Buying A Swimsuit? Make Sure You Know Your Lines First
A swimsuit is one of the most intimate and revealing pieces we were publicly. So, picking the right swimsuit that shows off your body beautifully and accentuates all your best lines is important. It can be the difference between feeling bold and confident and wanting to ‘cover up’ and hide. This post will help you find the right swimsuit for your Kibbe body type.
Knowing your lines can help you buy better the first time so you don’t accumulate clothes and accessories that you don’t use. This post is a buying guide for swimsuits for each of the five main Kibbe body types, with respect to their lines and essence.
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The Dramatic Kibbe body type is characterized by long, lean lines, and sharp edges. This gives an elongated, masculine, and powerful appearance. Similarly, Dramatic clothing lines are long and sharp and fabrics are stiff, creating an altogether sleek, sculpted, and elongated look. The Dramatic essence is powerful.
When shopping for a swimsuit, Dramatics should look for sharp, long, lines, asymmetry and bold color contrast. This will work harmoniously with their naturally lithe structure and sharp bone structure.
The Natural body type is defined by soft yang and is the overall combination of a slightly broad and angular structure, with a defined musculature. Natural clothing lines are long but wide, and with blunt edges (not sharp). The Natural silhouette is relaxed, straight, and unconstructed. The fabrics are textured and heavy. The Natural essence is free, easy-going, and fresh.
When looking for a swimsuit, Naturals should look for bold but natural coloring and patterns, and some unique and artistic detailing that’s large and irregular. A sporty look is also always a good option for them because they are naturally athletic and strong.
The Kibbe Classic body type is defined by a perfect (blended) balance between yin and yang and the overall look created is tailored, smooth, and symmetrical with even edges- not a hair out of place. Classic clothing lines are soft, straight lines or smoothly curved lines. The fabrics are high-quality, timeless, and traditional. The Classic essence is timeless, reserved, sophisticated, and polished.
When looking for a swimsuit, Classics should look for clean lines, simple detailing, and classic silhouettes, colors and patterns. Remember that for this body type, less is more and too much detailing can quickly look busy.
The Romantic Kibbe body type is defined by lush yin and characterized by roundness and curves. The overall shape of their clothing should be round and soft and should emphasize their full hourglass figure. Fabrics are luxurious and details are feminine (ruffles, lace, rouching). The Romantic essence is magnetic, sensual, and luxurious.
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When looking for a swimsuit, Romantics should look for soft, rounded lines, gentle detailing like ruffles and a cinched-waist silhouette to accentuate their hourglass frame.
The Gamine body type is defined by an even yet seemingly random combination of yin and yang opposites. This creates an overall very youthful and energetic appearance. Gamine clothing lines are short and sharp and are always striving for a staccato effect. Silhouettes should be fitted and compact. Graphic elements and color usage that adds to their fun vibe are ideal. The Gamine essence is energetic, youthful, and mischievous.
In shopping for swimsuits, Gamines should look for a cropped or short silhouette. The fabric, colors, and patterns should be fun and bold. Trims should be contrasted and details should be fun. A high neckline is best.
This guide is to help sharpen your eye for what you need to look for when buying a swimsuit by asking some simple questions. Are you better suited to smooth or textured fabric? A one-piece or a bikini? Sharp contrast or gradual coloring? Trim or no trim? Neutral tones or colorful styles?
The answers to these questions are different for each of the Kibbe body types, and knowing them for yourself will help you buy better each time, and avoid the styles that don’t work for your lines and essence (i.e. the items you buy that sit at the back of your closet).
I hope this guide helps you to shop better. Let me know if it does.