Sew Your Kibbe: Theatrical Romantic

For an introduction to the Sew Your Kibbe Series, please see this post.  The posts in this series are intended to be a well researched and thorough investigation of the Kibbe style recommendations, along with several example patterns for each “level of dress.”  The posts in this series will be picture heavy and quite lengthy.  As always, you may want some tea.

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Introduction

After last week’s post about Kibbe’s Soft Dramatic, I thought the next logical step would be the Theatrical Romantic.  I feel that these two style ID’s are often confusing for people. as they are both made of a combination of Dramatic and Romantic elements, though not in the same way that a Gamine is.  As we saw last week, a Soft Dramatic is a Dramatic with softness on top of an angular bone structure, whereas Kibbe’s Theatrical Romantic is much more delicate and rounded, like a Romantic, but with some angularity to the features.  Although some pattern picks will work well for both types, there are a lot of Soft Dramatic looks that would overwhelm a Theatrical Romantic, and a lot of Theatrical Romantic looks that would be too delicately intricate for a Soft Dramatic.  Kibbe’s Theatrical Romantic is described as “Femme Fatal Chic.”  You can read more about Kibbe’s Theatrical Romantic here.

Body Type Characteristics

The following are Kibbe’s descriptions of a Theatrical Romantic Body Type:

THEATRICAL ROMANTIC PHYSICAL PROFILE

NOTE:  The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Theatrical Romantic. It is the overall combination of extreme Yin with a slight Yang undercurrent that creates this Image Identity category. Therefore, slight deviation here or there is always possible and should not be worried over if it does not upset your Yin/Yang balance of a delicately radiant physicality that is combined with a powerfully magnetic essence.
HEIGHT: Moderate to petite, usually 5 feet 5 inches and under.
BODY TYPE: Soft and voluptuous, although trim and smallish (as opposed to wide and bulky). Hourglass figure; curvy bust-line and hips with a waspish waist. Soft or fleshy arms and legs.
BONE STRUCTURE: Small and delicate. Slightly sharp edges (shoulders, jawline, cheekbones, or nose). Small hands and feet (in proportion to height). Facial bones are small, delicate, and slightly sharp.
FACIAL FEATURES: Soft and lush. Large, luminous eyes (sometimes slightly upturned; sometimes slightly “bedroom”). Full, luscious lips. Soft cheeks.
HAIR: Soft and luxurious to the touch. May be very silky and wispy, or thick and wavy/curly.
COLORING: Any coloring is possible (warm or cool, high-contrast or blended), but a Theatrical Romantic usually is quite vivid, with a delicate complexion that is luminous or translucent.
IF OVERWEIGHT: The figure will remain hourglass, with a defined waist. Upper arms, thighs, and face will become quite fleshy.
A THEATRICAL ROMANTIC WILL NOT:

  • be extremely tall
  • have large or wide bones
  • have large hands and feet
  • have extremely prominent facial bones or features
  • have small, narrow eyes, and thin or straight lips
  • have a boyishly straight figure devoid of a defined waist

Recommendations:

The following are Kibbe’s recommendations regarding the clothing and style choices that best suit his Theatrical Romantic image ID.  The following recommendations will be taken into consideration for each garment type listed below:

  • SHAPE: Shapes should be rounded, intricate, and ornate. A slight sharpness at the edge or a tendency to the slightly oversized is good.
  • Avoid: Geometrics and symmetrical shapes. Chunky or bulky shapes. Sharp, severe shapes.
  • LINE AND SILHOUETTE: Silhouettes should be hourglass, emphasizing the curves and showcasing the waist. The waist should be sharply defined and the shoulders should be crisply padded. Tapering at the wrists, hemline, and knee areas.
    Lines should be soft, draped, flowing, clingy, ornate, and intricate.
  • Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All over-sized or unconstructed silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines. All sharp lines. All wide or horizontal lines. All long vertical lines that hide the waist.
  • FABRIC: Fabric should be lightweight and drapable for soft fluidity (silks, jersey, challis, crepe, handkerchief linen, etc.). Soft textures, a plush pile (suede, velvet, shantung, etc.), sheer fabrics and shiny fabrics are all excellent. Fluffy knits (angora, boucle, etc.) are extremely effective.
  • Avoid: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Dull-finished fabrics.
  • DETAIL: Detail should be intricate, ornate, delicate, and quite lavish. An excess of detail and trim is important to help frame and focus the face. Bows, sheer lace, jabots, soft ruffles, and sparkly appliqué are excellent. Necklines should be soft and draped or shirred and gathered. Shoulders should be padded but curved. Shoulder tucks, gathers, and bouffant shapes are perfect. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist; delicate and ornate buttons and trim are advisable. Waistline should always be emphasized. Gathers, shirring, and draping at the waist are necessary for softness and intricacy.
  • Avoid: Plain or minimal detail. Sharp or severe detail. Extremely oversized, bulky detail. Symmetrical, subdued detail. Crisp, “perky” detail.
  • SEPARATES: Your separates should always include an artful blending of plush textures, draped fabrics, and luxurious colors so you never disrupt the soft fluidity of line.
  • Always avoid any kind of harsh contrast between top and bottom.
  • COLOR: Your use of color should be bright and lush, emphasizing a watercolor blend or bright/light motif. Some sharp contrast is exciting; however, you will always want some vivid color in your outfits. Pastels can also be quite elegant if you mix them with light accessories. Dark colors can be too stark for you unless you break them up with vivid accents, or use them in the evening in very glamorous fabrics with sheen or plushness (charmeuse, satin, lace or velvet).
  • Avoid: Head-to-toe “darks” (too stark). Head-to-toe “neutrals” (too tiring). Monochromatic schemes (too dull).
  • PRINTS: Prints should be vivid and luscious, with the emphasis on an abstract or watercolor blend. Swirls of color, intricate and ornate shapes, and wild florals are best. Rounded or feathered edges are lovely, as are vivid color combinations. Size should be moderate to large.
  • Avoid: Geometrics. Animated, “perky” styles. Small symmetrical styles. Stripes and plaids.
  • ACCESSORIES: Should always be feminine, intricate, and ornate. Invest in high quality here, for these are crucial details in polishing your look and providing elegance and sophistication.
    • Shoes: Delicate, feminine styles. Strappy pumps with open backs and toes. Ornate trim. Feminine flats.
    • Avoid: Basic pumps. Angular pumps. Chunky styles. Plain styles.
    • Bags: Small, rounded shapes. Ornate, intricate trim (gathers, tucks, beads, etc.). Lightweight, supple leather. Fabric bags. Delicate shoulder straps. Elegantly narrow briefcase or unusual material such as ostrich and suede.
    • Belts: Belts should be worn whenever possible to showcase the waist. Soft, supple belts, moderate to wide (crushy). Ornate and intricate buckles. Bejeweled and beaded styles.
    • Avoid: Stiff styles. Narrow, self-belts. Slim, subdued styles.
    • Hats: Rounded shapes, crisp brims. Picture frames. Small, chic cocktail hats with veils or ornate trim.
    • Avoid: Sharp, man-tailored hats. Floppy hats. Crisp caps or ethnic hats.
    • Hosiery: Should always be ultra-sheer. Lacy textures are excellent. A “light leg” with the stocking and shoe blending together several shades lighter than your hemline is elegant and sophisticated, and very effective when you are wearing your luscious bright colors or soft pastels. Darker hemlines will require a darker stocking, but keep it as translucent as possible. Silk stockings and a touch of sparkly trim can be stunning for evening fun.
    • Jewelry: Jewelry is your most important accessory. You simply can’t wear too much of it (when it’s the right kind), and you simply can’t do without it! It provides elegance, glamour, and sophistication.
      Shapes are intricate, ornate, rounded, swirling, baroque, and rococo.
      Sparkly materials are essential (crystal, gems, glass, polished metal, etc.) even for daytime, although you can suggest, rather than pour it on here. In the evening, go for broke-and trail your jewels behind you!
      Just remember to keep the combination of delicate/lavish working together-delicate in workmanship, lavish in effect!
    • Avoid: Geometrics. Sharp, severe, or avant-garde pieces. Chunky pieces. Rough, heavy, or ethnic pieces. Small, symmetrical pieces. A “no jewelry” look.

