David Kibbe's Metamorphisis (as previously posted by Monty)
Shape is the key to your look! Whatever mood you want to express, in whatever situation your find yourself--work, play, or glamour--keep your shapes rounded with soft edges! Circles, ornate swirls, and intricate flowing shapes are the direct expression of your extreme Yin. Soft bouffants are also acceptable. Always maintain the hourglass figure!
Avoid: All straight lines. All sharp edges. All geometrics.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE
Second only to shape in importance, your outline should always be soft and flowing silhouettes that showcase the lush curves of your body. Waste definition is essential, always, as is lots of gentle draping everywhere.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines with angular edges. All vertical lines that hid the waist. All unconstructed, boxy, or horizontal lines.
Detail should be soft, intricate, ornate and feminine, with emphasis on framing your face. Oversized bows, flouncy ruffles, and delicate lace are always good choices as long as they are luscious and womanly, instead of "little-girlish." Necklines should be soft and draped with curved edges (ornate necklines are especially sophisticated). Shoulders should be curved, with round pads; shoulder tucks or gathers, leg o' mutton, and draped dolman styles are all appropriate. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist with intricate buttons, or very soft and flowing. Any kind of sparkle is excellent (pearls, sequins, beading, etc.) The waistline should always be emphasized, with soft gathers, folds, draped sashes, and lightweight and supple belts to give a cinched effect. Belt buckles should always be intricate and feminine.
Avoid: All tailored, angular, or severe detail. All chunky, rough, or oversized detail. All geometric necklines. All sharp edges--pleats, square shoulder pads. All crisp detail--perky bows, tiny ruffles. All minimal or "no detail" looks.
Your use of separates should always include an artful blending of plush textures, draped fabrics, and luxurious colors so you never disrupt the soft fluidity of line. Always avoid any kind of harsh contrast between the top and bottom.
Jackets: Should always be fitted at the waist. Soft, supple styles with peplums, nipped-in waists, and belts are excellent. Lapels should be curved, rounded, or shall-collard. A lapel-less model would also be good. Shoulders should have rounded pads; gathers, tucks, or bouffant shapes work equally well. Sleeves should be tapered. The more intricate or antique-looking your buttons are the better. Any draped, gathered, or shirred touches are wonderful accents.
Avoid: Tailored jackets (blazers, double-breasted, boxy. Long, straight jackets that hide the waist. Unconstructed, shapeless jackets. All sharp edges (sharp lapels, pleats, or angular detail).
Position on the Yin/Yang scale is: extreme soft Yin. You are a woman descended from another era, a time that was gracious, beautiful, and filled with sweet radiance.
Skirts: Should be kept full and flowing with soft gathers at the waist and uneven hemlines. Your version of the basic "straight skirt" is actually tulip shaped: full and gathered at the waist and tapered at the hemline, which is short. All flared styles are excellent, from trumpets and swings to any bias-cut or gored style. Lengths should be kept gracefully long on uneven hemlines (mid calf), and short on the tapered styles with an even hemline (mid kneecap).
Avoid: All straight and tailored skirts, A-lines, and pleats.
Pants: Should always be soft, draped, and showcase your luscious curves! Gathers at the waist and a tapered or pegged bottom are the best shape for you.
Avoid: Straight or tailored pants. sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Blouses: Soft, draped styles. Sophisticated flounces and fills. Any antique styles.
Avoid: All tailored styles.
Sweaters: Soft, fluffy knits. Clingy, draped knits. Plush knits. Short lengths with waist detail. Cowl necks.
Avoid: Skinny, ribbed knits. Thick, nubby knits. Oversized sweaters. Turtlenecks and long pullovers. Cardigans. Crew-necked shetlands.
Should always be feminine and flowing. Waist emphasis, ornate detail, and swirling or flouncey skirts.
Avoid: Stiff, structured, or tailored styles (coatdress, chemise, etc.). Straight styles with no waist. Shapeless, wide, or baggy dresses.
Your use of color should emphasize a watercolor palette of soft pastels and luscious brights. Any shade that is named for a food or flower (grape, melon, raspberry, rose, salmon, etc.) is a prime candidate. Rich, luxuriously blended colors are your most effective tools to express your lush femininity. Pale neutrals (bone, dove gray, white, taupe) are your best accents.
Avoid: Dark, monochromatic color schemes. Neutral, monochromatic color schemes. Sharp color contrast.
(Note: Always within your Color Palette. Kibbe believes in the Color System, but doesn't get heavy into it other than for hair and makeup. He suggests checking out Color Me Beautiful books (the books at the time of his writings).
Should be rich and luscious with the emphasis on an abstract, watercolor blend (think Monet). Swirls of color, flowing together, with soft and rounded edges may be used in abundance. Keep prints luxuriously large; oversized florals or feather shapes are especially lovely.
Avoid: Geometrics. Contemporary styles. Animated prints. Small prints. Symmetrical prints. Stripes. Plaids.
Accessories should always be kept feminine, ornate, and softly sophisticated. The effect may be lavish, but the workmanship should be intricate and delicate.
Avoid: Anything heavy, chunky, sharp, or tailored.
Shoes: Delicate, feminine styles. Strappy, slender-heeled with tapered or open toe. Lightweight and supple leather. Feminine flats, with ornamentation.
Avoid: Tailored, chunky, angular, and heavy styles. Plain styles.
Bags: Small, rounded shapes. Soft, supple leather or fabric. Ornamentation or luxurious detail (beads, gathers, trim). Delicate shoulder straps. Elegantly slim briefcases.
