How to Determine Your Kibbe Body Type

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The Kibbe Body Types are a series of 13 body types, which are broken down into 5 families: romantics, classics, dramatics, naturals, and gamines. If you want to learn more about these types, check out my post An Overview of the Kibbe Body Types.

What I like about the Kibbe body types is that the clothing, makeup, and hair suggestions for each type aren’t trying to ‘correct’ things like in other body typing systems. Instead the suggestions are lines and silhouettes that coordinate with your body.

If you’re interested in this system, this post is a small test that will let you figure out your Kibbe body type. This test is largely based off of the one from Kibbe’s book Metamorphosis, but I have made a couple of changes for clarity’s sake.

To start, you need to be able to analyze your own body. If possible, take a picture of yourself in a swimsuit or underwear, and make sure that you’re standing straight, and that the camera is neither too high nor too low (around chest-level works well).

If you’re not comfortable taking a picture of yourself, then you can use a mirror for this test. I slightly prefer a mirror myself, since sometimes a camera’s lens can cause distortion, and it can be difficult to take a picture of oneself without anyone else helping.

Now that you’ve seen your body, it’s time to start the test.

Make sure you have a piece of paper where you can write down your answers to each question. Also, please make sure that you write down which section each answer is for! Even better is if you can write down which question each answer is for, but I understand if you’re not comfortable doing that.

For example, something like this will work well:
Bone Structure: 3B 1A
Flesh: 4D 1B
Facial Features: 2D 2E 2B

Instead of this:
1A 6B 6D 2E

That way, if you need help figuring out what your body type is, I can help you more easily. It will also help you figure things out if you’re confused between two or more body types.

Also, please choose the answer that best describes your body. Our bodies are more on a spectrum than in discreet shapes, so not every answer will fit perfectly, especially if you’re young and your body is still changing.


First we’ll start with the overall bone structure.

Overall Bone Structure.

1. How long is your vertical line?

Another way to ask is this, is how tall do you look? If you have a small head compared to your shoulders, you will look taller. If you have a large head compared to your shoulders, you will look shorter.

My vertical line is:

A) Long (I look taller than I actually am)
B) Moderately long (I look like I’m slightly taller than I actually am, but not by very much)
C) Moderate (I look to be my actual height)
D) Smallish (I look slightly shorter than my actual height)
E) Petite (I look shorter than I actually am)

2. What’s the shape of your shoulders?

Be careful about your posture when answering this question, as slouching can change the silhouette of your shoulders.

My shoulders are:

A) Sharp, narrow
B) Blunt, broad
C) Moderate, even
D) Sloped, tapered (can be a bit sharp, but still sloped)
E) Sloped, rounded

3. How long do your arms and legs look in comparison to your body?

This is in proportion to your body, specifically your torso. Even if you’re short, you can still have long legs or arms compared to your torso, and vice versa. If you’re not sure how to check this, just put your arms to the sides of your body, and see how far down your thigh your fingertips end.

Answer C will end at about the halfway length of your thighs, so if you have shorter arms, you’re answer E or D, if you have longer arms, you’re answer A or B.

Make sure to relax your arms while doing this, as stretching them out will make them seem longer than they are.

My arms and legs are:

A) Elongated, narrow
B) Elongated, broad
C) Moderate, even in proportion to my height and torso
D) Small, slightly short
E) Small, very short in proportion to my height and torso

4. What are the size and shape of your hands and feet in comparison to the rest of your body?

My hands and feet are:

A) Long, narrow
B) Large, broad
C) Moderate, neither very large nor very small
D) Small, narrow, delicate
E) Small, slightly wide


Next we have the flesh on your body. Please note, that body fat doesn’t effect this answer. This is about the overall look of your flesh, your skin and muscles.

As an example as to why: some people have very soft and puffy cheeks, even when underweight. Other people have very tight skin on their cheekbones, even when overweight.

If you’re still curious about this, here’s a video that explains why body fat doesn’t effect your Kibbe body type. It’s by Merriam Style, one of my favorite ‘Kibbe Body Types’ YouTubers, and she has wonderful content that analyzes all the different body types.

