A Gamine needs small, sharp geometrics, Precision fitted and crisply tailored.
Lots of straight, sharp, short narrow tapered hemlines. A slightly flared skirt is fine if kept very straight through the hips and thighs. Short cropped, very fitted jackets with sharp edges and extreme tailoring and construction.
Lots of detail. Sharp, angular necklines, small v's. Small crisp ties (ribbon, leather, etc.) Small, tailored lapels or crisp lapelless with piping. Sharp and narrow waist definition.
Prints sharp and animated. Small geometrics and angular asymmetrics are excellent. Most of the prints should be very contemporary in feeling ("Piccaso-ish) although humorous styles that are outlined and caricatured can be quite stunning.
Jewelry: Small and sharp and in geometric, asymmetrical, or irregular shapes. Brightly colored enamel, stone, or glass. Very contemporary avant garde pieces are excellent, as are trendy pieces that accentuate wit.
Evening Wear: Sleek, slinky shapes with geometric outlines and crisp trim. Tailored edges. Beading. Hard metallics. Angular necklines with lots of crisp and colorful trimmings (collars, cuffs, jackets, etc.) Asymmetrical hemlines.
Use of color should be bold and sassy. Bright and shockingly colored accessories, played against a dark or light background. No monochromatic color schemes.
Dresses: Very tailored, slim dresses with sharp edges and lots of small crisp detail. Dropped waist and chemise-style are good if kept very skinny. Short cropped jackets, vests, and boleros work well with dresses for you. Asymmetrical hemlines are fun, especially for evening, and anything reminiscent of the 1920s is an absolute knockout on you. Narrow, clingy knit dress are excellent.
Avoid: Flouncy styles. Ornate styles (with shirring or draping)
Crisp fabric to hold a defined shape and be tailored easily. Flat surface or light texture is best. Finely woven knits, especially when ribbed and skinny.
Blouses: Very tailored with sharp edges and crisp detail (collars, cuffs, pleats, etc.) Smooth, stiff fabrics (crisp cottons, oriental silks, etc.)
Gamine Physical Profile
NOTE: The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Gamine. It is the overall combination of a combination of opposites on the Yin/Yang scale (sharply delicate physicality along with a fresh and spicy essence) 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.
5 feet 5 inches and under.
Narrow - sometimes described as delicate.
Square or tapered shoulders (tend to narrowness, as opposed to broad).
Delicately sharp facial contours (nose, jaw, cheekbones).
Hands and feet are moderate to small, and tend to narrowness.
Arms and legs tend to be long.
Lithe and lean, tends toward sinewy musculature.
Tends toward flatness in bust and hips (unless overweight).
May be very leggy (coltish).
Possibility of being slightly short-waisted.
Moderate to thin lips (narrow or straight, as opposed to full).
Taut cheeks and flesh.
Any type is possible but frequently hair is fine and silky.
Any coloring is possible (warm or cool), but Gamines are usually distinct or vivid in coloration. Moderate-to-high-contrast coloring is often the case).
Excess weight tends to show up in the hip and waist areas:rarely does it appear above the waist. If a Gamine is extremely overweight, the body tends to square or stocky appearance, as opposed to curves.
A Gamine will not:
Be over 5 feet 5 inches (and is usually even more petite).
Have extremely large bone structure.
Have prominent or exotic features (except for enormous eyes).
Have large hands and feet.
Have an hourglass figure, with a waspish waist and full bust and hips.
Be symmetrical in body type or facial features.
Leslie Caron (*Kibbe's Prime Gamine Celebrity)