For the individual garment types, obviously, I will be focusing on the lines of the garment, as fabric and color choices would easily be controlled by the home sewer.  It’s nice that he included a long list of acceptable fabrics though!

Jackets: Jackets should be short and nipped at the waist. Flouncy peplums that flair out or hang down in the back are best. Lapels can be very ornate, with scalloped edges, braiding, or bejeweled trim-or slightly pointed and peaked. Shawl lapels are also effective. Trim should always be ornate.

Avoid: Severely tailored jackets. Unconstructed, boxy jackets. Traditional blazer styles. Long jackets that hide the waist.

Coats – Level 1: Since Theatrical Romantics can handle a lot of ornate detail, I think the Level 1 looks will have the described silhouette (nipped in waist and peplums), but with considerably less detail.

M6442
McCall’s 6442: Waist definition and a peplum style skirt.
S2812
Simplicity 2812: Waist definition and detail options on the sleeves, collar, and cuffs.
B5145
Butterick 5145: Waist definition, with collar options.  While this might be a Level 2 look for a different style ID, for a Theatrical Romantic is is going to read as too plain and therefore rather casual.
S1540
Simplicity 1540: Less waist definition, but the details are a bit more intricate.
BWOF-2015-05-101A
BS-05-2015-101A: Ornate collar detail and waist emphasis.  The overall effect is not opulent though, so it fits into Level 1.
BWOF-2006-10-132
BS-10-2006-132: An obviously casual look, with a subtle peplum flare.

Coats – Level 2: In this level, the amount of detail is a bit higher, and the waist emphasis is a bit more pronounced.

B5295
Butterick 5295: Very nipped waist with the pleating detail.  The puffy sleeve options also work for a Theatrical Romantic.
BD7304
Burda 7304: View A is a short jacket with a nipped in waist, but view B has more of the ornate gathers and rich detail that would suit a Theatrical Romantic.
M5717
McCall’s 5717: Ornate details and waist emphasis.  Could work as Level 1 or 2 depending on fabric.
BWOF-2017-12-118
BS-12-2017-118: Lots of intricate detail and shaping at the waist.  The mix of sharpness with softer details works well for the Theatrical Romantic; the tailoring would be too harsh for a pure Romantic.
M7513
McCall’s 7513: Short jacket with peplum.
B6497
Butterick 6497: View A definitely works as a short jacket, but the other styles have the richness in the collar detail.
V9157 (1)
Vogue 9157: Slightly less of a waist, but definitely lots of detail.
B5685
Butterick 5685: The shorter views would work well for the Theatrical Romantic; the collar adds a touch of theatricality to the look.
B6143-1
Butterick 6143: Nipped in waist, scalloped edges to the lapels, and potential for ornate beaded lace trim.
BWOF-2014-11-111
BS-11-2014-111: Ornate lapels that are slightly pointed and waist emphasis.
BP-2015-2-430A
Burda Plus F/W 2015 #430A: Short coat with waist emphasis and scalloped collar.  The scale could be a bit large, but Theatrical Romantics are allowed some theatricality, and I think this collar is pretty theatrical.

Coats – Level 3: Level 3 coats are a bit more ornate; it would be hard to argue that any of these styles would work well as a casual look.

M6800
McCall’s 6800: Nipped waist, and a flouncy peplum style.  It is a bit elongated, but for a formal look I think it has a very Theatrical Romantic feel. 
BWOF-2014-01-103
BS-01-2014-103: Short, with slightly pointed collar.  The fur gives it a very Theatrical Romantic feel.
V9280
Vogue 9280:  Nipped in waist, ornate shawl collar detail, and a flouncy peplum feel to the skirt.

Jackets – Level 1: As with the heavier coats, lack of detail can make a big difference between the levels of dress for a Theatrical Romantic.  The Level 1 jackets also tend to be made of a plainer fabric.

B6077
Butterick 6077: Ornate lapels, with a shorter silhouette.
BD6842
Burda 6842: View B is shorter and nipped at the waist, with slightly pointed lapels.  
BD7182
Burda 7182: Another short style with more ornate lapels and waist emphasis.
BWOF-2008-10-116
BS-10-2008-116: The ability to belt this jacket gives the nipped in waist look.  There’s also lots of opportunity for embellishment with that collar style.
BWOF-2009-10-126
BS-10-2009-126: A mix of ornate shapes, with a slight peplum look.  I think it is a great casual Femme Fatal Chic look.
BWOF-2010-07-118
BS-07-2010-118: Another leather style, this one with a flouncy peplum.
BWOF-2013-08-113
BS-08-2013-113: The style does not have a peplum, but it does have waist emphasis and an ornate look to the puffed shoulders.
BWOF-2013-11-117
BS-11-2013-117: Peplum style with an ornate collar.  This style is also one that pushes the bounds of theatricality, but I think the overall look is more Theatrical Romantic than Soft Dramatic because of the fitted silhouette.
V1439
Vogue 1439: Peplum/waist emphasis and peaked collar.
PE-15-22
Patrones Extra 15 #22: Not one of the typical pattern sources, but the fitted style and ornate ruffle trim was too good to leave off of a discussion of the Theatrical Romantic style.
BWOF-2007-01-118
BS-01-2007-118: Very slight peplum look and soft details add an “ornateness” to this otherwise plain jacket style.
BWOF-2007-09-113
BS-09-2007-113: More peplum-ish cuts, pointed collar, and closure trim that adds waist emphasis.
BWOF-2008-11-102
BS-11-2008-102: Ornate detail, peplum look, rounded collar, and a certain theatrical flair. 
BWOF-2008-06-102
BS-06-2008-102: Ornate scalloped detail.
BWOF-2006-09-127
BS-09-2006-127: The ruffle gives the feel of a peplum and an ornate feel to the collar.
BWOF-2012-09-138
BS-09-2012-138: This Burda Plus look has a defined waist with intricate trim detail on the the seam lines.

Jackets – Level 2: For Level 2, the details are a bit more intricate, and the fabric choices are a bit more luxe.