Flesh on the Body.

5. What’s the overall shape of your body?

This question takes into account both how your torso, waist, and hips look, and also the general look of your arms and legs. We’ll be getting into some specifics soon though, so if you’re confused by this question, try returning to it after doing the next few questions.

The overall shape of my body is:

A) Long, lean, dry
B) Broad, tending toward muscular
C) Moderate, even
D) Shapely, a delicate hourglass
E) Very soft, lushly curved, a ripe hourglass

6. What’s the shape of your bust line, or upper torso?

This question refers to the shape of the bust, and also includes some descriptions for gaining weight, since some body types gain flesh here easily. The actual cup size of your bra doesn’t matter here, since the bust line is relative to the shape of your body.

The overall shape of my bust line is:

A) Flat, taut (I never seem to add flesh here, even when overweight)
B) Wide, broad (I add a little flesh here when overweight, but not very much)
C) Moderate, in even proportion to my waist and hips
D) Shapely, curved, more prominent then my waistline (I tend to add flesh here when overweight)
E) Very prominent (whether I’m thin or heavy, I’m always busty)

7. What’s the shape of your waistline?

Again, this question is in proportion to the bust and hips.

The overall shape of my waistline is:

A) Elongated, but boyishly tapered (even when overweight)
B) Elongated, but broad
C) Moderate, slightly defined
D) Very small in proportion to my bust and hips
E) Softly defined, but tends to be slightly wide

8. What’s the overall shape of your hips?

Like the last two questions, this question is in proportion to the rest of your body.

The overall shape of my hips is:

A) Tapered, straight, narrow (but I do thicken here when overweight)
B) Straight, slightly tapered, and slightly wide (weight collects on the hips)
C) Moderate, in even proportion to my bust and waist
D) Shapely and rounded, more pronounced then my waistline
E) Extremely soft and rounded (whatever my weight is)

9. What best describes the flesh on your upper arms and thighs?

One good way to test this is to feel the flesh on your upper arms and thighs. I work out almost every day and I’m very thin, but my flesh is still squishy and soft, therefore I have answer D flesh.

The flesh on my upper arms and thighs are:

A) Long, slender, sinewy
B) Elongated, tending towards muscular
C) Moderate
D) Soft, slightly short
E) Very soft, slightly wide and fleshy


Now we have the facial features. Make sure that you aren’t wearing heavy makeup that would interfere with seeing the shape of facial features, such as contouring, or overly lined lips.

Facial Features.

10. What’s the shape of your jawline?

My jawline is:

A) Sharp, either very pointed or very square
B) Broad, blunt, slightly wide
C) Moderate, neither wide, sharp, nor rounded
D) Delicate, tapered, or slightly narrow
E) Rounded or softly wide

11. What’s the shape of your nose?

In the picture below, it may be a bit difficult to see the difference between the B option and the E option. That’s because the difference is in the bridge of the nose. B noses that broad and wide bridges, E noses have smaller and rounder bridges.

My nose is:

A) Sharp or prominent
B) Broad or blunt, on the large side
C) Moderate (not very large or small, not very rounded or sharp)
D) Delicate, tapered, narrow
E) Rounded or softly wide

12. What’s the shape of your cheekbones?

Ignore the flesh of your cheeks and look just at the shape of your cheekbones for this question. You may need to feel the bones to get your answer, especially if you have very full flesh.

My cheekbones are:

A) High and prominent
B) Wide
C) Moderate
D) Delicate, narrow, and slightly rounded
E) Rounded

13. What’s the shape of your eyes?

My eyes are:

A) Narrow, straight, closely spaced
B) Narrow, straight, widely spaced
C) Evenly spaced, moderately sized
D) Rounded or upturned, slightly close together
E) Very round and very large

14. What’s the shape of your lips?

My lips are:

A) Straight, narrow (possibly described as thin lips)
B) Straight, strong, broad (but not full)
C) Moderate, even (not very straight, but not very full)
D) Slightly full and rounded
E) Very full and very rounded

15. What best describes the flesh on your cheekbones?

Remember, this isn’t the bone itself, but the skin and muscle that covers it.

