What to do if You Can’t Figure Out Your Kibbe Body Type

Figuring out your Kibbe body type can be difficult. With 15 questions total, and 5 possible answers to each question, it can be challenging to figure out exactly which answer is the correct one for each of your features.

If you’re having difficulty determining your body type then keep reading, because I’m going to be listing some tips and suggestions that might help you out.

If you don’t know what the Kibbe body types are, and you came to this post to learn more, I suggest you head over to my Overview of the Kibbe Body Types post, which will give you a rundown on the 13 different body types. From there you can take the test to figure out your body type, and then take a look at the signature looks for the body types.

So, now that you’re continuing to read this, it’s time to get into the things that you can try to help you determine your Kibbe body type.

1. Take the test with another person

It can be difficult to be objective when looking at our own bodies, and doing the Kibbe body types test requires objectivity.

If you’re feeling unsure of some of the answers you gave, then try taking the test with someone else, who can be more objective when telling you which answers your features fall under.

2. Take a photograph of yourself

When doing the test, you need to be able to see your body in its entirety. If you used a mirror to do this, but you’re unsure of the answers you gave on the test, then try using a photograph instead.

To get the best angle, place the camera at around chest level, and make sure that it is perpendicular to the floor. Back up a few steps, so that your entire body is in the frame, then take the picture.

If you don’t have a tripod and self timer for your camera, have someone else help you take the picture.

Now that you have the picture, try taking the test again. You might find that you can see your features more clearly and with more objectivity.

3. Put aside any stereotypes or assumptions you have in your head

Sometimes we develop assumptions about the body types, or focus on stereotypes that they have.

For example, a stereotype of dramatics is that they’re really tall. But let’s say you’re a short dramatic, like Lucy Liu (she’s 5’2”). If you cling on to the concept that all dramatics are tall, then you may take a look at yourself and declare yourself a flamboyant gamine, since you’re short.

Then you go and try on a flamboyant gamine outfit, it makes you look severe, and you wonder what happened. Now you’re confused as to why it doesn’t suit you, and you’re unsure of what your body type is.

If all of your other features are dramatic ones, then having one outlying feature isn’t enough to change that.

4. Read the general descriptions for each body type

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details, that we forget about what matters most: the big picture.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether your nose is an A or B answer, if you know that your overall vibe is that of a Theatrical Romantic. And that’s what matters most, the overall vibe, feeling, or aesthetic that our bodies give off.

The Kibbe body typing system isn’t about making sure that every little detail of what we wear is tailored to the individual feature its on. It’s about having the overall lines and looks of our clothing, accessories, hair, and makeup match with the overall lines and looks of our bodies.

So if you’re getting too caught up in each individual answer to the test, try taking a step back and reading the general descriptions of each body type.

Going back to the Theatrical Romantic example, the description for Theatrical Romantics is something along the lines of this:

Theatrical romantics have a delicate, and feminine bone structure, with their bones tending to be on the short and narrow side. Their flesh is soft, round, and very womanly, and they tend to have hourglass figures. They have soft flesh on their face as well, however their facial bones can be a bit sharp.

My mother is a Theatrical Romantic. She’s tall, but she doesn’t look tall, and her facial bones (specifically her nose and cheekbones) are on the sharp side. She still fits the description of a theatrical romantic though, since her overall look is short and feminine, with some slight sharpness and narrowness in the bones.

5. Narrow it down to one of the 5 families

In the Kibbe body type system, there are 5 families or groups for the body types, which are then divided into more specific sub-types, leaving us with 13 body types total. If you can’t figure out which of the 13 body types you have, then try to figure out which of the 5 families you belong to.

If you can narrow it down to one of the five families, then you’ll have a much better idea of what will look good on you, even if you can’t narrow down the specifics.

One way to narrow down which family you’re in is to try on a dress that matches the description for each family of body types. Do your best to make sure that the dresses are all in the same or similar colors, to make sure that your coloration isn’t throwing you off.

Here’s an example of a dress for each family of body types:

Dresses for the Kibbe Body Types

6. Consider Gamine or Classic

There are two body types that often get incorrectly typed as being something else: gamines and classics.

I’ll start with gamines. Gamines are often incorrectly typed because they’re a mixture of opposites. Because of this, it’s impossible to give an example of a gamine and then say ‘this is what all gamines look like’.

What makes a gamine is her mixture of opposites throughout her body, and so it can be difficult to type her.

As an example, Taylor Swift is a gamine, but she often gets typed as a dramatic, since her bones are long and narrow, her eyes are narrow, and she’s pretty tall. However, she also has a soft nose, jawline, cheekbones, shoulders, and flesh.

She’s a mixture of opposites, so she’s a gamine.

Next are classics.

Classics are often incorrectly typed because they’re so moderate, between yin and yang, feminine and masculine. Often when classics are being typed, the slight discrepancies in their features lead people to give them the wrong type.

As an example, because a classics features are so moderate, as soon as something is slightly softer or sharper (but still within the range of being a C answer), it gets misconstrued as belonging to a different type.

That then becomes a cascade, and then so many features that are classic answers are viewed through the lens of them being features of a different body type.

If you’re having trouble figuring out your body type, try testing out some classic outfits and some gamine outfits, and see if either of them suits you well.

