Kibbe's Theatrical Romantic
Romantic with a Dramatic undercurrent
Your position on the Yin/Yang scale is: soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent. Physically, you are delicate in bone structure and soft in body type, with delicate and full facial features (eyes, lips, cheeks). This is your extreme Yin foundation, which is overpoweringly dominant. Your slight Yang undercurrent comes from a slight sharpness to your bone structure, possibly shoulders, jawline, or nose. Innately, you are artistic, sensitive, eerily magnetic, and extraordinarily charming (Yin). As a hidden attraction, you possess steely resolve, unrelenting drive, enormous will, and a bold, creative and innovative outlook on life (Yang). Again, with your inner nature, the Yin is dominant, the Yang secondary. While both must be evident in your appearance, it is vital to keep them in their natural order. This may confuse you at times; the Yang qualities may seem to be such strong characteristics that your might be seduced into believing they are your major qualities as well as the source of your strength. This is not true! The old saying, "You'll catch more flies with honey," was created specifically for you!
Always bear in mind that you are a Romantic first and foremost. Your Dramatic undercurrent should always be used in small doses to theatrically add high-fashion flair to your appearance. It subtly sharpens and focuses your look as an after-thought, while the Yin foundation of delicacy, feminine beauty, charm, and grace provides the cornerstone of your look. It is not a substitution. It is only a slight addition to express that extra bit of Yang present in your being.
To express your soft Yin/slight Yang total essence, we want to develop an appearance that could best be described as: Femme Fatale Chic.
Your overall direction is to showcase your curvy body with elegantly soft and fluid clothing, always distinctly defining the waist. At the same time, frame your beautiful face with an abundance of intricate detail and accessories, including lavish hair and makeup. This provides your Yin basis.
On tope of this, your Yang undercurrent is expressed through strategic tapering and sharp shoulders, with shoulder pads a must. Also important to express your strength and assurance is an ensemble-approach that inspires head-to-toe outfits, with very sophisticated and glamorous accessories that suggest drop-dead entrances that suggest drop-dead entrances!
Lines are always curvy, while shapes are rounded and ornate. Fabrics provide extra softness by being lightweight and ultra-draped. Stiff fabrics, straight lines, and geometry are to be avoided at all costs! They will make you seem severe, cold, and even slightly dumpy.
Detail is both intricate and lavish. Excess detail is utterly sophisticated on you, as long as it is used sensually and creatively instead of innocently or "little girlishly." Bows, jabots, ruffles, draped necklines, gathers, tucks, scalloped edges, lacy trim, and anything bejeweled are stunning and elegant on you.
Jewelry should also have the intricate workmanship/lavish effect so evocative of your lovely sensitivity and powerful charm. Here again, shapes are always rounded and ornate, with clusters, dangles, swirls, and curves being the graceful complement to your look. Avoid geometrics and chunky pieces, which are simply at odds with your delicate bone structure. Pieces can and should definitely be large and glittery-size gives you the extra drama. You're really at your most sophisticated when you seem to be "dripping in diamonds." This can be as literal as your pocketbook affords, but bear in mind that there are enormous amounts of stunning faux jewelry available today, as well.
Even your most conservative, daytime attire needs at least a hint of glamour and delicacy-perhaps a crisply clustered or swirled earring with a tiny sparkle or dangle, for example. Suggesting your innate glamour is the clearest way to visually express your confidence and self-assuredness.
Your accessories should be chosen with great love and care. Shoes are delicate and either very tapered, strappy, or ornate. No chunky clunkers or angular Italian pumps, please! Bags are small, rounded, and delicate; they should be made of exquisite leather or fabric and have narrow shoulder straps and detail of gathering or trim. In fact, by looking at your when you are completely pulled together, we should get the feeling that inside your closet is an entire wardrobe of shoes, bags, and jewelry! Your artistry is most clearly expressed in this area, so go as wild as your passions dictate here.
The final touches of sophistication, elegance, and elan in your appearance come from an elaborate finish of well-coiffed hair and polished makeup.