My cheeks are:

A) Flat and taut (and tend to stay tight when overweight)
B) Fairly tight or muscular, but I tend to get a bit puffy when I put on weight
C) Moderate, slightly soft
D) Soft and fleshy (gets very full with excess weight)
E) Very round and fleshy (stays round and fleshy even when thin or underweight)

Normally there is also a question about hair texture and curliness, but since hair can be manipulated so easily with curlers, straight irons, extensions, etc. I prefer to disregard this question.

Now let’s move on to the results, on the next page!

904 thoughts on “How to Determine Your Kibbe Body Type

  1. I’ve taken a lot of Kibbe tests and I think I may be a Romantic but I really love Soft Gaming a lot- I’m just not sure…

    Some context: I’m 5’1″, half white, half Vietnamese, with a large bust (28GG bra size). I feel the Kitchener ethereal and ingenue types fit me in addition to the Romantic description but I’m just not sure. ://

    Bone structure: 4E

    Flesh: 3E 2D

    Face: 5E 1D

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    1. Hello, Rebekah. I seem to be confused with my results. What do you think it is? Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it!
      Bone structure: 1B 2C 1E
      Flesh: 4D 1E
      Facial Features: 1A 2B 3D
      Some extra details: I’m 19, 5’1 height, and am on the thin side but still carry quite a lot of flesh on my thighs. I love Theatrical Romantic style, so hopefully I can incorporate that with my body type.
      Have a great day!
      ……………………….

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  2. Hi, I was wondering if you could help? I’m struggling to figure out where I belong on the kibbe charts, here’s my answers:

    Bone structure: 3C 1D
    1. Vertical Line: C) Moderate (I look to be my actual height)
    2. Shoulders: C) Moderate, even
    3. Length of arms and legs: D) Small, slightly short
    4. Hands and feet: C) Moderate, neither very large nor very small

    Body flesh: 3d 2c
    1. Overall body shape: D) Shapely, a delicate hourglass
    2. Shape of bustline: C) Moderate, in even proportion to my waist and hips
    3. Shape of waistline: D) Very small in proportion to my bust and hips
    4. Shape of hips: D) Shapely and rounded, more pronounced then my waistline
    5. Flesh on arms and legs: C) Moderate

    Facial Features: 5d 1a
    1. Shape of jawline: D) Delicate, tapered, or slightly narrow
    2. Shape of nose: A) Sharp or prominent
    3. Shape of cheekbones: D) Delicate, narrow, and slightly rounded
    4. Shape of eyes: D) Rounded or upturned, slightly close together
    5. Shape of lips: D) Slightly full and rounded
    6. Cheeks: D) Soft and fleshy (gets very full with excess weight)

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    1. Hey.
      I’m sorry if I’m disturbing you, but I don’t sure about what body type I have.

      Bones:
      2B 2C
      Flesh:
      3D 1C 1B
      Face:
      1C 3D 1E 1B

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  3. Hello Rebeccah! Thanks for the test but I’m a bit confused:D What do you think?
    Bone structure:
    1D 2B 1C
    Flesh:
    2B, 2E, 1D
    Face:
    2A, 1E, 2B, 1C

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  4. Hi I’m having a little trouble determining which body type I am
    Bone structure: 1E, 2C, 3C, 4D
    Flesh: 5D, 6C, 7C, 8C, 9D
    Facial features: 10E, 11D, 12E, 13C, 14D, 15D
    I have the same amount of C and D answers so how do i determine which type best fits me?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Nina! I’d say that you lean slightly more to theatrical romantic, since you have more soft answers in your bone structure than you do classic answers, but you can also look great in soft classic lines, since you’re on the cusp between both body types.

