In this detailed Kibbe body test, you’ll answer a total of 15 questions divided into four parts: bone structure, body type/flesh, facial bones, and facial features.
Answers A and B are Yang dominant (masculine) which means sharp and angular while answers D and E are Yin dominant (feminine) which means soft and round. Answer C, on the other hand, is Balance which is a blended mix between Yin and Yang
In each question are photos to help you accurately assess your body. Answer each question as thoroughly as you can especially the Bone Structure as it’s the one that counts the most!
To accurately answer each question, you’ll need a pen and paper, a photo of your whole body (face included) in undergarments with the camera lens leveled to the middle of your body so you don’t look taller nor shorter, and a photo of your whole face facing the camera. Let’s begin.
Table of Contents
PART 1: BONE STRUCTURE
This will measure the shape and visual length of your Bone Structure— shoulders, arms, legs, hands, and feet.
1. How long is your vertical line?
Vertical line means how tall you look in comparison to your actual height. Even if you’re tall, it’s possible to have a shorter vertical line and vice versa.
- A. Long, I look taller than I actually am.
- B. Moderately long. I look like I’m slightly taller than I actually am, but not by very much.
- C. Moderate. I look to be my actual height.
- D. Smallish. I look slightly shorter than my actual height.
- E. Petite. I look shorter than I actually am.
If we compare Emma Watson and Ashley Greene in similar outfits, which of them looks taller?
Ashley Green, for sure, looks taller than Emma. But would you have guessed that they’re actually both 5’5″? It’s not just the camera angle either. Google their photos wearing similar clothing and see the difference.
Despite having the same height, Ashley Greene has a longer vertical line than Emma’s. The same goes for Angelina Jolie and Katie Perry who are both 5’7″.
Generally, if you have a small head compared to your shoulders, you will look taller. If you have a large head compared to your shoulders, you will look shorter.
Another way of putting it is that broad-shouldered women tend to look taller than the narrow-shouldered ones. If you’re unsure about yours, ask someone (who doesn’t know your height) to guess your height while you’re standing or show your photo.
2. What’s the shape of your shoulders?
A. Sharp and narrow
These shoulders look masculine. They’re narrow, angular, and sharp. They have no softness nor bluntness. Just an abrupt transition from shoulders to arms. Like Keira Knightley’s shoulders.
B. Blunt, broad
These shoulders are still Yang dominant (masculine) but they do have some Yin softness (feminine) too. As a result of this fusion, they’re angular but also a little softer at the edges. This results in broadness and a shoulder-to-arm transition that isn’t as abrupt as A.
C. Moderate, even.
These shoulders have 50% Yang and 50 Yin mixed evenly in a blender. As a result, you cannot tell whether they’re Yin or Yang dominant because they’re neither. They’re neutral. If your shoulders don’t fall under A, B, D, or E, then they’re probably a C.
D. Sloped, tapered
These shoulders are dainty and delicate like E but possess a sharpness at the edges instead of roundness like E.
E. Sloped, rounded.
These shoulders are dainty, delicate, and soft at the edges. Think of Beyonce’s shoulders.
3. How long do your arms and legs look in comparison to your body?
- A. Elongated, narrow
- B. Elongated, broad
- C. Moderate, even in proportion to my height and torso
- D. Small, slightly short
- E. Small, very short in proportion to my height and torso
Note: Even if you’re short, you can still have long arms and legs. And even if you’re tall, you can still have short arms and legs. The question asks how long arms and legs look in proportion to your own body.
4. What are the size and shape of your hands and feet in comparison to the rest of your body?
A. Long, narrow
B. Large, broad
C. Moderate, neither very large nor very small
D. Small, narrow, delicate
E. Small, slightly wide
PART 2: BODY TYPE (FLESH)
This part asks about how your bust, waist, and hips look in comparison to one another.
5. What’s the overall shape of your body?
A. Long, lean, dry.
“Dry” means no defined curves. Breasts are small to average, waist straight, and hips narrow.
B. Broad, tending toward muscular.
This body type have broad and prominent shoulders, the waistline is either straight or slightly defined, and the hipline narrower in comparison to the shoulders Like an inverted triangle.
C. Moderate, even
The keyword is symmetry. If you look at this body type as a whole, no part would stick out and look extreme(no hourglass waist, broad shoulders, straight hips,). Everything is just moderately shaped.
