Height in Kibbe: 2020

A couple of months ago, I rewrote an old post on this blog about the “curvy” Flamboyant Gamine. This blog has been around for a long time now, and the older posts date from before David joined the Facebook groups and changed the way all of us see and work with his system. It feels like the most appropriate thing for me to do, rather than make a whole bunch of posts private, is to continue to rewrite posts to update them to how I understand the Kibbe Metamorphosis system to work now.

Today, I’ll like to go back and write about height in Kibbe. This is a subject of some controversy. You can find all kinds of things on the internet, like height is just one factor of many, and shouldn’t be given more weight than something else. But let’s remember the basics of yin and yang. Yin is short and rounded; yang is long and angular. Your height is key to this very fundamental aspect of yin and yang.

1. Why can’t certain Image IDs be taller?

R, TR, SG, FG, and SC all top out around 5’5″ (SC 5’6″). Why? Because the taller you are, the more prominent yang is, and it starts to become too much length (yang) for these balances. TR is much more yin than people seem to think, especially. Gamines need to be compact, and you would lose that compactness with more length. SC, of course, needs to be moderate, with extra yin, and you cannot have that with length.

2. Why are tall women limited to three Image IDs?

Literal length is automatically yang. At a certain point (which seems to be around 5’9″), a woman automatically has a dominant vertical (Dramatic, Soft Dramatic, or Flamboyant Natural). You automatically have a strong vertical, because it’s literally there. And then what you have is vertical, vertical with curve (and perhaps width), or vertical with width. There is no way to get to moderate, or juxtaposition. You always have that vertical you must honor, because it’s literally there. You cannot ignore it while dressing, or you’ll look like you’re wearing the clothes of a much smaller person.

3. But [celebrity] is taller!

First, celebrities are not intended as data points. They should not be used as points of comparison. They are there as “lodestars,” i.e., inspiration. Some celebrities David has seen in person; others he hasn’t. There is far more emphasis placed on celebrities around the Kibbe-focused internet than there should be. The best examples of an Image ID are people who have actually gone to Kibbe and been given a Metamorphosis by him. Celebrities are fun to watch on screen for inspiration, but should not be taken more seriously than David’s own words on an Image ID. Please, please never bring up Rihanna being 5’8″ and in TR to me ever again. If she is truly 5’8″, she would no longer be in TR. Same with every other celebrity listed with a height taller than the range for the Image ID.

4. Why can shorter women be in the taller IDs?

Women who are shorter but in a taller Image ID (i.e., a 5’3″ SD) are there because they still have a vertical that needs to be addressed in clothing, even if they aren’t literally tall. But you cannot have it the other way around, because literal length always has to be addressed.

5. But what if people are taller in my country?

Your Image ID is the same no matter where you are. It’s not relative to your surroundings. If people tend to be taller in your country, that just means there are more yang people in your country. How your body needs to be accommodated in clothing doesn’t change. This is the same for ethnicities. You are assessed as an individual.

Conclusion

Basically, height comes from the way yin and yang works. If you think about it in terms of the basics I have in the beginning of this post–yin is short and rounded, yang is long and angular–it helps makes sense of why height plays such an important role in your Image ID. If you think about what “moderate” means, for instance, and why Cs are described that way, the fact that Classics aren’t going to be 6′ tall makes perfect sense. And if Gamines need to be compact, they just can’t be tall either. And so on. Thinking about yin and yang will help you make sense of the question of height.

51 Comments on Height in Kibbe: 2020

  1. Red Socks
    March 16, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Great post! height seems to be a bit of a touchy subject in the “Kibbe community”. I myself used to believe that height was completely irrelevant because of all the misinformation I read online. When I actually took the time to understand how Yin and Yang works within our bodies, it made perfect sense. If height didn’t matter and a 6″ person could be any type the system just wouldn’t work. At all. How would we tell apart SG, SD and TR? The types would become indistinguishable.

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    • stylesyntax
      March 16, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      Yes, I think it comes from an over-reliance on the quiz, instead of trying to understand yin and yang. If you don’t understand how yin and yang work, you just see height as a single answer on the quiz, and not worth very much.

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    • Tasha
      June 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Exactly. I fail to understand what kind of vertical a person who is 5’3” should have in order to be typed as SD and not any other type, which presumes more moderate or shorter height? 5’3” is considered a petite in women’s wear. SD is typically tall and curvy, with larger body mass comparing to shorter and smaller framed types, if I understood it correctly. Can anyone help me understand, please? Thanks.

