michaëlle Jean is a classic Type 1. “She’s got the smiling eyes and the heart-shaped face.” Price uses Jean as an example in her seminars. In one photo, “she has a beautiful white and blue tweed jacket and blazer, and her hair is flipped up. It’s just perfect for her.” In another, where Jean is wearing black, Price says, “she looks half-dead.”

A Type 2 woman is “diplomatic, empathetic, meticulous, preferring to observe rather than participate in larger social settings.” Julia Roberts is a classic Type 2. The most common fashion mistake of a Type 2 is the tendency to wear bright clothes to counter a subdued nature, says Tuttle, “making her complexion look pasty,” so she seems “weak and shy.”

A Type 3 woman is “swift, fiery, intense, practical and abrupt.” This kind of woman “may have been told as a child, ‘Relax! You’re too demanding.’ ” Jean Price believes Laureen Harper is a Type 3. “She’s got that rich dynamic energy, and whoever is advising her, they’ve got her in tailored, structured Type 4 clothing, including the black, and that really dramatically ages her. She should be wearing browns and rich autumn colours. And her hairstyle! They’ve even got it too soft! She needs it to be cut edgy and uneven with more height to it.”

Type 4 women are “private, disciplined, influential, and uncompromising. You move forward with crystal clear focused determination while maintaining quiet confidence.” Elizabeth Taylor is a classic Type 4—the only type of woman who can wear black. A Type 4’s biggest fashion mistake is wearing soft, flowing clothes. It makes them look frumpy.

Most women, says Tuttle, “hear compliments like, ‘That’s a nice jacket’ or ‘I like your purse!’ But after learning how to dress their truth, our clients consistently hear compliments like, ‘You look amazing.’ ”


The trick to loving how you look

  1. It is bad enough that Ms. Harper was reduced to some "showpiece" drivel in this article. But to think that entire industries focus on this superficial claptrap…

    • I'm sorry you feel that caring about presenting yourself honestly and without confusion to others is superficial or claptrap. I'd encourage you to look into EFT to clear these unkind judgments you have about yourself and others so that you can have a mind that is not confined by negativity and really appreciate others and yourself.

      To even consider that Energy Profiling and Dressing YOUR Truth is superficial shows you carry a great deal of anger against people in general and that almost always comes from within.

      I wish you true peace.

      • Pamela, thank you for your zen wishes for true peace, but I hope to reassure you that "presenting [my]self honestly and without confusion to others" has precious little to do with the clothes I am wearing.

        And if that makes me a type zero, I will do my best to recover from that tragedy. Yup! Recovered already.

        • Perhaps you can boost your zero energy profiling without changing your wardrobe by carrying a crystal. ; P

  2. I disagree with the comments about black. Lots of women look great in black when the accessories and makeup are used effectively.
    A big smile makes all types look younger, more attractive and more energetic.
    Who has time for all that imagining before looking in the mirror? At 70 I wear black, smile a lot, usually wear lipstick and have a huge energy level. I am always challenged when asking for senior discount! Attitude goes a long way in overcoming those preconceived fashion goofs! Classic choices of wardrobe pieces almost always works great!

    • Yes, perhaps you are a type4 who looks stunning in black! However, if you are not, you could look dynamite in the right shade of brown, perhaps even look ten to fifteen years younger. You won't know unless you try it. All these women cannot be wrong!

  3. While maybe you are a Type 4, Punkin 405!

    When you dress your truth you live your truth and the only way to do it completely is to learn your energy type and start dressing your truth. You will be amazed at what happens in your life – amazed.

    • News flash: Every woman is already beautiful. Without the self-hating need to slavishly be told what her type is and therefore what she must be permitted to wear.

      • YES, Every Woman IS beautiful, but they all WANT to feel beautiful and you cannot say that every woman feels beautiful. DYT opens this door for every woman and your effort to talk down about a program you know nothing about is very curious indeed.

