The Soft Gamine Style (Kibbe Body Type)

During the 1980s, David Kibbe developed the Kibbe body type system. The system determines one’s dramatic body type based on their physical appearance and personality essence.

How to know if you’re NOT a soft gamine?

  • You have a tall stature.
  • Your body type is extremely thin, straight, and symmetrical
  • You have a wide or sharp bone structure
  • Interesting facial features
  • Large size of hands and feet

For clothing style, those with Soft Gamine are similar to pure Gamine because their body types have more Yin in the Yin and Yang features a combination.

When assigning a natural body. Their silhouettes of a person have a higher contrast or hints of sharpness of these elements.

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A person can fit into one of thirteen different Kibbe body types. The types fall into five families: classics, dramatics, romantics, naturals, and gamines.

In this article, we will be discussing the Kibbe soft gamine body type in detail. We will also cover gamine looks or the features that characterize the structure of this natural body type, clothes that suit the soft gamine style, and more. Read on for a complete overview!

A Brief Gamine Description

In French, “gamine” means kid. The fashion industry initially used the word to describe a style that was innocent, sweet, and childlike. Later on, Audrey Hepburn became the gamine poster child. The term now refers to women with a youthful, cute, and boyish appearance.

There are three kibbe gamine body types: pure, soft, and flamboyant. All three types refer to a mixture of yin and yang features. “Pure” refers to a balanced combination. “Soft” refers to a heavier emphasis on yin features, while “flamboyant” refers to a heavier focus on yang features.

This article will specifically focus on the soft gamine kibbe body. See below for defining features of this classic kibbe body type.

Kibbe Soft Gamine Facial Features

What is a soft gamine?

Soft gamines have a mixture of yin and yang features (with a heavier emphasis on yin features). The defining characteristics are soft, rounded shapes accented by angular edges, sharp lines, and sharp edges. The result is a cute, boyish appearance.

Below, I list some of the most common doll-like facial features people with this dramatic body type have.

Yin Features

  • Soft, delicate, and rounded cheeks
  • Large, round eyes
  • Small nose
  • Delicate bone structure

Yang Features

  • Thin, narrow, and angular lips
  • Square-ish and angular jawline
  • Sharp bone structure

Remember that while soft gamine look has a mixture of yin yang features, they usually have more yin features. A good example would be a woman with a more masculine square-ish jaw and more feminine large eyes, soft cheeks, full lips, and a small nose.

Other Soft Gamine Features

Facial features are some of the most distinguishable. However, soft gamines also have other defining characteristics.


Most people think that soft gamines need to be short (under 5’5″). These details can help contribute to a youthful, boyish appearance.

(source:–study-2018-09-25.jpg) However, one’s height doesn’t have the final say with a natural waist definition. You can be tall and fit into this category because of other features.


Soft gamines tend to have round, soft, and fleshy bodies. Their bodies are usually not straight nor rail-thin.

But, like with height, weight isn’t necessarily a defining detail. It’s more about the balance that we discuss below.

Arm/Leg Length

Typically, arms and legs will be short compared to the rest of the body. They should be fleshy and soft.

Head-to-Body Proportion

While arms and legs are short compared to the rest of the body, the head is usually large in comparison. This imbalance helps contribute to a youthful, doll-like facial shape appearance.

Bone Structure

The overall bone structure tends to be fragile and small yet somewhat broad and angular. The shoulders may be relatively square, the hands and feet are small yet wide, etc.

Soft Gamine Celebrities

So far, these descriptions should give you a good idea of this body type.

If you want to get a fuller picture, here are some examples of soft gamine celebrities who also have the aforementioned facial features, bone structure, and soft classic gamine looks:

  • Sarah Hyland
  • Mary-Kate Olsen
  • Ashely Olsen
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Coco Chanel
  • Emma Roberts
  • Amy Winehouse

These celebrities are just a few examples of soft gamine celebrities. I’m sure you can think of more; brainstorm celebrities with square jaws, fleshy cheeks, wide eyes, and other defining features.

Soft Gamine Fashion and Style

Think you fit the soft gamine description? Here are some of the best style tips for you. They will complement your flamboyant natural body type and boost your confidence.


Hair can be of any length. Just consider the celebrities I mentioned above; they rock just about every hairstyle you can imagine.

However, boyish hairstyles (like pixie cuts) seem to suit this body type best. The masculinity serves as a contrast to your other, softer features. It helps highlight your femininity, creating a lovely look.


As a soft gamine, it’s time to adopt a colorful wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to incorporate as many colors as you want. Bright colors and contrasting colors will accentuate your youthful appearance. Embracing fun prints and patterns will also give your wardrobe a slight sharpness.


How do you dress a soft gamine?

Bouffant dresses look extremely well on you.

It is advised to stay away from tight and form-fitting materials. Wearing clothes that hug your body well is a good idea, but still, along with this is being comfortable, especially in moving. Some gamine fashion options include cashmere, jersey, and angora.

Ball gowns with a lot of chiffon Cocktail dresses with flounces that aren’t too frilly (taffeta skirts, crinoline, etc.) Knit skirts for evening wear (flat knits with glitzy trim) Dresses that are more revealing Dinner suits with flounces that are tailored to the body (peplums, ornate jackets, etc.) Evening trousers with draping and glitzy tops or coats.


Accessories are an excellent way to tie your outfits together. You can make the most of them by choosing small, understated jewelry pieces.

For instance, bags should be tiny and round with thin shoulder straps. Hats should also be small and rounded with a conservative trim. When it comes to belts, choose ones that are narrow and delicate. Jewelry should feature plenty of curved shapes; necklaces with circles, ovals, or swirls are a great choice.

If you want to be bolder with your accessories, play with color! Use plenty of contrasting colors in your gamine style to add animation and a sense of playfulness.

The Key Takeaway

All of these recommendations serve to complement the structure of your body type. The masculine suggestions (short hair, androgynous clothing, etc.) will highlight your natural femininity.

Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions. This flexibility is what’s so great about the Kibbe body types. The recommendations help you work with what you’ve already got. It does not attempt to change your body; it enables you to embrace gamine type as it is.

If you are a soft gamine, consider implementing these suggestions into your fashion. It will help you look great and feel like a celebrity!

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