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!

1,020 thoughts on “How to Determine Your Kibbe Body Type

  1. Hello maybe i will leave a bunch of questions, im still learning about this, if i have all the characteristics of a drammatic classic but im short, what does that make me

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    1. I love answering questions, so ask as many as you want!

      It’s possible to be short and yet still be a dramatic. For example: Lucy Liu has been typed as dramatic by David Kibbe, and she’s 5’3″

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  2. I’m so sorry, but I need some help figuring out my body type.

    Total: A-3 B-0 C-3 D-6 E-3
    Bone Structure: A- 2 B-0 C-1 D- 0 E-1
    Flesh: A-0 B-0 C-1 D-4 E-0
    Face: A-1 B-0 C-1 D-2 E-2

    Thanks in advance!

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  3. Hello, how are you? mine are:
    bone s,:2C 2B
    flesh: 4B 1C
    face: 4D 1C 1E
    Ilove your blog, it would be the best if you answered!!

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  4. Hello, do you know which body type I would be? I’m having a hard time figuring it out.

    Overall Bone Structure: 4C
    Flesh on the Body: 3B 2A
    Facial Features: 2B 2D 2E

    Thank you for your help. 🙂

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  5. I have a hard time deciding whether I am TR or SC as my body looks more like a soft classic but me face is a mix between romantic and theatrical romantic. My score is below. Any insight would be great!
    Bone Structure: 4C
    Flesh: 4C 1E
    Facial Features: 3D 3E

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      1. I kinda figured that but was really unsure. I really wanna get better at creating a wardrobe where my clothes look better because I normally am all over the place with my style. This has helped with honing in on what lines and style would suit me best over all. Thank you for taking the time to put out this content and for your response. Take care!

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  6. Hello my answers are:
    Bone Structure:B-2,C-2
    Flesh:C-5
    Face:A-1,B-1,C-2,E-2
    Also my hair is 4c if that’s going to help

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  7. Hi! I’m finding it really hard to answer the questions but think mine are:
    Overall: A-1 B-3 C-3 D-5 E-2
    Bone Structure: C-2 D-2
    Flesh: A-1 B-1 C-1 D-1 E-1
    Face: A-1 B-2 D-2 E-2
    This would make me a theatrical romantic I think, but I’m quite short and don’t feel like “A theatrical romantic will have a slightly longer vertical line” fits in on me, and as both B and C have 3 each that might pull it another direction?

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  8. Hi Rebekah! How are you? I really need your help in figuring out my body type, I got:
    Bone structure: 2D, 2E, 1A( for the length of arms and legs question, I picked A for my arms and D for my legs because they’re very different)
    Flesh: 4D, 1C
    Facial features: 3B, 2C, 1D
    At first I thought I was a theatrical romantic, but then my facial features are slightly masculine.
    Thanks a lot!

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  9. Hello, please I would really love some help figuring out my body type.

    Bone Structure: 2A 2C
    Flesh: 2D 3C
    Face: 2D 1B 2C 1E

    Thanks in advance!

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  10. Hi there! Could you please help me with my results?
    Bone structure: 2C 2E
    Flesh : 5D
    Facial features: 1A 1D 4C
    Total: 1A 6C 6D 2E
    My height is 5’4 and I’m an hourglass.
    Thanks a lot!

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  11. I know I’m a Romantic, but which? My body type is Romantic, with a touch of Classic balance, but my face is mixed.
    My results:
    Bone structure: 2C 2E
    Flesh: 1C 1D 3E
    Face: 2A 3D 1E

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  12. hello i’m still confused about my body type can you help me please?
    bone structure:2C-1D-1E
    flesh on the body:3C-1D-1E
    facial features:1E-1B-4D
    total:6D-5C-3E-1B
    and i’m 5’7

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  13. Hi, can you please help me with my results?
    Bone structure: 1B 2C 1D
    Flesh: 1B 1C 1D 2E
    Facial features: 1A 2B 1C 1D 1E
    Total is 1A 4B 4C 3D 3E
    I’m very confused about the results so I’d be very grateful if you could help!

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    1. Also I’m 5’8 and I’ve got broad shoulders and don’t really put on any weight on my hips.
      Thank you

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  14. Thank you so much for your help Rebekah! But I don’t feel like I could be a SG, I’ve always looked older than I was, even at 15 people used to think I was around 20. I’m slightly over weight and I mainly collect fat on my stomach, back, bust, upper arms and thighs. I’m also 5’8 (I don’t look petite at all) as I mentioned above and a slight inverted triangle.
    Thank you so much again! and I’m sorry if I’m being a bother.