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  2. Carissa
    March 30, 2020 at 9:31 am

    I agree that at a certain point height is height and you visually have a long vertical line. It might not always appear that way in photos, but it will always appear that way in person. If your clothing works with your vertical line in person then it will look good in a photo, but the reverse is not true because a photo is two dimensional. I can understand why people get confused, as David tends to speak in somewhat black and white terms in the type descriptions of his book, and yet real life examples don’t seem to always match that black and white description. That is not to say his system is wrong or bad, but this is one element that can be confusing. For instance, and please forgive me if I’m wrong, Kate Middleton is verified Soft Classic (which seems very in line with her style/vibe)? And yet she is 5’9. I can’t imagine she’s lying about her height, she has a very clearly long vertical line. She also has what might be described as a “boyishly tapered” waist/hips – which Kibbe describes as Dramatic. Is face taken into account more than we realize? Is there an x factor that simply can’t be described in the book or in type that David simply “senses” with a person? Not expecting you to answer all these questions, lol, these are just my musings.

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    • stylesyntax
      March 31, 2020 at 12:04 am

      People he hasn’t seen in person should always be taken with a grain of salt. That’s why he won’t type clients from photos, either.

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    • Elizabeth Phillips
      July 15, 2020 at 12:16 am

      I think Duchess Catherine dresses in an SC way, but may not actually BE an SC.

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      • stylesyntax
        July 15, 2020 at 1:31 pm

        Yes, if she is her reported height (5’9″?), no way she would be SC.

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  3. confused
    April 20, 2020 at 9:07 am

    After reading your post I have no longer idea, what I am.
    When people see me they usually say I am delicate, dainty, frail etc. (sometimes to the absurd level that they’re surprised I can stand up for myself) and they notice “very delicate jawline” and “very delicate hands”.
    Then I learned about Kibbe and did the test. Which didn’t said a lot because my answers are not-mentioned combination (4C, 6D, 5E, skipped hair question) – so I can be as well SC as TR. After reading about it I decided I am TR, because both D and E are yin, so most of my answers are yin and what people think about me matches TR more).
    But I am almost 5’7 (169cm) what makes me out of range for both TR and SC (which can also fit to my answers). Then I look moderate, not tall, people usually gives me around 1inch less, and when I am next to someone who is also 5’7 I am considered as smaller than this person. Also I have completely no A or B answers to be SD or SN.
    So, can there be exception to be taller SC or TR or should I consider something different like Gamine or Dramatic Classic?

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    • stylesyntax
      April 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      5’7″ is also too tall for either gamine (David doesn’t use just Gamine anymore). Also, remember that a Dramatic Classic is moderate first and foremost, so they wouldn’t really be called delicate or frail. If you’re taller and you hear those words a lot, I’d look into Dramatic, since they are narrow. My friends who are Ds probably hear that even more than I do as a FG!

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      • confused
        April 20, 2020 at 4:32 pm

        Thank you, but I can’t see it. There is literally no yang in me, I don’t have any prominent features or straight figure. My face is pure yin and rest of my body is moderate bones with yin flesh.
        I thought about Gamine because I read somewhere (maybe here) B. Bardote is Soft Gamine because her haight is yang and rest of body is yin. So if height is so important factor then that can be my case too. But definitely anything yang dominant is not me, I have too much yin.

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        • stylesyntax
          April 20, 2020 at 4:47 pm

          If you are 5’7″, that’s yang. You will have much less yin than you think at your height; length itself is yang and the most yin Image ID open to you is Soft Dramatic. DC isn’t yin.

          If Brigitte Bardot is really 5’7″, she is not a gamine.

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          • confused
            April 20, 2020 at 5:11 pm

            I think she is 5’6″.

            Ok, so as I understand I can’t be TR, SC, any kind of Gamine, because I am 5’7″, but I can be SD without prominent facial features and without long arms and legs or big hands and feets. Just, why those factors are even considered if it doesn’t matter… should be just actual height, flesh and muscles.

          • stylesyntax
            April 20, 2020 at 5:54 pm

            It isn’t considered in typing. You are looking at the factors that influence how clothing will hang. Anything else you’re talking about won’t change the fact that you’re dressing a 5’7″ body where length must be taken into consideration. Length, width, and shape are really what is considered.