BWOF-2007-02-125
Burda 6570: A short jacket with a bit of flounce.
BD6570
Burda 6570: Peplum style in an intricate fabric gives a very ornate feel.
BC-2013-5-0007
Burda Classic 2013 #0007: Soft peplum style with waist emphasis and a very theatrical look with the fur trim detail.
BD6661
Burda 6661: Braiding/trim on the edges of this jacket.  The edges may be a bit too sharp, but the concept of ornate trim with waist emphasis is perfect.
BD6703
Burda 6703: This short style avoids the “traditional” blazer label with its zipper and pocket details.  The waist is also quite well defined. 
BD6843
Burda 6843: Ornate detail with waist emphasis and shawl collar.  A Theatrical Romantic would do well with the shorter style.
BD7027
Burda 7027: View B is a shorter style with a defined waist and soft collar.  I definitely see this as a Femme Fatal jacket.
BE-2014-2-1
Burda Easy F/W 2014 #1: Flouncy peplum on a shorter jacket.
BWOF-2005-08-118A
BS-08-2005-118A: A more traditional jacket, but works with the peplum style and interesting button detail.
BWOF-2005-10-101
BS-10-2005-101: Peplum style and ornate ruffled collar.
BWOF-2008-01-104
BS-01-2008-104: The back of the jacket has a great flouncy peplum, the collar is nicely scalloped, and the fit is quite short and fitted.
BWOF-2010-02-101
BS-02-2010-101: Ornate shawl collar.
BWOF-2014-02-115
BS-02-2014-115: Short peplum style with a defined waist.
BWOF-2014-04-126
BS-2014-04-126: Nipped in waist, ornate closure, and scalloped collar detail.
BWOF-2014-10-122A
BS-10-2014-122A: Flouncy peplum goodness.
BWOF-2015-05-122
BS-05-2015-122: A cleaner peplum style.  It is perhaps not ornate enough to be a great Theatrical Romantic option, but the silhouette would work for a Theatrical Romantic who likes a cleaner look.
BWOF-2018-03-123
BS-03-2018-123: This Burda Plus jacket features a peplum, waist definition, shawl collar, and ornate ruffle detail.
BWOF-2018-04-102
BS-04-2018-102: Strong waist emphasis and trim detail.
B5962
Butterick 5962: Very nipped in waist and slightly pointed collar.
BWOF-2006-11-103
BS-11-2006-103: Another jacket where soft gathering details creates a great peplum look.
M5759
McCall’s 5759: Nipped in waist with ornate collar and button details.  
BWOF-2013-10-137
BS-10-2013-137: Softly defined waist and shawl collar.
BWOF-2014-05-135
BS-05-2014-135: Another Burda Plus option with a defined waist and ornate trim detail.
V8679
Vogue 8679: Peplum jacket with some flounce.

Jackets – Level 3: The Level 3 jackets have very ornate details and really create that full Theatrical Romantic look.

KP-2012-01-19
Knipmode 01-2012-19: Short jacket with ornate collar and cuffs, with a very defined waist.  Another look that was too good to pass up for this post.
S1883
Simplicity 1883: Intricate pleating detail on this jacket.
B6105
Butterick 6105: Shawl collar and a nipped in waist with a bow detail. 
BWOF-2018-02-118
BS-02-2018-118: Short jacket with peplum, waist emphasis, and ornate detail.
BD8133
Burda 8133: This jacket also worked well for the true Romantic type.  The waist emphasis and ornate detail also work for the Theatrical Romantic subtype.
PE-33-6
Patrones Extra 33 #6: Short jacket with ornate collar detail.
BWOF-2018-08-111A
BS-08-2018-111A: Waist emphasis with a peplum look.  I imagine this could look quite fantastic with a fancy dress for a spring wedding or something of that nature.
BWOF-2011-03-115
BS-03-2011-115: Waist emphasis/peplum with ornate lace trim.
BWOF-2011-03-120
BS-03-2011-120: A flouncy peplum look.  Possibly a bit too structures, but the overall length and silhouette reads as very Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2012-05-138
BS-05-2012-138: A Burda Plus option with a peplum and softly sophisticated detail.

Skirts: Skirts should be soft and shapely. Your version of a “straight” skirt is actually tulip-shaped, with some gathering at the waist and a narrow taper at the hem. This type of hemline should be short, no longer than just below the knee. The other type of skirt that you wear equally well is a softly flowing skirt with an uneven hem. This will be longer, at least mid calf. Skirts should have intricate detail, such as draping, shirring, gathers, or bias-cut pieces. Trumpets, sarongs, and circles are all good shapes.

Avoid: Severe or straight skirts. Traditional tailored styles (A-lines, pencil-slim styles, etc). Wide, shapeless styles. Long hemlines (except on uneven hems that drape or flow). Sharp pleats.

Level 1: As with most of the categories on this post, the intricacy and scale of the details has a lot to do with the level of dress.  Fabric choice will also have quite a bit to do with the feel of these skirt options as well.

BWOF-2010-12-114
BS-12-2010-114: Slight gathering at the waist and slightly short hemline.
BWOF-2006-02-115
BS-02-2006-115: Tulip shape with gathers.  Nice mix of linear and curved elements here that all work as part of a Theatrical Romantic look.
BWOF-2007-03-122B
BS-03-2007-122B: Longer skirt with bias cut pieces and uneven hem.
BWOF-2007-05-105
BS-05-2007-105: Trumpet style with soft gathers and button detail.
BWOF-2010-06-135
BS-06-2010-135: Short tulip-ish style.  The details add a soft and shapely touch, though the pockets really keep this from being anything other than a Level 1 style.
BWOF-2010-08-107
BS-08-2010-107: Short tulip look with draping detail.
BWOF-2012-02-109B
BS-02-2012-109B: Sarong style with soft draping detail.
BWOF-2012-03-118
BS-03-2012-118: Another tulip/sarong mashup style that has soft draping detail.
BWOF-2014-06-129
BS-06-2014-129: Shirring and gathers detail.  The shape is a bit too wide to be a Level 2, but the intricate detail is great for a Level 1 look.
BWOF-2015-07-118
BS-07-2015-118: Circle skirt with soft gather detail.
S2186
Simplicity 2186: Longer style with uneven hems and soft gathers and draping details.
BWOF-2005-02-129
BS-02-2005-129: A circle-ish skirt with intricate ruffle detail.
BWOF-2006-06-119A
BS-06-2006-119A: Soft, uneven ruffle details.
BWOF-2007-04-105
BS-04-2007-105: A longer skirt with an uneven hem and soft flow.
BWOF-2008-07-102
BS-07-2008-102: Circle skirt with shirring detail.
BE-2014-1-4C
Burda Easy S/S 2014 #4C: Tulip style with gathers at the waist.
BWOF-2009-09-121
BS-09-2009-121: Circle style with intricate gathers and ruffle detail.
BWOF-2013-05-110
BS-05-2013-110: Sarong style with gathering and intricate tie detail.
BWOF-2014-05-119A
BS-05-2014-119A: Another circle style with shirring detail at the waist.
S1445
Simplicity 1445: Elongated style with flowing, uneven hem.
BWOF-2008-11-104
BS-11-2008-104: More soft ruffle details. 
BWOF-2008-04-131
BS-04-2008-131: A simple style, with a soft trumpet shape. 
BWOF-2011-03-144
BS-03-2011-144: Elongated skirt with soft flow and ruffle detail.
BWOF-2015-05-130
BS-05-2015-130: A Burda Plus circle style with shirring. 

Level 2: For Level 2 there is a bit more detail, and a bit more traditional detail, and the option for more elevated fabric options.

