I thought I’d do something different on this blog for a change, since I’ve been studying David Kibbe’s body types. Like most women, I want to look good. I do not always have a natural sense of what looks good on me. I know what I like, but not what suits me. So, Kibbe’s 13 body types intrigued me. I’m going to use classic actresses as examples while I talk about the types, because they had less “work done” to alter their appearance, unlike modern actresses. I am using examples off Kibbe’s official list. Since he came up with the system, I have to trust his judgment in how he categorizes them.
The idea of dressing for your body type is following your “natural lines” so your clothes do not look disproportionate to you. Kibbe’s system is based on how much two primary essences – “Yin” (soft) and “Yang” (angularity) are mixed into your overall body type (bone structure, flesh, facial features).
The two “pure” essences are Dramatic (yang) and Romantic (yin). Women (or men) who fit into these two essences have way more of their primary essence than anything else, so they come out as either very yin or very yang. Let’s look at some examples.
Dramatic (Strong Yang)
The Dramatic female body type is built up of “sharp” defined angles (yang). They have a long vertical line, which means they look taller than they are (and are often very tall). This optical illusion is due to having a smaller head in proportion to their shoulders, and long arms and legs. They tend to be long and lean, both in bones and flesh, with a boyish torsos (not curvy — they have straight waistlines and smaller busts). Their facial features are “strong” and full of sharp, dramatic angles (wide or thin lips, long nose, small eyes). Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, and Lauren Bacall are Dramatics.
Romantic (Strong Yin)
On the opposite side of the spectrum are Romantics. In contrast to the “sharpness” of Dramatics, they are all softness (yin). Soft shoulders, soft faces, soft hourglass figures, soft and often short arms and legs. They have a short vertical line and appear quite small and petite, in part because most of them are short and because their heads are larger on their small, rounded shoulders. They tend have very soft features – large eyes, rounded noses, full lips. Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons, and Marilyn Monroe are Romantics.
When you mix Dramatic and Romantic, you wind up with two sub-types – Soft Dramatic and Theatrical Romantic.
Means a Dramatic bone structure (long vertical line / tallness, long arms and legs, boyish hips, angular features) but Romantic flesh (voluptuousness, curves, and yin things like larger eyes or fuller lips). These women are curvier than pure Dramatics. Examples are Ava Gardner, Kim Novak, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and Sophia Loren.
Are primarily Romantics in their short stature, yin bodies (roundness, curves, figure, small vertical line) but they have some sharpness or angularity to their bone structure or facial features. They may have a more prominent nose, or sharper cheekbones, or longer arms and legs. Kibbe’s primary example for a Theatrical Romantic is Vivien Leigh, who has a fierce sensuality in her small, lean, curvy figure. Another example is Jean Harlow.
Next, we have Classics.
They are “balance” between yin and yang, meaning their bones are “symmetrical” and “average.” They lack the length and sharpness of Dramatic, or the soft shortness of Romantic. They are a blend of both essences, in all the features, in the height, the vertical line (they appear about the height they are), the length and width of the bones (medium), and their curves. They are not too straight, too curvy, too tall, too short, too feminine, or too masculine. It’s all “moderate.” Because finding a pure balance of these element is difficult, Kibbe only has one pure Classic example – Ginger Rogers. He also includes Grace Kelly, but he is undecided between Pure and Soft Classic for her.
As you might have guessed, Dramatic Classics are “average” in yin/yang bone structure, but have some Dramatic angularity to their features. They may have slightly sharper contours to their face, their shoulders, or longer arms and legs. They have a “fiercer” look to them, like Jane Wyman (or, later, Diana Rigg). They are taller than pure Classics.
Have an “average” (mixed yin and yang) body build and structure (their shoulders are neither narrow nor wide, their waist is neither broad nor slender, their arms and legs neither appear long or short) but more Romantic in them – they have softer arms and legs, more of an hourglass shape, bigger eyes or lips, etc. Examples are Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Joan Fontaine, and Olivia de Havilland. Notice how balanced their features and build is (they all have similarly shaped eyes, noses, lips, cheeks, and brows, and none of them are unevenly spaced), but also how “soft” they look.
Now, we move into the “mixed” body types. Where Dramatic and Romantic are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and Classic meets in the middle, Natural and Gamine types are a mix, but it’s not “moderate” (balanced, or “averaged”) like the Classic.