        • Really — well then riddle me this: Exactly how do you think the drivel below "opens the door" for Ms. Harper?

          Jean Price believes Laureen Harper is a Type 3. “She's got that rich dynamic energy, and whoever is advising her, they've got her in tailored, structured Type 4 clothing, including the black, and that really dramatically ages her. She should be wearing browns and rich autumn colours. And her hairstyle! They've even got it too soft! She needs it to be cut edgy and uneven with more height to it.”

          This is a pretentious jerk telling another woman how to dress to look good. Who the hell asked this pretentious jerk, anyway?

          • @madeyoulook, you might want to look inside! You appear to have a lot of anger that you spew behind a pseudonym with no face in comment threads! I don't know anything about this program, but it might just help you so you don't have to be so angry at everybody else getting themselves! I expect a judgmental, angry response to this from you- made you mad?

          • If people want to delude themselves into thinking their worth as a person derives from the clothes they pick out, they are free to do so. Hey, astrology and homeopathy are gangbusters, too, so this silliness may be harmless enough, except for the playing into women's overly self-critical opinions of themselves.

            But the pathetic drive-by judgmental smears of the wife of our prime minister, invoking this nonsense, deserves to be mocked, denounced, pitied, laughed at, etc.

            Was that angry and judgmental enough for you? I did my best.

      • Take coal, no one knew it’s potential until heat and pressure were applied. Every woman is a potential diamond: DYT Is the heat and pressure

  4. Imagine when each of us are categorized by type number and isolated in boxes? Baaaahhhh!

    • That's been such a typical response I've heard before someone learns the program and afterward, they can't believe that's what their first reaction was.

      If anything, EP and DYT doesn't allow for any pigeonholing and creates so much respect, honor and acceptance. It is a true peace process.

  5. I am a type 7. I notice this is not a-dressed in the artlcle :)

    • There is no type 7 in Carol's Energy Profile. That is probably why it's unmentioned.

      • Pamela, do you see that speck up in the sky? That would be DianeG's point sailing aways over your head.

  6. Dressing Your Truth is such an amazing program that goes way beyond just looking fashionable! It's about not only understanding and accepting who you are, but honoring your true nature, and allowing others that same opportunity. I'm not sure I would have ever believed that a "dressing system" could be life changing, but I've seen it happen over and over again with women, including myself, and I'm convinced. Every woman deserves to feel good about herself, and Dressing Your Truth is a fun and worthwhile way to do it. I highly recommend it!

  7. Ariadne, that is the part of DYT that makes it so effective and successful – it emphasizes a person's natural strengths and individuality.

    The box is when someone's mind is closed to even considering DYT.

  8. If you have ever stood in a store dressing room with piles of clothes and none of them are working, DYT is for you.

    If you hate shopping, DYT is for you.

    If you have a closet full of clothes and still feel you have nothing to wear, DYT is for you!

    • I know exactly what you mean. I would walk out with nothing because it all looked horrible on me. Now, since DYT, every thing I have, I love and wear! AND it all seems to go together.

  9. The fashion industry makes enormous profits from women. Each season, there are new styles that are touted as 'must have' and 'looks great on everyone.' This just can't be true. Garments that are suitable for a teen girl aren't usually suitable for a mature woman, and vice versa. Dressing Your Truth helps women examine who they really are, to find what colors, styles, garments, and accessories suit them to a 'T.' Instead of the fashion industry dictating to women, women can take power into their own hands (and handbags) and purchase and wear only what works for each individual. Women can rely on their own expertise in knowing their own unique beauty with Dressing Your Truth. It's the only advice that has given me the opportunity to get consistent positive compliments from total strangers, in addition to my family and friends.

    • has given me the opportunity to get consistent positive compliments from total strangers, in addition to my family and friends.

      Maybe I am but a middle-aged stick-in-the-mud, but I really must ask: what is it about you that your life's meaning depends on getting "positive compliments" from strangers… about your clothes? Isn't there a heart, isn't there a head inside of you that are worth so much more?