7. Wear what you feel you look best in

If by this point you still don’t know which body type you have, just try wearing what you feel you look best in.

You see, people tend to gravitate towards the clothes for their body type, even if they don’t consciously realize it.

If you already have a look that you gravitate towards, then that could be an indication that you subconsciously know what looks good on you.

If that’s the case, then you can try reverse engineering your Kibbe body type. Instead of looking at your body and learning which clothes look good on you, try looking at your clothes and learning which body type they correspond to.

This was how I confirmed my body type when I first learned about the Kibbe body types. At the time I was a soft gamine, and though I already knew that soft gamine clothes looked the best on me, I didn’t understand why.


If you’re still unsure of your Kibbe body type, let me know, and I might be able to help you figure it out.

If you found this post helpful, please leave a like or share it with someone else who’d find it helpful. Thank you, and I hope that I’ll be seeing you around!

73 thoughts on “What to do if You Can’t Figure Out Your Kibbe Body Type

  1. Is there any overlap between a soft dramatic and the gamine category? I’ve classified as a soft dramatic, but I love the gamine style and look and I feel closer to a gamine than a dramatic. Is there a way I could incorporate gamine style into a soft dramatic look? Am I, truly, a soft dramatic?

    My answers to the quiz, by the way, were:

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

    I tend to be on the tall side and very slender, with a waist but no bust or hip definition, and delicately boned. My face is heart-shaped with high cheekbones, heavy brows, large wide-set eyes, small full lips, a rounded fleshy nose, and a cleft to the chin.

    Incidentally, I love your blog. It’s very helpful.

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    1. I’m glad you find my blog helpful!

      I actually think you’re a flamboyant gamine, not a soft dramatic. You have a lot of yang answers, with some yin, but instead of your yang being concentrated in your bone structure with your yin in your flesh like a soft dramatic, you have more of a mix and match like a flamboyant gamine. I hope this helps!

      I’m also currently researching how to do style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so stay tuned for news about that. 🙂

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  2. Just took the quiz. Please interpret.

    Bone: 1c 2c 3c 4c
    Flesh: 5d 6d 7d 8d 9c
    Face: 10d 11e 12e 13c 14e 15d

    I assume soft classic worth romantic undertone. Please help =)

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    1. Thanks for commenting with your results! You’re right on the cusp between soft classic and theatrical romantic, however I’d say you’re a soft classic.

      I’m also currently researching some methods of doing style consults based on the Kibbe body types, so stay tuned for news about that!

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  3. Hi! I am debating between flamboyant natural and dramatic classic. I am 6ft tall, but can appear shorter (longer torso, shorter legs). I measure an hourglass (shoulder 41-bust 37-waist 29-hips 41), but I appear more of a straight line. I have a pretty broad blunt skeleton, but more classic face and flesh.
    Test results:
    Bones 1C 2B 3C 4B, Flesh 1C 2B 3C 4B 5C(maybe E), Facial: 1C 2C 3C 4B 5C 6B

    Do you have any ideas for interpreting?

    Thanks!

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      1. Hi darling! I don’t know how to leave a comment here so I just pressed reply)? (I’m sorry English is my 3rd language) thank you for posting such valuable info! It is really useful! So please keep the good work ❤ I'm actually having trouble finding what body type I am 😦 when I first took the test I thought that I was romantic (because I have huge hips and legs with a lot of flesh even when I do sports) but just in case I had a couple of friends took it for me and the answers were
        Bones : 1b 2c 3c 4d
        Flesh: 5d 6e 7e 8e 9e
        Face: 10c 11e 12d 13d 14c 15d
        So I'm kind of lost, I hope that you can help me if you have time on your hands, even if not, thank u!

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      2. Your English is really good, and it’s super impressive that it’s your 3rd language (I wouldn’t have been able to tell if you hadn’t mentioned it)! I took a look at your results, and you’re right on the cusp of romantic and theatrical romantic, so you can wear whichever lines you prefer from them.

        If you want, you can check out my romantic and theatrical romantic Pinterest boards for some style ideas:
        R: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/romantic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/
        TR: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/theatrical-romantic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

        I’m also currently researching and developing some style consultation ideas based on the Kibbe body types, so if you stay tuned, you can expect to hear some news about that later this month! 🙂

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  4. Hello there! I’m loving your content! It’s very informative, but also simple to understand. Thank you for it.

    However, I’m having a bit of trouble defining myself, specially since my body changed a bit recently.
    I got typed as a soft classic at first, but I feel like my bone structure is a little too sharp and my body is a little too fleshy. Yet, I’m not small looking or shapely enough to be a theatrical romantic. I’m just confused lol Could you give me a hand, if it’s ok?

    These are my quiz answers:

    Bones: 1b, 2c, 3c, 4d

    Flesh: 5d, 6c, 7d, 8c, 9d

    Face: 10d, 11c, 12d, 13c, 14c, 15d

    To be honest, most of my d answers ar actually somewhere between a c and a d.

    Well, thank you so much in advance! I’ll be keeping up with your new content!

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    1. Hi Bárbara! Thanks for commenting with your results. They do seem to be that of a soft classic, even though you don’t feel like it suits you. But you’re right on the cusp of being a theatrical romantic, so you could wear either lines if you feel like it. You can check out my soft classic and theatrical romantic Pinterest boards for some inspiration: (SC: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-classic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/ and TR: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/theatrical-romantic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/)

      I’m also currently researching methods of doing style consults based on the Kibbe body types, so stay tuned for news about that!