Are like Dramatics in they have a tall vertical line, but they are wider in their bones, their facial features, and their flesh. They have broader shoulders than Dramatics and more muscular upper bodies, but have slender hips or boyish figures. Naturals are usually semi-tall. Pure Naturals are hard to find, but Kibbe has listed Carol Burnett and Judy Holliday.
Are Naturals with more Dramatic in them. So, they have a mixed / wider bone structure and shoulders (Natural) but also sharpness to their bones or facial features, and are taller than pure Naturals. They have Dramatic influences in their facial features (longer, straighter noses, or smaller eyes). Examples are Eve Arden and Rosalind Russell.
Have Romantic “yin” to balance their “yang” bones. So, they have a longer vertical line, broad shoulders, and wide or sharpness to their bones, but also some softness in flesh (more curves, big eyes, soft lips, round nose, curved thighs, etc). Examples include Ingrid Bergman (Kibbe is undecided between SN, FN, and pure Natural for her; to me, her face looks SN), Carole Lombard, Julie Andrews, and Betty Grable.
Lastly, we have Gamines.
They have a short vertical line (they are petite or look small, both due to their height and their head appearing large against narrow shoulders), a straight and short torso, and look “boyish” due to being youthful in their features. Gamines look like “tomboys.” They have a boyish figure and few natural curves. Classic Hollywood did not have many notable Gamines, other than Paulette Goddard, but a Kibbe includes Jean Seberg and Mia Farrow as more recent examples.
Are primarily Gamines (boyish figure, tomboy femininity, a short vertical line) with Dramatic influences – longer, narrower bones, sharper and/or more dramatic facial features. Audrey Hepburn is Kibbe’s primary example of a Flamboyant Gamine.
Lastly, there’s Soft Gamines.
They have the smallness and mixed angularity (long, short, wide, thin) in their bones of a Gamine, but influences from a Romantic “yin” in their flesh – so they can have rounded faces, slight hourglass figures, enormous eyes, and overall softness. They can have soft or long noses and thin or plump lips. Bette Davis, Debbie Reynolds, and Judy Garland are good examples.
So, how do you tell them apart?
That is an excellent question. It’s hard, but you look for what they have the most of, and their natural line. I managed to find examples of all the body types in swimsuits, so you can compare the overall yin, yang, and blend of their bodies.
The Taller Kibbe Types
Dramatics Joan Crawford and Kim Novak have a long vertical line, narrow bones, and a boyish torso (their waist emphasis is slight, and their hips are not wide). Their faces and their facial features (lips, eyes, nose) are all long lines. Novak has more curves (Soft).
Naturals Judy Holiday, Lucille Ball, and Carole Lombard have wider bones and broader shoulders. They have more mixed facial shapes and features — smaller or larger eyes, longer or shorter noses, bigger or smaller mouths. Holiday has the straightest hips as a pure Natural; Ball has more drama in her features and looks taller (Flamboyant); Carole looks the softest, and has wider hips than her bust-line (Soft).
To type a Classic, you need to remember that balance is crucial. These women will not be disproportionate in any way or strike you as particularly small, elongated, or uneven. Their waistline is in proportion to their shoulders and hips, but not as wide or fleshy as a Romantic. They will have more balanced features than the Dramatic or the Natural (Dramatics have long facial features and bones, Naturals have broader bones and variation in their facial features). As you can see, all these Classics (Jane Wyman, Grace Kelly, and Olivia de Havilland) are perfectly balanced. Wyman is more angular (Dramatic), and Olivia is softer with wider legs (Soft).
The Petite Kibbe Types
Romantics Vivien Leigh and Marilyn Monroe look very soft, sensual and feminine, but Vivien has longer, leaner bones and less of an hourglass figure owing to her Dramatic (here, called Theatrical) influence. Romantics are very voluptuous.
Gamines all have short legs and straighter torsos. Flamboyants like Audrey Hepburn can have a waspish waist, but you will notice her boxy hips. Her Dramatic influence gives her a longer, leaner appearance with sharper but delicate facial bones. The pure Gamine (Paulette Goddard) is mixed in everything — long, thinner arms but shorter and more muscular legs, a short torso, a small bust line, mixed facial features. Debbie Reynolds is obviously petite with shorter limbs, but has more curves and softer features (larger eyes) since she is a Soft Gamine.