          • confused
            April 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm

            That’s I agree. My facial bones are not going to change my height, but I thought it is more than that. In the test there are questions about different things, as well as in descriptions, for example:
            “A Soft Dramatic will not:
            Have a boyish figure.
            Have small hands and feet, or a delicate bone structure.
            Be overly petite, or small in stature, with short limbs.
            Have delicate or small facial features.
            Be symmetrical in body type or facial characteristics.”
            I don’t match it, because I have small hands and feet as well as delicate facial features.
            But of course D and FN doesn’t match even more.
            So, as I agree I am rather tall (though for my country standards I am average) and narrow and hourglass and I accept recommendations for this, I think I don’t match description of SD as it was given and the test doesn’t show it (also I don’t really look good in oversized clothes and with big details, more fitted clothes and smaller details or no details looks better, oversized clothes makes me disappear as well as big details). So, if Kibbe explain as you do, then he mistaken us a lot with the test and descriptions and seems also some of the recommendations.

          • stylesyntax
            April 20, 2020 at 7:35 pm

            Well, you have to remember that the book is 33 years old. He has further refined some of his thinking since then–it would be a wasted opportunity for growth if he hadn’t! And also you can’t look at the quiz, or the descriptions, without a foundation in yin and yang as used by Kibbe. If you just go straight into the quiz and then the ID description, you’re not really going to understand how it all fits together. He also isn’t going to dress you like he did in 1987, thank god!

          • confused
            April 20, 2020 at 7:44 pm

            Ok, so as “tall TR” became “veeeeery very soft SD” during this 30 years what are the clothing recommendations for SD now?

          • stylesyntax
            April 20, 2020 at 8:02 pm

            There has never been a “tall TR.” TRs are, by default, small women. If people decided that TR could be tall, they don’t understand what a TR actually is. It is seen as much more yang than it is in reality. Don’t go by celebrity heights; David certainly didn’t have google when he wrote the book.

            Recommendations are not what it is about. I don’t use “FG recs” when dressing. I dress according to my yin/yang balance.

          • confused
            April 20, 2020 at 8:11 pm

            I am not looking at celebrities heights, more they overall look. So if I compare myself to Sophia Loren – not much alike, if I compare myself with Viven Leigh – I see similarity. Though Sophia is more my height. I mean similarities in aura, face expression etc.
            Ok, so if there are no recommendations for types why even take time to find them (except for fun, but then doesn’t matter if I call myself SD, TR or FN, there are just names).

          • stylesyntax
            April 20, 2020 at 8:17 pm

            I can’t really teach you Kibbe’s work in the comments of my blog. If you’re interested in learning more (and would like to become less “confused”), I suggest joining Strictly Kibbe on Facebook, where David is a participant and teaches you himself.

      • Em
        September 25, 2020 at 10:05 am

        I disagree I’m 5’8”” and beyond frustrated! I feel like I look sloppy and drown in long natural lines and stiff and uncomfortable in dramatic lines. I feel like you have to do what feels and looks good on the body not just pleasing to the height. It is also frustrating because other other details become confusing like hairstyles, hair lengths, jewelry etc. I think just because I am 5’8” I should not be limited to only certain categories.

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        • stylesyntax
          September 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm

          If you’re 5’8″, you’re automatically accommodating length, because it’s physically there. Every single person is limited to a single category; being short does not actually grant you access to additional possibilities. And Kibbe is all about what is special about you, so if you’re ignoring your length, you’re ignoring one of those things, but it’s honestly nearly impossible to do so.

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    • Sammy
      May 3, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Just from my personal experience I’d recommend putting on outfits for the different types, taking photos and then comparing which lines suit you the most rather then relying on the test and height restrictions. You might not fit perfectly into one of the narrow Kibbe boxes but as long as you find out what looks good on you does that really matter?
      I had a really hard time figuring out my type until I just tried different looks and ended up with FG lines looking best on me. At 169cm I’m too tall for this type but I guess since my torso is wide I have a more compact look rather than a long vertical line and the broken up G lines look amazing on me. So I’m just gonna screw the rules and wear whatever suits me 😉

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      • stylesyntax
        May 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm

        David does not recommend doing this at all. You will not find your yin/yang balance this way. There is no such thing as “FG lines.” You have found some styles that you like. That’s great! You will probably be able to incorporate them when you find the Image ID that suits someone who has a wide torso and more length than FG. FG is compact and very small, with straight body lines. An FG dressing for their yin/yang balance is addressing their overall small size and short body lines. It’s not about fitting some stereotypical idea of what FG clothes look like.