Waist is moderately defined (not as curvy as D and E but not straight as A), with bust and shoulders appearing equal in visual width (visual width means no tape measure involved).
D. Shapely, a delicate hourglass
This means you have an extremely defined hourglass figure but with some sharpness on your shoulders.
E. Very soft, lushly curved, a ripe hourglass.
This means you’re also hourglass-shaped with rounded shoulders, arms, and thighs. Even if you’re slim, the roundness and daintiness of your limbs is still noticeable. Think of Beyonce.
6. What’s the shape of your bust line, or upper torso?
Your bustline is the line encircling the fullest part of your bust, including your breasts and back fats.
- A. Flat, taut (I never seem to add flesh here, even when overweight).
- B. Wide, broad (I add a little flesh here when overweight, but not very much).
- C. Moderate, in even proportion to my waist and hips
- D. Shapely, curved, more prominent than my waistline (I tend to add flesh here when overweight).
- E. Very prominent (whether I’m thin or heavy, I’m always busty).
7. What’s the shape of your waistline?
A. Elongated, but boyishly tapered even when overweight.
B. Elongated, but broad
C. Moderate, slightly defined
D. Very small in proportion to my bust and hips
E. Softly defined, but tends to be slightly wide because it’s more rounded.
8. What’s the overall shape of your hips?
For this question, refer to the photos from the question number 7.
- A. Tapered, straight, narrow (but I do thicken here when overweight)
- B. Straight, slightly tapered, and slightly wide (weight collects on the hips)
- C. Moderate, in even proportion to my bust and waist
- D. Shapely and rounded, more pronounced than my waistline
- E. Extremely soft and extremely rounded (whatever my weight is)
9. What best describes the flesh on your upper arms and thighs?
- A. Long, slender, sinewy
- B. Elongated, tending towards muscular
- C. Moderate
- D. Soft, slightly short
- E. Very soft, slightly wide and fleshy
PART 3: FACIAL BONES
Here, you’ll answer questions about your facial bones: jawline, nose, and cheekbones.
10. What is the shape of your jawline?
A. Sharp, either very pointed or very square
With these jawlines, there’s little doubt about their sharpness and/ or squareness. There’s no bluntness.
B. Broad, blunt, slightly wide
Think of A jawlines but instead of being extremely sharp and square, they’re a little rounded. They’re basically A jawlines that didn’t try very hard. Still Yang dominant though but with a little Yin in them.
C. Moderate, neither wide, sharp, nor rounded
In comparison to the rest of its facial features, C jawlines are moderate and “controlled”. They aren’t narrow, nor wide, nor rounded. They’re in between. A classic example of this is Grace Kelly.
D. Delicate, tapered, or slightly narrow
These are narrow jawlines but as they slope, they show some sharpness. They’re definitely more Yin than Yang though because of their prominent narrowness.
E. Rounded or softly wide
With noticeable roundness and zero sharpness, these jawlines are extremely Yin. Think of the jawlines of Marilyn Monroe and Beyonce. They have small bones with little to zero sharpness.
11. What’s the shape of your nose?
A. Sharp or prominent
B. Broad or blunt, on the large side
This was Jennifer A’s nose before her septoplasty surgery.
C. Moderate; not very large or small, not very rounded or sharp.
D. Delicate, tapered, narrow.
E. Rounded or softly wide.
12. What’s the shape of your cheekbones?
A. High and prominent
D. Delicate, narrow, and slightly rounded
PART 4: FACIAL FLESH
This part measures your eyes, lips, and the flesh of your cheeks.
13. What’s the shape of your eyes?
A. Narrow, straight, closely spaced
B. Narrow, straight, widely spaced
C. Evenly spaced, moderately sized
D. Rounded or upturned, slightly close together
E. Very round and very large
14. What’s the shape of your lips?
A. Straight, narrow, possibly described as thin lips.
B. Straight, strong, broad, but not full.
C. Moderate, even, not very straight, but not very full.
D. Slightly full and rounded
E. Very full and very rounded
15. What best describes the flesh on your cheekbones?
A. Flat and taut (and tend to stay tight when overweight)
B. Fairly tight or muscular, but I tend to get a bit puffy when I put on weight.
C. Moderate, slightly soft
D. Soft, fleshy, and gets very full with excess weight.
E. Very round and fleshy. Cheeks stay round and fleshy even when thin or underweight.
KIBBE BODY TYPE TEST RESULTS
For clarity’s sake, before you sum up your answers, know the following:
- A and B are Yang (masculine.