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    2. Hi! I’m pretty certain that I’m part of the Classic family but I’m not really sure what subtype I am. My answers were:

      Bone Structure:
      1C 2C 3C 4C

      Flesh:
      5C 6B 7C 8B 9D

      Facial Features:
      10E 11C 12D 13C 14C 15C

      I’ve done the kibbe test before, and at the time I was a soft classic and felt kind of disappointed because I find it a little bit boring when it comes to clothing options. I guess I did it again this time hoping to get a different answer (lol). However, I’d like to know your opinion about it just to be sure!

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      1. Thanks for commenting, Emily! Based on your results, I’m leaning towards you being classic instead of soft classic, since your B answers almost completely balance your D and E answers.

        I know classics can have a bit of a reputation of looking boring (I’m a soft classic, so I can relate to how you feel), but I find that we can actually look pretty fun, with little effort! Because we have such balanced bodies, simple prints and patterns (such as leopard print, dots, stripes, etc.) can give us a very fun and playful vibe. I’d highly suggest checking out this video by Merriam Style, called ‘Are Classics Boring and Gamines Fun?’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUfqZQhrRLw to get an idea of how you can look more fun and interesting as a classic.

        I’m also working on a method of doing style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so you can expect to hear some news about that some time during September! 🙂

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  5. Hello Rebekah!
    Firstly I’d like to say that your blog helped me a lot with the confusion I had with the Kibbe body types. So thanks for that :). I took the test for who knows how many times, and it changed a bit every time. Now, I actually understand what the answers look like. I think I finally know my kibbe body type: SN

    Bone structure: all B answers.
    Flesh: 5D 6B 7E 8B 9E
    Face: 10E 11B 12B 13B 14D 15E

    I have one question for you. I don’t think I understand the SN clothing very well. Because I find that what I think is SN clothing makes me look wider. I am guessing that SN is more yin than what I think it is. Do you have any recomendations, like any blogs I can read or any clothing recomendatins?

    Thank you so much, and have a good day. Keep up the amazing work please!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Dafne!

      Your results do line up with the soft natural body type, so I’ll do my best to help you understand the clothing recommendations!

      A couple of the very yin things in the clothing suggestions for soft naturals are waist emphasis and soft fabrics that create a lot of draping. Without those two elements, it’s really easy to begin looking shapeless.

      That being said, clothing doesn’t have to be super oversized to be soft natural clothes too.

      I have a soft natural Pinterest board that you might find helpful: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-natural-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      Merriam Style and Aly Art both have really informative YouTube channels, where you can also find soft natural clothing suggestions! 🙂

      I’m also currently researching a method of doing style consults based on the Kibbe body types, so stay tuned for news about that! 🙂

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      1. Thanks Rebekah, I checked out your pinterest board and it was amazing! Most of the time I dont really like soft natural insprarion boards or whatever. But yours was very tasteful in my opinion.
        I think I look at shapeless clothing because I am in the natural family. Thanks for mentioning that. This is gonna make things easier for me.

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      2. Thanks Dafne, I’m so glad you liked my soft natural board! I find that sometimes the pictures of clothing that I find for the body types looks outdated, so I’ve been doing my best to find pieces of clothing that both suit the body types and look stylish and modern. 😀

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  6. I’m struggling to find my body type….
    Bone structure:
    1.B 2.B 3.A 4.D
    Flesh:
    5.A 6.C 7.C 8. C/A 9.A
    Facial features:
    10.A 11.A 12.A 13.A 14.C 15.C

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  7. This is so interesting and I would love to know what I am but the more I try to figure it out and be objective (as you said trying to let go of all assumptions) the more confused I am getting. What would you make out of this?
    Bone: 1C, 2B, 3C, 4E
    Flesh: 5E, 6D, 7E, 8D, 9D
    Face: 10D, 11B, 12B, 13C, 14C, 15D
    Oh and I have naturally curly hair which I wear shoulder-length and curly which seems to suit me best – maybe that helps?
    Thanks so much for sharing all this info!
    Isabel

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    1. Thanks for leaving me a comment, Isabel! I think you’re a soft gamine, since you have mostly yin answers, with some yang ones scattered throughout your body. Shorter hair, such as that around shoulder length, suits gamines, as does curly hair. You can check out my soft gamine Pinterest board for some style ideas: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-gamine-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also working on a method of doing style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so you can expect to hear some news about that some time during September! 🙂

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      1. Thanks! Very interesting and the more I read about this the more I think you might be right 😉 I will definitely give it a try. Sounds great about your style consultations! Bookmarked 🙂

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  8. Hi, your test with pictures and instructions helped me a lot, but I still can’t find my type. I’m always between soft dramatic and soft natural. These are my results:
    Bone: 1C 2A 3D 4A
    Flesh: 5D 6B 7D 8D 9D
    Face: 10D 11E 12A 13D 14A 15C
    There is a lot of D answers but i am not short or small looking and i’m confused.
    Thanks for your posts! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for commenting with your results! They seem to be the results of a soft gamine, since you have a lot of yin answers with some yang ones mixed in too. Because of the more random distribution that members of the gamine family have, you may not look like other soft gamines, but the balance could still be there. You can check out my soft gamine Pinterest board to see if you feel like those lines suit you: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-gamine-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also working on a method of doing style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so you can expect to hear some news about that some time during September! 🙂

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    2. Hello Rebekah! Thank for your helpful post. I have been trying for months now to find my body type and I don’t seem to understand very well the concepts. I’m not native speaker and I will love of you can help me. Is there any way I can contact you? I really need help.