B5962
Butterick 5962: A plain circle skirt is a great opportunity to utilize some fabulous fabric.
BWOF-2010-10-117
BS-10-2010-117: Another circle style with some soft gathers at the waist.
BWOF-2013-01-126
BS-01-2013-126: Another circle skirt option that creates the Theatrical Romantic look with fabric choice.
B5858
Butterick 5858: Elongated skirt with uneven hem and dramatic drape and elegant flow.
M6471
McCall’s 6471: Tulip shape with ornate ruffle trim detail.
BD6767
Burda 6767: Circle skirt with uneven hem and soft draping detail.
BD6834
Burda 6834: Very fitted trumpet skirt style.  View B is the best option for a Theatrical Romantic, but View C could work for a really impactful look.
BD7069
Burda 7069: View A is a nice circle-ish style with flow and seam detail.
BWOF-2004-10-121A
BS-10-2004-121A: Perfect trumpet style for a Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2005-08-102C
BS-08-2005-102C: A slightly flowier trumped style.
BWOF-2008-05-108
BS-05-2008-108: Perfect tulip skirt – ornate draping detail, above the knee length, and narrow taper to the hem.
BWOF-2008-11-110A
BS-11-2008-110A: A cute trumpet style that adds just enough flare.  The fabric adds a great detail and bias cut drape.
BWOF-2009-01-111
BS-01-2009-111: Tulip style with ornate draping detail at the waist.
BWOF-2009-02-109A
BS-02-2009-109A: Another short skirt with draping detail.
BWOF-2011-07-112
BS-07-2011-112: This is a simpler tulip skirt, but with enough detail at the waist to work as part of a Theatrical Romantic look.  This could also work as a casual style.
BWOF-2012-12-123
BS-12-2012-123: Ornate draping detail at the waist, with a tapered hem.
BWOF-2014-03-104
BS-03-2014-104: Trumpet style skirt. 
BWOF-2015-08-119
BS-08-2015-119: A peplum style skirt that creates the appearance of that tulip shape.  The drape is quite ornate.
BWOF-2015-11-126
BS-11-2015-126: A Burda Plus option with ornate drape detail.
V9172
Vogue 9172: Another tulip style with waist drape detail and ornate flounce detail.
S2451
Simplicity 2451: A soft trumpet style and tulip style all in one envelope!
S1465
Simplicity 1465: The shorter style with the peplum has a very Theatrical Romantic feel.
BD6634
Burda 6634: Narrow taper and intricate gather detail.
BD6977
Burda 6977: The peplum skirt is a great look for a Theatrical Romantic.
V1259
Vogue 1259: Another narrow skirt with intricate gathering detail.
M5523
McCall’s 5523: Narrow with some intricate detail at the hem.  
BWOF-2007-05-108
BS-05-2007-108: Circle skirt with intricate hem detail.
BWOF-2010-08-118
BS-08-2010-118: Pronounced tulip shaped skirt, with soft gathers at the waist.
BD6714
Burda 6714: A longer, softly flowing style in Burda Plus sizing.
BWOF-2006-06-134
BS-06-2006-134: Trumpet shape with bias-cut piece detail.
BWOF-2006-08-132A
BS-08-2006-132A: Another softly flowing trumpet style.
BWOF-2014-08-140
BS-08-2014-140: Soft draping detail to this slimly fitted skirt.
BWOF-2014-10-138
BS-10-2014-138: A fabulous trumpet style with an uneven hem for the Burda Plus Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2017-11-128
BS-11-2017-128: Soft trumpet style to this look.
BWOF-2018-06-122
BS-06-2018-122: Lots of bias-cut detail.

Level 3: The Level 3 skirts are a bit more opulent and ornate for a more formal look.

BD6647
Burda 6647: Longer circle skirt with uneven overskirt detail.  View A with the ornate top design is a great Theatrical Romantic look for a very formal event.
BD7473
Burda 7473: A circle skirt that works with a fancier look.
BWOF-2005-12-109A
BS-12-2005-109A: Softly elongated skirt with bias cut panel details.
BWOF-2007-05-106
BS-05-2007-106: A soft trumpet skirt with ornate details.
BWOF-2010-07-116B
BS-07-2010-116B: A narrow style with ornate details.
BWOF-2010-07-125
BS-07-2010-125: Trumpet style with ornate hem ruffle detail.
BWOF-2010-11-113A
BS-11-2010-113A: Intricate folds create a tulip style look to this skirt.
BWOF-2012-12-105
BS-12-2012-105: Soft circle skirt with gathers at the waist.
BWOF-2017-03-102A
BS-03-2017-102A: A fancy sarong style skirt.
S8743
Simplicity 8743: Ornate feeling circle skirt option.
BWOF-2006-08-121
BS-08-2006-121: Soft style with intricate beading detail fits in well with the Theatrical Romantic overall look.
BWOF-2014-08-115A
BS-08-2014-115A: Tapered hem with intricate draping detail.
BWOF-2009-06-125
BS-06-2009-125: Tulip style with gathers at the waist.
BWOF-2009-03-125
BS-03-2009-125: Slight trumpet shape with intricate ruffle detail for this Burda Plus look.
BWOF-2012-10-146
BS-10-2012-146: The addition of intricate trim elevated this from simple skirt to Theatrical Romantic statement skirt.

Pants: Pants should always be soft and draped, showcasing your curvy figure. Gathers, draping, or shirring at the waist, and a narrow or tapered ankle. Pants should be short (ending at the ankle).

Avoid: Straight, tailored styles. Sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.

Level 1: The Level 1 pants are either a little plain or a little too detailed for a Theatrical Romantic.  Keeping the overall silhouette in mind helps take Femme Fatal Chic to a more casual level though.

BWOF-2010-06-105
BS-06-2010-105: Not entirely soft, but with gathered detail at the waist and a shorter length make it very Theatrical Romantic casual.
BWOF-2013-11-120A
BS-11-2013-120A: Tapered at the ankle, and soft draping detail at the waist.
BWOF-2008-05-122
BS-05-2008-122: Short length, with intricate details.  There is a softness, yet the jeans-inspired details keep these trousers casual, even in a metallic gold.
BWOF-2013-02-108B
BS-02-2013-108B: Softly draping, with tapered ankles.
BWOF-2014-02-131B
BS-02-2014-131B: Another tapered style with draped waistband details.
BP-2013-1-419
Burda Plus S/S/ 2013 #419: A Burda Plus option with waistband draping detail and narrow hem.

Level 2: Level 2 looks are a bit easier to incorporate into an office appropriate look.