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  4. Erah
    April 24, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    One hundred percent this debate about height is wrong. Kibbe himself met and typed Charlize Theron as a TR and we all know well and good that she is both actually extremely tall and appears to have a very long line. Kibbe HIMSELF has said in more recent years that height isn’t as big of a factor as the vibe a person gives. I think Chatlize is a perfect example of this, she is tall and long and slim – dramatic. But her face is tiny, cute, delicate, Classic in that she has no outstanding features just symmetry. NOT angular and masculine like a Dramatic. NOT broad and blunt like a Natural. And NOT voluptuous or exotic like a SD.
    Even her mannerisms, the way she holds her hands, the way she puts her head down and looks up at you are much more delicate and feminine than any of the “tall” types. That’s why Kibbe typed her differently despite her obvious height.
    I myself have a very similar Classic face to Charlize. The upper half of my body is Natural with Romantic breasts and my lower body is between Dramatic and Classic – long lean legs with small round hips that don’t gain width or flesh when I gain weight, they’re the most consistent and moderate thing about me. SD styles work on my body but the SD hair and accessories overwhelm my Classic face. Every one of the natural styles look a sloppy, hot mess on me. I need stiffer fabrics even if there’s some drape or rushing. Oversized items just make me look fat and natural hair styles make me look like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket – not cute, sexy or breezy. I’m not angular enough in face nor top half to be DC. And I’m not “moderate in everything” to be Classic. Although the Classic hair styles work fabulously with my face the very structured, symmetrical clothing styles make my body look stiff as if I’m shoved into a sausage casing.
    Because of the nature of my figure I HAVE to wear separates (top half is FOUR sizes larger than my bottom half) and they’re often mismatched because I need to wear lighter colors, large prints and bigger shapes on the bottom to balance my broad and curvy top. With all things considered I tend to wear FG but I am 5’8” on the dot and many people guess me taller.
    Based on this height restriction nonsense I can’t be FG but when you’re as big of a mishmash as I am FG is really the only option, plus I look fantastic in pixie cuts and chin length cropped hairstyles! I could possibly be SC because of my face and the touch of softish drape to strategically blend my two disparate halves. But again, by this height logic I couldn’t be SC either. And SC doesn’t align with my very outgoing personality.
    The beautiful thing about FG is you can incorporate clothes that account for having a long visual line and/or angles. That’s what makes FG so special and why I think Merriam says “everything else”, although I really don’t care for her analysis of these types and she is decidedly NOT in the gamine family.
    People are getting taller as a species, it is irresponsible to lump everyone over 5’5’ (Not even average height) into 3 categories. It just doesn’t make sense.

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    • stylesyntax
      April 24, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      David never met Charlize Theron. He was asked about her on the fly, TR was what came to his mind, and then he later said that she is FN. We have known for years that he does not see as as TR. But he does not actually “type” celebrities. He will not verify the Image ID of people he has not met in person.

      Everything in my blog post is coming from what David says in the Facebook groups. If you’re interested in what David says, read the post, because it’s my best attempt at summarizing everything we have learned from him about height without using direct quotes. If you’re interested in what Merriam says, we are not talking about the same thing because what she says has absolutely nothing to do with David Kibbe. I wish her well with her Body Geometry stuff, but she does not understand Kibbe’s work at all and is not a good source for information on his work. Neither is Aly Art or anyone else making YouTube videos where they attempt to “teach” Kibbe. I run five of the Kibbe-authorized Facebook groups and do my best to make sure I can find a citation for everything I say in a post like this. I don’t really have time to refute every point you made individually, but it is all sadly incorrect if you are interested in working with Kibbe’s work as he applies it. What I have in this post reflects what he says. At 5’8″, you will not be a combo of opposites. FG and SGs are very small people and gamines as a whole are extremely misunderstood.

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      • Annie
        June 27, 2020 at 4:06 pm

        Why is this so important to so many people? I feel like they don’t truly understand the meaning of Kibbes work, it isn’t only about labeling yourself as a body type you ‘desire’, it is much more than that. It’s also in the way you talk, stand, move. Yin and Yang is a whole seperate philosophy and just beacuse you do a stupid quiz n the internet (which is not accurate most of the time) and you dont like the body type you got, doesn’t mean Kibbes words are too stict, incorrect etc… Buy the book, educate yourselves, soon you will find out that it isn’t that important that you aren’t the body type you desire or think i is prettier, yours is the best and learn how to love it and show that to everyone.