      I tried to make the test but without understanding 100% is hard. I will like to send you a picture and see your opinion. If you can ❤️

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  9. Hi! This blog has been the most comprehensive and easy to understand explanation of the Kibbe body types I’ve come across so thank you! But I’m really confused by my type, because I got the theatrical romantic body type but I don’t think my overall impact suits the delicate description of that type. I tend to see more of a soft natural in me due to how broad my bones are.

    My results were
    Bone 1B 2B 3C and 4B
    Flesh 5D 6C 7D 8B 9E
    Face 10C 11C 12A 13D 14D 15D
    So I’m very even between B C with just a little bit more D

    Do you have any thoughts about my body type or how best to categorize it?
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Lakme! I agree with your assessment that you’re actually a soft natural, not a theatrical romantic, since most of your B answers are in your bone structure, and most of your D answers are in your flesh and facial features, which is a result pattern common in soft naturals. You may just be slightly softer than a typical soft natural, but I would still consider you to be one based on those results.

      You can check out my soft natural Pinterest board for some style inspiration: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-natural-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also working on a method of doing style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so you can expect to hear some news about that some time during September! 🙂

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  10. Hello, Rebekah!

    Your test was really helpful, especially with the pictures referring to each type. Alas, even so, I have trouble finding by body type, as I struggle between classifying myself as pure classic, dramatic classic, or even soft dramatic.

    My height is 5’7”, and I did a body shape test according to my measurements and the result was hour glass/spoon (pear), which adds even more to my confusion (said measurements are: bust – 36; waist – 28; hips – 40) because my shoulders seem quite wide as well (13 inches), in comparison to my body, and my head looks pretty small. I have a balanced body type all in all, with slightly longer arms and legs, by not too much (leg length 34 and torso length with head 33), knuckles go a little below my buttocks (which also throws me off). My face is pretty classic though. My hands and feet are smallish, but I don’t think they seem small in comparison to my body. The flesh on my body is another issue I have. When I touch it’s soft, but it doesn’t look that soft when I look at myself in the mirror or in pictures.

    Here are my test results:
    Bone: 1B 2B 3C 4C
    Flesh: 5C 6C 7C 8D 9D
    Face: 10C 11C 12C 13C 14C 15D

    The results laid out like this make it seem to myself like I’m a pure classic, but they are mostly my face shape, and other aspects of my body confuse me even more, along with the fact that my perception of myself doesn’t seem to make the results more objective. Makes me second guess all my answers.

    Please help me out, for I am a giant ball of confusion and in need of some outsider perspective!

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    1. Thanks for leaving me a comment, Maria! Based on your results I would say you’re a pure classic, however if you’d like to you can send me some pictures of yourself via email or Instagram and I can help you figure out your body type.

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  11. I’m having so much trouble finding out what type I am.
    Overall : 1,64m and 67kilos (96cm bust – maybe 100 now, 73 waist and 98 hips)
    People assume I’m 1,72 when I’m 1,62 and in photos when my body isn’t showing it looks like I’m tall bc I have a very big head (for my taste at least). BUT I’m so so wide in both shoulders and hips (and even waist, very wide waist but hourglass body) that my head actually seems small in real life. (All this for just 1 question 😂)
    Now shoulders ; even tho I’m not very very overweight – bmi just below 25 – my collarbones are non existent. They are maybe very high up and not prominent at all,I don’t have enough fat there for it to make sense otherwise. I see photos as a child and I had very very prominent collarbones (tho quite high) but they start disappearing slowly throughout the years lmao.
    My hands are smallish and wideish and my arms are just above the middle of my thigh. My feet are big (for my height) and wide tho, show size 38-39 depending.
    Now for face, I really don’t know. People say I look like Scarlett Johansson, I have similar lips (maybe mine are a tiny little bit wider) and exact same nose, even with the little bump. Before a basketball accident my nose was more “asianish” at the bridge from the profile, idk if that changes the results. Kind of an Alyssa Milano nose but not that pointy, slightly more rounded like Scarletts, back then b4 the accident.
    Cheekbones? I have no idea. They used say I have very big and prominent cheeks but now that I’ve gained weight idk. I mean, they are there, and in photos it looked as if I have no jaw, from cheeks to chin in one line, but I’m real life they don’t look really prominent and my jawline, although not prominent, is obvious and gives me a more rounder face (rather than complete triangle like in photos). Eyes are big and moderate shaped, although slightly hooded. The fat of my cheecks maybe shows my cheeckbones less.
    Now overall style, idk. People say I’m a teen, I look like a child in the face and an overweight pornstar in the body. When I show photos of my body they expect a really sexy face and they see a twelve year old (I’m 20). I look VERY awkward in very romantic and sexy outfits, like a kid trying moms clothes.
    Tapered, stiff with no waist emphasis clothes look horrendous in me. Very very rounded clothes with volume make me look like a little boy in Halloween pumpkin costume. Clothes that show boobs, maybe hide my fatarms and soulders, but show chest area above boobs, with a lot of waist emphasis and a light fabric but not too airy look the best for me, especially if they are till the middle of the thigh, not longer not shorter. My knees look rounded but with a kind of prominent “bone” right in the middle (LOL). also bc I’m fat, when I’m kneeing my fat creates a second side knee from the side that looks at the other leg 😂 maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but I want to describe it bc idk if my “flesh” (FAT) is D or E.
    TLDR, I know, but I want to know my type.
    Also, last thing, when I say waist I mean the thinnest part above my bellybutton, and when I say hip I don’t mean the hipbone (the ileum) but the fatass on the upper part of my thigh. It’s like I have a double hip. My hipbone is wide, but because I’m fat my waist isn’t THAT smaller that the perimeter of my hipbones. A LOT of my fat is stored in the upper side thigh “hip” area, just below the ileum (also upper arms and belly).

