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!

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

  1. Hey Rebekah!
    I’ve recently discovered your lovely website and have been trying to find my type. From my answers I’d put myself as a Soft Classic but some things have been putting me off a bit. Most pages say I’m too tall (5’8) for a Classic and also it seems there is a lot of “no bright colours” instructions around. I love wearing my autumn colour palette, especially the deep rusts, mustard, reds. Can I really be a SC?
    Would love if you could help!

    Vertical Line: C (5’8)
    Shoulders: c (neutral) or maybe d (bit yin)
    Length arms/legs: a or b (definitely long, not sure about narrow or broad)
    Hands: c

    Shape: d
    Bust: d
    Waist: d (or e)
    Hips: e
    Arms and thighs: d
    (Essentially, I’m a bit squishy overall?)

    Face bones
    Jawline: c
    Nose: c (probably)
    Cheekbones: c

    Face flesh:
    Eyes: b
    Lips: c
    Cheeks: c (maybe d?)


    1. Thanks for commenting, Martina! You do seem to be a soft classic. I know there’s some division in the community about whether or not height can restrict which body type you have, but I’m on the side of height doesn’t restrict which body type you can have. Also, about the bright colors thing, I totally get that! I think you can definitely wear those colors, even if they don’t supposedly go with your body type. When it comes to colors I prefer to go with the stuff that makes people happy. 😀

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


      1. Thanks Rebekah! It’s good to hear I can continue using my autumn colours regardless of my type.
        I’m not quite trusting my own typing at the moment and as I’m sewing my own clothes, I don’t want to invest (sewing time, fabrics) in something I’m not entirely sure about. I’ll take some time for pictures and will probably make use of your consultation service. If just to reassure myself. It’s hard looking at yourself objectively, especially when your body has been made out to be inadequate by other people.

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