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        • stylesyntax
          July 2, 2020 at 7:48 pm

          It’s hard for people to let go of what they wish they were, I suppose. People don’t like being told that options are closed to them.

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  5. Pat
    August 12, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Would you please clarify what Kibbes types are possible for someone 5 ft 8 in.
    At that height I think only the dramatics and flamboyant naturals are possible considerations. Is dramatic classic possible at that height?
    If someone is 5 ft 8 in with delicate skeletal bone structure and delicate facial bone structure which of the 3 “tall” types is most likely? There are many tall woman ( over 5 ft 8 in) who have a more delicate frame and face. I don’t think oversized details, oversized clothes or stiff or heavy fabric look flattering because can be overwhelming.

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    • stylesyntax
      August 14, 2020 at 12:11 am

      Only the Dramatics and FN, yes.

      Then you have someone like Taylor Swift, I suppose. But Dramatics wouldn’t get oversized. Their focus is sleek. It is all about the narrow column.

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  6. Pippi
    August 31, 2020 at 2:18 am

    It does seem that the most confusing factor in determining type according to Kibbe’s book is the fact that he issues absolutes. Repeatedly, people of a certain height are categorized into certain types that “will not have” certain things… But people DO vary. They do NOT fit because they continue to have features in a variety that is not recognized by his type descriptions. If he gave more leeway, and said that a certain type “ USUALLY“ does not have“ certain characteristics, it would make more sense.

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    • stylesyntax
      September 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      For each description in the book, it says something along the lines of:

      NOTE: The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Romantic. It is the overall combination of extreme, soft Yin (soft physicality and magnetic essence) that creates this Image Identity category. Therefore, slight deviation here or there is always possible and should not be worried over if it does not upset your Yin/Yang balance.

      So for instance, if someone has large hands and feet, but they are clearly Soft Yin otherwise, they would still be Romantic, since that’s not enough to upset the Yin/Yang balance. He has actually now simplified the typing process so you are really looking at yin and yang in the broadest terms.

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  7. Margarita
    October 9, 2020 at 10:28 am

    People love to whine that there are just 3 image IDs for tall people and how that is unfair. I just want to remind them, that the majority of countries with the tallest people (according to 2019 medical data) are in Europe and they are not too populous. The tallest populations are (from 5th to 1st place): Czech Republic (pop.around 10 m), Denmark (pop.around 6 m), Estonia (just a bit over 1 million), Latvia (just over 2 million), Netherlands (about 17 million). Now just try and compare these numbers with literal billions in China or India. There are waaaayyy less super tall women in the world that everyone in the forums seem to think. I know it’s hard to accept that you are not the center of the universe or that one amazingly unique 6′ TR😁

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    • stylesyntax
      October 20, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      In the end, we are all limited to one ID!

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  8. Lucille
    October 19, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Great post! It certainly rules out a lot of options, since i am somewhat over 5 ft 8 (i use cm, so it is 174, 5). But does that also rule out DC? I do have an angular skeleton (long legs and arms, long hands with thin fingers and large feet, just not to sure about shoulder width), but also a bit of an hourglass shape, weight collects mostly on tummy and hips, breasts are fairly large). I don not really see myself as a SD, especially since i don’t have really lush facial features and don’t see myself as very “womanly”.

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    • stylesyntax
      October 20, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Yes, DC is up to 5’7″ only. At 5’8″, you have a dominant vertical and can’t have balance. I wouldn’t worry about facial features or not seeing yourself as “womanly”; it really depends on your age as well. Sometimes we can’t really “see” ourselves until we’re dressing for our Image Identity theme. But I wouldn’t rule out D or FN either, since women start with a baseline of curves.

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  9. rezilijencija
    October 20, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    i’m really confused because i see myself as romantic only but i am 5’7. i am aware that i have some yan features but don’t think that those dramatic/natural lines would actually suit me well. everything i wear must have waist highlighted, otherwise, i look heavier than i am

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    • stylesyntax
      October 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      At 5’7″, you automatically have some vertical due to your literal height. Something actually cut for a Romantic woman would simply not fit you correctly, and would look a little shrunken. As far as waist emphasis goes, I think we often think we need it because we’re wearing something too wide, or cut incorrectly for us in another way, and we rely on belting or similar to make up the difference, but an outfit that works with our silhouette shows us that this is not the case. But if you can see some yin in your body, I think SD would be a place to start.