    Thank you for the test tho ❤️ I hope you aren’t too bored to read it 😂

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    1. Thanks for leaving me a comment! Don’t worry, I wasn’t too bored to read it. 😉 It was a bit difficult to figure out your type, but I think you’re either a romantic or a soft natural, with some ingenue essence. Ingenue essence is the proportions that make the face look childlike, if you’re interested in learning more about it, Merriam Style has an great video covering the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku6fwdHXN5E

      In any case, I suggest you take a look at both my romantic and soft natural boards and see if you enjoy either of the lines:
      Romantic: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/romantic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/
      Soft Natural: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-natural-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also working on a method of doing style consultations based on the Kibbe body types, so you can expect to hear some news about that some time during September! 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much for replying! I had never consider sn because of my height, tho facewise it’s possible. I looked into your recommendations (loved them) and saw that casual everyday cutish romantic clothes look best on me, but for formal dressing some sn were the best for me. I am still in the middle but I’ve narrowed down, thank you a lot. Looking forward to seeing your next posts

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      2. Oh my god it didn’t appear at first (the first comment) and now I look like a boomer who can’t use the internet and leaves the same reply 100 times… Social anxiety intensifies 😂

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  12. I’ve been struggling with my type. I have it narrowed down to 2 possibilities, SG and TR. I ruled SC out because I look too petite and delicate compared to SC women. I also look boring in the clothes and jewelry.

    My test results
    Bone Structure
    D, D, E, D
    Flesh
    D, D, D, D, D
    Face
    D, E, D, D, D, D

    I answered to the best of my ability using photos, but it can be hard to see yourself. I have a large forehead, oval face with sharp chin, soft jaw. I am 5′. People guess I weigh less than I really do. The main impression of my body is it’s narrowness and delicate bone structure. I have very narrow shoulders, small and narrow hands and feet. Short limbs. My measurements are 32-24-35.5. My under bust measurement is 26″. While I’m narrow I do have curves. I have a long torso, but still have waist definition as you can see from my measurements which always confused me a bit about the test (I get the impression is that you need a short torso to have waist definition, so I never know how to answer that question. Yes it’s long but it’s also defined). I feel that I look my best when dressed up in chandelier earrings, shimmery makeup and glamorous hair (I am a verified bright winter so in terms of makeup, it may just be my season that works with the bright/bold lips, gloss and shimmer). Matte makeup is awful, I need a dewy finish and gloss. Today’s trends of natural clothing really does me a disservice, I look matronly and disheveled. I get told I look best in dresses. With wash and wear or messy hair I look undone. Retro style wet sets look great. I had a pixie cut and grew it out to long again, so was able to see how I look at all stages of hair. Very short pixie was better than grown out longer pixie. The longer pixie to shoulder length hair stage was the worst. I feel long hair is best on me. Large and round, slightly upturned, slightly close set eyes. Rosebud mouth. Nose has a very narrow bridge but a rounded tip. My facial features look delicate but big at the same time. Big eyes, full lips, nose isn’t that small. Doll-like features I guess you could say. Natural hair texture is thick and wavy. I wear glasses and feel that the larger rounder frames that look so amazing on SG look big and out of place on my face, but that may be because even small frames are often too wide on my face. I have a pair of small cat eye glasses on the way to see if it’s any better. My gut tells me I’m a TR but here is why I hesitate to call that my type.

    Mainly it’s the feedback from others. I get complimented in both SG and TR clothes. Personally, I feel that SG clothes can be too stiff and heavy on me. I feel more at home in sheer and drapey fabrics, plush fabrics too as long as they’re still drapey. I get told I look like a teenager…a lot. Everyone thinks I’m way younger than I am. I believe I have ingenue essence. So I’m betting I’m either a TR with ingenue or SG. I also get told I look like Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder, both SG. When I ask why they typically describe the skin, hair and eye color, so it’s possibly based on phenotype not body lines. Something else casting doubt is that I posted photos on a forum and the feedback was all over the place. No one thought I was TR. I got things like DC?? Half the people said gamine and half said they saw no gamine at all.
    I’m confident I’m either SG or TR (but ofc open to being something else entirely, I just can’t see what could be a better fit).