Hair should always be soft and stylized, never sleek, severe, or uncared-for. If you keep your hair long, it will definitely require an ornate set. You'll work best with a softly teased style, just be sure it never looks stiff! If your hair is short, you may opt for a wave or perm to strive for a 1930's marcelled look, which is quite glamorous on you. An asymmetrical cut is possible if it includes cascading curls or waves.
Your makeup should be watercolor blended with no angles or heavy contouring, which is very severe on you. Colors range from the pastel to the right, but leave the smoky and neutral for someone else! They'll only look stark and hard on you. Even in a conservative daytime setting, they are not at all helpful in getting your message across. On the other hand, a bit of sparkle and gloss is more in keeping with your essence: subtle for day, but an ultra-glittering face in the evening expresses your inner sparkle to perfection! Even dab your hair with a little glitter-dust if your dare!
This is the best way to clearly express your stunning combination of arresting magnetism, feminine delicacy, crystal-clear logic, and bold creativitiy. You are both a ravishing beauty and a powerful leader. Please don't leave either part of yourself out of your appearance!
It is by always remember to softly-pedal your drive and authoritative spirit that you succeed in life most brilliantly. Your "steel hand" requires a velvet glove or it'll be just too hard for us to take, and you'll court rejection!
If you fail to make your Romantic charm the strong foundation in your appearance, you will come across as strident and irritating. Without your natural grace and delicacy, your powerful magnetism will instantly lose its pull.
On the other hand, if you don't take bold risks with your appearance, if you don't take bold risks with your appearance, if you don't opt for some creative flair and original, high-fashion sophistication, you run the risk of being dismissed as a dilettante, a courtesan, or simply a bored matron! Have a clear concept of each outfit, execute it with passion, and don't be afraid of getting some quite powerful attention.
Let us be drawn to you first by your extra-glittering charm and beauty, then impress us with your clarity, your knowledge, your talents, and your innovative ideas. Believe me, with this combination, your success is assured.
Examples of Theatrical Romantics:
Jaclyn Smith, Donna Mills, Vivien Leigh
THEATRICAL ROMANTIC PHYSICAL PROFILE
NOTE: The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Theatrical Romantic. It is the overall combination of extreme Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent 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 of a delicately radiant physicality that is combined with a powerfully magnetic essence.
Moderate to petite, usually 5 feet 5 inches and under.
Soft and voluptuous, although trim and smallish (as opposed to wide and bulky).
Hourglass figure; curvy bustline and hips with a waspish waist.
Soft or fleshy arms and legs.
Small and delicate.
Slightly sharp edges (shoulders, jawline, cheekbones, or nose).
Small hands and feet (in proportion to height).
Facial bones are small, delicate, and slightly sharp.
Soft and lush.
Large, luminous eyes (sometimes slightly upturned; sometimes slightly "bedroom").
Full, luscious lips.
Soft and luxurious to the touch.
May be very silky and wispy, or thick and wavy/curly.
Any coloring is possible (warm or cool, high-contrast or blended), but a Theatrical Romantic usually is quite vivid, with a delicate complexion that is luminous or translucent.
The figure will remain hourglass, with a defined waist. Upper arms, thighs, and face will become quite fleshy.
A THEATRCAL ROMANTIC WILL NOT:
*be extremely tall
*have large or wide bones
*have large hands and feet
*have extremely prominent facial bones or features
*have small, narrow eyes, and thin or straight lips
*have a boyishly straight figure devoid of a defined waist
THEATRICAL ROMANTIC CHECKLIST
Soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent.
Shapes should be rounded, intricate, and ornate. A slight sharpness at the edge or a tendency to the slightly oversized is good.
Avoid: Geometrics and symmetrical shapes. Chunky or bulky shapes. Sharp, severe shapes.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE
Silhouettes should be hourglass, emphasizing the curves and showcasing the waist. The waist should be sharply defined and the shoulders should be crisply padded. Tapering at the wrists, hemline, and knee areas.
Lines should be soft, draped, flowing, clingy, ornate, and intricate.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All over-sized or unconstructed silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines. All sharp lines. All wide or horizontal lines. All long vertical lines that hide the waist.
