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Selecting the Right Clothes for your Kibbe Body Type

Selecting the Right Clothes for your Kibbe Body Type


As we all know, human bodies are unique in shape and size. Still, according to many experts, we can categorize them into several body types. Over the years, people have come up with many classifications. One of the most popular among them is the Kibbe body type system.

What is the Kibbe Body Type System?

In 1987, David Kibbe, a successful New York City-based stylist, released his book Metamorphosis. In it, he revealed his idea of the different body types. According to the Kibbe body type system, there are five primary types and eight mixed body types. What made this system different was its primary focus on the link between a person's appearance and clothes.

In other words, learning about your Kibbe body type will help you determine your perfect outfit. Remember that it's not just the body that's taken into account here; your personality plays a role too. The various types include:

  • Dramatic classic
  • Natural
  • Dramatic
  • Flamboyant natural
  • Flamboyant gamine
  • Soft dramatic
  • Classic
  • Soft classic
  • Soft natural
  • Romantic
  • Theatrical romantic
  • Soft gamine
  • Gamine

What to wear based on Kibbe body typing?

Since there are five main types, we will focus on these ones in our blog post. You can make small changes based on your personality if needed.


The dramatic type's tall, angular, and vertical body also includes noticeable yang features in facial and body structure features. For this Kibbe body type, it's best to emphasize the waist. Wide leg jeans with a high waist and a simple shirt can do the job. This is an ideal combo for a casual outfit.


The name says it all. These people don't need much exercise to make their muscles visible. They also have straight figures and wide faces. According to Kibbe, this is the so-called soft yang. The best options for these individuals include straight and/or relaxed clothes. Simple straight skirts can look great on them. If they want to wear accessories, they should focus on minimalist designs.

Selecting the Right Clothes for your Kibbe Body Type


The classic category includes women with moderate height and hips, waist, and bust of almost equal proportion. This means they are the opposite of the hourglass figure. As for their faces, they have symmetrical facial features. If you belong to this category, look for cotton blouses with smooth lines and narrow jackets. Experiment with multiple colors that don't contrast each other.


Gamine people are usually shorter than ordinary people. Still, they have lean bodies that might be a bit muscular, and their hips and bust are flatter than usual. If you want to emphasize your unique figure, you should wear a slim dress in striking colors. Sharp edges in any piece of clothing are also a good idea.


Petite to moderate – that's how we can describe the height of the romantic Kibbe body type. They have small bones, but the body can be broad. In addition, you can expect curvy hips and bustlines and a small waist. When it comes to clothes, make sure to emphasize your waist. Additionally, they should highlight your curves

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