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Theatrical Romantic

Please note that I originally wrote this blog post in 2015 on my previous website, GET the LOOK. Some of the information below may be outdated. Currently, I work mainly with Ethereal Typology, created by me.

Outfits pinned on my Pinterest and my Instagram are the most current sources of information.


A Theatrical Romantic woman has many of the characteristics of a Romantic type. However, the addition of features specific to the Dramatic type plays a vital role. A pinch of Yang added to the most feminine type of beauty, which is Romantic, makes for astounding differences in appearance and temperament.

The charming Vivien Leigh, a winner of two Oscars, is considered the leading representative of Theatrical Romantic. Looking closely at her face, we can notice a pixie hiding behind her delicate, feminine beauty. The male Yang element makes the faces of Theatrical Romantic women no longer just softly pretty (Romantic); they become intriguing and expressive. A tempting, sensual appearance replaces delicate beauty. Especially that Vivien Leigh, both in her personal and professional life, often played the role of a seductive femme fatale.

Before Vivien Leigh played Scarlett O’Hara, the career of Jean Harlow (Theatrical Romantic) was in full bloom in Hollywood. Her scenic image inspired young Norma Jane, who, already as Marylin Monroe, quite faithfully imitated the style of her idol. Unfortunately, Norma did not have the strong Theatrical Romantic charisma. The graphic image of Marylin Monroe is the result of a few corrections and total “repainting.” The romantic Norma Jane spent three hours a day in front of the mirror in order to present herself to the world as a Theatrical Romantic.

There is some misunderstanding about Salma Hayek and her classification as Theatrical Romantic. She has been classified as a Theatrical Romantic either by the master of Kibbe himself or someone unknown. Salma’s figure is too round and soft to be influenced even by an ounce of male Yang. It is also difficult to recognize the features typical of Theatrical Romantic in her face (without a lot of makeup). The fact is that Salma looks quite good in makeup and styling suitable for Theatrical Romantic. The reason for this is her expressive, winter color type and not the effect of the sharpening Yang element. Besides, we usually describe Salma Hayek in terms of beauty rather than as a charming femme fatale.

Let’s take a look at the facial features and body of Salma Hayek and compare it with 100% representatives of Theatrical Romantic, Jane Seymour and Joan Collins (Alexis from the TV series “Dynasty”). One of Jane Seymour’s best roles is also worth mentioning. She played Cathy Ames in the mini-series “East of Eden,” a wicked and spoiled woman, a complete villain. Would Salma Hayek be offered such a role?

David Kibbe describes the Theatrical Romantic woman as being as round as the Romantic woman. The only difference in construction is the more refined structure of the bones and their sharper edges. But, according to David Kibbe, the body is still round and full. Is this actually true?

Below, the photo of one of Charlie’s Angels (1976 series), Jaclyn Smith. Do we see romantic curves?

And here we have two ladies on the beach – the petite Jane Seymour versus the much less petite Marylin Monroe.

And it is not about the weight, although Romantic women have tendencies to put on weight. The difference between Theatrical Romantic and Romantic types is not just limited to bone structure. The whole body of Theatrical Romantic women is much less influenced by the female Yin than the Romantic.


  • Height – short or medium (up to approx. 170 cm, or 5’7”)
  • Moderately long vertical lines (depending on how round the silhouette is)
  • Body type – hourglass or pear
  • Shoulders – slightly sloping or straight, can be angular
  • Arms and legs – not very long
  • Hands and feet – narrow, small in relation to the height
  • Bust – medium or large
  • Waist – clearly defined
  • Hips – rounded
  • Forearms – not too long, slightly rounded


  • Jaw – slightly tapering, slightly pointed, less often wider
  • Nose – delicate, narrow, or slightly wider
  • Cheekbones – slightly or more strongly defined
  • Eyes – large or medium size
  • Lips – nicely outlined, slightly full
  • Cheeks – slightly rounded or taut


The face of a Theatrical Romantic woman has such perfect features that it will look attractive in any hairstyle. Naturally, masculine cuts, geometric and symmetrical hairstyles will be the least suitable. To emphasize the theatrical (and perhaps even commercial) beauty of Theatrical Romantic, you should choose very feminine and romantic hairstyles. All kinds of hairdos revealing the face are perfect. The best will be retro-style pin-ups, additionally (for the evening) decorated with a diadem or a shiny headband. The classic, smooth bun is not the best choice (perfect for the Classic type). Such hairstyle will not adequately highlight the fascinating beauty of the Theatrical Romantic.