Fabric should be lightweight and drapable for soft fluidity (silks, jersey, challis, crepe, handkerchief linen, etc.). Soft textures, a plush pile (suede, velvet, shantung, etc.), sheer fabrics and shiny fabrics are all excellent. Fluffy knits (angora, boucle, etc.) are extremely effective.
Avoid: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Dull-finished fabrics.
Detail should be intricate, ornate, delicate, and quite lavish. An excess of detail and trim is important to help frame and focus the face. Bows, sheer lace, jabots, soft ruffles, and sparkly appliqué are excellent.
Necklines should be soft and draped or shirred and gathered. Shoulders should be padded but curved. Shoulder tucks, gathers, and bouffant shapes are perfect. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist; delicate and ornate buttons and trim are advisable.
Waistline should always be emphasized.
Gathers, shirring, and draping at the waist are necessary for softness and intricacy.
Avoid: Plain or minimal detail. Sharp or severe detail. Extremely oversized, bulky detail. Symmetrical, subdued detail. Crisp, "perky" detail.
Your 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 top and bottom.
Jackets should be short and nipped at the waist. Flouncy peplums that flair out or hang down in the back are best. Lapels can be very ornate, with scalloped edges, braiding, or bejeweled trim-or slightly pointed and peaked. Shawl lapels are also effective. Trim should always be ornate.
Avoid: Severely tailored jackets. Unconstructed, boxy jackets. Traditional blazer styles. Long jackets that hide the waist.
Skirts should be soft and shapely. Your version of a "straight" skirt is actually tulip-shaped, with some gathering at the waist and a narrow taper at the hem. This type of hemline should be short, no longer than just below the knee. The other type of skirt that you wear equally well is a softly flowing skirt with an uneven hem. This will be longer, at least mid calf. Skirts should have intricate detail, such as draping, shirring, gathers, or bias-cut pieces. Trumpets, sarongs, and circles are all good shapes.
Avoid: Severe or straight skirts. Traditional tailored styles (A-lines, pencil-slim styles, etc). Wide, shapeless styles. Long hemlines (except on uneven hems that drape or flow). Sharp pleats.
Pants should always be soft and draped, showcasing your curvy figure. Gathers, draping, or shirring at the waist, and a narrow or tapered ankle. Pants should be short (ending at the ankle).
Avoid: Straight, tailored styles. Sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Soft, silky and draped styles with draped or ornate detail and lavish, intricate trim.
Avoid: Stiffly tailored styles with sharp detail. Unconstructed, shapeless styles.
Plush, fluffy knits with soft necklines, ornate trim, and lavish patterns. Short, shaped styles that are fitted at the waist and wrists.
Avoid: Heavy, bulky knits. Skinny ribbed knits. Plain styles, such as cardigans, crew-necked Shetlands, etc. Shapeless, baggy styles.
Dresses should always be feminine and shapely. Defined shoulders, waist emphasis, and intricate detail (shirring, gathers, sparkles, appliqué, etc.). Soft and draped necklines; tapered wrists; and a tapered hemline if short, flared hemline if long. Lightweight fabrics with sheen or plush-ness and luscious colors complete the picture.
Avoid: Sharply tailored styles. Unconstructed styles. Long, "no waist" styles. Symmetrical, subdued styles.
Your use of color should be bright and lush, emphasizing a watercolor blend or bright/light motif. Some sharp contrast is exciting; however, you will always want some vivid color in your outfits. Pastels can also be quite elegant if you mix them with light accessories. Dark colors can be too stark for you unless you break them up with vivid accents, or use them in the evening in very glamorous fabrics with sheen or plushness (charmeuse, satin, lace or velvet).
Avoid: Head-to-toe "darks" (too stark). Head-to-toe "neutrals" (too tiring). Monochromatic schemes (too dull).
Prints should be vivid and luscious, with the emphasis on an abstract or watercolor blend. Swirls of color, intricate and ornate shapes, and wild florals are best. Rounded or feathered edges are lovely, as are vivid color combinations. Size should be moderate to large.
Avoid: Geometrics. Animated, "perky" styles. Small symmetrical styles. Stripes and plaids.
