The Kibbe Body Type System is a body type system created by David Kibbe that focuses in 5 categories that are a balance between yin and yang features (soft and sharp). The 5 categories are: Dramatic, Natural, Classic, Gamine, and Romantic.
What is the difference between the Kibbe System and the traditional body shape system (hourglass, rectangle, pear, inverted triangle, and apple shape)?
The Kibbe System is all about finding what makes your body look good, instead of trying to achieve an “ideal” silhouette.
If you want to find your Kibbe, you’re in the rigth place as you won’t find a more accurate quiz than this one.
How to achieve successful results with our quiz:
*It’s important that you follow the instructions*
- Take a full body picture. Make sure you take it from your chest level to make it more accurate.
- You can work with your picture, but for better results, we recommend you either print it and copy the contour of your body on a blank page or digitally trace it.
This way you’ll be able to compare your shape with the illustrations in a more accurate way.
Why with illustrations instead of pictures?
You might think this makes it tricky, but in reality, it will be more real as you won’t get confused by the shadows and other body variations.
It should look something like this:
Write down your results for each part of the quiz. Example:
PART 1: part 2: PART 3:
1. C 5. D 10. B
2. C 6. C 11. D
3. D 7. C 12. C
4. E 8. C 13. C
***pay attention to both, the written answers and the illustrations (examples) if you are stuck.
A quick tip for even better results:
Every body shape is beautiful and there is not an ideal. So, be honest with the way you look and make sure your answers are honest and based on how you look, not how you would like to look.
PART 1: BONE STRUCTURE
1. How long is your vertical line?
You can be tall, but people usually think you’re shorter. As well, you can be short and people perceive you as someone taller. In the example below, you can see both are the size height, however one looks taller than the other.
A) LONG: I look taller than I am.
B) MODERATELY LONG: I look slightly taller.
C) MODERATE: I look my height.
D) SMALL: I look slightly shorter.
E) PETITE: I look very small.
2. What is the shape of your shoulders?
***Each example includes the same characteristics in the 3 different body types: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph.
A) Sharp and Narrow
B) Broad and Blunt
C) Symmetrical and Even
D) Sloped and Tapered
E) Sloped and Rounded
3. What is the shape of your arms and legs, and how long are they?
A) Narrow & Elongated
B. Elongated & Broad
C. Moderate (proportionate to your torso and height)
D. Short in proportion to your height
E. Very short in proportion to your height
4. What is the size of your hands and feet? (and shape)
A) Long and Narrow
B) Large and Broad
D) Delicate and Small
E) Small and Wide
Part 2: BODY FLESH
5. What is the shape of your body?
A. Long and Straight, even when gaining weight. (not very fleshy)
B. Broad with muscular tendencies.
C. Moderate and Symmetrical
D. Soft Hourglass
E. Very Defined Hourglass
6. What is the shape of your chest/bust?
A. Small and can look flat (upper chest is flat) (this doesn’t necessarily mean that your bust is flat, it just means that your chest is less fleshy).
B. Small, but wide and broad (fleshier CHEST but BUST is still small)
C. Moderate and proportionate to your waist and hips (smaller waist and bust/chest same wide in hips)
D. Full and fairly round (you have cleavage) bust is more prominent than your waist
E. Very full and round (Even if you’re thin you have a very prominent bust line as flush tends to accumulate in this area)
7. What is the shape of your waistline?
A. Elongated and Straight (but still narrow)
B. Elongated and Broad (slightly defined)
C. Moderate (fairly defined) smaller than your chest and hips but not too much
D. Clearly Defined and Angular
E. Defined, Round, and Wide
8. What is the shape of your hips?
A. Straight and Narrow (no definition)
B. Wide but still Straight (gains weight on the hips)
C. Moderate (in proportion to the bustline, hip dips)
D. Rounded and Defined (pronounced, larger to waist)
E. Very Rounded and Fleshy
9. How fleshy are your upper arms and thighs?
A. Long and Lean (no matter if you are slim or overweight your arms will still look very lean)
B. Long and Muscular
C. Moderate. (doesn’t feel lean or fleshy)
D. Some definition but they look soft (you can see definition in wrist and elbow)
E. Very fleshy and soft
Part 3: FACIAL FEATURES
***Make sure to have a mirror near you and someone who can help you by telling you how they perceive you.***
10. What is the shape of your jawline?
A. Sharp and Defined / Very Pointed or Square-ish
B. Blunt and Wide (the edges are a bit rounded, compared to answer A)
C. Neither Sharp or Round
D. Narrow and Delicate
E. Rounded and Broad
11. What is the shape of your nose?
A. Sharp or Prominent (large and narrow)
B. Broad or Blunt (can be large) softer, wide bridge
C. Moderate (not round or sharp)
D. Delicate, Narrow, and Small.
E. Rounded or Wide (it doesn’t feel large on the face)
12. What is the shape of your cheekbones? (your actual bone not the cheek)
A. High and Noticeable
B. Wide and Blunt
D. Slightly Rounded and Delicate
E. Rounded and Full
13. How fleshy are your cheekbones?
A. Flat and Taught (flat even when overweight)
B. Muscular (Little to no flesh)
C. Moderate (can look soft)
D. Soft and Fleshy
E. Very round and Fleshy
13. What is the shape of your eyes?
A. Straight and Close together (can be small)
B. Straight and Spaced (can be small)
C. Moderate size and evenly Spaced
D. Rounded or Upturned (slightly close together)
E. Large and Very round
15. What is the shape of your lips?
A. Straight and Thin
B. Straight and Broad (not full)
C. Moderate or Even (not straight or full)
D. Slightly full and Rounded (shape and round edges)
E. Very full and Very rounded (rounded edges)
If you got mostly A with few E or D: Soft Dramatic.
Your bone structure and most of your body flesh and facial features are sharp and Yang dominant, but have some Yin in your body flesh and/or face.
If you got mostly B’s but with some A: answers regarding bone structure, then you are a Flamboyant Natural.
This means your body flesh and facial features are probably broad and blunt (muscular); however, your bone structure is long and lean like a dramatic.
If you have mostly B’s but with some D or E answers body flesh and face, you are a Soft Natural.
This means your body flesh and facial features tend towards petite or lush yin, but your bones are bread, blunt and elongated.
Mostly C: Classic
If you got mostly C answers you are a pure Classic. Your bone structure, body flesh, and facial features are blended. This means that they are neither sharp nor rounded. Neither short nor long. You fall right in the middle of the Yin/Yang scale, and your body is balanced.
Mostly E: Pure Romantic.
If you got mostly E answers you are a pure Romantic. Your bones, flesh, and facial features are all soft, small, and rounded like a lush yin.
If you have mostly D´s or E´s, with a few A´s, you are a Theatrical Romantic.
This means that your bone structure, body flesh, and facial features aren’t as soft and rounded as a pure romantic. Yours are mostly soft but you have a few yang features in your bone structure and facial structure.
If you have a mix of opposite answers like A/B or D/E, you are a Gamine.
This body type is a combination of yin and yang features. Your overall bone structure, body flesh, and facial features are not yin nor yang dominant and each one has a different answer.
If you have a mix of answers A/B and D/E, but with slightly more A or B, you are Flamboyant Gamine.
Your features are either pure yin or yang, but overall you have more angularity to your body.
If you have a mix of A/B and D/E, but slightly more D/E, you are a Soft Gamine.
Your features fall on either side of the yin or yang scale, but overall you have more softness or roundness to your body.
Illustrations & Quiz: Our Fashion Garden
Results & Descriptions: Cris Vela