Makeup, even for daytime, should be quite expressive. Natural blondes are definitely less common among Theatrical Romantic women, but they will also look advantageous in an intense lipstick color or with heavily applied mascara. The most appropriate shade of lipstick would be a range of red hues, depending on the color type and the time of day. Lips cannot be pale or sweet pink and pastel. We also avoid orange colors and any bizarre shades.

Strong lips plus eyelashes with distinctly applied mascara are the best options for this type of beauty. Of course, eye makeup can be additionally enhanced with eyeliner, but it should not be more visible than eyelashes. Eyeshadows can be an additional element of makeup, but they are not particularly necessary. A clean eyelid, a line on the lower and upper eyelashes, long curled eyelashes, and red lips – this makeup will be the best choice for every Theatrical Romantic woman.

Below, there are a few photos of Jennifer Love Hewitt (Soft Summer or Soft Autumn). First and foremost, Jennifer looks excellent in the Theatrical Romantic makeup. As you can see, red lipstick goes well even with delicate color types. Jennifer Love Hewitt, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to know about it. She probably chose this beautiful makeup by accident.

A series of failed styling can be seen in the second row—bad makeup with the wrong hair color.

Let’s also look at the fantastic outfits of our Polish representative of the Theatrical Romantic type. It is a pity that Agnieszka Więdłocha rarely surrounds herself with a style appropriate for her beauty.

Below, a fan of the Theatrical Romantic style, Salma Hayek. A Romantic woman with a strong, winter-type beauty, who looks very well in Theatrical Romantic outfits. However, they add a lot of seriousness to Salma’s beauty, in contrast to the Romantic outfits, which have a rejuvenating effect.

Finally, a comparison of the faces of both ladies. Agnieszka Więdłocha (Theatrical Romantic) versus young Salma Hayek (definitely Romantic). Salma’s photo is quite unique. You can rarely see her buttoned up to the neck.


Retro lace outfits combined with baroque elements best highlight the beauty of Theatrical Romantic. However, due to the specificity of such style, it is challenging to wear it from head to toe every day. You can afford a little craziness by choosing retro style clothes for the evening. During the day, it’s a good idea to incorporate retro elements into your favorite style. The key to success will be unique, ornate jewelry (especially earrings), which will convey the right tone even in the simplest outfit.

  • baroque retro style
  • feminine style accentuating the figure
  • medium, rounded necklines
  • stand-up collars with lace or frill trim
  • ruffle collars
  • jabots
  • cuts strongly accentuating the waist
  • peplums
  • flared dresses, skirts, coats
  • tulip dresses and skirts
  • pants and skirts with a high waist
  • lace, guipure
  • fluffy, soft knitwear
  • fur ornaments or trim
  • sparkly applications
  • baroque patterns (see above – Agnieszka Więdłocha’s dress)
  • abstract patterns of medium size
  • medium-sized florals with distinct edges
  • baroque decorative elements both in the wardrobe and accessories
  • round shaped handbags, not too big
  • baroque jewelry


  • oversized clothing
  • boho style
  • girlish style
  • masculine outfits
  • too much cleavage (large decolletage)
  • tight turtlenecks
  • lowered waistline
  • high waistline in dresses
  • strongly emphasized shoulders
  • stripes and plaid
  • animated prints
  • very heavy fabrics
  • modern jewelry
  • geometric jewelry