Should always be feminine, intricate, and ornate. Invest in high quality here, for these are crucial details in polishing your look and providing elegance and sophistication.
Delicate, feminine styles. Strappy pumps with open backs and toes. Ornate trim. Feminine flate.
Avoid: Basic pumps. Angular pumps. Chunky styles. Plain styles.
Small, rounded shapes. Ornate, intricate trim (gathers, tucks, beads, etc.). Lightweight, supple leather. Fabric bags. Delicate shoulder straps. Elegantly narrow briefcase or unusual material such as ostrich and suede.
Belts should be worn whenever possible to showcase the waist. Soft, supple belts, moderate to wide (crushy). Ornate and intricate buckles. Bejeweled and beaded styles.
Avoid: Stiff styles. Narrow, self-belts. Slim, subdued styles.
Rounded shapes, crisp brims. Picture frames. Small, chic cocktail hats with veils or ornate trim.
Avoid: Sharp, man-tailored hats. Floppy hats. Crisp caps or ethnic hats.
Should always be ultra-sheer. Lacy textures are excellent. A "light leg" with the stocking and shoe blending together several shades lighter than your hemline is elegant and sophisticated, and very effective when you are wearing your luscious bright colors or soft pastels. Darker hemlines will require a darker stocking, but keep it as translucent as possible. Silk stockings and a touch of sparkly trim can be stunning for evening fun.
Jewelry is your most important accessory. You simply can't wear too much of it (when it's the right kind), and you simply can't do without it! It provides elegance, glamour, and sophistication.
Shapes are intricate, ornate, rounded, swirling, baroque, and rococo.
Sparkly materials are essential (crystal, gems, glass, polished metal, etc.) even for daytime, although you can suggest, rather than pour it on here. In the evening, go for broke-and trail your jewels behind you!
Just remember to keep the combination of delicate/lavish working together-delicate in workmanship, lavish in effect!
Avoid: Geometrics. Sharp, severe, or avant-garde pieces. Chunky pieces. Rough, heavy, or ethnic pieces. Small, symmetrical pieces. A "no jewelry" look.
Fitted shapes with ornate trim and waist emphasis. Cleavage emphasis. Draped fabrics. Sparkly fabrics. Plush fabrics. Theatrical ensembles.
Form-fitting gowns with cleavage emphasis
Shirred and draped cocktail dresses
Fitted dinner suits with peplum jackets and ornate trim
Hair should be lavish and ornate, adding the extra special touch of stylization to your Image Identity. The shape should be rounded, soft, and as full as possible. Waves, perms, sets, teasing, and the like are all potential pluses for you. Just remember to keep the hair soft, never stiff. If your hair is long, it should be elaborate and voluminous in a very well-cared-for manner. If you hair is on the short side, it should look superstylized and coiffed. The cut will require some layering for curve.
Avoid: Severe styles. Geometric cuts. Blunt-edged cuts. Overly layered hair. Wash 'n wear styles.
If you want to color your hair, choose shades that are rich and vibrant. You are striving for a glamorous haircolor, which means intense; browns are rich, reds are fiery, blonds are bright, and black is jet! As you gray, you will probably want to cover it, although dramatic silver streaks can be quite theatrical if you are lucky enough to have inherited them!
Avoid: Overly pale colors (except platinum). Highlights that are meant to "soften" the color-"soft equals "tired" in this case! Salt and pepper hair, unless the base color is very dark and the streaks are silvery white.
Makeup provides the icing for your cake, and should be very polished, colorful, and watercolor soft. A touch of sparkle is always refined and sophisticated, even for daytime, and evening makeup can glitter away! Soft and bright colors should be artfully blended around the eyes while the cheeks should be rosy and the lips glossy.
Avoid: Overly dark shades and heavy contouring (too stark). Neutrals or smoky makeup (very tiring and aging). Minimal makeup (not a chance, you ornate jewel!).
YOUR THEATRICAL ROMANTIC FACE
Extreme, soft Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent.
The Shimmering Face: Bright and sparkly colors softly swirled together. Slight depth and accentuation of bone structure. Very Soft and glamorous effect.