    I feel that I don’t have the width and the larger/more angular bone structure that SG has. I also lack those full and gorgeous SG cheeks with the slightly wider jaw. My whole face is narrow and I have zero jaw. I can’t reconcile being a TR with being told on a constant basis how I look like a teenager or in my early 20s (I’m in my early 30s). I hope you can help me, I feel like I’m so close to nailing it but not quite there yet. Can I be a TR and look as youthful as I do (I don’t see teenager, I see early-mid 20s but that’s just me)? Am I really a gamine after all?

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    1. Thanks for the in-depth comment, Kay, as well as your patience with the delay in response (I was feeling sick yesterday, which is why I didn’t respond sooner).

      Based on your results and your descriptions of yourself, I truly believe that you’re a theatrical romantic, just with some ingenue essence. The reason why you may get lots of compliments while wearing SG and TR lines is that theatrical romantics don’t look too separate from SG lines, instead it makes them look more commanding. I recommend watching this video by Merriam Style to see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1–IJlbYS8

      I hope this helps! 🙂

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      1. Thank you SO much Rebekah for reading and responding to my long question, I appreciate it a lot 🙂
        What you’re saying about the SG lines makes so much sense!
        I will embrace TR going forward from here, thank you. I hope you’re feeling better! Xoxo

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  13. Hi it seems like my body is dramatic but my face is something else.

    Results are:
    1d 2a 3a 4a
    5a 6a 7c 8c 9a
    10d 11b 12d 13c 14d 15c

    I’m 5’8 and super skinny and boney, I have long legs and neck yet I look shorter than I am and aside from height I just seem small. I have very long feet though. My face is quite soft but slim. I have a biggish round nose with structured full lips. My eyes are puffy/hooded almonds, faint eyebrows. Subtle cheek bones and pointed chin.

    Would love to know, thank you!

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    1. Thanks for commenting with your results, Zee! I think you may be a flamboyant gamine. You can take a look at my flamboyant gamine Pinterest board for some style ideas: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/flamboyant-gamine-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also currently researching and developing some style consultation ideas based on the Kibbe body types, so if you stay tuned, you can expect to hear some news about that later this month! 🙂

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  14. Hi Rebekah, sorry if this is a double-comment as WordPress just did something weird to me 🙂 Anyways, I love your blog and this topic, but struggle with figuring it out and hope to take you up on your kind offer of help? Here are my results – a few, I couldn’t decide if I was ‘c’ or the other option, so I’ve noted those. What do you think? Thank you!

    1c 2a 3c 4a(or c)
    5a(or c) 6a 7c 8a 9b
    10d 11d 12d 13 c(or c) 14a 15d

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Helena! Your results are an interesting set, but I’m leaning towards you being a flamboyant gamine. You can check out my flamboyant gamine Pinterest board for some style ideas: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/flamboyant-gamine-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also currently researching and developing some style consultation ideas based on the Kibbe body types, so if you stay tuned, you can expect to hear some news about that later this month! 🙂

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      1. Thanks so much for replying Rebekah! If you need a guinea pig for your consultation solution, I’d be happy to volunteer (paying you for the service, of course 🙂 ) Great to see a young entrepreneur!

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  15. Hello Rebekah! I found your posts and I took the Kibbe test, however my results are confusing..
    Take a look.

    Bone structure: C, B, C, C
    Flesh: 4 C, B
    Face: C, A, 4 D

    I think I am a dramatic classic, but my face doesn’t match.
    What do you think?
    Also, I love wearing soft natural clothes and sometimes romantic
    😆

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Melissa! I took a look at your results, and I think you lean more towards being soft classic than dramatic classic. Though you have a few yang answers, the yin ones almost completely balance them out, leaving you with a majority of moderate answers + a bit of yin left over. This is also probably why you like wearing soft natural and romantic clothes, since soft classics can wear other yin body types’ lines and still look really good (I’m a fellow SC so I do this a lot too :D)

      You can check out my soft classic Pinterest board for some style ideas: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-classic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also currently researching and developing some style consultation ideas based on the Kibbe body types, so if you stay tuned, you can expect to hear some news about that later this month! 🙂

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  16. Found this blog the other day and it’s amazing!

    My results are leaning towards TR or SG which is a bit confusing.

    Bones
    A=1, D/E=3
    Flesh
    A=2, D/E=3
    Features
    A=1, D/E=3
    Face
    A=1, D=2

    I’m pretty sure my face is a gamine face and there is a definite mix of features (small hands/feet, sharp shoulders, round eyes with sharp nose, etc.) I wear TR pretty well though, but others would say I have more of a “spunky” energy about me that doesn’t suit the aesthetics of TR.

    Does body language and “vibe” help determine type? If it does I would be pretty sure I’m a gamine.

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    1. Thanks for commenting with your results! I think you’re a soft gamine, since you have too much distribution of your A answers to be a theatrical romantic. Members of the gamine family definitely tend to have a spunky and energetic vibe to them, since their features are kind of a mix and match, which creates a very contrasted and high energy look.

      You can check out my soft gamine Pinterest board for some style ideas: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/soft-gamine-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

      I’m also currently researching and developing some style consultation ideas based on the Kibbe body types, so if you stay tuned, you can expect to hear some news about that later this month! 🙂

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  17. Hi! I like your blog, and I was meaning to ask for help but the comment on Taylor Swift as a gamine has been bugging me a little bit because she is a verified dramatic by Kibbe himself, and I’m having trouble picturing her as a gamine even though she looks nice in gamine clothes. So apart from this, what makes you think that Taylor is a gamine ?