Dressing For Your Body Type
(Notice in this picture of Bette Davis (SG) with Olivia de Havilland (SC), how much more balanced Olivia looks. Her head does not seem as large, her eyes are not as big in her face as Bette’s, her mouth is wider, and her nose less pronounced and more feminine. This is because Bette, a Gamine, has mixed facial features on a petite body — if she were tall, with longer limbs and a long vertical line, she’d be an SN, because Soft Naturals also have mixed facial features, but are taller and broader.)
Kibbe advises choosing clothing to flow with your natural lines and angularity or softness. There’s a lot of information out there about how to dress for your type, including examples from his book (Google Kibbe + whatever one you want to read about). Merriam Style and Aly Art both have great videos full of information.
Here’s a few tips:
Dramatics need long lines. Deep, angular necklines are good on them (long V necks). Oversized things make them look smaller and more petite. Avoid anything too Romantic (frilly), as it will make you look more angular. Soft Dramatics can include some softness in waist definition and loose, unstructured tailoring. Dramatics look best with angular hairstyles and/or hairstyles with long lines.
This Dramatic suit would drown anyone but a Dramatic, yet Katharine Hepburn looks totally at home in it. She is tall and slender enough, with sharp enough facial features and presence, to pull it off and look casual.
Naturals need long, free-flowing lines and draped fabrics. Avoid too narrow of straps, since it does not interrupt your wide shoulder line, and stay away from anything that hugs your body too much, since that will make you seem larger. Pure Naturals do not need waist definition, and can wear oversized things (it makes them look petite). Avoid anything too Romantic (frilly or busy with small details), as it will make you look too muscular. Soft Naturals need loose waist definition and can add some softness in loose ruffles. Avoid too much tailoring. Naturals look best with medium-to-long hair, tousled, not too “done up.”
Draped, long dresses look best on Naturals. Soft Natural Carole Lombard here is killing it in this Natural dress, which makes her look even taller and more slender than she already is.
Classics look the best when they are “completely put together.” They need waist definition, tailored cuffs, and some loose structure to their clothing. Fitted clothing is best. Higher and more modest necklines go with their classic beauty. Avoid too much detail, go for more simplicity – a Classic’s blended beauty can be easily overwhelmed by clunky accessories. Dramatic Classics can go with longer lines in their clothing, more angularity, less waist definition. Softer Classics can add in more yin through softer fabrics, more flowing lines, and more detailing. Their hair is best when styled symmetrically, usually about shoulder-length. It needs soft waves.
Grace Kelly has very little detail in her clothing, but it is all tailored and loosely fitted. It looks crisp and neat, and as a result, she looks put together and elegant even when being casual.
Romantics are all softness, so they need to reflect that softness in their clothing. They look best when going with their natural curves, showing waist definition, avoiding angular lines, patterns, or geometric designs. Form-fitting is good. Ruffles, intricate designs near the face, etc., are all good. Romantics can carry off more decorative elements—larger, fancier pieces of jewelry, and more detail around their necklines. Theatrical Romantics have more angularity in their body, so can go more dramatic in their clothes, with sharper lines and angles, deep V-necks, etc. Their hairstyle should be soft and ultra-feminine, often with waves or curls.
Only a Theatrical Romantic like Vivien Leigh could pull off this TR dress. It has Drama in the silhouette but Romantic in its softness.
Gamines have a short vertical line and angularity, so they can do color blocking, and the mixing of different patterns and fabrics without it seeming too overwhelming on them. They need structured but short, broken up lines (pencil skirts rather than A-line skirts, for example). Tailored things look good on all Gamines (high collars, fitted cuffs, pants that end above the ankle and have a wide cuff). Gamines are the type most able to pull off shorter, boyish haircuts, because it makes them look more feminine and delicate. Flamboyant Gamines can do sharper lines, more dramatic blends of color blocking, more angular non-symmetrical pieces, bolder patterns, and V-necks. (They can also often get away with unnatural hair colors.) Soft Gamines need slight Romantic influences – softer patterns and details in their blouses and shirts, and look best in loose, styled bobs.
