PARTY QUEEN / Mar 10, 2023


When choosing your prom dress, you want to find one that captures your complete essence—not just your body type but also your personality, right? There are so many prom outfits ideas, though. How do you narrow them down?

Cue: the kibbe body type system. The kibbe body type system is a style theory that considers both your physical characteristics and your personal essence. To find out your kibbe body type, you’ll need to answer a few questions.

Your results are based on your balance of yin and yang (feminine and masculine energy). You’ll see that there are 13 body types categorized under five main families—all of which fall between the yin and yang axes.

Once you know your kibbe body type, we can help you find a prom dress that’s tailored to both your body and soul!

💓 Five Prom Outfits Ideas for the Five Style Families 🧸

Know your kibbe body type? Explore these prom outfits ideas for the main style families—Dramatic, Natural, Classic, Gamine, and Romantic—to narrow down your options and find the perfect dress.

1. Dramatic

The Dramatic body type is defined by intense yang: long and lean lines, angular bone structure, and powerful energy. Our Dramatic prom outfits ideas are all about accentuating your sharp features and fierce personality.

First, we recommend looking for prom dresses with simple, straight silhouettes made of thick and heavy fabrics. Why? These fabrics are stiff and will hold their shape well—creating those angles we want to see.

If you can find a dress with angular or geometric features, that’s even better. (This dress’ structured cut-away sleeves are to die for!)

When it comes to colors and patterns, our tip is to go with a dark, monochromatic look. The Dramatic body type (hence, the name) is all about embracing your strong energy.

royal blue cut away shoulder prom dress

Get the look: style GL2982 | Illusion V-Neck Cut-Away Shoulder Long Dress w/ Beaded Waist Band

2. Natural

The Natural body type is defined by soft yang: long but broader lines, slightly angular bone structure, and a fresh, open spirit. Our Natural prom outfits ideas are all about highlighting your easygoing personality through relaxed lines and movement.

According to the kibbe system, your prom dress should be softly tailored to create a relatively narrow and slim shape—but in a loose and carefree way. Think: long and drapey fabrics.

With that said, Natural body types are encouraged to bring texture and asymmetrical elements to create an unconstructed vibe. For prom outfits ideas, that could mean textured fabric (like applique), asymmetrical sleeves, or a slit in the skirt.

yellow mesh corset prom dress

Get the look: style GL3034 | 3-D Flower Applique Glitter Mesh A-line Dress w/ Embroidery and Sequin

3. Classic

The Classic body type is defined by a blend of yin and yang: symmetrical features and a cool, reserved essence. Our Classic prom outfits ideas focus on accentuating your symmetry and creating smooth, elegant lines.

In other words, less is more. A clean, unbroken silhouette with a slightly cinched waist will create an effortlessly chic look for you. Avoid too much angularity or roundness. And opt for pastels over bright colors.

A mauve chiffon A-line dress is perfect for a Classic body type. Some gold embellishments and accessories are just the thing to complete your look.

mauve chiffon prom dress

Get the look: style GL2311 | V-Neck Embroidered Chiffon Long Dress

4. Gamine

The Gamine body type is defined by a combination of yin and yang opposites: straight but shorter lines, a mix of angular and round features, and a whole lot of spicy energy! Our Gamine prom outfits ideas center on this duality and aim to bring out your unique qualities and personality.

Mermaid silhouettes are a great starting point. Look for prom dresses that hug your curves and angles—especially that waistline of yours!

According to the kibbe system, patterns should be small and sharp, and fabrics should be colorful and animated, to call attention to your sassy energy. This prom dress is made of iridescent sequins—a flashy prom outfit idea for all the Gamines out there!

iridescent cut-out back prom dress

Get the look: style GL3026 | Full Iridescent Sequin Cut-Out Back Prom Dress w/ Detachable Mesh Layer

5. Romantic

The Romantic body type is defined by lush yin: soft and round lines and magnetic, feminine energy. Our Romantic prom outfits ideas focus on accentuating your natural hourglass shape in an understated way.

Romantic prom dress silhouettes should be fitted but flowy to showcase the curves of your body. Lightweight and sheer fabrics with gentle draping are a must! And you’ll get bonus points for other circular and flowing shapes, like bows and ruffles.

Puff sleeves are totally in style right now, so if you’re a Romantic body type, we recommend trying on a prom dress with sheer puff sleeves. A curved, sweetheart neckline would also fit the vibe perfectly.

rose gold mesh prom dress

Get the look: style GL3015 | 3-D Flower Embellished Glitter Netting A-line Dress w/ Detached Long Sleeves

Want More Prom Outfits Ideas? Right This Way!

Now that you’ve got some prom outfits ideas based on your kibbe body type, take a look at these blogs for more prom dress inspiration!

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