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    1. Thanks for commenting Pam. I first had difficulty seeing it too, but this video by Merriam Style really shows how Taylor Swift is a gamine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZlXUfbOyXs

      Sure, Taylor has some fairly long and angular bones and vertical line, but her facial features are actually quite soft compared to other dramatics such as Keira Knightley, Tilda Swinton, and Cate Blanchett. Dramatic lines also don’t suit her as well as gamine lines.

      For example, in this picture Taylor is wearing a combination of soft gamine (the dress) and gamine (the makeup) lines, and they suit her quite well: https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/article_main_image/public/media/taylor-swift-2014-vs-show-billboard-1548.jpg Maybe she looks a bit sharper than usual because of the softness of the material.

      But in this picture where Taylor is wearing dramatic lines (oversized and very structured) she looks quite separate from them and her face looks quite rounded, which is uncharacteristic for a dramatic, but an effect that gamines can experiencing when wearing quite structured or oversized pieces: https://i.redd.it/1e7s3gbmght21.jpg

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  18. But isn’t the point of the gamine to not look womanly? Taylor does look like WAY more like a woman and less like a teenager, and although she looks amazing with gamine clothes, I don’t see her as a gamine at all. I do agree that she looks softer in her facial features, which makes me wonder that she may be a dramatic classic like Nina Dobrev for instance.
    And I must say that this is making me even more confused about what body type I should see myself as.

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    1. While most gamines do look pretty young, not all of them do. The defining characteristics for gamines are a mix and match of features, which usually leads to youthful traits such as large eyes, small lips and jaw, long arms and legs, but a short height. However in some cases you get gamines who still have a mix and match of features, but not in a way that looks especially youthful.

      Another example of this is Halle Berry. She’s a soft gamine, but in my opinion she looks more womanly than teenager-ish, however she still has a mix and match of features with an overall soft balance.

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  19. I just have a little question, can a natural type be really small ? Because i look more like a nauturalor flamboyant natural but i’m only 1m53/5’1…

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    1. Yep, for sure! Height is only one factor in the overall body type, so sometimes height doesn’t match exactly with the common description for each body type. For example, Lucy Liu is a dramatic and 5’2″ , Taylor Swift is a gamine and 5’10”, and Rihanna is a theatrical romantic and 5’8″, so height doesn’t play a determining role in body type, it’s just one of several answers to consider.

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  20. This is one of the best Kibbe tests I’ve ever seen — the illustrations are incredibly helpful! I’ve always found my shoulders difficult to place, even with photographs, but the simple lines made it really easy to see that my shoulders are blunt.

    I know you’ve had a lot of posts asking for help interpreting the answers, I hope you don’t mind one more. ❤ I've been typed by friends/forums as SN, C, or SC, but I think my answers here are tending towards R/TR. Maybe.

    Body
    Vertical Line — I'm 5'4, people generally assume I'm 5'3 to 5'5, so C.
    Shape of shoulders — Definitely B (I'm overweight, so I have some slope going on, but the bone structure is still clear)
    Limb length — my fingertips land about mid-thigh. I've always thought of myself as long-limbed for my height, but my closest friends are of a similar height with short limbs, so I think it's just a matter of "My arms are longer, therefore I have Long Arms") so C
    Hands and feet — My hands seem average-sized to me compared to my body, although maybe slightly square, so C? At 9.5 triple-width, I think my feet are definitely large, though, so maybe B.

    Flesh:
    Overall shape of body — I've been overweight since I was a young teen, so it's difficult to say for sure, but I know I have a well-defined waist (even with 110 lb extra weight), and the first thing to happen when I lose more than 5lb or so is that my waist caves in even further. So I figure either D or E.
    Bust — This was really hard for me! I have what my mom always called a "sprung" ribcage. My husband considers me busty, but as the smallest-breasted woman in my family at 38C/40D, my framework for what counts as busty is probably skewed. Judging by my close female relatives, the breasts will probably stay if the weight goes, so I think either E or D.
    Waistline: D. Definitely proportionally smaller than my bust and hips.
    Hipline: I think D. Again, my view is skewed re: curves (my best friend has M E G A H I P S, so I tend to think of mine as small/average), but D looks most similar in line, I think.
    Upper limb flesh: Again, I've been fat all my life, so "soft and squish" is standard. I put on muscle well if I exercise or do physical labor, and it tends to be wiry muscle, but as it stands my upper arms are very squishy and my thighs are somewhat squishy.

    Face
    Jawline: This one is SO hard. Feeling my bones, I think E or D.
    Nose: Definitely E.
    Cheekbones: Hard to tell under my padding, but definitely A — all the women in my family have high cheekbones and I can feel them under my cheeks.
    Eyes: Hard again. Growing up I was told I had "almond" eyes like my father as opposed to my mother's round eyes, but for pictures, I think E looks the closest. I'm torn between E and D.
    Lips: I think either C or D — I certainly don't have Beyonce-level plush lips, but they're not thin and they are well defined (with a definite cupid's bow).
    Check flesh: Either D or C — physically pushing on my cheeks makes me thing a soft and swishy D, but the picture that looks most similar is C.