BWOF-2018-10-102A
BS-10-2018-102A: Draped waist, short length, and tapered hems.
BWOF-2017-04-106A
BS-04-2017-106A: A soft look with a narrow ankle.  Theatrical Romantic could pull off the “silk PJ pants” look because of the soft drapiness. 
BD6665
Burda 6665: Another Burda style with tapered ankles and draped waist detail.
BWOF-2009-08-123
BS-08-2009-123: The details could be a bit sharp, but the overall impression is soft and draped.  Fabric choice would be important in making this style for a Soft Romantic.
BWOF-2011-11-103
BS-11-2011-103: Soft and draped with narrow ankle and gathered waist.
BWOF-2013-08-112
BS-08-2013-112: Are we tired of tapered ankled trousers with waist gathers?  This pattern also has a shirred waistband detail as well.
BWOF-2014-04-110C
BS-04-2014-110C: Another option in the Theatrical Romantic style.
BWOF-2016-01-119B
BS-01-2016-119B: Very soft and draping, with a short length.
BWOF-2016-11-106
BS-11-2016-106: Intricate draping detail at the waist.
BP-2015-2-412
Burda Plus F/W 2015 #412: A Burda Plus option with waist detail and narrow ankle.
BWOF-2014-09-141
BS-09-2014-141: An even better option – the waistband drape is even softer here.
BWOF-2011-08-137
BS-08-2011-137: Another fabulous Burda Plus option.
BWOF-2011-06-130
BS-06-2011-130: A more simplified Burda Plus style with a draped waist detail.

Level 3: There aren’t many Level 3 options, but Theatrical Romantics can pull off evening tuxedo looks because of their added sharpness.

M7366
McCall’s 7366: This is a great Theatrical Romantic jumpsuit option.  The overall look is one long line, with waist emphasis, and detail around the neckline.  The pants are tapered and cropped just above the ankles.
BWOF-2011-11-105
BS-11-2011-105: A great example to showcase the narrow ankle and soft waist detail in a fantastic, Theatrical Romantic fabric.

Blouses: Soft, silky and draped styles with draped or ornate detail and lavish, intricate trim.

Avoid: Stiffly tailored styles with sharp detail. Unconstructed, shapeless styles.

Level 1: The Level 1 styles are all featuring some level of casual detail, but I think many of the blouse styles could also work at Level 2.

BD6425
Burda 6425: Silky and draped.
BWOF-2006-07-111
BS-07-2006-111: Not as softly draped, but there is a lot of intricate trim detail on this casual summer top.
BWOF-2008-04-114
BS-04-2008-114: Silky style with soft ruffle hem detail.  This top has a nice mix of yin elements (ruffles and waist emphasis) and yang elements (tailoring details) that overall work for a Theatrical Romantic casual look.
BWOF-2011-07-113B
BS-07-2011-113B: Softly draped with ornate shoulder trim.  A Theatrical Romantic “basic t-shirt.”
BWOF-2015-04-107
BS-04-2015-107: Softly draped with peplum flare.
BWOF-2016-07-112A
BS-07-2016-112A: Another top with softly draped shoulder detail.
BWOF-2018-04-108A
BS-04-2018-108A: Another great option for a Theatrical Romantic basic tee.  Soft drape and intricate detail on the sleeves.
BWOF-2018-05-108
BS-05-2018-108: Lots of intricate detail and a soft peplum look is part of an overall Theatrical Romantic silhouette.
M6437
McCall’s 6437: Softly draped with options for intricate detail.
M6469
McCall’s 6469: Intricate, soft draping detail.
M7162
McCall’s 7162: A fitted peplum look.  Great for a casual summer outfit for a Theatrical Romantic.
B5284
Butterick 5284: Ornate detail, and in a silky fabric this could be very soft.
BWOF-2006-05-124
BS-05-2006-124: Soft gathering detail.
BWOF-2010-07-121
BS-07-2010-121: Soft style with intricate ruffle detail on the shoulders.
BWOF-2007-04-123
BS-04-2007-123: Another style with waist emphasis and intricate trim.
BWOF-2010-07-114
BS-07-2010-114: Softly draping style.
B5495
Butterick 5495: A softly draped style that would still be very casual in a knit fabric.
BWOF-2013-05-103
BS-05-2013-103: Another softly draped style with waist emphasis.
BWOF-2013-07-127
BS-07-2013-127: Burda has a lot of these great intricately draped styles.
M7810
McCall’s 7810: Soft draping and peplums.
BWOF-2007-02-101A
BS-02-2007-101A: Another great t-shirt option with intricate details.
BWOF-2007-07-104
BS-07-2007-104: A tank top style that has enough details to work for a Theatrical Romantic.
M6284
McCall’s 6284: Lots of detail around the shoulder and bust line, while still keeping a casual feel.
BWOF-2010-06-139
BS-06-2010-139: A Burda Plus shirt option with intricate gathers.
BWOF-2014-04-136
BS-04-2014-136: A Burda Plus option with softly draped detail.

Level 2: These styles have a bit more formality to them, and would work well as part of an office ensemble.

B6487
Butterick 6487: Lots of options for ornate detail and soft draping in this top pattern.
BD6840
Burda 6840: Oversized bow detail and softly draped style.
BD7126
Burda 7126: A similar look with draping bow detail.
BWOF-2009-06-123
BS-06-2009-123: Intricate detail and soft, draping sleeves.
BWOF-2010-01-107B
BS-01-2010-107B: Intricate detail at the collar, and tapered silhouette at the cuffs.
BWOF-2010-11-109
BS-11-2010-109: Soft draping, with a theatrical bow detail.
BWOF-2013-08-104
BS-08-2013-104: Ornate neck ruffle.
BWOF-2015-01-111
BS-01-2015-111: Softly draped style, with lavish neckline detail.
BWOF-2018-02-102
BS-02-2018-102: Soft draping with waist emphasis and piping detail.
BWOF-2018-09-112
BS-09-2018-112: Softly draped neckline and silky fabric.
M7017
McCall’s 7017: A peplum look works well for a Theatrical Romantic.
B6133
Butterick 6133: Softly draped details, but in a style that isn’t too over the top for a traditional work look.
BD6578
Burda 6578: Lots of intricate detailing on this button up blouse.
BWOF-2007-05-117
BS-05-2007-117: Lace and delicately intricate ruffle trim on this top would work well for a Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2009-08-132
BS-08-2009-132: This shirt is a bit on the overly theatrical side, but the shirring gives a nice waist emphasis, and the overall look is rather soft.
BWOF-2011-01-107
BS-01-2011-107: Soft shoulder details and a delicate drape.
BWOF-2016-01-108
BS-01-2016-108: More intricate detailing on this blouse.
M5522
McCall’s 5522: The defined waist and soft bodice are great for a Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2013-05-106
BS-05-2013-106: Beautiful collar detail adds intricacy to this design.
BWOF-2014-05-134
BS-05-2014-134: Vintage looks can work quite well for a Theatrical Romantic.
BWOF-2018-07-105
BS-07-2018-105: Soft draping and peplum detail.
M7053
McCall’s 7053: A silky top with neckline drape.
S8512
Simplicity 8512: More peplums and draped elements.
S3536
Simplicity 3536: Soft designs with options for intricate trim.
BWOF-2015-11-104A
BS-11-2015-104A: Waist emphasis and draped collar detail.
BWOF-2017-01-119B
BS-01-2017-119B: More softly draped design details.
V1259
Vogue 1259: Here the gathers create a very intricate design for this top.
BD6391
Burda 6391: A soft style with draped features.
BWOF-2012-05-134
BS-05-2012-134: A Burda Plus option with a large bow detail.
BWOF-2013-07-131
BS-07-2013-131: Intricate detailing and silky fabric.

Level 3: The Level 3 tops all have intricate details and elements that work well with the general recommendations for a Theatrical Romantic.

