Have you ever felt at a loss of inspiration when it comes to changing up your personal style? David Kibbe wrote a book titled Metamorphosis: Discover Your Image Identity and Dazzle as Only YOU Can that a lot of women have looked to for inspiration. In this book, Kibbe offers style tips based on women’s personality traits and physical characteristics. He details 13 different body types that he breaks down into 5 families.
Kibbe’s book was revolutionary. It strayed from the limitations of passing fashion trends and standards of balance and symmetry. He encouraged women to embrace their natural body type and work to achieve harmony through their appearances.
At the novel’s time of publication more than three decades ago, it was very well-received. It even still has relevance today.
However, not every woman can find her inspiration in these Kibbe body types. With several billion women on this planet, it’s impossible to narrow down body types into just 13 categories.
That’s where something called ethereal typology comes into play. Below, you can learn more about this concept and how you can use it to find your unique ethereal style.
What Is An Ethereal Look?
Ethereal typology is something that was designed by a professional stylist named Olga Brylińska. She created it to help clients that couldn’t find their perfect body type through Kibbe’s ideas. Ethereal typology uses both your physical appearance and your aura to help you showcase your unique personal style to the world.
Those who adapt ethereal typology into their everyday lives must consider it alongside Kibbe’s body types.
You can think of your Kibbe body type as the foundation of your style. Your ethereal pieces modify your hair, makeup, trims, necklines, accessories, and jewelry.
What Are the Different Types of Ethereal Looks?
There are 18 different types of ethereal looks. Check out how to look ethereal as we explore each of these different looks:
Alabaster is focused on refined details. Opt for sleek hairstyles, silver jewelry, and shades of white and light pink.
Fairytale allows for some creativity. You can incorporate elements of Victorian and Edwardian fashion like furs, frills, and ruffles.
The wild ethereal incorporates elements of ethnic and boho styles. Opt for loose hairstyles and plenty of ethereal natural fabrics like leather.
Energetic abides by the color palettes bright spring and bright winter. High ponytails are the go-to, and you can rely on geometrical patterns for your clothes for this look.
French is probably the most elegant of Olga’s looks. To pull this one off, you should rock your natural locks with no obvious styling and high contrast makeup.
Embody your movie star’s most iconic looks with the star ethereal. Ideally, you should wear thin fabrics like chiffon and velvet. Steer clear of floral patterns, as they don’t fall into this look.
As the name implies, you shouldn’t hold back the sequins, beads, glitter, and metallic threads. High-contrast face makeup is also a great way to show off your sparkly ethereal, as you can have subtle tones paired with vibrant colors.
Crimson calls for gothic jewelry, corsets, lacing, and shoes with sharp points. Don’t be afraid to show some skin with a V-neck, bare-back shirt, or alluring slits.
The royal ethereal is actually divided into two categories: king and queen. For the king look, you can’t go wrong with bold statement rings, leopard prints, and heavy shoes. For the queen look, opt for bold necklaces and bracelets and heavy lace fabrics.
Crystal is a very feminine and minimalistic look. You should steer clear of bold jewelry and hairstyles based on short hair. Flared cuts, lightweight fabrics, and scooped necklines are a few elements you can’t go wrong with.
Gray is the moon’s best friend. You can play with any shade of gray from a cloud shade to deep graphite. In terms of fabrics, your best bet is going to be knitwear with small furry additions.
Mahogany contains exotic and elegant elements. To represent this unique combination, you should don thick fabrics and pair them with accessories like turbans, furs, and shoes with thick soles.
To embody the flirtatiousness of rose ethereal, opt for any shade of pink you like. Black works as a great secondary color in this ethereal look.
Gold and white are the two dominating colors of the sun look. Keep your hair sleek and simple and incorporate sharp edges into your outfits whenever possible.
Slavic has a heavy folk aesthetic. Floral motifs, embroidery, and traditional folk ornaments all work great for your Slavic wardrobe.
Distant and dreamy vibes are what make up the mermaid ethereal. Steer clear of high contrast makeup, as monochromatic colors with medium colors work best.
Those with harmonious and delicate facial features often take on the Luminous ethereal. Keep your makeup as subtle as possible to smooth over blemishes. If you want, you can accentuate your eyes and lips.
To embody wind’s rebellious and youthful aesthetic, you need to tone down your colors and opt for metal jewelry adorned with rough gems.
Do I Have More Than One Ethereal Look?
Most women possess at least two types of ethereals, and oftentimes more than that. There are no unusual combinations of ethereal looks. Some women have seemingly opposite ethereals like royal and wild that complement each other graciously.
Your two primary ethereals will be your most dominant ones. Any others lower on your hierarchy can influence very specific factors of your style, like the color of your outfits or accessory choice.
To get the most out of ethereal typology, you should consider your ethereal looks alongside your Kibbe body type. The combination of these two typologies will help you most accurately express your true style.
Start Embracing Your True Style!
The styles behind each ethereal look will reflect your personality traits. For example, crimson’s dark color palette reflects a sexy and dangerous archetype. On the other hand, sparkly ethereal’s commitment to gems indicates a vibrant personality.
When paired with your Kibbe body type, your ethereals will help you embrace your true style and be confident anywhere you need to go!