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  10. smol
    October 21, 2020 at 5:51 am

    this means that if i’m 5’2 i can only be a gamine or romantic? at what height each type stops I used to think I was sc but idk anymore

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    • stylesyntax
      October 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      No, you can be anything at 5’2″.

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  11. M Kim
    December 22, 2020 at 12:56 am

    I’m exactly 5’6 1/2. I was told at the dmv I could only choose to be 5’6 or 5’7. I went with the former because I figured the 1/2 inch comes from my neck or my cone head lol. I always get told I’m tall but his is usually by shorter people. I’m very thin with a long torso and a waist disproportionate to my hips. My hips and shoulders are both wide and even. I don’t know whether my vertical line falls under moderate or moderately long. Does 1/2 even matter? Thanks.

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    • stylesyntax
      December 22, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      I would say the dealbreaker here would not be that half inch. It sounds to me like you would have vertical even if you were my height (5’4″). People get hyperfocused on how other people see them when it comes to vertical, but I wouldn’t rely on that. People are seeing you IRL and they can see what height you actually are. The only IDs without vertical that you can be even at 5’6″ are SC and SN, and you don’t sound symmetrical and slightly curvy or that you have width with curve. It sounds like you have elongation, width, and no curve.

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      • M Kim
        December 23, 2020 at 12:04 am

        I’m definitely asymmetrical. Regular length jeans are slightly long on me and short lengths are slightly short. Although my width is at my shoulders, hips and thigh, I look slender but my waspish waist makes me look uber curvy with a form fitting shirt. At my thinnest I had wide thighs due to my bowed out bones. My wrists look uber thin which also looks out of place with the rest of my arms. At my heaviest my wrists gained no weight..

        I know you said David no longer recommends the quiz but I would like to know which image I lean towards. I answered the questions to the best of my ability but I might have answered a few inaccurately due to lack of comprehension.

        The options under vertical line is: A) Long B) Moderately Long C) Moderate D) Smallish E) Petite.
        A vertical at 5’6 which is relatively tall and with my asymmetry, I’m still not quite sure which option is accurate. It doesn’t look like I got answers for FG or SG. Could be I’m doing the tally incorrectly. Does it sound possible I’m a FG? Thanks for your time.

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  12. Anona-Miss
    February 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    This seems to be written to disparage tall women or out of some kind of misplaced resentment of tall women. Christina Hendriks is 5’9. What type is she?

    No, tall women are not whining, just pointing out a discrepancy and flaw in the system. I’m 6’1 but curvy and shapely of an hourglass with a combination of soft and angular features. Everything else about me is proportionate. My height makes me masculine and my body makes me feminine. I believe the two balance each other out.

    I have friends who are shorter who have more masculine and more feminine attributes than I do. I do not assume those women are the same because they’re all under 5’7.

    If height is the sole dictator, the rest should disappear and everyone should look exclusively at height. For a tall woman my feet are not large, people often assume I’m average height in photos and I have a combination of soft and angular features. I know for sure I’m a soft classic or pure classic. So either Kibbe is nonsense or it needs to accommodate for the fact that tall are diverse just like short women.

    Just think if the situation were reversed and short women were just 3 types and tall women fit the others.

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    • stylesyntax
      February 15, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Christina Hendricks is SD, which is what you’d be as well if your description of yourself is accurate–strong yang from your vertical and a strong yin undercurrent from your curves, both of which must be honored. Even if you were 5’4″, with your description of yourself, you wouldn’t be SC, and Classic itself is no longer used. There is no mix of angular and soft, and the curve is slight, not significant. Everything is balanced between yin and yang, not distinctly yang or yin, slightly favoring yin, but only slightly. You may be drawn to what is traditionally seen as a classic style, but that is open to everyone–I created Personality Squared for that reason, so people could have guidance with their style with no reference to the things about their appearance they can’t change. You might like what I call “Elegant.” 🙂

      It saddens me that people think that being told that being tall is something to honor and celebrate is disparaging. It was written because many people don’t understand *why* you are limited to three types when you’re over 5’7″. When dressing, I am sure you know that being 6’1″ is not something you can just ignore and buy clothes for a shorter woman. Your shoe size or how you look in photos have nothing to do with the reality of how clothes need to fall in order to accommodate your line. Every single person is limited to a single Image ID; you just have Vertical by default if you’re tall and can start by looking at three IDs instead of ten. David wants you to celebrate your unique beauty, not try to hide or minimize it.

