I. Bone Structure
The first section covers your body's bone structure. This is not to be confused with the flesh on your bones. Regardless of whether you are heavy or thin, your bone structure is not subject to fluctuations in weight.
This is the most important section and will almost always determine your Kibbe body type. This is because your bone structure dictates how clothes hang on your body.
1. How long is your vertical line?
Your vertical line is your height but in relation to your horizontal proportions. In other words, it's not how tall you are, but how tall you look.
Two people can measure the same height in inches, but one can appear taller than the other. (Mind, this is not when they stand next to each other, but when looked at individually). If you have a long vertical line, you will appear taller than you actually are. And if you have a short vertical line, you will appear shorter than you actually are.
You can see this at play below. Look at the two images individually. Angelina Jolie, on the left, looks like she is pretty tall. If we were to guess her height, we would probably say she is taller than average. But when we look at Katy Perry, we would probably guess that she is average or shorter than average. In reality though, both ladies measure almost the exact same height in inches. But Angelina looks taller and Katy appears shorter.
So where does the difference come from? Angelina has a long vertical line, and Katy has a short vertical line. If you have a small head compared to the rest of your body, you will appear taller. This is even more true if you have wide shoulders. It's an optical effect: a small head stretches your appearance.
Vice versa, if you have a large head compared to the rest of your body and/or you have very narrow shoulders, you will appear shorter than you really are. In this case, the body is visually compressed from the top down.
How to answer this question:
Camera angles can distort vertical lines. You can make someone appear taller by taking a picture of them from a low angle pointing the camera upwards. And vice versa, by pointing your camera downwards and taking a picture from a high angle, you can make someone look shorter.
The same principle applies when someone else looks at you. Depending on their height, they will either look up at you from a low angle or look down on you from a high angle.
This is why it's important to take a picture of your body. Do not look at yourself in the mirror to guess your vertical line. You won't be looking from the right angle and neither will anyone else. So don't go and ask someone to guess your vertical line.
The best way to determine your vertical line is by taking a picture of yourself at chest-level. And then check if your head looks small or big in relation to the rest of your body.
My vertical line can best be described as:
B) Moderately long
2. What is the shape of your shoulders?
Be aware of your posture when answering this question.
My shoulders can best be described as:
A) Narrow, sharp
B) Broad, blunt
D) Sloped, tapered
E) Sloped, rounded
C) Symmetrical, even
3. How long are your arms and legs and what shape are they?
Again, this question is not actually about how many inches your extremities measure, but how they appear in relation to the rest of your body. You might be petite, but your arms may be long in comparison to your torso. Or you might be very tall, but your legs are short for your torso.
How to answer this question:
When you are taking a chest-level picture of yourself, put your arms to the sides of your body. Then see how far down your thigh your fingertips end.
Make sure to relax your arms while doing this as stretching them out will make them appear longer than they are.