No kidding: Kibbe body type test is extremely confusing. This post is an attempt to make sense of each test question to get you as close as possible to your actual Kibbe body type. Once you do, finding pieces that’ll look fantastic on your body is gonna be a no-brainer.
I’ve attached photos for most questions but there are three in which only you could possibly figure out for yourself. Here’s how to figure out your Kibbe body type test with pictures and examples:
WHAT YOU NEED:
- A photo of your whole body (face included) in a bikini with the camera leveled to the middle of your body so you don’t look taller nor shorter. This is more comprehensive than standing in front of a mirror.
- A photo of your whole face facing the camera.
- Pen and paper (Trust me, you’ll need these!)
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- Know that the Kibbe test will measure four (4) components of your body: Skeleton (overall bone structure), Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh.
- Overall, you’ll answer 15 questions. Once done, you’ll sort out how many of your answers are Yin (feminine) and how many are Yang (masculine) then find out your Kibbe body type.
Kibbe Body Type Test 1: Skeleton
This test will measure the shape and visual length of your SKELETON— shoulders, arms, legs, hands, and feet. In the original Kibbe test, this was originally called Overall Bone Structure. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll say “Skeleton“.
1. How long is your vertical line?
My vertical line is:
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.)
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. If we compare Emma Watson and Ashley Greene in similar outfits, which one of them looks taller?
Ashley Green, for sure, looks taller. 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″ but the former looks taller than the latter.
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.
I guess 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?
My shoulders are:
A) Sharp, narrow
These shoulders look masculine. They’re narrow, angular, and sharp. When I say angular and sharp, it means they have no softness nor bluntness whatsoever. Just an abrupt transition from shoulders to arms. Think of 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.
E) Sloped, rounded
E is the opposite of shoulders A— Yin dominant with little to no Yang. Meaning, they’re dainty, sloped, and rounded. The roundness is noticeable even if you’re extremely slim.
D) Sloped, tapered (can be a bit sharp, but still sloped)
With these shoulders, the slope is very noticeable. While they’re also dainty like E, they do have some sharpness which the E doesn’t.
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.
3. How long do your arms and legs look in comparison to your body?
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.
My arms and legs are:
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
4. What are the size and shape of your hands and feet in comparison to the rest of your body?
My hands and feet are:
A) Long, narrow
B) Large, broad
C) Moderate, neither very large nor very small
D) Small, narrow, delicate
E) Small, slightly wide
Kibbe Body Type Test 2: Body Flesh
This test asks how your body flesh like bust, waist, and hips look like in comparison to one another.
5. What’s the overall shape of your body?
The overall shape of my body is:
A) Long, lean, dry
“Dry” means no defined curves. Breasts are small to average, waist straight, and hips narrow.
B) Broad, tending toward muscular
With this body, among the things you’ll first notice are the broad and prominent shoulder bones. The waistline is either straight or slightly defined while the hipline is narrower than the shoulders.
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 but with rounded shoulders, arms, and thighs. Even if you’re extremely slim, the roundness of your limbs is still noticeable. Think of Beyonce.
C) Moderate, even
Moderately defined at the waist, with bust and shoulders that are equal in visual width. (Visual width means no tape measure is involved!) The curve at the waist isn’t as defined as D and E but it’s definitely present (unlike A). Symmetry is the key here!
The shoulders aren’t as broad as B. Overall, this figure is symmetrical but only moderately defined—not too curvy but absolutely not straight either.
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.
The overall shape of my bust line is:
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?
The overall shape of my waistline is:
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, please refer to the photos from the previous question.
The overall shape of my hips is:
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?
The closest way to gauge this is to pinch the flesh on your upper thighs and arms. This is a little tricky if you’re overweight.
If you’re quite thin but still have soft and squish flesh, your answer is either D or E. If you’re a little heavier but the flesh in your arms and thighs are quite lean for your weight, then you’re either an A or B. If you’re unsure, choose C. I know this is confusing but try to pick the closest.
The flesh on my upper arms and thighs are:
A) Long, slender, sinewy
B) Elongated, tending towards muscular
D) Soft, slightly short
E) Very soft, slightly wide and fleshy
Kibbe Body Type Test 3: Facial Bones
Here, we’ll measure your facial bones: jawline, nose, and cheekbones.
10. What is the shape of your jawline?
My jawline is:
A) Sharp, either very pointed or very square
With these jawlines, there’s little doubt about their sharpness and/ or squareness as there’s absolutely 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.
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.
C) Moderate, neither wide, sharp, nor rounded
They both have some sharpness but also have some roundness that you can’t pinpoint whether they’re A, B, D, or E. A classic example of this is Grace Kelly.
11. What’s the shape of your nose?
My nose is:
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?
My cheekbones are:
A) High and prominent
D) Delicate, narrow, and slightly rounded
Kibbe Body Type Test 4: FACIAL FLESH
This part measures your eyes, lips, and the flesh of your cheeks.
13. What’s the shape of your eyes?
My eyes are:
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?
My lips are:
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?
The flesh of my cheeks are:
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 and fleshy (gets very full with excess weight)
E) Very round and fleshy (stays 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 Skeleton, Body Flesh, Facial Bones and Facial Flesh, you’re a pure Dramatic. Your skeleton, 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 Skeleton, with a few E or D answers under Body Flesh, Facial Bones and Facial Flesh, then you are Soft Dramatic. Your skeleton 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 Skeleton, 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, with some A answers, then you are Flamboyant Natural. Your Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are probably broad and blunt, tending towards looking muscular, but your Skeleton 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 Skeleton 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 Skeleton, 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 Skeleton. 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 Skeleton 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 Skeleton, 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 Skeleton, 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 Skeleton, Body Flesh, Facial Bones, and Facial Flesh are mostly soft and rounded (Yin), but you have a few Yang features, probably in your Skeleton 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 Natural, everything just made perfect sense and the only regret I had was that I didn’t learn the Kibbe system sooner.
Now that you know your Yin and Yang parts, shopping and dressing up will be a breeze. In the next weeks to come, I’m gonna be compiling a list of styles for each 13 body types.