BD6977
Burda 6977: Peplum styles work well, be it in a jacket, skirt, or blouse.
BWOF-2008-11-113
BS-11-2008-113: Soft, silky, and draped detail.
BWOF-2016-12-122
BS-12-2016-122: Softly draped detail and overall ornate feel.
V7733
Vogue 7733: Lots of opportunity to use lavish trim on this design.
BD6435
Burda 6435: Not as softly draped, but the shoulder detail creates a waist emphasis, and the overall styles fits with Kibbe’s general recommendations.
BD6646
Burda 6646: Intricate, lavish fabric and trim detail on this otherwise simple top.
M6990
McCall’s 6990: Soft draping and peplum design.
BWOF-2008-12-134
BS-12-2008-134: A Burda Plus option for a lavish top design.
BWOF-2009-03-127
BS-03-2009-127: Another intricate top with draped design detail.
BWOF-2013-02-141
BS-02-2013-141: Lots of options to utilize intricate trim here.

Sweaters: Plush, fluffy knits with soft necklines, ornate trim, and lavish patterns. Short, shaped styles that are fitted at the waist and wrists.

Avoid: Heavy, bulky knits. Skinny ribbed knits. Plain styles, such as cardigans, crew-necked Shetlands, etc. Shapeless, baggy styles.

Level 1: These looks would be appropriate for more casual events, but still have enough detail for a Theatrical Romantic.

BWOF-2012-01-106
BS-01-2012-106: On most style IDs this could read as being too detailed, but a Theatrical Romantic could wear this with jeans and look fantastic.
S1317
Simplicity 1317: This could easily be embellished with Theatrical Romantic trim, but the overall feel is very casual.  The wrist fit keeps this style very loosely in the Theatrical Romantic realm.

Level 2: These styles are much more in line with Kibbe’s stated recommendations.

BWOF-2009-09-117
BS-09-2009-117: Plush knit with draped neckline.
BWOF-2013-03-107A
BS-03-2013-107A: Style that is very shaped at the waist.
M5978
McCall’s 5978: Lots of opportunity to use lavish, ornate trim.
M6844
McCall’s 6844: Fluffy knit with peplum styles and fit at the waist and wrists.
V9026
Vogue 9026: A more relaxed style that still has waist and wrist definition.

Level 3: Sweaters are a bit too casual in general for a Theatrical Romantic look, but this Vogue pattern could go nicely over a fancy dress:

V9016-1
Vogue 9016: The Romantic type also had this as a recommended pattern.

Dresses: Dresses should always be feminine and shapely. Defined shoulders, waist emphasis, and intricate detail (shirring, gathers, sparkles, appliqué, etc.). Soft and draped necklines; tapered wrists; and a tapered hemline if short, flared hemline if long. Lightweight fabrics with sheen or plush-ness and luscious colors complete the picture.

Avoid: Sharply tailored styles. Unconstructed styles. Long, “no waist” styles. Symmetrical, subdued styles.

Level 1: The Level 1 dresses would work in a more casual fabric, though in something fancier many of these could also work well for Level 2 looks.

B5599
Butterick 5599:  Shapely, with lots of gathers and bust definition.  This is a great casual summer dress.
BWOF-2011-07-123
BS-07-2011-123: Soft ruffles with defined shoulders and lightweight fabric detail.
BWOF-2012-08-107
BS-08-2012-107: Defined shoulders with intricate gather details.
B6380
Butterick 6380: Definite shoulder definition and shapely silhouette.
BWOF-2010-07-117
BS-07-2010-117: Intricate gathers, with soft draping detail.  This could be a fancier look, but as styled it also works for a casual summer outfit.
BWOF-2010-07-120
BS-07-2010-120: Another dress with soft draping and gathered details.
BWOF-2013-05-120
BS-05-2013-120: Feminine shape with intricate neckline detail.
BWOF-2015-05-110
BS-05-2015-110: Softly defined shape, with shoulder detail and soft ruffle detailing. 
V1498
Vogue 1498: The lack of detail keeps this look casual, but the overall shapely fit and shoulder emphasis fit in with the Theatrical Romantic recommendations.
BWOF-2009-05-120
BS-05-2009-120: Defined shape, soft draping, and tapered wrist details.
BWOF-2014-07-125
BS-07-2014-125: Shapely silhouette with intricate ruffle detail.
M7429
McCall’s 7429: Intricate waist detail that also provides emphasis and defined, shapely silhouette.
V2787
Vogue 2787: Shapely, with defined shoulders, waist emphasis, and soft gather details.
BD6693
Burda 6693: Another shapely style with soft draping that creates waist emphasis.
BD6729
Burda 6729: Soft draping detail that adds waist emphasis.
M7186
McCall’s 7186: More softly ornate draping detail.
M7504
McCall’s 7504: Soft, shapely, detailed draping.
BWOF-2012-09-144
BS-09-2012-144: This style has lots of soft draping and ornate detail on the neckline.
BWOF-2014-06-134
BS-06-2014-134: Lots of ornate, intricate ruffle details.
BWOF-2014-06-137
BS-06-2014-137: Shapely style with gathered design details.

Level 2: The Level 2 styles have a more serious Femme Fatale look to them; these are much closer to the stereotypical Theatrical Romantic looks.

B5813
Butterick 5813: Very shapely, with waist emphasis.  
BD7127
Burda 7127: More waist emphasis, with shoulder detail as well.
B6412
Butterick 6412: Strong shoulder line and very defined waist in this dress.
BD6421
Burda 6421: Softly draped neckline and obvious waist emphasis.
BWOF-2011-11-122B
BS-11-2011-122B: Very shapely, with intricate detail, and strong shoulder definition.
BWOF-2012-01-125
BS-01-2012-125: Very shapely silhouette. 
BWOF-2014-03-116A
BS-03-2014-116A: Shapely, feminine, with waist and shoulder definition. 
BWOF-2015-11-101A
BS-11-2015-101A: Waist emphasis and shoulder definition, with a shapely silhouette.
M7047-2
McCall’s 7047: Peplums add to the intricate draped detail on this dress design.
V2899
Vogue 2899: Shapely, with waist emphasis and soft neckline.
V1513
Vogue 1513: Soft neckline drape detail.
V1117
Vogue 1117: Very shapely and intricate, but still very office appropriate and subdued.
B5675
Butterick 5675: Another softly draped design with intricate waist detail and emphasis. 
BE-2018-1-4C
Burda Easy S/S 2018 #4C: Soft gathers and very shapely silhouette.
BWOF-2006-11-110
BS-11-2006-110: Soft draping and close fit, with possibility for intricate bias cut detail.
BWOF-2009-05-117
BS-05-2009-117: Draping, with a tapered skirt style.
BWOF-2012-08-102
BS-08-2012-102: Shoulder and waist emphasis with a tapered hemline.
BWOF-2014-11-108B
BS-11-2014-108B: Shoulder definition and a very shapely silhouette. 
BWOF-2018-02-101
BS-02-2018-101: Softly draped and detailed.  This could be great for a less sexy look that still fits into the Theatrical Romantic recommendations.
V8280
Vogue 8280: Strong shoulder definition and waist emphasis. 
BD6829
Burda 6829: Soft, intricate draping with waist emphasis.
BWOF-2015-11-104B
BS-11-2015-104B: Shapely outline with softly draped neckline.  This could be a great fall style for a Theatrical Romantic.
BD6447
Burda 6447: Soft draping and waist emphasis.
BWOF-2008-09-135
BS-09-2008-135: Intricate draping detail and softly draped neckline.
BWOF-2011-02-135
BS-02-2011-135: More soft gathers and a shapely fit.
BWOF-2013-08-142
BS-08-2013-142: Intricate neckline details.
BWOF-2014-03-133
BS-03-2014-133: Very soft style, with tapered hem and peplum detail.
BWOF-2014-03-134
BS-03-2014-134: Softly draped neckline, with waist emphasis and very softly shaped silhouette.
BWOF-2016-09-133
BS-09-2016-135: Strong shoulder emphasis and shapely silhouette.
BWOF-2018-11-121A
BS-11-2018-121A: Soft shaping and waist emphasis on this Burda Plus design.
B5950
Butterick 5950: Softly draped neckline and waist emphasis.
B5953
Butterick 5953: Shapely outline with intricate details.
BD7174
Burda 7174: Shoulder definition and waist emphasis.
BWOF-2016-02-112
BS-02-2016-112: Another fitted style with waist emphasis and intricate trim at the neckline.
BWOF-2009-05-125
BS-05-2009-125: A fitted style with shoulder emphasis and intricate design details.
B6352
Butterick 6352: Strong shoulders and a very defined waist.