Eyes: Lots of sparkle. Deep, smudged outer lid color with bright orbital bone and colorful highlighter. Dark, smudged eyeliner and lots of mascara.
Blush: Soft, sparkly, and slightly rounded.
Lips: Very full, very bright, very luscious, and very glossy.
Avoid: A matte or smoky face with no sparkle or color. Heavy contouring and sharp angles.
THEATRICAL ROMANTIC MAKEUP COLOR CHART
1. Bright Coral Pink
2. Clear Red (matte)
3. Bright Melon
1. Bright Coral Pink
2. Poppy Red
3. Vivid Apricot
Eyeshadow (Outer Lid/Orbital Bone/Highlighter):
1. Shimmery Teal/Turquoise/Frosty Peach
2. Shimmery Jade/Bright Green/Frosty Apricot
3. Shimmery Honey/Bright Copper/Frosty Yellow
1. Bright Pink
2. Rosy Red (matte)
1. Clear Bright Pink
2. Rosy Red
Eyeshadow (Outer Lid/Orbital Bone/Highlighter):
1. Shimmery Grape/Magenta/Frosty Lilac
2. Shimmery Navy/Fuchsia/Frosty Lavender
3. Shimmery Blue-Gray/Periwinkle/Frosty Pink
1. Bright Russet
2. Bright Tomato (matte)
3. Light Copper
1. Bright Rust
2. Bright Tomato
3. Vivid Peach
Eyeshadow (Outer Lid/Orbital Bone/Highlighter):
1. Royal Purple/Turquoise/Frosty Copper
2. Shimmery Olive/Bright Jade/Frosty Peach
3. Shimmery Chestnut/Bright Copper/Frosty Gold
3. Hot Pink
2. Soft Scarlet
3. Hot Pink
Eyeshadow (Outer Lid/Orbital Bone/Highlighter):
1. Navy/Hot Pink/Frosty Lavender
2. Royal Purple/Bright Violet/Frosty Lilac
3. Shimmery Charcoal/Bright Cobalt/Sparkly Pink
Lipsticks should be frosted unless noted otherwise. You can soften the effect of your reds by adding a topcoat of a lighter shade. Always add heavy gloss.
Eyeliner should always be in the same tone as the lid color, but several shades deeper.
All your eyeshadows should have iridescence. The hightlighter should be the most frosted of your shades, while the orbital bone should be the brightest and most visible shade on your eye. Lid color may be slightly smoky and smudged, used as a soft accent.
Kibbe's prime Theatrical Romantic celebrity- Vivien Leigh
Theatrical Romantic from Kibbe's book 'Metamorphosis'
Before & After:
When Joni first came to me, I was presented with a delicate, birdlike creature hidden under mounds of oversized and sharply angular clothes that gave her the appearance of a severe-looking matron. Yet I knew instantly that this was an illusion having nothing at all to do with the glamorous creature lurking right beneath the surface!
After analyzing Joni's small, sharp bone structure, her delicately curvy body, her rounded facial features, and her fragile facial bones (extreme Yin, with a slight Yang undercurrent), it was easy to see that an opposite approach was needed. Instead of her heavy, severe look, Joni needed to showcase her exquisitely elegant femininity, and allow her innate glamour to sparkle.
My prescription for Joni's metamorphosis: Emphasize her curves in a tapered hourglass silhouette with strategic crispness at the shoulders, waistline, wrists, and knees. An ornate neckline to frame her face, lavish but intricate jewelry, and a halo of soft curls add the final touches of Yin delicacy with a slight touch of Yang theatricality.
Finally, her makeup and haircolor both complete her super-glamorous total look and complement her warm, fiery coloring. Rich, yellow-based shades of sparkly cosmetics are softly blended with only the merest hint of contouring. A deep auburn haircolor adds the polish to Joni's transformation from stark and too-too trendy to femme fatale a la Rita Hayworth!
The most thrilling aspect of Joni's metamorphosis is that at last her sensitivity and warmth, which so completely characterize her inner spirit, are clearly on display for the entire world to appreciate and love!