Soft Gamine Bette Davis looks at home in this loosely tailored outfit — the softness of the blouse mirrors her need for yin in her clothing, but the tailored cuffs are Gamine; she has a pattern on her belt, and a different colored set of trousers. And it all looks natural on her, not strange or overpowering.
So, which Classic Actress shares your Body Type?
Let me know if you liked this post, or would like one on the Male Kibbe body types.
Brilliant post. Really enjoyed it!
Interesting, but they all just look some variation of generic slender. None of them have that much of a difference. Perhaps that’s just because they are all around the same kind of body sizes?
I have no idea how I’d class myself using this system. I’m 5ft 6″, and pretty much all legs and I have a tiny head and not very wide shoulders (always have an issue with shoulder bags falling off!). So my frame isn’t very large really, but its also not so small as to require me to wear anything under a 32 band in my bras. And I have an extreme hourglass figure which none of these women possessed. My bust is 40″, my waist is 26″ and my high hip, only 2″ below my waist (short waisted!) is also 40″ and it remains that way at my full hip around my bum and around my hip joints. I gain weight to my bust, thighs and upper arms before I gain it anywhere else. I used to measure 34″, 24″, 34″ when I was younger before some medication related weight gain (gained 3 stone in as many months) so as you can see from those measurements, it very much went not to my waist! My armspan is slightly longer than I am tall, and my legs are also long (34″ inside leg, finding trousers to fit is a pain so I’ve given up!)
None of these seem to fit because the tiny head and small features doesn’t show up in the same places as long limbs and lots of curves. Its all over the place.
I think its quite telling when the guy who came up with the system couldn’t even decide where to slot some of the women he used as type examples – its basically useless!
Your narrowness suggests a smaller and longer bone structure, which means Dramatic. The extreme emphasis on curves from the front on (an hourglass when facing you) is extreme Yin. You could be a Theatrical Romantic or a Soft Dramatic. Dramatics do not have to be super tall, they just look tall because of their long limbs. But… if you have such a narrow upper body / shoulders that you need to shop in the petite section, that suggests a Gamine ‘base’ (narrow) so I’d try Theatrical Romantic. (Like Vivien Leigh — an hourglass but narrow shoulders.)
I was confused for awhile between SN and FN and still am not quite sure, because I also seem curvier than most FNs and am soft in the face (most FNs have tight cheek muscles — like you, I put weight on my hourglass figure and also get very full cheeks), but overall my broad shoulders and long arms place me in FN.
It’s not a prefect system and I don’t agree with most of the Pinterest boards for the various types (they are missing the point, the basic point is to accommodate your lines) but you can usually find your body type if you sketch yourself from the chin to your ankles by standing in front of a mirror and see what lines stand out to you. If it’s length and curves in your case, I’d consider whether there’s some strength to your bones or you’re delicate and look small. That would determine between SD and TR.
I seem to be a theatrical romantic but I´m 5 feet 6 inch. I also considered soft dramatic but I have an hourglass like figure. Is it possible to be too tall for your bodytype or did I do something wrong??
Maybe someone could help me with this problem…
SD’s can have hourglass figures (look at Tyra Banks!). The difference between them and TR’s is their bone size and structure. Dramatics are, quite simply, larger boned than the delicate Romantic bone structure. The true test, however, is to wear something from both TR and SD and see which one compliments your body rather than working against it. I would say your height doesn’t matter that much, since 5’6″ is still within the boundaries of Theatrical Romantic’ expected height sizes. Only the Romantics and Gamines tend to be super short. 🙂
According to Merriam Style and Aly Art, the two biggest Kibbe Youtubers, height is relevant but not a barrier – Taylor Swift is a Gamine but is very tall. As for being 5″6 and a TR, that’s not uncommon at all! That’s about a regular height and I bet you’d find many beautiful 5″6+ actresses with sharp, small bones and a romantic body type.
Hope this helps!
Which body types are Lena Heady, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Carice van Houten, Kerry Ingraham, Kae Alexander, Aimee Richardson, Nell Tiger Free, Nathalie Emmanuelle, Mia Soteriou, and, finally, Ania Bukstein?
Sophie is an SD, Emilia is a Romantic, and Maisie is a Gamine. Don’t know about the rest.