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  13. Mia
    February 17, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Hello, I need a little bit of help to determine which of the 3 tall types I would be. I started this journey a week ago but it’s really doing my head in. I did the test, read all about the yang and the yin, and even though I was confused from the beginning as I felt I didn’t really fit into any, I was starting to lean towards Dramatic Classic. Then I started seeing all these articles and blog posts about height being a non-negotiable if you are over a certain height, so now I am really confused.

    I know it’s hard to tell without images, but I am hoping you can help.

    I am 5’9 (176cm)
    – My body is slim, with fleshier upper arms, bottom, and thighs – flesh has always been soft even when working out which could be Yin?
    – I take a 10D (32D) bra but you wouldn’t know it as I have a very soft bust and can hide it well, but my silhouette is straight through my bust and waist with a prominent wide high hip that tapers out to my thigh (hip and thigh area looks more rectangle/boxy than round/hourglass)
    – My face is not Yin, I have been likened to Keira Knightley quite a few times but not as dramatic. I have high forehead and cheekbones, evenly spaced eyes which are moderate size, moderate lips, moderate jaw, with a pointed chin, thin nose (I was really leaning towards Classic with a little drama in the quiz).
    – I have long legs, but my arms are on the shorter side and reach above my mid-thigh
    – My upper body is much slimmer than my lower body, because of this, I need to emphasise my slim waist/torso either with high waist pants or cinched waist and I also look for tops with shoulder or sleeve details to widen my soft narrow shoulders.
    – Long hands and feet, but not narrow or overly broad
    – I have small defined wrists and ankles
    – I have narrowness in my upper body and broadness in my lower body (no matter how thin or thick I get)

    I look at Soft Dramatic and the fleshiness makes me think I could be, but I don’t have an exotic or overly Yin face. I feel like I am Yang bones, Yin flesh, Yang features. Is that possible? Thank you for your time.

    Reply
    • stylesyntax
      February 19, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Clothes don’t go on your face. It’s not going to change what your clothes need to do to fit your body.

      Reply
      • Mia
        February 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

        I contacted you with genuine confusion, really trying to understand how I might be able determine my Kibbe body type. I spent the time to read your articles, read people’s comments and your responses.
        At no point was I attacking the methodology or you. But you felt the need to respond with aggression and sarcasm. You say you are a Kibbe approved person. What about my message made you feel like you could dismiss me like that?
        If you have no interest in interacting with the public, don’t have a comments section.

        By the way, I understand you don’t wear clothes on your face. But I was having problems identifying if I had an A or B type bone structure and used the face as an example. I thought you would be insightful and compassionate with my confusion. But you were just abrupt and rude.

        Reply
        • stylesyntax
          February 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

          I answered your question, which is can you be a Soft Dramatic without an overly exotic or yin face. If you read something rude, dismissive, or aggressive into that, it wasn’t my intention. I’m sorry, but I will not be replying nor helping you further, since you seem to need something that I cannot offer. Have a great day!

          Reply
  14. Victoria
    March 28, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I guess I must be soft dramatic then. I have a very feminine face (soft or rounded eyes, cheeks, and face shape) in contrast to my large yang bones. I do have an hourglass figure but it’s not super defined like Sofia Vergara, Sophia Loren, or other popular SDs. That’s what makes me doubt myself as SD, my figure looks moderate compared to my height. I’m quite tall at 5’9 and I have sharp bones but not a boyish figure so I can’t be just dramatic. I also don’t think I’m blunt or broad anywhere so I ruled out flamboyant natural. Since I’m most likely SD should I look to popular SD celebrities for style inspiration even though they are curvier than me?

    I have no idea about what looks good on me lol. I really want to know what type fits me best so I can dress for it. Everyone around me is no help. When I ask people what body type they think I am they just say “you’re an hourglass” or tell me “it doesn’t matter because you’re pretty and can get away with wearing anything”.

    Thank you for the very helpful info!

    Reply
    • stylesyntax
      April 8, 2021 at 11:02 pm

      A “boyish” figure is not necessary for any Kibbe Image ID. Women start with a baseline of curves.

      Reply

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