I thought it would be helpful for people who are just starting to dip their toe into the style typing world if I shared my thoughts on the pluses and minuses of each of the systems I personally use or at least study. A system that works well for one person may not work at all for someone else.
DAVID KIBBE’S METAMORPHOSIS
-Focused on self-acceptance and self-expression
-A wide variety of types
-A fully-integrated system with hair, makeup, color, etc. in addition to just clothing style
-The book is thorough and the kind that teaches you something new every time you read it
-More of an approach to dressing and life than just some instructions on how to wear what
-Has been interpreted incorrectly over the years (there is a blog post coming up on this)
-David sees people in NYC only and the cost is that of a nice vacation
-The book recommendations are from the 80s
-Information on his color system is basically impossible to find for now, unless you go see him
-Many people feel like he really “gets” them, color-and-style wise
-Travels frequently and charges Cons:
-You may not like what you get from him
-Since it’s so much about his vision, it’s basically impossible to DIY
DRESSING YOUR TRUTH
-A good springboard to really thinking about your style
-The psychological aspects can be very helpful and healing
-Has a lot of extra online content
-Has an online store divided by type
-Now provides all four courses for what you used to pay for one
-The styles may not be to your liking
-The palette for your energy type may not be the colors you find most flattering on you, or they may conflict with your Sci\ART season, etc.
-No longer does Skype sessions; seems to only do type confirmations for a select few and only in Utah now
-Offers a unique system unlike anything else
-Can be very easily integrated with other systems for self-expression purposes (i.e., Kibbe)
-Offers many different levels of services and all online
-Is still really being developed, so sometimes the dots can be hard to connect
Sci\ART/12 BLUEPRINTS/12 TONES ETC.
-12 beautiful palettes
-Popular; analysts in many places and easy to find lists of makeup colors etc.
-Can get enough materials (fans etc.) to reasonably figure it out at home
-Schools of thought and analyst quality both vary–you may not be analyzed correctly
-You may not feel like you fit in any of the palettes perfectly
Systems I didn’t cover here are ones I either don’t like/recommend or don’t know enough about (Caygill). What do you think?