Kibbe Dramatic: Hijabi Edition!

Dramatics are diametrically opposed to Romantics. They are characterized by angularity, sharpness, strong features, an evident skeleton, which, unlike Naturals, isn’t necessarily draped in abundant musculature. Dramatics have prominent features: high cheek bones, square jaws, a sharp nose, and an angular chin for the face, and pointy shoulders, long limbs, large or long hands, and little fleshiness. If Romantics look stereotypically female, or unapologetically sexy, Dramatics look more stereotypically robust and sharp, not muscular, necessarily, just very elongated and sharp. Think Keira Knightley, and Tilda Swinton. If you did your Kibbe test (which you can find on Aly Art’s youtube channel), you should have predominantly answers A. If you have mostly A, but a significant number of E answers, you’re a Soft Dramatic. If, however, you have an even mixture of A and E answers, with a healthy dosage of Bs or Ds, then you’re a Gamine, and your body type will be on my next blog post. For now, let’s concentrate on Dramatics. Like Romantics, there’s only one subdivision, because it is the extreme angular and can only get softer (whereas the Romantic is extremely soft and can only get more angular). Unlike Naturals, Classics, and Gamines, which all have two subcategories each, which can lean towards sharpness or softness. A Soft Dramatic has a lot of angularity, but it is draped in soft flesh (be it soft cheeks, luscious lips, or roundness around the chest or tummy area).

Dramatics are usually quite tall, but may be an average 5′ 5” (1.60 m) tall. Although they are usually long and lanky, they might just have comparatively long limbs, which aren’t wide, proportionally speaking. Unlike the blunt, squarish angles of the Naturals, Dramatics have remarkably acute angles, sharp, pointy joints (knees, shoulders, jaws), and long, narrow hands and feet. Facial bones are sharp and prominent, though not necessarily muscular, in fact they may even be considered delicate, because of their narrowness, despite being quite long in relation to the rest of the body. Lips are often thin and straight, though Soft Dramatics will often have very fleshy and plump lips (like Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren). Pure Dramatics ordinarily won’t have an hourglass figure either, though Soft Dramatics often do. Dramatics, whether pure or Soft aren’t normally petite, nor are they symmetrical. Very symmetrical people are usually Classics, which I covered in a previous post.

Dramatics are very similar to Gamines, if it weren’t for their height, long and lanky body lines, smaller eyes, and thinner lips. Soft Dramatics might be confused for Theatrical Romantics, if not for the robustness of their bones and more even proportions in the skeleton, which are only draped in soft flesh (whereas the Theatrical Romantic would have smaller, thinner, more delicate bone structure covered in soft flesh).

Dramatics tend to look like they’re in complete control of any and every situation, they look imposing and sometimes even intimidating. This can be a bit frustrating, especially for women whose character doesn’t really reflect this amount of confidence or aloofness. You shouldn’t expect yourself to betray the inner you, but knowing what image you project, and what lines most suit your body’s lines, can help you create the look you are most comfortable with, and that most reflects what you want people to see about you. If you need more clarification on this issue, head on over to Merriam Style’s YouTube channel, where she posts videos about how to exude the image you want within your lines.

It is key for you to respect the sharpness of your bone structure, so great tailoring, stiff fabrics, geometric designs, elongated and crisp silhouettes suit you perfectly. You might want to avoid anything too draped, ornate, or delicate-looking, as it’ll look too fussy on you and contrast sharply with your skeleton, emphasizing your angles even more. If you’re trying to look softer, then simply use long vertical draping, or sharp edged gowns in either stiff fabrics or angular designs. Moderate to heavy weight fabrics look best on you, without too much texture or sheen. If you like glamour, then go for sparkle, but go all the way, say with all around sequins, or head to toe metallic. Emphasize your shoulders. You might want to avoid sheer, delicately laced, or very fitting outfits, loose is always better on you. Avoid chunky fabrics and weaves, they require broader bones to sustain them. Respect the narrow length of your limbs, and replicate it in your garments with loose generosity.

