Being a Total Tighter….
Back in September 2014 my mom introduced me to Chappy Windsor (AKA Dakota Chappy) at the Norsk Hostfest. I was so amazed (and a bit shocked) as she whipped off her tunic showed me her one-piece wonder (AKA Total Tight) and proceeded to model several items for me in the middle of her display booth. The ease and simplicity of dressing shocked me (not to mention changing her clothes out in the open!) Within a couple days I was in her store for the first time and purchased my first Total Tight and a couple tunics. I was hooked from the very beginning and have done it all in a TT. I have traveled by plane and car, gardened, car shopped, sat in hospitals, attended funerals, gone to events, mowed lawn and even ridden horses.
If I back track a bit it all makes perfect sense. September 2014 my life was in limbo – my hubby was dealing with terminal brain cancer and I was reluctant to even attend the Hostfest with my mom that year. But my mom and I had been modeling at the Norwegian Sweater Style Show together for years so I was happy to be able to do it again with her despite everything going on at home. Stress had added at least fifteen pounds to my short frame that I didn’t need and stress had me to a point where there were many things I really didn’t care about anymore or at least weren’t on the forefront of my mind. Often times when you are the caretaker (whether it’s a cancer patient, spouse, parent or even being a mom) you are so engrossed with the other person you forget to take care of, yourself. But how do you truly do the best for others if you don’t take care of yourself first? Now, I was never Fashion Forward, but becoming a Total Tighter gave me a liberation so to speak. No more guess work! I was one of those who stood and looked in the closet and couldn’t decide and would often have to try on several things and settle on one in frustration. Putting on that TT made it one less thing to worry about, made getting dressed a snap and I felt better about myself and the image I saw in the mirror. But more importantly than the clothes themselves is the feeling of belonging and a sense of kinship I received, all from stepping into a little store. It’s a win-win combination.
Dakota Chappy doesn’t just deliver the finest customer service anywhere – they make you feel special. They are never pushy, they tell you if something works better than other items and they are sincere. I was missing something in my life, something that camaraderie gives you – and strangely – discovered it in a clothing store.
I have met and become friends with several people all because of a store. A little boutique that is there to Serve Women – it’s not about the number sewn into the back of an item, or about looking like the models in magazines…. It’s about how you feel when you wear those items that make you comfortable with who you are right now.
I have now invested – yes – invested – in 5 Total Tights of various colors and a total jean in the past two years. I wear one almost every day – probably over 350 days a year. They are super comfortable, make dressing a snap, make picking out your clothes a breeze and quickly wash up and dry overnight. And for those that think they won’t be able to go to the bathroom – it’s not hard at all – maybe even faster. Try it – invest in a TT – wear it every day for a week and see how it can simplify your life. If only everything else in life was this simple.
So – what are you waiting for? As Chappy says – Your Better Life is Waiting For You. I couldn’t agree more.
Ever wonder what colors you should wear during specific seasons? ANY COLORS! But during the fall, we really love earth tones and jewel tones.
We have been seeing these deep berry hues everywhere. It is such an incredible color on so many women.
We have a few options in the store that can help you add a peep of berry put into your outfit.
- Family pictures: Berry caridgan, cream tunic, black total tight, and ultimate boots
- Girls night out: Black dress, leather jacket, berry total tight, and black heel booties
- Class or casual day @ work: Berry sleeveless tunic, black sleeve solution, navy total tight, knee high boots.
I love my total tights. I have a black total tight, a brown total tight, and blue a total tight. A total tight is a bra, cami, shaper, and leggings all in one solid piece. I am a licensed Massage Therapist. I am standing on my feet for hours. My clothes need to be comfortable. They wash well so it maintains compression. My clothes have professional style. I work at CornerStone Chiropractic.
I need clothes with vertical design to elongate my short stature. Style, smart, professional. I am 47 years old so my clothing needs to be age appropriate.
Chappy and her style team made me realize as I shop, that I should build color in my life
I encourage you to to make an appointment and let the ladies help you create your make over. I feel better and confident and that makes me work better.
The Dakota Chappy Event Center is such a magnificent place. Seriously, so much magic happens! From style parties to recording Chappy TV, there is always something great in the works in our “Fashion Pharmacy.” We want to give you a behind the scenes scoop of what fun we have.
We have a really cool set up for Chappy TV. Daniel, our production manager, does all the video and editing. There are also studio lights to create a nice ambiance. Chappy gets to choose from an accessory bar for all of her photoshoots. We are blessed to have stepped up our game from iphone Chappy TV videos to this within the past year.
Tara’s Total Tight Tale…………….
Back in May, I was looking around on Facebook and came across a video for Dakota Chappy. Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to watch it. That spark of curiosity was the start of something amazing! I started watching videos about this invention we all know now as the Total Tight. I knew right away that I had to have one. I contacted Julia through Facebook messenger, as I live in Bismarck, and ordered a black total tight. I was amazed at how easy it was for Julia to figure out my size by just asking me a few simple questions. I also wanted to top to go with it, so Julia sent me a couple photos and I found one that I liked. Once the package came, I was impressed at how great and precise everything fit!! To this day, I have never had to send anything back due to size issues or quality. Julia works really hard to find the right products and right sizes with her online clients!! The most amazing benefit for me with the total tight has been the relief of low back pain. I stand with so much better posture wearing my total tight, that I rarely feel the low back pain that used to cause me daily pain.
Well, this tale continues! My husband absolutely loved my new total tight and tunic from Dakota Chappy and he could see how happy and confident it made me feel wearing it. He even green lighted me to order more shirts like the one I was wearing. Little did he know, I would eventually own almost every single print in that style of the shirt that Dakota Chappy brought into the store. Chappy and the rest of the wonderful staff at Dakota Chappy eventually started calling the tunic “The Tara Top” because I owned so many of them! What can I say, I love the notch neck, roll tab tunic with the easy stretch material that comes in plaid print and so many other wonderful colors and prints!!
I’ve continued to grow my collection and also fallen in love with total jeggings and total jeans. If you see me out and about, I am in one of Dakota Chappy’s total creations on any given day! I truly appreciate how Chappy and the rest of her staff care about helping women dress and feel good about themselves, no matter what their age or size. Every woman deserves to look and feel good each and every day of their lives! If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Minot store, I highly recommend contacting Julia through Facebook – you won’t regret it!!
~ Tara Haugen ~