    Thank you for any thoughts you might have! ❤ I'm going to go check out the rest of your blog now… love your take on Kibbe and fashion!

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      1. Thank you! 🙂 I thought my comment had gotten eaten by a glitch so I did the quiz again on a different day (feel free to ignore that comment by the way!) and thought it was interesting how my answers changed. It puts into perspective that figuring out your type isn’t a one-stop situation, for sure.

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  21. Hello there! I have two questions : First, would this Kibbe body typing work for a transgender person? For example a male to female transgender, if she’s a gamine when she presents as a man, would she look good in a gamine type dress or not? Since “male” and “female” bone structure are different, would her type change when she transitioned? Assuming this male to female transgender have a “male” bone and facial structure and transitioned after puberty

    Second, can a romantic type woman have a moderate waist? Because I feel like I’m a romantic bodied woman but I don’t have any really defined waist, bust, or hips

    Thank you!

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    1. I’m going to be completely honest with you, I do think that Kibbe body typing can work for a transgender person, but I’m still working out some of the ways that answers differ from male and female bodies. From what I’ve researched so far, really only 3 answers change a lot, which are the bust, waist, and hips compared to the rest of the body, but the rest of the lines seem to be the same with both male and female bodies.

      I do think that as long as the overall balance of the lines is the same or very similar, a transgender woman can wear the same lines as when she was presenting as a man, since most of her lines will be similar, assuming she hasn’t done anything to drastically change them. I’m not very familiar with the process that goes on with switching, but if surgery is done or something is consumed to change the lines of the bone structure, then that could change things.

      Unfortunately this is a really unexplored area of body typing, but it’s something that I’ve given some thought to and that I want to research.

      As for a romantic with a moderate waistline, I think it’s definitely possible! If pretty much all your answers are E ones but you just have a couple of outliers, then you’re still a romantic in my book.

      I hope this helps, and don’t hesitate to ask me anything if you have more questions!

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  22. Hey Rebekah,
    I’m so glad I found your blog. This is the clearest analysis I’ve come across and your tips for the quiz are so helpful.
    Can you please help me figure out my type? My answers are as follows
    1 A
    2 A
    3 A
    4 A
    5 A
    6 C
    7 A
    8 C
    9 C

    10 A
    11 A
    12 A
    13 C
    14 A or C Lips are wide, bottom lip is very fleshy, top lip is less defined on edges
    15 A

    Thank you so much. I think based on the quiz I’m a dramatic, but what do all the Cs mean?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sam! Based on all your A answers, you’re a dramatic. The Cs don’t really mean much in this case, since C answers don’t affect the yin/yang balance of the body at all, and so they only need to be considered when they make up the majority of answers (as is the case with classics, soft classics, and dramatic classics). You have quite a few C answers, but you still have a majority of A ones, so you’re a dramatic.

      Here’s the link to my dramatic Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/dramatic-kibbe-body-types-inspiration/

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  23. Hi Rebekah. I love your blog and this topic, but struggle to find my body type… I’m always between soft classic, theatrical romantic and soft gamine.
    Here are my results:
    Bone Structure: 1c 2a 3c 4d
    Flesh : 5d 6c 7d 8d 9d
    Facial Features: 10d 11b 12b(or c) 13d 14d 15c

    What do you think? Thank you!

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  24. Hello Rebekah,
    I already took the Bodytype Test and read this post, but I am still unsure about my bodytype.
    My answers are:

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

    Do you have any idea wich type I could possibly be?
    Thanks ♡

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  25. Hey! Thank you so much for being so helpful!

    I did the test alone once and got Dramatic Classic, but some descriptions of that body type seem a little bit off, since I do have a moderate hourglass shape (my measurements are 85-60-90cm) and that doesn’t seem to be the case when you’re a DC. So I took the test with a friend who’s studying anatomy as an art student and his answers were even more confusing! Is it possible that I am a gamine? I was wondering if you could be so kind and take the time to help me figure this out!

    Here are my answers:
    Bones – B A B C
    Flesh – D B D D C
    Face – B C A C C A

    My friend’s answers about me were:
    Bones – B A B C
    Flesh – D B D D C
    Face – C A A D C A

    If you want I can send you some pictures so it is easier to pinpoint exactly what type I am based on both my answers and the photos.

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Beatriz! You definitely do have an interesting set of results, and going by your friend’s answers about you, I’d say you’re a flamboyant gamine.

      If you want to send me some pictures (email or Instagram works for me) then I’d love to help you figure out what type you are!

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      1. Hmm, I like this type, but I have only 168 cm and rather narrow shoulders. However, I think I look surprisingly good in oversized clothes. So maybe that’s it

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  26. Thank you for putting together such straight forward guides!
    After checking over my answers a couple times I got

    bone structure: d, d, a, a
    flesh: a, b, b, b, c
    face: c, e, e, c, c, d

    I thought dramatic classic but it is pretty random so maybe gamine. Any advice?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Rachel! You definitely have an interesting set of results, since almost everything is equally balanced between all 5 possible answers. I’d suggest taking a look at both dramatic classic and flamboyant gamine lines, and seeing which ones you prefer.

      Here are the links to both my DC and FG Pinterest boards:
      DC: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/structured-blended-body-type/
      FG: https://www.pinterest.ca/cozyrebekah/structured-mixed-body-type/

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