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  15. Hi, thank you for this interesting blog, can you please help me with my results?

    I’m 180 cm tall

    Overall Bone Structure:
    a-1 c-2 d-1
    flesh:
    b-1 c-3 d-1
    face:
    a-1 b-1 c-3 d-1
    total is: a-2 b-2 c-8 d-3 e-0

    i’m a little confused, i’d be happy if you could help

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  16. Hello! My results were:
    Bone: D2 B1 C1
    Flesh- C4 B1
    Facial features- B2 E2 C1 D1
    Also I’m 5ft
    Thank you.

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      1. Thanks a lot! But I don’t think I am a soft classic…even my face isn’t symmetrical. On top of that I’m very petite and have sort of delicate hands and feet. I think I could be part of the Gamine family, what do you think?

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  17. Hi Rebekah!
    My scoring looks like this:
    Skeleton:
    2B 1A 1E
    Body Flesh:
    3c 1d 1b
    Facial Bones:
    1c 1b 1a
    Facial Flesh:
    2e 1d

    Can you help me out please? Trying to use this system to help me narrow down my wardrobe as well!
    Thank you!
    -Tee

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      1. Hi Rebekah,

        Thank you for the reply but I took the update version using a photo of myself and I was way off with my answers. I think I’m either a Soft natural or Soft dramatic (I’m 5’9). The issue is I’ve gained quite a bit of weight and it’s hard to say if my bones are straight or beveled. I’m afraid to choose any answer As because I associate that with very thin women. It’s also difficult to pin point features being that I’m of Afro Caribbean decent. I’ve seen videos typing AshleyGraham and Tyra banks as Soft dramatic and their body shape (closer to Tyra) and bone structure is more like mine than those of a soft natural. I also don’t look good in the natural clothing. Thank you for responding though. Slowly making more sense to me!

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      2. Thank you for the Pinterest link!
        Yes I’ve watched that video by Merriam. I think that’s what helped me decide ultimately. Thank you for your swift replies!

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  18. Hey, I’m having a hard time determining since I’m quite tall and slender but my face is very rounded and soft. Do you mind helping?
    bones – 2B 1C 1D
    flesh – 2A 1B 1C 1D
    facial features – 3D 2E 1B

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  19. Hi Rebekah,
    Thank you for putting up this very helpful site. I first thought that I was a Soft Classic, but for that, your body should be very balanced and mine is extremely pear-shaped. Does that have any impact at all?
    These are my results:
    Bone structure: 2C 2D
    Flesh: 3E 1C 1D
    Face: 2C 2D 1B 1E
    So in total, 5C, 5D, 4E and 1B.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Heiki! Soft classics can be pear-shaped, since their soft undercurrent tends to come from their flesh, which can create a very curvy silhouette. However overall your results are ight on the cusp of soft classic and theatrical romantic, so I suggest you take a look at both lines and see which you prefer.

      Here’s the links to my SC and TR Pinterest boards:
      TR: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/theatrical-romantic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/
      SC: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-classic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

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  20. I’ve written to you before, so sorry if I’m bothering you too much! I’m pretty sure I’m an SD because of how Yin-dominant my flesh is and how Yang my overall bone structure is.
    But because I’m sometimes unsure about if I’m more sharp or more blunt, and because my facial bones are more B/C dominated, I feel that maybe FN is also an option? I’ve narrowed it down to these two because I know for sure they make the most sense out of all the Kibbe types.
    My answers have changed slightly since last time and I was hoping you could help me decide?

    BODY STRUCTURE/BONES
    Height A (I’m half an inch under 6ft and people sometimes think I’m even taller.)
    Shoulders A/B (On the Dramatic side in angularity but not by very much. The wideness is much more of a Natural width though.)
    Arms A
    Legs A
    Hands A
    Feet A
    Torso B
    Hips A (In relation to my larger frame and bust, my hips are very narrow and don’t have any real roundness to them.)

    FACE BONES
    Jawline B/C (Definitely wide, but moderate in terms of sharpness/bluntness.)
    Nose C (Rounded tip, but a very moderate size in proportion to the rest of my face.)
    Cheekbones B (Possibly sharp but not very. Most definitely wide.)

    BODY FLESH
    Chest E
    Arm flesh D
    Thigh flesh D

    FACIAL FEATURES
    Eyes D/E (More almond-y than round, but definitely large.)
    Lips A
    Cheeks E

    Thanks in advance!

