The Most Important Thing in Body Line
Let’s call this The Most Important Thing (TMIT) in body line. There are two types of lines in this world–straight and curved. There is a continuum between the two where straight bends a little or a lot until it turns into a curve. After that, it’s a matter of smooth lines, broken lines, mixed lines, and so on.
After that, it’s a matter of how long, how wide–scale and proportion. Clothing should reflect the scale and proportion of the body lines and shapes. (Forget the face for now–we are primarily talking about the outside shape of garments.)
I want to point out something in the Kibbe types concerning line. First of all, there are lines that stand alone. Then there are lines that either curve or turn a corner and form a two-dimensional figure on a plane. Some people seem to register with us as primarily lines that take the eye up and down, or as lines that form a rectangle (2-dimensional) or square. Some appear to be sets of bubbles top and bottom, and some appear to be… well, let’s say that very loosely in terms of the body,
Kibbe’s types bear this out. Dramatics will be the straight line. SD’s will be the straight line with circles attached. N’s are 2-dimensional rectangles or squares, FN’s tend towards being rectilinear with sharp corners, SN’s are elongated curves, veering into near straightness sometimes, TR’s are curvilinear, Romantics are circular, and Gamines of all types correspond to the dot on the plane! They are single dots out of which circles, squares, and straight lines pop out as appendages. OKAY. I know it’s a stretch, but bear with me in the generalities.
Everyone falls GENERALLY into a continuum on the straight/curve, linear/2-dimensional. Or the “dot”! That’s not the end of the story…and the continuum isn’t divided up into neat little Kibbe-gories, but Kibbe’s categories fall roughly on the continuum. Where you fall in the continuum is more important than anything else. It is the starting point. Until you identify your outer line, you can’t go anywhere else.