Minimalist lines are your go-to staples. But you can easily go for bold geometrics too! Just keep in mind that you’re looking for loose, tailored, clean, vertical lines. Unlike Gamines, horizontal lines that break up your vertical line don’t suit you, so when choosing how to combine your outfits, try to keep them monochromatic and avoid color blocks. This is a trait you share with Theatrical Romantics. Soft Dramatics can afford a splash of color, in fact a bit of colorful drama will bring out your unique strengths, contrasting colors look glamorous, provided you don’t break your silhouette in half, so if you wear a jilbab in your favorite neutral, be sure to wear a hijab in contrasting color, preferably from the opposite side of the color wheel (just make sure it doesn’t clash with your Undertone).

You look fabulous in clean necklines, whether V, skinny turtlenecks, dress-shirt, or Mandarin style, you can’t go wrong, as long as they have clear geometric tailoring. Soft Dramatics might want to emphasize their T line (shoulders over the rest of the body), and they definitely can get away with waist emphasis.

Your jackets should be tailored, avoid shapeless Natural overcoats, as you’ll drown in them. Longer is better than shorter, so jilbabs, especially the crisp linen, cotton, and wool tailored styles that have been popping out lately are sewn with your silhouette in mind. You can even pull off double breasted and military-style closures, and you’re probably the only body type who can, so enjoy it!

Your skirts should be straight and long, so hijabi approved, no doubt! Pleats are good, as long as they stay put (perhaps stitched half way down your hips). A line or slightly flaring at the bottom is fine, just avoid full skirts and gathered waists, as well as overly draped and shirred shapes. Soft Dramatics can use a tiny bit of draping, but always emphasize vertical over horizontal lines.

Pants should be loose, tailored, even deep-pleated, and hemmed if you’d like. Just ensure to stay away from tight, tapered, baggy, and flowy fabrics and designs. Think 1930’s and 1940’s pant styles, as well as 1990’s sharp looks, they’re all meant for you!

Fortunately, waist emphasis isn’t a must for you, so hijab requirements are easily met with your body type! As long as you avoid chunky, unconstructed designs, and emphasize length over width, you should look fine in any dress. Medium weight fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk, and jersey look amazing on both D and SD). SDs can get away with more ornateness, more detail, provided they are substantial enough not to look frilly or frivolous on you. Remember you look like the boss, and whether you are or not, diverging from this reality will make you look less competent.

As far as accessories go, you want to look for geometric designs throughout: from your purses, to your shoes, belts, hats, and jewelry. Avoid rounded shapes with delicately ornate details. Clutches, envelopes, and briefcases and the like for bags. Straight heels and elegant shoes without fussy details. Bold, wide, stiff leather belts if you must use them, but avoiding them would be preferable altogether, if you must have them, opt for drop-waist and angular buckles. If you like modern, cutting-edge expressionist jewelry, a l’avant-guarde, then you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what will bring out the best in you. Flaunt large pieces, but don’t go chunky and bulky, leave that to the Naturals. You want clean lines, nothing too fussy.

If you wear hijab, triangular crisp silks are your God-sent, but you can also use sleek cotton and viscose, as long as you avoid draping it from shoulder to shoulder. If you must drape, let one end drape straight down from one shoulder. If you want your chest to be covered, a triangular hijab stile might be best suited, perhaps gathered with a nice geometric broche in the middle. Asymmetric draping would work too, if you want to style it up a bit and avoid straight down triangles. The idea is to emphasize vertical over horizontal.

For parties, and occasions in which you want to lay your head bare, opt for elaborate coiffes with bold shapes. It should look sophisticated and well done, but not stiff. Layered but not whispy. Dramatics look just right in sharp geometric cuts, but SDs need a bit more of a wave, to account for the fleshiness of their face and body and echo it.

I hope you found this illuminating, and that if you’re a D or a SD, you’ll try these suggestions. If you’re still not sure what you are, drop me a comment or an email, and I might be able to help you out. Should you need some inspiration, head on over to my Pinterest and check out my Kibbe folder, which has hundreds of pictures for each Kibbe type.