      Here’s the link to both my TR and SC Pinterest boards:
      TR: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/structured-rounded-body-type/
      SC: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-blended-body-type/

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  5. Hi Rebekah! I’m a little bit confused and not able to determine my body shape. Could you give me your opinion?

    Bone structure: 1. D, 2. D, 3. C, 4. D
    Flesh: 5. D, 6. E, 7. C, 8. C, 9. D
    Facial Features: 10. C, 11. D, 12. D, 13. D, 14. D, 15. E

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  6. Hi! I’m having a bit of a hard time determining my type. My results were:
    Bone structure
    1B
    2B
    3C
    4C
    Body flesh
    5C
    6B
    7 D
    8D
    9B
    Facial features
    10C
    11C
    13A
    14A
    15B
    I was thinking soft classic maybe? My answers were kinda all over the place. Any help would he appreciated!

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  7. Hi there

    This is my results:

    Overall bone structure: 1B 1C 2D
    Flesh on body: 5D
    Facial features: 1C 3D 2E

    Would love to know what is consistent with this, as I think im romantic but not sure exactly.
    Cheers

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    1. Hi Rebekah! I was wondering what you’d make of these results:

      Skelton: B A A D
      Body flesh: A A A A D
      Facial features: D B C E A D
      Overall: 7A 2B 1C 4D 1E

      Thank you very much!

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      1. Thanks for commenting, Tima! I’d say you’re a flamboyant gamine, since you have a mixture of answers, but overall more structured answers than soft ones. Hope that helps! 🙂

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  8. Hi rebekah! I was wondering if you could help me work out if I’m a soft classic or a dramatic classic.

    Bone structure: 2B 1C 1D
    Flesh: 3C 1B 1E
    Facial Features: 2C 1B 3D

    I would really love it if you could help!! thankyou!

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  9. I’m guessing I’m a soft classic, but I’m a little unclear—maybe theatrical romantic? Although one of my best friends said she’s a theatrical romantic and I don’t think our bodies are all that similar. And when I’m less overweight than I am currently, I have a pretty defined hourglass.

    Bones: 2D 1A 1E
    Flesh: 2C 2E 1B
    Face: 3D 1B 1C 1E

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  10. Hey I’m having trouble identifying my type could you please help me?
    bone: 3B 1A
    Flesh: 3C 2B
    Facial: 3D 1B 1E 1C
    A B C D E
    1 6 4 3 1

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  11. Hi. Please help me figure my body type. Here are my answers.
    Bone structure 1C 2B 3C 4A
    Flesh 5C 6B 7E 8B 9E
    Facial 10E 11B 12A 13C 14E 15D

    many thanks!

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  12. Any thoughts? I’m guessing Theatrical Romantic but it’s not quite clear.
    Bones: 1 c, 2 d, 1 a
    Flesh: 4 e, 1 d
    Face: 1 e, 1 a, 2 d, 2 c

    Thank you 💕

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  13. Thank you for this test, Rebekah! I’m not quite sure, what type I am (mainly because my face is different from flesh + body). What do you think?

    Bones: 1B, 1C, 2D
    Flesh: 1B, 1C, 3D
    Face: 3A, 3C

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  14. Hi! I’m also confused as to my results, especially since I’ve lost weight recently and my softness has almost disappeared I thought I’d redo the test. Thoughts?

    Bone structure: 3B 1A
    Flesh: 4B 1C
    Facial features: 3D 1A 1E 1B

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  15. Hi, I’ve taken your test and the pictures are very helpful. But I’m not exactly sure what type I am, what do you think ?

    Bone structure : 3C 1D
    Flesh : 2D 2C 1E
    Face : 3D 2C 1E

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  16. Hi,
    I am new to Kibbe, please help me analyze my results.
    Bone structure 3C 1B
    Flesh 2C 2D and 1 undecided C or D
    Facial Features 3D 1A 1C 1E.
    Do you have a link for the results?
    Thank you

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    1. Thanks for commenting Altea! Here’s the link to the results page: https://cozyrebekah.com/2019/04/12/kibbe-body-type-test/2/

      Unfortunately WordPress formats the link to the multiple pages weirdly, and I keep forgetting to add an extra link to the results page to make it easier to find.