Level 3: Level 3 dresses really allow Theatrical Romantics to utilize lots of intricate details.

BWOF-2006-03-125
BS-03-2006-125: This is definitely on the theatrical side of Theatrical Romantic. Very close fit with lots of draped design details and flared hemline.
M6075
McCall’s 6075: Close fit with soft drape and intricate design detail.
M7569
McCall’s 7569: Shapely, with a long, flared hemline.
V2880
Vogue 2880: Lots of soft, intricate detail on this gown.
S8329
Simplicity 8329: The shoulder emphasis and opportunity for intricate beading design is great for a Theatrical Romantic.
S2253
Simplicity 2253: Shapely fit and lots of intricate detail on the bodice.
S1874
Simplicity 1874: More intricate design details on this gown.
S1656
Simplicity 1656: Softly draped detail and waist emphasis.
B5814
Butterick 5814: Shoulder definition and draping that creates waist emphasis. 
B6582
Butterick 6582: Softly draped shoulders that create emphasis and intricate detail.
BWOF-2011-05-122A
BS-05-2011-122A: A very shapely style that has an intricate waist detail.
BWOF-2012-05-133
BS-05-2012-133: Softly draped neckline.
BWOF-2015-06-113
BS-06-2015-113: Waist emphasis and shapely silhouette.
V1230
Vogue 1230: Short style with tapered hem and draping detail that create shoulder definition.
V1108
Vogue 1108: More draping details that create waist emphasis.
S8534
Simplicity 8534: Waist and shoulder definition, with a soft, shapely silhouette.
BD6994
Burda 6994: A bit simple, but with the opportunity for intricate details on the shoulder straps and sleeve fabric.
BD7254
Burda 7254: Gathering detail and shapely silhouette.
BWOF-2007-11-109
BS-11-2007-109: Tapered hem and gathering that creates waist definition.
BWOF-2009-10-113
BS-10-2009-113: Strong shoulder emphasis and waistline detail.
BWOF-2011-03-110
BS-03-2011-110: Soft gathers and draped neckline detail.
BWOF-2013-02-153
BS-02-2013-153: Soft draping and intricate waist detail.
M7654
McCall’s 7654: Very fitted, with intricate sleeve detail.
M7683
McCall’s 7683: Strong shoulder definition, with softly draped details.
BWOF-2011-07-132
BS-07-2011-133: This Burda Plus look has shoulder definition and a fitted silhouette.
BWOF-2011-07-133
BS-07-2011-133: Soft draping detail and close silhouette.
BWOF-2011-07-135
BS-07-2011-135: Another fabulous Burda Plus option with shoulder definition. 
BWOF-2012-12-144
BS-12-2012-144: Soft gathers, strong shoulders, and waist emphasis.
BWOF-2015-10-130A
BS-10-2015-130A: More strong shoulder definition with gathers.
BWOF-2015-10-130B
BS-10-2015-130B: Similar style, but in a longer gown.
BWOF-2016-09-132
BS-09-2016-132: Another very shapely style with gathered waist emphasis.
BWOF-2017-07-124A
BS-07-2017-124A: Waist definition and soft gathering detail.

Evening Wear: Fitted shapes with ornate trim and waist emphasis. Cleavage emphasis. Draped fabrics. Sparkly fabrics. Plush fabrics. Theatrical ensembles.
Form-fitting gowns with cleavage emphasis. Shirred and draped cocktail dresses. Fitted dinner suits with peplum jackets and ornate trim. Bustier dresses.

Theatrical Romantic is another style ID that looks great in fancy evening gowns and formal styles.

BD6939
Burda 6939: Fitted shape, ornate trim, waist, and cleavage emphasis.
BWOF-2009-11-109
BS-11-2009-109: Another style with waist emphasis and ornate, intricate trim.
BWOF-2009-11-105
BS-11-2009-105: Fitted shape with ornate trim.
BWOF-2013-03-115
BS-03-2013-115: Draped bodice with cleavage emphasis and waist emphasis and softly plush fabric.
V8852
Vogue 8852: Fitted shape with draped cleavage emphasis.
V8190
Vogue 8190: Fitted shape with ornate trim, waist emphasis, and draped fabrics.
V2929
Vogue 2929: Draped fabric, narrow shape, and waist emphasis.
V2906
Vogue 2906: Narrow shape, soft drapes, and intricate detail.
V2890
Vogue 2890: Narrow shape with intricate draping detail.
V1533
Vogue 1533: Another narrow style with cleavage emphasis and bow detail.
V1015
Vogue 1015: Intricate draping detail and ornate shoulder emphasis.
BWOF-2014-11-121
BS-11-2014-121: Very fitted shape with definite cleavage emphasis and intricate use of lace fabric. 
V2802
Vogue 2802: Shirred and draped dress with intricate trim.
V1031
Vogue 1031: Draped fabric with a soft neckline.
BD6547
Burda 6547: A great Burda Plus option with narrow fit and fabric detail.
BD6712
Burda 6712: Another Burda Plus style with intricate draping detail.
BP-2016-1-433
Burda Plus S/S 2016 #433: A bustier style with form-fitting silhouette and cleavage emphasis.

And that’s it!  There were a lot of suitable dress and gown designs for the Theatrical Romantic style ID, as with Soft Dramatic I had to cut down my choices quite a bit.  I hope that by comparing these two image IDs in back-to-back weeks it is a bit more clear what the differences and similarities are.  Both style IDs need a softly draped silhouette and a cohesive look of unified color and style; not a mix-and-match of separates.  However, whereas Soft Dramatic was full of largely rounded ornate curves, Theatrical Romantic is all about intricate, small-scale detail.  While this may have resulted in some overlap of style recommendations (especially in the evening gown category), there are also clearly styles from last week that would be too overpowering for a Theatrical Romantic, just as there are styles from this week that would be too subtly intricate in scale to work well on a Soft Dramatic.  The softly draping that is consistent in both styles often leads people to question which category they belong to, but I think it is quite simple to tell them apart if you consider scale.  A Soft Dramatic will be very large in scale, with an angular bone structure and soft features, whereas a Theatrical Romantic will be smaller in scale, with a delicate bone structure, but some sharpness to their features.