Avoid: Tailored, angular, or boxy shapes. Stiff leather, or heavy shoulder straps. Elegantly slim briefcases.
Belts: Should be a soft and supple leather or fabric. Buckles should be intricate. All beaded, bejeweled, or sparkly styles are excellent. Your belts are a focal point, and should be selected as carefully as a fine piece of jewelry. They should give a "cinched-waist" effect.
Avoid: Stiff belts, whether wide or narrow. Geometric buckles. Plain belts.
Hats: Soft, curvy shapes. Picture-frame styles. Large, fluffy fur hats. (Monty note: In case you go skiing or to Russia in winter.)
Avoid: Crisp or man-tailored hats.
Hosiery: Keep your hosiery sheer. A "light leg" with the stocking and shoe in one color, several shades lighter than your hemline, is very elegant.
Jewelry: Should always be delicate and lavish, with intricate and ornate touches. Rounded shapes, curves, swirls, and lots of dangles add the perfect touch to pull your look together. Sparkly materials are essential (crystal, gems, glass, polished metal, etc.), and antique, baroque, or rococo effect is desirable.
Avoid: Heavy, chunky pieces. sharp edges. Geometric shapes. Avant-garde, contemporary styles. Small, symmetrical pieces. Minimal styles.
Fitted shapes with ornate necklines and waist emphasis. Sheer fabrics. Draped fabrics. Sparkly fabrics. Elaborate trim.
Hourglass ball gowns
Swirling chiffon gowns
Ornate cocktail dresses
Should be soft and stylized with a wispy silhouette framing the face. It should have a set, somewhat ornate look, but should never be stiff. The cut must be layered to accentuate curl or wave, as well as to hold a set effectively. Perms are possible for you, but your hair will still need setting to avoid a messy look.
Avoid: Geometric shapes with angular edge. sleek, smooth styles, blunt-edged, or blow-dry. Overly layered hair (too messy). Wash 'n wear styles. Stiff, bouffant styles.
Should be elaborate and blended into a soft, watercolor face. Soft pretty colors (rose, peach, rust, pink) on cheeks and lips (glossy). Eye makeup should be colorful and soft, with a bit of sparkle even for daytime. Evening makeup can be extremely glitzy!
Avoid: A neutral, "no color" makeup (will be extremely tired-looking on you). High-contrast colors,
and angular contouring of cheeks (will be stark and harsh). all matte-finished products, with no frosts or sparkles (will be aging on you).
Kibbe on Fabric for the Romantic category:
Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Softly woven fabrics (challis, crepe, tropical-weight woolens, jersey). Ultrashiny fabrics (charmeuse, shantung, crepe de chine, metallics). Ultra soft of plush textures (suedes, velvets, boucle knits, angora). Sheer fabrics (chiffon, voile, batiste, handkerchief linen).
AVOID: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Extreme matte-finished fabrics.
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.
Moderate to petite, usually 5'5" and under.
Soft and voluptuous.
Hourglass figure; curvy (bustline and hips, with a small waist (in proportion to the curves).
Fleshy arms and legs.
Delicate and smallish.
Usually to the wide side.
Rounded or sloped shoulders.
Small hand and feet (may be slightly wide).
Facial bones are small, delicate and may be slgihtly wide or lush (nose, cheekbones, jawline).
If your bone structure is slightly wide or lush, you may think of yorself as having a large bone structure. This is actually decdeving to you, for the shortness of your limbs and extremeties (hand and feet) offsets the width. In context of your overall voluptuous figure, your bone structure is defintely delicate.
Lush; full, and sensual (rounded).
Large, luminous eyes.
Soft and luxurious.
May be silky and wispy, or thick and wavy/curly.
Any coloring (warm or cool, high-contrast or blended) is possible but a Romantic usually has a delicate skin tone that is luminous or translucent.
The body only gets more rounded; the face gets very full.
A Romantic wil not:
Be extremely tall
Have a large bone structure or large hands and feet
Have a stragiht or boyish figure
Have angular or sharp facial features
Have a prominent nose or angular chin
Kibbe's prime Romantic celebrity- Marilyn Monroe
Romantic example from Kibbe's book 'Metamorphosis'
Before & After:
When I met Lisa, I was struck first by her extremely curvy body, delicate bone structure, and very rounded facial features (extreme Yin). I also saw her doing everything possible to cover up these abundant natural attributes! Like many Romantics I've worked with over the years, Lisa had first to rethink her relationship with her soft physicality.
What I sought to do first was simply to introduce Lisa to the concept that her curves were luscious, and her delicacy was the greatest source of her strength. By teaching her about the extraordinarily magnetic powers of her Yin nature, I was able to help her become brave enough to reveal her womanly sophistication.
My prescription for Lisa's metamorphosis: Showcase her curves with an hourglass silhouette and frame her face with intricate jewelry and ornate details. Her hairstyle must be softly elaborate; subtly layered and then gently teased into a cascade of intricate curls. Very subtle golden lowlights were added around her face for a bit of extra glimmer, in keeping with her radiant total look.
Lisa's makeup from a clear, yellow-based palette complements her warm, vibrant coloring. The products have a moderate degree of iridescence, and are blended in soft, circular motions to create a shimmering watercolor "face".
An interesting aside to Lisa's transformation is that many of her friends commented on how impressed they were with the considerable amount of weight she seemed to have lost. Since she had not shed a single ounce, Lisa was convinced that enhancing her natural curvaceousness rather than trying to hide it was the key. Showcasing her delicate charm allows this dreamy enchantress to come to life!