In discovering an “image identity” based upon the yin and yang of facial features and body type, Kibbe’s system falls short in a couple crucial aspects:
- He has no “type” for anyone who scores highest in “d” answers on his quiz (d is the delicate yin).
- He strongly advises against defining yourself as a combination of types.
Parenthetically, for those who do not have the book:
- A answers represent sharp yang and are associated with a dramatic personal style.
- B’s are strong yang; style is natural (as in “sporty” or “relaxed”).
- C’s are balanced and classic, of course.
- E is soft yin, romantic.
- A combination of A’s and E’s defines gamine.
Allow me to propose an alternative way of using Kibbe’s quiz:
- Watch the John Kitchener style essences intro video. Make a note of the essences with which you resonate.
- Taking your scores from the Kibbe quiz, apply them to the corresponding style essences and figure your percentage. Use “d” answers to identify the “youthful” (aka “ingenue”) category. (I did not include “ethereal” in this exercise.)
- The three Kitchener style essences that resonate with me are gamine, classic, and youthful. When I saw the picture of Meg Ryan, I was especially convinced about that last one: I am always getting told I look like Meg Ryan. 😉
- I am positive I have ZERO dramatic and romantic. Therefore, I added my a’s and my e’s together for my gamine score. (It also occurred to me that my body type, according to The Triumph of Individual Style, is “combination of opposites”, which is Kibbe’s definition of gamine.)
- I had no “b” answers on my quiz.
Undoubtedly, this is a crude method. My breakdown was:
50% ingenue + 25% classic + 25% gamine.
The percentages may need to be refined, but it is a starting place. If you do not have the book, well, don’t sweat it – how can it really work without a type for mostly d answers? Just choose your style essences from Kitchener’s and start working with them. Have fun!