      Based on your results, I’m leaning towards you being a soft classic. Here’s the link to my SC Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-blended-body-type/

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  17. Hi Rebecca!
    My results are as follows:
    Bone – 1B, 2B, 3C, 4D
    Flesh – 5C, 6C, 7C, 8A, 9B
    Face – 10D, 11C, 12A, 13E, 14A, 15C
    At first, I thought perhaps I was a Dramatic/Flamboyant Gamine, yet when I asked my friend to take the test for me, she reckoned I was more towards the Classic end of the spectrum.
    I have very wide shoulders and very narrow hips and am around about 158cm tall.
    My face has a very oval shape, with high cheekbones and big eyes, and small lips.
    Sorry if this is a lot…I am very confused!
    Thankyou!!!

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  18. I’ve been trying to figure out my results for a while and I feel that there’s sort of a mismatch between my face and body. I have no idea what type I am.

    Bone Structure: 1.A 2.B C.A 4.A
    Flesh: 5.A 6.E 7.C 8.A 9.B
    Face: 10.C 11.C 12.C 13.D 14.C 15.C

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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  19. Hi, im new to the kibbe types. ive done this test twice but once was through a video and i got two different answers.
    from the video a had:
    bone structure: 1B, 1D, 1C, 1A
    flash: 2C, 1E, 1A, 1D
    faceal: 2C, 3D, 1E
    and here i have:
    bone structure: 1B, 3C
    flash: 1C, 3D, 1E
    face: 1C, 3D, 2E
    thank you

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  20. HI Rebekah,

    I feel like I’ve done this test so many times and really have no idea what I am and am unsure if I got the answers right. but please see my answers below – hopefully you can help me!

    Bone Structure: 1.B 2.D 3.E 4.C
    Flesh: 5.C 6.B 7.B 8.B 9.B
    Face: 10.C 11.D 12.C 13.A 14.D 15.D

    Thanks!
    Natalie

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      1. thanks for your reply – thats so interesting, i thought i was a dramatic classic!

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  21. Here’s my answers 😀 I thought for a long time I was soft natural but after dressing as one for awhile and feeling old and weighed down I started thinking I might be soft gamine. Those lines feel better on me but I still find these results a bit hard to navigate as soft gamines are meant to have yang bones and yin flesh. Mines the opposite.
    BONES: 1D 2A 3D 4E
    FLESH: 5C 6B 7C 8A 9E
    FACE: 10E 11A 12B 13D 2C 3E
    HAIR: B
    –I left the hair answer in because my hair has always been extremely coarse, thick, wavy, and generally unchangeable and it always has a lot of visual weight no matter its length- even when short it can visually dominate so I felt in my case it needed to be counted as part of the typing process 🙂

    thank you!!

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  22. Hi! Your test was super helpful. Can I just be validated? Haha. For some reason my face was super hard for me…I put C for several because I just can’t tell. But here are my answers.
    Bone: 1C 2C 3A 4A
    Flesh: 5B 6B 7B 8A 9C
    Face: 10A 11A 12C 13C 14C 15E

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    1. Hi Rebekah,
      Thanks for having this blog to distract us all from the current events! I got typed back in January as a gamine, however the more I dress like that, I realize I don’t look the best. The lady that did my analysis said I would be a dramatic, but I’m too short( 5’4″) so I defaulted as gamine. Most of my answers were A and B with a few C’s. I posted a pic to reddit and people seem to say FN or DC. I do appear taller than I am and my measurements are 33″-27″-36″, and shoulders are wider than my hips. Not sure if that will help! I’d like your opinion if you’d be so kind and would have the time. THANK YOU

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      1. Thank you, Lacey! It does sound like you’re not a gamine, and I would lean towards you being dramatic classic or dramatic based on your description. I don’t think height is as important as how tall a person looks, and this recent video by Merriam Style really goes into why that is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeZeLuTvlME

        It’s a slightly long video, and it’s for a slightly different body typing system called Body Geometry, but I think it’s really applicable to the Kibbe body types.

