Those of you who have been following this blog for awhile, probably have seen at least one of my Kibbe body types posts.
If you haven’t yet, the Kibbe body types are a group of 13 body types, that are holistically determined based on your bone structure, flesh, and facial features. If that sounds interesting to you, then I suggest you try out the test to figure out which body type you have.
One of the topics that I’ve seen discussed alongside the Kibbe body types is the concept of Ethereal Essences. A blog post discussing Ethereal Essences was also requested by one of my readers. Thanks for requesting this, Dafne!
I’ve been doing some research into the Ethereals, which are a typology created by Olga Brylińska, and so I’m going to discuss my thoughts in this post. This post will be a lot less analytical, and more free form, than my other posts, as this is just me exploring my thoughts on the subjects of Ethereals, aesthetics, and the Kibbe body types.
Before I begin, I must also thank Merriam Style and Olga Brylińska, for the information that I’ve learned through their materials.
Kibbe Lines = Delivery Method for Style
So to begin, I view the Kibbe lines not as a specific style, but more as a delivery method for style.
Similarly to how an artist can use all different kinds of mediums to convey a message, be it oil paint, wood carving, or pencil sketching, a person can use their Kibbe lines to convey a message about their personality and style just by considering the way they dress.
Now that being said, pretty much any example of clothing, accessories, makeup, or hairstyles I give as examples for the Kibbe lines are going to be biased by my own personal tastes.
My Kibbe Pinterest boards are much the same way, since when finding images for my boards, my eye is caught first by what I consider to be beautiful. Then I analyze the lines and figure out which Kibbe body type would look best in it.
Because of this, it can be difficult to differentiate style from the Kibbe lines, however it’s much easier to do so if you view the Kibbe lines as a delivery method for style.
Ethereal Essences = Aesthetics?
When analyzing Olga’s Ethereal Pinterest boards, I noticed that her collections of images reminded me a lot of the concept of aesthetics.
Maybe it’s more of a Gen Z thing, but I’ve noticed that a lot of fashionable teenagers categorize their styles based on aesthetics. Some popular ones are art hoe, grunge, retro, e-boy, and Insta baddie.
(If those names don’t make sense to you, don’t worry. I’ll be diving into aesthetics in some posts soon.)
One of my favorite aesthetics, the art hoe (I’m not fond of the name, but the style is beautiful), doesn’t really fit into any of the Ethereal labels. And yet, it is a fully formed aesthetic style, one that, if you’re familiar with it, can be identified in just one outfit or photograph.
So in my mind, I view the Ethereals in the same way that I view aesthetics. Because of that, I think there a lot more than just 18 categories.
Where to Go From Here
Now you might be wondering what to do with this information. How can you learn about more kinds of aesthetics? How can you utilize different trends in fashion and aesthetics to convey your personality?
Well, a good place to start is my Pinterest, where I’ve started making boards for the aesthetics. There you can get an idea of what some of the current aesthetics are, and you can find ones that interest you.
I would also recommend checking out Olga’s Pinterest boards, so that you can see her boards for the Ethereals.
Lastly, please take a look at Merriam Style’s YouTube channel, where she has some wonderful videos on the Ethereals, style, and Kibbe body types.
Before you go, it’s important to note that what was written in this blog post is just my opinions on these topics, and that since I’m human, my opinions will be biased because of my experiences and tastes. It’s alright if you disagree or agree with me.