I’d recommend looking up each one in photos on Google and see what type of clothing most suits them. Long, slender bodies and limbs usually go with Dramatic, Dramatic Classic, and Flamboyant Gamine. Wider chests / broader bodies and frames are Naturals. Gamines have mixed features but appear short. Classics have all balanced features and are overwhelmed by busy patterns. Compare them to the actresses above, body and face wise, and you’re usually in the ballpark of their correct type.
Is Kibbe body type classification can be used for Asian women? Since every article about Kibbe’s body type only mentioned White & black women as an example.
I myself still confused between TR or SG. I’m 5’2″ tall and have an ideal body mass index
Of course it can! Kibbe uses Lucy Lou as an example of a Dramatic because of her long vertical line and tight flesh. You just look at the bones and their length and width. TR is longer boned than SG and generally has less flesh. To qualify for a Gamine subtype you need irregular bones and features; to be a Romantic subtype you must have all delicate bones and features. So an SG might have yin hands and yang shoulders and a yin hip line but a yang chest. Make sense? A TR is going to look longer in bones than an SG. Compare Vivian Leigh to Jenna Coleman for a visual illustration. Good luck!
This was too much information to take in at first, but after thinking about it and re-reading the post I think I might be a classic (or soft classic). My features and body type are very similar to Olivia de Havilland’s and somewhat similar to Grace Kelly’s. I have an hourglass figure and my facial features are pretty harmonious (my eyes are big, but they don’t stand out prominently compared to my other features). Could this be the right type for me?
Someone once said I was a ‘classic beauty’, but I’ve also heard, by someone who supposedly understands fashion, that I look too girlish and that I needed bolder clothes, accessories and hair so that I could stand out more (and none of that stuff is my style). That doesn’t really seem to be what fits Classic women, if I understood correctly.
If the only thing that stands out about you not being fully harmonious are big eyes, then I would say you are indeed a classic. Some of the SC’s have very big eyes. They have more body flesh than a pure classic — they tend to have softer arms and legs and gain weight all over their body, but retain their curves (the C, if I remember right, loses their waist definition first).
Slight youthfulness or girlishness could mean you have an Ingenue influence — if so, too bold of fashion or hair would only make you even “cuter,” like a little girl playing dress up. If you are a SC, go for soft natural colors, minimal details around your face, and some tailoring, and you should look youthful but “classical.”
Bolder clothes, hair, and accessories, depending on what they are, suit the Dramatic-influenced types much more (D, SD, FG, TR) than the other types. If it isn’t your style or to your taste, don’t wear it!!
I did a little more research and I think I am indeed a Soft Classic. I am a little too fleshy and curvy to be a Pure Classic. Initially I thought I might be a Romantic, but we haven’t quite the same body type and their features are very striking, which I don’t see in me.
That’s exactly how I feel – when I try to dress “trendier” or “sexier” or “more adult”, I felt like I’m dressing up. Sometimes some of the clothes actually look good on me, but I don’t see myself wearing them on a regular basis and something feels fake.
My own style is actually very simple (conservative, my mom calls it). But I like color and romantic patterns, mainly florals (which I was told I should “ditch”, because they made me look like a little girl. I did not). I read that the Soft Classic is allowed to add a little more romantically-influenced clothing to their style, which I would do anyway, because wearing only neutral colors and cuts, like a Pure Classic is advised to do, would depress me. But aside from that, I usually go for simple/classic clothes, little to no jewelry, or something simple as well, and no make-up.
Trying to wear bold accessories and clothes really made me feel awkward and out of place. They did make me look more “grown up”, but they were too aggressive and I didn’t like how they looked on me. So no, I don’t plan to change my style. 🙂
Is the Ingenue associated to any particular body type/assorted any particular features, or is it simply unrelated to Kibbe? Because I hear that expression a lot, mainly connected to Classic Hollywood actresses, but I would like to know if that type of look has any particular influence here as well.
(Sorry for the big post.)
It sounds like you are already doing what is recommended for the SC, so if that has been your instinct all along, it is probably correct and “suits you.”
Ingenue… you can either use as a separate style identity altogether, or as an “add on” to a Kibbe type. Kibbe does not believe adult women should dress Ingenue, because it has a “pretty little girl” element to it, but Taylor Swift, who is a Gamine, dresses Ingenue a lot — peter pan collars, delicate lacework around her face, soft feminine touches, Mary Jane shoes, etc, and it suits her.