      • @madeyoulook, there you go again with the anger and judgment, so what if a woman likes to look beautiful and enjoys hearing compliments about her appearance, how in anyway does that suggest she doesn't have a heart and a head. You really go to extremes in your posts, in this one suggesting to @Wendy that her "life-meaning" depends on getting positive compliments from strangers, you are going way overboard on that conclusion. I find your comments and responses on this thread and most others to be very shallow, impulsive, and a need for attention. I really can't trust your opinion, it is way to influenced by your anger. So what if you made people look at your comments, wouldn't you rather make them think?

        • I guess you're a bigger fan of some snob tut-tutting over Ms. Harper's choice of clothes, than I am. Different strokes…

          • myl: I have so enjoyed your comments here; alas they are lost on self-centred women who care more about their looks than the world that swirls around them.

            I LOVE the promo these "consultants" keep putting up here. In the Eighties, when women were having their "colours done" my friend was told to also change her furniture so she would look and feel better lying around the house, I guess.

            I think to be a consultant in this drivel you need a Masters degree in BS.

          • I think a person who has concluded "that a woman who cares about her looks is self-centered and that it indicates that she cares less about the world around her is shallow! I guarantee that Ms. Harper cares about her looks, otherwise she would not be coloring and styling her hair, wearing makeup and jewelry and putting together the outfits she wears eveyday to look good int he process of doing her job to contribute to the welfare of others. You know I just realized that @madeyoulook and @patchouli might not even be women! You could be 2 guys and that makes your opinions even more shallow and unfounded! If you are men, that makes me laught!

          • Agreed. Nothing makes an opinion more shallow and unfounded than if it emanates from a man.

            I've often heard that true beauty is on the inside. Sherylme has proved that true ugliness is as well.

  10. I think Lauren looks fabulous – all the time.

    • I've had a long conversation with Laureen, and she's a substantial person with a very good mind that's probably been too engaged with life to look at this new trend, and that's all this 'Dressing Your Truth' is. A fashion trend.

      Further, it's not a very diplomatic marketing ploy to take a public poke at the Prime Minister's wife to hilight some trendy women's fashion venture. Laureen is so much better than this, and more than merely a fashion mannequin. I can see Tuttle believing in her business, but I can't quite imagine why MacLeans would publish such a shallow thing containing such a sideways barb; not that it would bother the Laureen Harper I spoke with in the least.

      Where's the in depth interview of Mrs. Harper instead?

      • Like her husband's cabinet ministers, she's not allowed to speak in public.

  11. Ooops! Laureen. And i am not the Wendy two comments up.

  12. Am not in any way affiliated with Dressing your Truth, but for me it is one of the best things I've come upon in the past few years. Am 55 now and finally truly comfortable with my quiet subtle nature. And for the first time in many years I love the way I look! Dressing your Truth is not some superficial styling circus. What I've learned has been life changing on many levels.

  13. Black makes so many people look like troglodytes and/or overweight; Remember Bonnie Hunt’s show and the ever-present black jacket? Most Type 3’s I know swear they look great in black and it’s only when they get draped and compare how they then look in THEIR chroma and say ‘WOW’ do they get it. I was one of them as a Type 3 with a strong secondary 4.

    Energy Profiling and Dressing Your Truth is dead on accurate like nothing I’ve ever seen and has eliminated so many pigeon-holing judgments about the kids I have and know. Instead of being influenced by the fear-speech of media driven drug pushing (that kid is behaving like a kid and must be autistic, then!) carp, I see them for who they are and honor it and amazingly enough, conflict is down to a bare minimum and I am not exaggerating.

    To those who are foolish enough to think that this is superficial, all I can say is you are being superficial in not really examining what this is about personally and speaking from a place of firsthand knowledge. And if you have issue with who you truly are, EFT on it and accept yourself; life only gets better when you do.