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  21. I originally thought I was a dramatic classic but now I’m unsure .
    Bone structure :
    Vertical line c
    Shoulders :b
    Shape of eyes and arms a
    Handle/feet a/b

    Flesh : overall shape c
    Busy in comparison to torso c
    Waistline c
    Hips a
    Flesh on arms / thigh a
    Facial flesh : jawline e
    Nose e
    Cheekbone shape: c
    Eyes b
    Lips e
    Flesh on cheekbone c

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  22. Hi I would like some help as well,

    Bone Structure : 2 Cs, 1 A, 1 E
    Flesh : on Q5 i chose C/D couldn’t decide; so, 2 or 3 C’s, 1 or 2 Ds, 1 E
    Face : 3 Ds, 3 Es

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  23. Bone Structure—
    Vertical line: D) Smallish [My sister says my head is kinda big and I’m 5’3 and a half].
    Shoulders: B) Blunt [Pretty broad shoulders—least favourite part of my body—with smaller bust, I’m a B cup, but my hips make me more proportional].
    Arm/Leg: D) Shortish [I have a longer torso, but my bones are pretty thick–I look thicker and may weigh a bit more due to my thicker bone structure, I believe].
    Hands/feet: C) Moderate [Size seven in half shoe size, a bit wide feet, average hands].

    2D 1B 1C

    Flesh—
    Shape: D) Slight hourglass [Everyone says I have a soft hourglass due to my smaller waist in comparison to my fleshier hips and thighs].
    Bust: C) Moderate [Not too broad but not as small either].
    Waistline: D) Small [My waist clinches in, especially in comparison to my hips/butt].
    Hips: D) Shapely [I have small hip dips, but there is a curve of my hips, and I have a pretty good butt that contrasts my shoulders, but in some shirts, I feel like I look broad so I prefer tighter fitting and darker tops].
    Thigh/arm: D) Soft [I can get muscle easy, but I’m always kinda squishy, especially if I gain weight].

    4D 1C

    Facial—
    Jawline: C) Moderate [I honestly have no idea what the shape is].
    Nose: A) Sharp [Middle eastern nose, it’s just kinda long].
    Cheekbones: B) Wide [A bit prominent as well, my facial features are pretty sharp excluding my eyes and eyebrows].
    Eyes: E) Round and large [Big Middle Eastern eyes].
    Lips: C) Neither straight or full
    Cheekbone flesh: D) Soft [When I’m on my skinner side, my cheekbones are very prominent and show but still quite fleshy].

    2C 1A 1B 1E

    Am I maybe a soft classic, or soft gamine, or theatrical romantic? I have got various results.

    But thank you sooo much! I’m just so curious in all of this.

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  24. Hello Rebekah, I hope you are doing well!!! I am not really sure if I´m a soft classic or not.
    Bones: 3C 1B
    Flesh: 4C 1B
    Face: 3D 2 C 1E
    Thank you so much and lots of love!

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  25. Hi Rebekah! I have a hard time figuring out which type I am. My answers were:
    1:A, 2,3&4:C, 5:C, 6:B, 7,8,9,10&11: C, 12:E, 13:D, 14:D, 15:E. At first I thought I was a flamboyant natural because I’m pretty tall (5’11”) and slim, but I have a round face. I’m always confused because sometimes I feel like I’m more sharp but my body also has a slight curl. I think you can help me figure this out. Thanks in advance and I hope you have a great day!

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  26. Hi. I really like your Kibbe stuff, this method of typing seems interesting and far more thorough than others. I’m really unsure as to my type though. I’ve gotten a lot of E’s and one or two D’s, so it would seem natural (badum tschh) that I’m romantic. However, my verticle line was the sole outlier in which it’s a B or a C. Would I still be a romantic or would that make me a soft natural or theatrical romantic?

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  27. Hi!

    My answers are:

    Bone structure: 3-C 1-D 1-E (wide, short and puffy hands and feet)
    Flesh: 3-C 2-D
    Face: 1-A 1-B 3-C 1-D (I’ll point out that the A is the hair answer – I put in a permanent wave recently and it looks so much better on me than my natural straight hair; the B is my big, bluntly crooked nose)

    I think I’m a Soft Classic? The nose throws me off (especially since you don’t see that kind of nose in celebrities), but it’s very similar to both Meryl Streep’s and Carolina Herrera’s and they are both Kibbe-certified SCs.

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