The website Truth is Beauty, who uses Keirsey, an offshoot of Kibbe, thinks Ingenue is its own style category, defined by the youthfulness of the person’s face:
You can also click on Style Identities / Blends of 2 / and then the Ingenue Classic to see what a mix of the two essences might look like. 🙂
(No worries about the long response; I love long responses!)
You’re right about me being a Gamine, I think–and just straight Gamine, not Flamboyant or Soft. Straight, angular, tomboyish/youthful . . . all sounds very familiar. 😉
And my mama is for sure a Dramatic. She could wear that Katharine Hepburn suit and look great.
Your mother is no doubt where you got your Dramatic bones from (long, angular, and lean). My mom is a Gamine, and our bone structures are almost identical (except for my wider shoulders) but I have way more flesh. Ha, ha.
Definitely; and I’m starting to think that must be part of what folks mean when they say “wow, you look so much like your mother.” Cuz, if you take in my whole body and not just my face–it’s TRUE, we do look alike. She just has the angular Dramatic face to go with it, and I don’t.
… hmm, that makes me wonder if that’s what people were commenting on! On occasion in some random place, like a waiting room or a public restroom, people will look at my mother and I and go, “Are you two related?” We never saw ourselves as looking that much alike, so we were always like ?? But head to toe, maybe our essences are similar? (Which, I don’t know what that means for my own type. Back to trying on clothes. :P)
I think it really might be so!! People are glancing at you both and taking in the “whole picture,” so to speak, top to bottom, and they see similar lines.
Haha! Well, trying on clothes is fun, right? 😉
It can be, if you have some idea of what looks good on you. If not, it’s a nightmare. 😉
True, true . . .
I took a test, and it said that I am right between a theatrical romantic & a soft classic, which sounds about right. I like the Kibbe categorizing system because with a lot of the other categorizing systems for body types that use fruit or shapes (with body types such as pear/hourglass/triangle/banana/etc.), it doesn’t take into account things like bone structure and so on. I feel like Kibbe’s system is a lot more helpful in terms of figuring out what works for my body(:
I think his system is good but needs a little refining — as you pointed out, you wound up in-between systems, but one of them is “more you” than the other. TR is more extreme in its structure than SC.
My body, I think, is SN but my face is SG. So… dress for your body and not your face, and hope it doesn’t look stupid, I guess. Ha, ha.
Merriam Style does a really good breakdown of her chosen SN type, Selena Gomez, against an actress who looks very much like her facially but is completely Soft Gamine – she makes the point that more than anything, your skeleton defines your type, so in actuality whilst it may appear you’re SN in body and SG in face, you’re all SN! Dressing to your type therefore will suit ALL your image.
At least, that’s my understanding
Yeah, that’s a fun video. It shocked me how large the other girl’s head seems on her SG body! She has no shoulder width at all, unlike Selena. Very compact. (Of course, some of the angles in the photos weren’t that flattering, either.)
I’m so used to more … Gamine and Classic lines in what I choose to wear that switching to SN will be a challenge.
Hhm, you’re probably right. If you were comparing TR and SC, what would you say are the biggest differences between the two? ^_^
TR has more yin and yang in their bone structure, so they are more delicate but elongated. SC is more balanced overall in their appearance. (A lot TR’s look a little “fierce” in the face to me — Rhianna, Vivien Leigh, etc.)
Clothing-wise, TRs can handle a lot more intricate detail and jewelry due to being a Romantic base, which would overwhelm and make a SC seem too busy. SC’s are still Classics and for them “less is more.” So, I’d try on things with more detail and more angularity / romanticism, vs. something simpler and more tailored.
Merriam Style on YouTube has some great video guides — I would recommend her on one not knowing what your body type is, where she shows you various dresses that represent the different types, for trying on purposes. 🙂
I’m a Romantic of some sort. Mae West in her later years? After 2 weeks on vacation, that’s about right.