    • Ahhh, finally the truth: you are here to promote your business.

      This is just pathetic drivel. Focus on your hearts and minds, women, and if you feel good in something, you will likely reflect that in your demeanor.

      • @patchouli, I think you are a guy and really can't speak to this topic fairly! But you do not seem to like attractive women and do not think much of us! I haven't been through this program, but as a woman given the choice I would pick doinng what I can to make myself attractive over unattractive while I do my volunteer work and help the many causes I am involved in!

  14. Where can a woman go to learn life long skills of how to look great for every season of the year, every change in the fickle fashion world, every age, and every physical handicap that might occur in her life? Dressing Your Truth! I learned how to do it myself, not just copy the trend in a magazine. I have the skills now, and now I feel secure and confident no matter where the fashion fads take the rest of the world.

  15. One of the best parts of the DYT program is that I am empowered with knowing my true nature and beauty rather than relying on someone else trying to sell me on this belief. Being told over and over and over again, "We are all beautiful in our own way.", "You are beautiful on the inside." Blah, blah, blah. Gee, thanks. LOL! DYT says, "Yeah, you are beautiful and here is the proof. Now you have all the resources to move forward. Go girl!"

    I'll take knowledge and skill over 'talk' any day. Thanks, Carol!

  16. Carol Tuttle's Dress Your Truth is so much more than wearing your most flattering colours! The depth of the program is far-reaching into a person's life, family and relationships with yourself and others and very healing and life-affirming and alot of fun too! I've been doing it for a couple of months and I understand myself so much better already!

  17. I'm seventy-one and have lived in six provinces, and three countries, a former Maritimer living in St. John's. In this province alone, I've met hundreds of women who think and whose lives are not driven by cosmetics, money, houses, cars, and power. Macleans fails to feature articles in which one encounters ideas, and the talents and energy of these women, and others across the country, who contribute something other than silicone and botox and gossip to this country.

    • I disagree with you @Judy, I don't think you got it! From what I read, Tuttle is helping women free themselves from the superficial expression of fashion and beauty, aka- botox and silicone! It appears she is doing a great job with the numerous comments that express support for her work.

      • Well said @sheryme. "silicone and botox and gossip" is EXACTLY what Carol Tuttle is out to put an end to!

        • You are exactly right plumeberry and Sherlyme. I have been somewhat of a fan of Carol Tuttle's for almost 7 years now. I have all of her items that I have either one or purchased on sale over the years. Each one of them I have been able to use or share with a friend as a tool to encourage, uplift and set us free of limiting beliefs and struggles that we may have been going through. She is trying boldly to get rid of the "wordly" expensive fashion trends that many women and men buy into and are still not happy with themselves or others!

  18. What's with all the transparent promotional posts from DYT? Do you people not realize how obvious you are?

    • Believing in a system and seeing results is what the DYT people are here to support. With so many nay-Sayers who have no clue what they’re talking about. The people who’ve experienced the change in mind body and soul- are here to support this system Us women finally find ourselves in a world where so many people are lost. It’s a beautiful thing that shouldn’t be talked down. Each women is on a journey in life- why not live it true. Thank you Carol for sharing with us your spiritual journey that has helped thousands of women. We are stronger inside and out.

    • We just linked here from Carol's blog. We wouldn't take the time to promote DYT if we weren't happy customers. It's just part of the nature of the internet. Some of the coolest things I have found were things I bought based on "obvious" and "transparent promotional posts" on the internet. I decided a long time ago not to consider the method of information transmission as the most important factor in making decisions – I look for satisfied customers, value for money, and satisfaction guarantees. I followed Carol's blogs and videos on the internet for months before making the purchase…. I also make sure I have the time to try something out before the return/refund expiration occurs.

      I wasn't disappointed. In fact, the longer I have it, the more I appreciate the information for its longevity, and because I can really be tremendously creative within the scope of being true to my nature. I like the changes in how people respond to me, too – and not just by admiring my appearance. They seem to take me more seriously, too.