- D and E are Yin (feminine).
- C is an equal mixture of Yin and Yang.
For A answers
If you got mostly A answers under Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones and Facial Flesh, you’re a pure Dramatic. Your bone structure, flesh, and facial features are long, lean, sharp, and are on the Yang (masculine) side of the spectrum. Click here to learn to learn how to style your body type.
If you got mostly A answers under Bone Structure, with a few E or D answers under Body Flesh, Facial Bones and Facial Flesh, then you are Soft Dramatic. Your bone structure and most of your flesh or facial features are Yang (masculine) dominant, but you have some softer Yin (feminine) in your Body Flesh or Facial Bones and Flesh. Click here to see the styling principles for your body type.
For B answers
If you got mostly B answers under Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones and Facial Flesh, you’re a Natural. Your body’s elongated, broad, and blunt and is Yang (masculine) dominant, but not as much as a Dramatic’s. While Dramatic is sharp and angular, you have a bit of softness in your features so it’s not enough to fall under Dramatic or extreme Yang. Click here to learn how to dress your body type.
If you got mostly B answers under Bone Structure, with some A answers under Body Flesh,Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh, then you are Flamboyant Natural. Your Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are probably broad and blunt, tending towards looking muscular, but your Bone Structure is long and lean like a Dramatic. Click here to learn how to dress your body type.
If most of your answers were B, with some D or E answers, then you are Soft Natural. Your Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh tend towards the Yin (feminine) side of the spectrum, but your Bone Structure is broad, blunt, and elongated. Click here to learn how to style a Soft Natural.
For C answers
If you got mostly C answers, then you’re a pure Classic. Your Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are neither sharp nor rounded, neither short nor long. You’re in the middle of the spectrum between Yin and Yang. Click here to learn how to dress your body type.
If most of your answers were C, with a few A or B answers, then you are Dramatic Classic. Your Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Features are probably C dominant, but you have some Yang (masculine) in your Bone Structure. Click here to learn the principles of styling a Dramatic Classic.
If you got mostly C answers, with a few D or E answers, then you’re a Soft Classic. Your Bone Structure is probably C dominant, but you have a bit of Yin (feminine) in your Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh. Click here to learn the principles of styling a Soft Classic.
For E answers
If you got mostly E answers, you’re a pure Romantic. Your Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are all soft, small, rounded, and are on the Yin (feminine) side of the spectrum. Click here to learn the principles of styling a Romantic.
For D answers
- If you got mostly D answers
- or if most of your answers are E or D with a few A answers…
…then you’re a Theatrical Romantic. Your Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh aren’t as soft and rounded as a pure Romantic’s but you’re still on the Yin (feminine) side of the spectrum. Click here to learn the principles of styling a Theatrical Romantic.
Your Bone Structure, Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are mostly soft and rounded (Yin), but you have a few Yang features, probably in your Bone Structure or Facial Features.
For mixtures of A/B and D/E
If you got an even mixture of extreme opposite answers A and E, then you’re are a Gamine. To understand how exactly a Gamine figure looks like and how to style it, refer to this article: How to Style a Gamine.
If your answers have nearly an equal mixture of opposite extremes of A and E, yet you also have several B answers, then you’re a Flamboyant Gamine. Your individual features are either Yin or Yang but in general, you have a bit more angularity to your body. This article will show you how to style your body type: How to Style a Flamboyant Gamine.
If your answers have nearly an equal mixture of opposite extremes from A and E, yet you also have several extra answers in column D, then you’re a Soft Gamine. Your individual features fall on either side of the Yin or Yang spectrum, but in general, you have a bit more softness or roundness to your body, probably in your flesh. To know how to style it, refer to this guide: Soft Gamine Style Guide.
How to dress for your Kibbe type
To dress for your Kibbe type, you need to match the amount of Yin and Yang in your outfit to the amount of Yin and Yang in your body. That’s the start and end of it. And that’s what David Kibbe has made the system for— to dress with your features, not against them.
Once I found out that I’m a Flamboyant Natural, everything just made perfect sense and the only regret I had was that I didn’t learn the Kibbe system earlier.
Now that you know your Yin and Yang parts, shopping and dressing up will be a breeze.