I just found out Mae West was super short, but she’s still a Soft Dramatic. Just goes to show me that “Lines” (the impression you give off, of being tall or short) matters. o.O
Romantics have a lot of small, rounded-ness going on — Drew Barrymore is a good example. All softness, all roundness (round shoulders, rounded ribcage, rounded hips, rounded facial features), and when she gets heavy, she gains it all over her body equally (face, figure, legs, arms). Romantics look best in soft, feminine clothes and can do more intricate details next to their face. So, if you are a Romantic, you should always have waist emphasis and softness to the fabrics to look your best. 🙂
If you are a “Soft” on a stronger bone structure, different things will look better on you. Soft Dramatics need longer lines to go with their longer limbs; Soft Naturals also need longer lines, but waist definition; Soft Classics need minimal detail and tailoring; Soft Gamines need lots of patterns and contrasting colors.
It’s a difficult system to get the hang of, but kind of fun too. 😀
Hmmmm. Maybe Soft Dramatic, then? I have long legs & am tallish (5’7″), but have wide hips (FTW! 3 natural births were no problem!) and round, narrow shoulders. Curvy, but not voluptuous, I don’t think. Currently 20 lbs too heavy, but losing steadily & heading back to being healthy & just cuddly, not chubby. (I hope & pray!)
Maybe, it’s hard for me to tell without looking at you (and even then, I am still learning!). Maybe this post: https://cozyrebekah.com/2019/04/07/an-overview-of-the-kibbe-body-types/ would help you? It has very simplified explanations and photos to go with it.
Good luck with your weight loss! 🙂 It’s awesome that you are taking it off!
Thanks for the links! Read a whole bunch of posts on Cozy Rebekah and pretty sure I’m a Soft Classic. That weight gain thing? Totally lost my waistline more than gaining weight anywhere else.
I’ve struggled with my weigh ever since my gall bladder was removed. The doctors said, “You’ll go back to normal,” but after doing research of my own (after gaining 20 lbs in one year without any changed eating habits), I discovered that nope, something like 65% of women who have their gall bladder remove will gain a “significant” amount of unexpected weight after the surgery. And have a VERY hard time losing it again. Well, after trying things like SlimFast to no avail, I’m now just counting calories and watching my fat intake — eating healthier, basically — and starting to slowly lose. Four pounds in six weeks, but if I can keep at this, I can get back to a healthy weight by the time I turn 40 next year.
And actually, this whole Kibbe thing has helped give me extra motivation, because I’ve decided that when I get back down to a healthy weight, I shall reward myself by buying some pretty dresses that actually have a waistline, because I’ll have a waist again.
I’m glad you found your type! 🙂 The weight thing is useful. I basically… gain it everywhere and become very soft. Baby-faced. When I lost weight, my mother commented that even my shoulders looked thinner. HOW AND WHY?
Anyway, yes, having motivation to lose weight is good. I’m really sorry that something beyond your control (surgery leading to inexplicable weight gain) caused you to add on pounds. That is just not fair and should not be allowed in life. 😛
This might also help you — Kibbe weight gain tendencies. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/seasonalcolor/kibbe-weight-gain-clues-t268.html
I was torn between SC and SN, but ultimately SN sounds more right (everything gets rounder, except my torso).
I’d LOVE to see one on the male types! I know I’m one of the naturals, but I can’t tell – possibly soft…
I bounced around a lot between types, and think I’m a Soft Natural. The best way to tell is to try on the lines — so, watch a video on SN fashion and then go try on some loose, flowy things with waist definition. If it looks good on you, there you go!
Oh, good. I was hoping for a reason to classify Cary Grant and such. 😉
Bounced around in the Classics for a bit before doing it properly and deciding on Soft Natural. Woot!
The thing is – and I dont know if you ascribe to this or not – but in terms of the “seasons” (a means of determining colouring) , I’m a Winter, specifically a Deep/Dark Winter, and I just can’t find an example of a lady with both out there!
Also, I am pretty darn excited for these male Kibbe types!
Same. Classic seemed boring on me, and I kept reminding myself that I have to make space in my clothing choices for my broad shoulders.
Selena Gomez is a SN and some say she’s a Winter in her seasonal colors. I haven’t looked at enough of her photos to give my opinion, but you could start there, maybe?
I will get around to the men, maybe this weekend. Kibbe doesn’t explain his body type specifics for the male types, just uses celebrity examples, so I’ll have to do my own write-ups. 🙂
That’s really inspiring. I hope God gives you good health and a boatload of confidence!