Why is shopping so hard now that I know my Kibbegory?

You might feel that knowing your Kibbegory makes shopping harder / more complicated etc. But is it really?

Shopping now generally takes more time, because finding pieces working for myself can be difficult. That much is true. But there is a simple reason for that. Most models are Flamboyant Naturals, Dramatics, Naturals or Soft Dramatics. Designers have gotten used to creating shapes and lines in fashion, which are specifically flattering for these types. If you are not one of these types, finding fashion choices flattering for you is slightly harder, but you are also rewarded with a better fit, look and feel if you invest the extra time.

Now that you know your type, you can easily walk by the majority of clothes and don’t even have to try them on. In fact, since I’ve discovered my Kibbegory I almost shop exclusively online. Browsing the web is much faster than browsing in stores.

Kibbe might make it harder for you, but it also depends on your style. You can decide to be a TR who only wears purple items with a witchy aura. But the more unique your style is the longer it will take you to find pieces.

Your wardrobe might seem sparse at first, however shopping according to Kibbe, all of the items you own will be ones you love and will like to wear.

For example, take this jacket available at H&M:


I instantly fell in love with it when I saw. In fact, it has several characteristics perfectly fitting for a TR. It’ short, it’s made of bouclé and it’s bejeweled, but is it wearable for me? No. There is no waist definition and the overall shape is too boxy. Even though I like it, if I bought it, I probably wouldn’t be wearing it very often, as it’d be unflattering on me. And I don’t see an easy way to make the necessary adjustments to the shape.

Overall shopping might take more time and sometimes I’m sad that I “can’t buy” certain items, but shopping to my style is so much more rewarding.

Fashion, Makeup

What I bought – April 2018

As I am still building my wardrobe and have to remove a lot of stuff, that is not compatible with my new found Kibbegory, I thought it might be interesting for you to see how I am building my wardrobe.

6 rings by H&M Up until now I rarely wore jewelry, because I always feared to look too overdressed, but as a Theatrical Romantic I need to make sure, I am dripping in diamonds. I feel like these rings will give me a good work base. They sparkle and have a lot of detail.

Paperbag-Pants I love pants like these. I already owned a few, before I started dressing for my type. I love the waist definition these give and that they taper at the ankle. I still have to roll them up, because H&M doesn’t provide petite sizes.

Long Earrings What’s good about these earrings is that they sparkle, they are delicate but at the same time slightly oversized. The rectangular crystal at the top is less than ideal and the color is not perfect for my pallet, but overall I like them.


Theatrical Romantic Makeup

What Kibbe says:

  • Minimal contour
  • Blush is sparkly and slightly rounded
  • Eyes need sparkle or glitter
  • A colorful highlight, bright orbital bone, deep smudged outer lid color
  • Keep away from neutral / smokey colors
  • Eyeliner is smudged, mascara is heavy
  • Lips are glossy and bright

My (slightly modernized) findings as a TR:

Dewy, light to medium coverage foundations are best, use powder sparingly.

TRs can get away with non-smudged liner on the upper lid, but especially when you do that,  you have to keep the lower lid completely soft, e.g. no liner at all.

Glitter is more important than color = Lightly pigmented (cheap) glittery eyeshadow is an option for you. Especially if you’re natural coloring doesn’t call for vivid color.

Don’t go too heavy on your brows. Define them, but match them to your hair color. Never use considerably darker colors.

Light contour is good, but not needed. Keep it to two areas, eg. nose, and cheekbones. Never do heavy contouring, it’ll make your face look too yang and clash with your body. However, there is nothing keeping you from using a lot of highlighter. Think strobing.


Exploring Kibbe – Yin vs. Yang

When you start working with the Kibbe system you might be wondering why there are two types of yang (Dramatic and Natural) and only one type of yin. Actually, that isn’t the case. Just like there is sharp and blunt yang, there also is sharp and blunt yin. Blunt yin is the typical Romantic yin. You’ll notice Kibbe defines this yin as softly wide and rounded. But where is the sharp yin? It’s slightly hidden because it is strictly a Theatrical Romantic thing. TRs are not their own group, but imo they should be.

This would give a more balanced scale where Dramatic and Natural are on the yang side, while Romantic and Theatrical Romantic are on the yin side with classic and gamine resting between them.

However, there is a good reason why TR is not a base type. Sharp yin is never an undercurrent like D, N and R are. All soft types get added blunt yin. So TR is kinda special being the only sharp yin type. Don’t get me wrong the Soft Dramatic has sharpness and a yin undercurrent, but that sharpness comes from their Dramatic base and not their Romantic undercurrent.

In my opinion, the groups are linked to the quiz answers as follows:

A = sharp yang (Dramatic)

B = blunt yang (Natural)

C = balanced (Classic)

D = sharp yin (Theatrical)

E = blunt yin (Romantic)

Lots of d) answers are a pretty strong hint that you are a TR. However, depending on your other answers you could also be a different kind of soft. Soft gamine or soft classic are quite likely.

I hope this helps you come a bit closer to finding your Kibbegory.


Soft Dramatic Makeup

Eyes: Keep a strong, defined shape by using a dark lid color. Add a glamorous touch by using a bright orbital bone shade and a sparkly highlighter. Use a dark, distinct eyeliner and lots of mascara.

Blush: Keep a strong cheekbone by using bold color, but blend in a rounded shape.

Lips: Keep vivid, full and glossy.