For those who have taken the deep dive, you may have come across the internet’s assessment that Theatrical Romantic is Kibbe’s favorite style ID.  To be fair, both he and his wife are Theatrical Romantics, and they both dress in a way that absolutely fits the style ID’s recommendations.  I don’t think this makes Theatrical Romantics “better” than the other categories, though I do think there is a certain truth to the idea that Theatrical Romantics showcase to some extent a more “stereotypical” sort of beauty than we might see in another style ID.  Kibbe’s language is definitely a bit more flowery for the Theatrical Romantics, but I think this is somewhat fitting for the type.  I don’t think this makes the Theatrical Romantic style ID any better or worse than any other style ID, just distinct in its own way.

This is, I suppose, the appropriate time to go into the “sexiness” rant.  Not really a rant, I guess, but this is a topic that always comes up when discussing Theatrical Romantics.  The style ID is, stereotypically, “the sexy one.”  (Perhaps we should call it Harriet style?  Ignore me if you don’t get the reference… It’s coming up to the holidays so my brain is full of thoughts about drummers drumming alongside the likes of lobsters and octopi.)  It makes sense; there is the softness of the Romantic essence mixed with the sharpness of the yang undercurrent to create a mix of very striking features.  While I think that it can be much easier to dress sexy in this type than, say, pure Dramatic or pure Classic, I don’t think sexiness is mandatory for a Theatrical Romantic, just and I don’t think it is unattainable for, say, a Flamboyant Gamine.  Hopefully there have been enough options presented here to see that style is what you want it to be.  There are definitely ways to create looks from the above that could read as “cute,” “classic,” “elegant,” or “edgy” if you wanted.  Certainly there are also lots of looks that can come off as “sexy,” but being Theatrical Romantic doesn’t trap you into portraying that one impression if you don’t want to.  It all comes back to the idea that Kibbe’s recommendations are a tool, and it is how you want to utilize that tool that will help you create an individual, unique style.

Coming Next Week: With the Dramatic and Romantic subtypes done, it’s time to compare and contrast the IDs that have two subtypes each.  We’ll start looking at what happens when you add a dash of yang to Kibbe’s perfectly blended Classic to get a touch more sharpness and angularity in Kibbe’s Dramatic Classic!


16 thoughts on “Sew Your Kibbe: Theatrical Romantic

  1. Hmmm… I thought we had the sexy talk already. Probably it was on another blog. It’s definitely a loaded term, and frequently an unwelcome one. Anyway I think you addressed it nicely here, especially with the wide range of styles for this Kibbe type.

    I have only known one Theatrical Romantic (I think). She worked in a conservative office and wore tulip skirts and blouses with intricate detail. She was also the first person I ever knew who had her RTW jackets tailored to fit perfectly. This was almost 30 years ago, so it’s interesting that not only did she know exactly what to wear, but styles haven’t changed that much!

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    1. Yeah, I’m surprised how many styles from over a decade ago that I’m pulling out for this series; style lines haven’t changed much, but I think styling (hair, makeup, etc.) has changed quite a bit in the past 10 years.

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  2. I feel like this is the closest I’ve seen so far to an aspirational type for myself. I’m a sucker for yummy sewing details, and recognized several patterns that I’ve purchased or sewn in the past. One of those Burda peplum jackets still lives in my closet, though it doesn’t really fit that great since the kids came and I should probably just let it go.

    Thanks again for all of the work that you put into this!

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  3. Oh wow, I own several of these patterns! I think this is probably my favourite style ID for party dresses. I love the vintage vibe, and all of those shirred and draped styles. Again, though, like the soft dramatic dresses wearing this style does tend to make me look super skinny.

    I am really looking forward to next week when you cover my style. I’m hoping I will find lots of new-to-me patterns that I’m going to want to make 🙂

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  4. My eyes came to an abrupt and total fullstop when I saw the leather used in the jacket for BS-10-2009-126. OMG omg that is the most perfect looking leather……….. And of course a gorgeous pattern! Got to stop spending now, I’ve bought about 6 Burda back issues, and a couple of the patterns you have been posting are now… mine. *cue Palpatine voice*

    Sexiness is great! What’s wrong with that? 🙂 These are such lovely patterns! They wouldn’t suit me (apart from a few that resemble Dramatic, I think?), but they would be lovely to see on people who could pull it off.

    LOVE these posts, and can’t wait to see more… ♥

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    1. I agree with you – if you want to look sexy it’s awesome! But it’s also a loaded word, and I want to emphasize that people can choose what they want to look like/be perceived as if they aren’t comfortable with that label.

      There are times I want to be seen as sexy, but there are other times I don’t, and I think being able to control that image and impression is pretty powerful, and that’s pretty awesome too.

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  5. Interesting what you say about some people thinking this is the ‘best’ type. There seem to be some amazing choices for it but I have to say it doesn’t speak to me personally 🙂 Although I do love the Burda Rick Owens jacket knock off (117 11/2013).

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  6. I do think this is an aspirational type for me, although I know I don’t have enough of an hourglass shape for it to be my type. I LOVE the clothing details! What is interesting to me is that I am finding bits of every type that I like and also bits that I am extremely adverse to! It is helpful for honing my individual likes, though.

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    1. I agree! I’m finding I don’t *hate* any of the types, but I am finding that some are much more my style than others. Gamine is certainly the hardest for me to imagine myself wearing, but I do think the patterns I’m picking for that category are cute in and of themselves, and I could imagine the outfits looking very stylish on others.

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  7. Absolutely drooling over these patterns. I either own tons of them or they are on my wishlist! Never really thought of myself as Theatrical as I didn’t think I have a lot of sharpness. I do have a sharper chin and slightly arched eyebrows, slender spider hands, wrists and ankles,slender neck and collarbones and sloped shoulders with a slightly sharp edge along with more fleshy curves. In the eighties i cut every shoulder pad out of my clothing because I already felt I had enough shoulder as it was. I wanted to keep everything rounded. LOL Still waiting to see Soft Classic.

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    1. Theatrical Romantic just takes a hint of sharpness, so I can understand why it might be tricky to see it as an undercurrent to a Romantic look.

      Soft Classic will be up next Monday, so you don’t have long to wait!

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  8. Phew, I am glad that there are a lot of patterns I that I love/own/made in there and apart from the ruffles I can see myself in a lot of them. Thanks so much for all the work, I am really rethinking my sewing plans right now, it seems I have been veering towards too structured…
    About the “sexy” thing, I think it may just be that some types have an easier time to come across/look a certain way than others. I know that sexy came easy to me when I was younger, simply because those curves are hard to hide and I was often frustrated that a jeans and simple scoop cut t-shirt was considered too sexy for work, for example and I got a talk from my boss about it. If I want to look elegant I have to put quite a bit of thought into it, edgy (leather jacket, rivets etc.) makes me look masculine almost and feels against the grain. A Classic friend on the other hand looks elegant and poised in pretty much anything, but said she didn’t find it easy to exude authority… And so on.

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    1. That makes a lot of sense. I do think each type has some style impressions that come across easier than others. I’m pretty sure it is possible for each type to achieve their own sort of “sexy” or “elegant” or “casual” etc. but I also agree that some of those impressions will take more effort and forethought than others.

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