      You can call it obvious promotion, but I don't earn anything off of this. I just like to share good things with other people. It's just part of who I am to share good things with others.

  19. I cannot comment on the value of the DYT process, although I investigated it on the internet and it costs $300 to access the useful information about what colours will work best for any individual which is a fair amount of money.

    This article was basically an infomercial and not appropriate for a news magazine, in my opinion.

    • I disagree @Heidi, the article does not even include a web address or a link to find this information, it it were an infomercial, it would definitely have those details. Apparently a lot of women believe in this program, I don't know if it is worth it, I'll have to check it out myself.

      • You're transparent. We know you're here to promote. The community is telling you to go away. So scat.

  20. This is really making me laugh @patchouli! Again your conclusion and assumption that women who care about their looks are shallow and worldly and do no good in the world! This is a hilarious conclusion and sooo far off base!

    • It IS hilarious, isn't it? So, other than sharing your glorious looks with us, what HAVE you done lately to benefit your community?

      • This program is not about forcing you to do something for someone else so that you can feel better about yourself and your life. This is about choosing to do something for yourself so that you can better help someone else or a group of others. It is so much more then just the comments from the shallow people who want to make it about fashion and someone putting you in a box.
        Or yet the other people who just think that doing for others is the answer to all of lifes troubles. Even God's commandment is to love our neighbors as we would ourselves. How can we do that well when we have been taught to go do, do, do for others and we don't even know who we are anymore? Amen to you Patchouli for being above the rest of us!

    • No I don't think you are worldly. At all. Just shallow and trying to sell products based on women's low self esteem.

  21. I think this is an overly simple theory that touches, but fails to emphasize what should be the bottom line. Men and women look good in some colours and bad in others. Personality might be one factor that drives people to wear bad colours or cuts, but it is hardly the only one. Following fashion trends is one way to guarantee that you will look bad about 75% of the time (when your best colours are out of style), while also emptying your bank account. Dressing your job can also have a similar impact. Just because you are a professor doesn't mean you have to wear tweed jackets with elbow-patches. There are usually ways to make almost any colour look professional, and if not, at the very least there are always neutral colours that are manifestly work-appropriate.

    It isn't rocket science. Figure out what colour season you are (and you may be somewhat in-between), plus throw in the odd colour that brings out eyes or some other good feature. Figure out what cuts work for you. Generally speaking, not too tight (unless you are a prostitute) and not too baggy (and ladies, if you don't like where your natural waistline is, you have a lot of leeway in picking out where to put it). Develop an enduring look (ie. ask could I get away with wearing this 20 years from now?) so that you needn't worry about idiotic trends, and so you can get the most value for your money. And don't forget comfort.

    • As Oscar Wilde said, "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

  22. Dear MacLeans:
    Did you intend to provide a place of commerce for the unskilled to prey on women with low self esteem, and charge them money to tell them what colour they look good in? An area of free publicity for the Julies, Pamelas and Sherylmes to schill and promote their inane trade?

    Because that's not why I come to They've been called out several times but won't admit they are here to sell; they are offensive. And very transparent.

  23. "You are amazing just the way you are." If you can say that while looking in a full length mirror, right into your eyes, and resonate and vibrate with hearing those words, then halliluah to you no matter what clothes you are wearing! But if you can not, and if you feel insufficient, not good enough or just plain tired all the time; if you feel like you are not heard, noticed or even happy, then Carol Tuttle has answers and tools for you to use. They are in you already, you just need to acknowledge and recognize them. This is what Carol does; guides you with supports to find your true nature. It isn't about the clothes. The clothes are just a means to an end of frustration, exhaustion and unhealthiness because when you are living your true nature, and know it, you wear the right clothes and nothing can stop you from living a fulfilling life.

