What if the system is a lot more literal than we realize?

  1. I agree but I feel like this will get a lot of backlash. The idea that an hourglass used to be hips and bust not hips and shoulders. I've been absolutely attacked for saying that like I made it up out of thin air. Was told recently that in order to be hourglass your hips have to be 2" bigger than bust. I'm not an hourglass but my mom was considered one back in the 70s. Her measurements were 36-25-36. Now she would be considered an inverted triangle which my brain can't even comprehend.

  2. i find that confusing too but then i remember that i have a friend who is literally 5'3, and has such long limbs for her height, that she appears elongated even in person. I think that because those exceptions exist, it's not set in stone. Because I rarely (almost never) have seen someone 5'8 and more looking smaller than their height. Even when they are curvy, which might give a more 'compact' effect.

  3. i mean. Maybe. I think what is hard is seeing these concepts through a lot of "noise", like, weight, and style choices, and even how we perceive that person's personality... Seeing "longness" is kind of a deceptive thing, i mean, Selena Gomez (TR) can kind of

  4. When it comes to longness, since Kibbe is supposed to be about real life scale and not pictures I think this would be a lot clearer in real life. I mean, a short person with long legs is pretty objectively and literally “length” even if a picture captures the fact that they are short.

  5. I'm not sure if petite should mean real life scale considering that even the shortest of people can potentially be any of the IDs associated with vertical. What does it mean if a person is short, even very short, but yet the lines and proportions point towards Soft Dramatic ala Mae West (5'0) or balance like soft classic Veronica Lake (4'11). The real life scale of these women would be undeniably small, yet because of their verticality, they certainly appear taller in pictures which greatly contributes to their typical audience having a different perception of them.

  6. I think you’re really onto something. For a lot of people, Kibbe seems simple when you first hear about it as a body typing system, then it seems complicated when you can’t figure out your Image ID, but once you start to correctly identify traits of certain IDs in the wild, I do think it starts to seem… maybe not simple, but accessible? You didn’t mention this, but even knowing yin is literal rounded shapes, edges, small features, etc. and yang is literal straight or diagonal lines, geometric, larger features, etc… I find that accommodations are harder to spot when I’m not familiar with someone or haven’t seen them in a variety of HTTs, but identifying yin and yang traits is soo much easier now that I’ve got that basic concept down.

  7. I also came to that conclusion. Despite my shortness and small waist, I'm a literal V. Broadest shoulders ever and no curve that ever disrupts clothing. So let's go for FN lol

  8. huh, I guess it's because I grew up before instagram but I always knew double curve meant the top of 8 was boobs and not shoulders. I bet most of this confusion is just in the jargin. we for sure do not talk the same way we did in the 80's lol.

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