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      2. Thanks so much for getting back to me! I actually saw your comment on Merriam Styles video you sent me. I had to laugh because I can relate..my arms are almost as long as my husband’s –who is 6′ tall lol, no one seems to notice though, because I have an overall long look I guess. This helped me a lot! Thank you

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  23. Thank you so much for the test!
    Kindly help me out with my results? Still confused XD

    Body: 2c 2b
    Flesh: 2c 3b
    Face: 2b 3e 1c

    I appreciate it 🙂

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  24. Hello Rebekah!
    Thank you so much for the time and attention to detail in this posting. You have broken down Kibbe into much more understandable pieces. That being said, how would you classify someone who is BONES=C, FLESH=E, FACIAL FEATURES=D? (if taken as the primary answers for each category. Soft Classic? Theatrical Romantic? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  25. Hi! Thank you sm for the test, I am a bit unsure, maybe you can help? 🙂
    Bone- 2B, 2C
    Flesh- 3C, 2D
    Face- 1A, 4D, 1E

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  26. Hi,
    Thank you for the test! I’m having slight problems to determine my type.

    I have:
    Bones: 2c 1d 1a
    Flesh: 3d 2c
    Face: 3d 2a 1c

    Thanks again! 🙂

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  27. Hello Rebekah,
    this is a great version of the test, the photos are very helpful 🙂 Thanks very much for this!

    I just a little bit unsure what my type is as I have similar amounts of B and D.

    A: none
    B: 1, 2,3, 4,11
    C: 9 ,13,14
    D: 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15
    E: 5,

    So I answered B 5 times and D 6 times. I guess thats theatrical romantic?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kristi! You have a really interesting set of results, as you don’t seem to have enough B answers to be in the natural family, but you have too many to be theatrical romantic. Because of that, I’d say you’re a soft gamine!

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      1. thanks for coming back so quickly Rebekah 🙂
        I hadn’t thought of gamine at all, would that still apply considering my height. I am 5’9?

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  28. Hi! Thank you for that test, it cleared many things up for me. But I’m still not sure what type I am. My answers were:
    Bone structure: 3D, 1E
    Flesh: 4B, 1C
    Facial: 2B, 2E, 1C, 1D

    The bone structure caegory was the easiest to decide for me, flesh was ok as well. The hardest was shape and flesh of the cheekbones- they are definitely not high and prominent, but just kind of flat and I feel not much flesh on them. But it is the widest point in my face and kind of round I believe, so I am a little confused if it is more B or E.

    Any thoughts, tips?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Juni! Based on your results, I’d say you have the balance of a soft natural.

      Cheekbones and cheek flesh are definitely difficult questions to answer. Based on your description, it sounds like the bone itself is more E, and the flesh is possibly B.

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      1. Thank you for your answer!
        I was a little confused because in the description of a soft natural, they state that the bone structure is more angular (where I picked mostly D’s) and the flesh is soft, fleshy (where I picked mostly B), so it was exactly the other way round. But what you said about balance definitely makes sense.

        I think you’re right regarding the cheekbones, it was just really hard to find out 🙂

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      2. No problem! If you find that soft natural clothes don’t suit you though, then try soft gamine. Sometimes the best way to figure out your body type is through trying out different lines and seeing what looks best (that’s what I did).

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      3. I can’t seem to answer to your last comment, so I am using this comment again. Hope you don’t mind!

        I feel like soft gamine is far from what I am. I am 169cm (a little over 5”6), and I’d be hard pressed to find something small or delicate about my bone structure. High-necked clothes make me look stocky, high-waisted pants are a nightmare. If I gain weight, it is on my stomach, not hips and bust.

        I’ll have to look closer into the soft natural clothes, I am not quite sure how to picture it yet.

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  29. Interesting that the arms and legs questions are considered together…my arms and legs are quite different.

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