  24. Anyone who does not believe they need the program or that MacLeans did something untrue to their nature, wouldn't care if they were happy within themselves inside and out. A woman, especially a woman, when she is living true to herself, can only uplift, not tear down anyone or anything. She is only encouraging and wants the best for all other women around her and everywhere.
    On the other hand, a woman who is not living her truth, hides behind manipulation, anger and vulgarness at people and at programs that are available to uplift people. They are so unhappy with themselves, yet strive to be noticed that they will do anything to get attention. What is that old saying, " Bad attention is better then no attention"? Appears to hit home for a few people on this feed.

    • "A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."

      – Oscar Wilde

  25. Volunteering maybe a good activity for the soul, but it does not heal the soul and help people get past thier core issues, they just put them aside for a time being while they are volunteering. People do this their whole lives and still can be very lonely, tired and not living with joy and peace in their hearts. Maybe that is what you are doing?

  26. This is so true to be who we are. That really does come through in how we respond and dress. Great article! You might also enjoy Grace Adams and her humorous blog, Looks Great Naked. She's been through a lot with an ex-husband who had a sex addiction and starting over. What I love about her is that she believes when you have nothing to hide the image you present to the world matches what you are inside.

    • Exactly! I had put that in there, (Naked is better, when looking in the mirror), but took it out as not appropriate yet for this feed. We can look at ourselves in the mirror naked, but not go out into the world naked, but if you are living true to yourself, you live it and it shows with eyes bright and smile beaming! Love it! Love it! Will check out the book you recommend also!

  27. Black used to be my wardrobe staple. DYT opened my eyes to how it sucks light and energy out of many women, including me. I've discovered a whole world of tones that I combine in endless ways, and that allow me to dress in a way that is comfortable, appropriate to my age and personality, while always looking well put together. DYT has given me a fashion framework on which I can build and create to my heart's content.

  28. I am a type3 with a strong secondary type 2 and what I have learned about my energy type has been so revealing and inspiring in my life, and I just stumbled acrossed this info last week! I have not purchased the dressing your truth package yet but I have already learned so much about my self and my children that I would pay the $300 price tag just for what I have already learned from the 1 book I read " it's just my nature" and Carol realy is about helping people find there real selves and using that information to promote joy and happiness in every aspect of your life, so what if she makes good money doing it, she is providing a valuable service and has the guts to say what she really believes and not just what people want to hear. Bravo Carol!

  29. I understand the skepticism that a lot of responders have. It took me a long time to try the course because of the price tag that went along with it. After all, I've studied tons of color and beauty systems. How could this be any different?

    Well, first of all, it isn't a cookie cutter four boxes program. While there are four basic types, no two people are the same – and many have a secondary type that is strong as well. What the program does is to get you to look more closely at yourself and how you move – physically, mentally, emotionally – and gives guiding principles on how to reflect that on the outside. So it is a process that you can use over the years – it isn't limited to just what is in fashion right now, as other programs have done.

    If you are thrilled with your own look, great – some people are gifted that way, knowing their style innately and having the creative ability to express it. Most women who do the course find a number of things they are already doing that is true to their nature. But the course helps the less intuitive/creative learn how to see themselves more clearly as well as giving ideas on expressing it, along with giving cost-saving tips on revamping existing garments and accessories.

    And it really does make shopping so much easier. I can screen out 90 percent of the garments based on color alone. The more I seek to harmonize my inside with my outside, the more compliments I get. Someone told me the other day that I look stunning, and look better every time she sees me…and she doesn't know that I'm doing a "program." That's new for me. I've never been called stunning before, in all of my fifty years. And people are complimenting ME, not my clothes (people used to compliment the things I wore or carried, but not ME).

    I especially like being able to look into the mirror and tell why I've never felt happy with certain garments on me, even though the garments were beautiful in and of themselves, fit well, were in style, etc.

    If you aren't loving your look, the DYT course might be worth the price tag. It was for me…I'm going to save a mint in future by not buying clothes that don't work for me.