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Dressing Your Truth update



On Tuesday I had the nicest compliment: a co-worker, a well-dressed young guy from India whose graceful manners make him a constant pleasure to work with, said, "I like your colors today. You have a very good dress sense."

(I was wearing a red skirt suit, a red-and-purple striped top, and purple tights. I mean, there were only two colors, but there was a lot of each of them. The compliment was, therefore, sort of surprising and deeply gratifying. Because I meant that outfit, but I'll admit it was eye-bending.)

Over the past several months my closet has become like a box of Crayolas.

DarkEmeralds in a hair salon mirror, wearing a yellow shirt and a purple cardigan
Purple and yellow (aka fuck you, subtlety)


I've taken a "strict compliance" approach to Dressing Your Truth (because "strict" is generally a good descriptor for Type 4),

DarkEmeralds in an elevator, wearing a sulfur yellow coat with black and white accessories
Sulfur and houndstooth--one of my few available prints and patterns to break up the huge color-blocks


and once I accepted the limitations on color1, texture2, design line3, and fabrication4, it's been amazing how brilliantly everything works together.

Bright orange tights and a denim skirt
Apparently I like orange now


So yeah, nice outfits and all, but it's more than that, and there's a whole community of DYT-ers (mostly on Facebook) constantly trying to figure out and express what that "more" is.

An orange cotton trench coat from Banana Republic
Trenchant


For me, it's...
  • bending "rules" of workplace, social milieu, city--even gender a little bit--to express something true about myself
  • taking bits of style inspiration from across the Type 4 spectrum, from Adam Lambert to Anne Hathaway
  • saying fuck you to age-based (and weight-based!) restrictions on clothes, hair and makeup
  • feeling like it's okay to show myself to the world
  • not being shocked to see a photograph of myself
  • telegraphing clearly to the world what it can expect of me5


A zebra-striped coffee mug and a leopard-print wallet on a table in a coffee shop
Accessories


Also? Packing for my next trip, whenever that might be, is going to be a breeze.

DarkEmeralds in a shiny blue raincoat
Waterproof






1. Black and white plus pure hues

2. Smooth--even shiny--firm and crisp.

3. Bold, straight, simple, clean, fitted

4. Structured, shaped, tailored

5. Still, reflective, discriminating, demanding, logical, bold, and don't hug me, okay? So, basically, a Vulcan in really saturated colors.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
cattraine
Feb. 17th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Pretty! *waves at you*
emeraldsedai
Feb. 17th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
*waves back*

How soon are you heading off on your new adventure? Can't wait to hear more about it!
shezan
Feb. 18th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm with him. You look very stylish.

Orange goes extremely well with dark chocolate brown. (Hermès colours!)
emeraldsedai
Feb. 18th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! Orange certainly goes well with dark chocolate itself. Yum! (In this scheme, black has to do duty for just about all dark neutrals, but I do "cheat" with a Hermès-knockoff scarf that's orange with the horsey-motifs in brown.
llaras
Jul. 1st, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
This post made me so happy.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 3rd, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Well yay! Your comment nudged me to go back and read the post myself. I'm continuing to really enjoy my Type 4 style.
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