Sometimes you just have to discard the ripped up leathers, the tattered t-shirts, and scores of bangles up and down your tattooed arms and dress it up a bit. Keeping with the gothic/industrial style and dressing for a semi-formal or ‘dressy’ sort of occasion can pose a bit of a challenge in Second Life. Going all the way to formal is rather simple- grab yourself a nice suit or tuxedo and simply add rings and some nice, leather pointy boots. The half-way point though is a little tougher. At least, it is if you want to stay away from looking like a baby bat(tm) in his sister’s eyeliner.
Most “formal” gothic wear involves velvets, lace and a lot of jackets with flexprim tails. To this retired goth, that’s just club wear. That’s what you wear to the Cat club or Death Guild. I’d call it more High Goth rather than formal.
So what’s a gothyboy to do when the ocassion calls for a dressy event in SL. Weddings are easy- grab your suit. But what about Art Gallery openings, perhaps a night out at a Jazz or Blues club (Don’t judge. You want serious, gut wrenching melodies and drown-your-sorrows-in-whiskey music, hit up a blues club some night and tell me they couldn’t out angst The Cure in hand-to-eyeliner combat) and other events where you may want to tart it up a bit by stay on this side of comic, out of place vampire?
This jacket is a DAMNED exquisite find for such an event. From Diram, the Jason Coat comes with a host of possibilities. You can wear the coat, the coat and vest, or the coat, vest and shirt/tie. There are two alphas; one for just the coat, one for coat and vest. The ensemble comes in the standard 5. The jacket and Vest are sold in several color options.
My only gripe about this is that the shirt is not tintable. The collar is- but the shirt layer is no-mod and there’s no hud to change the color. A minor thing- I can easily swap it out for my own shirt.
My combination “oh how bloody awesome!” and “What the hell?” are the hands. Yes, it comes with hands. The alpha covers your arms completely to the hands and the ensemble comes with a left and right hand plus a hud which has several different hand positions based on the pockets of whatever trousers your’e wearing and skin-tone matching. Now that’s a damned cool idea! Very original thinking. The downside is, to be honest, the hands are a little oddly shaped. For photos or something they most assuredly work. Not sure how I will like them being unmoving as my avatar’s AO takes over and has me doing things that are missing the arms.
The texture on the coat is VERY well done. The fine woven lines of the coat are detailed, shaded and highlighted, and the buttons don’t stretch out. The style is so verstaile that I could pair it with a nice pair of slacks or, as I’ve done here, my leathers and still look dressy.
Hair: /wasabi pills/ – Erik (Blacks) – Night Shadow
Skin: FRUK – Jeremy – Shade 2
Eyeshadow: Beauty Killer – Gothic Eyeshadows – Dark
Eyes: IKON – Sunrise Eyes – Purple Pale
Facial Piercings: ~*Souzou Eien*~ Of Obsidian Pearls (Lip and Nose), Mekare Brow/Nostril/Lip/Earlobe
Ears: Rozoregalia – Gemma Earring4+Ear
Necklace: T.E.D. Tass/Black
Shirt, Tie, Vest, Jacket: Diram – Jason Coat – Prince de Galles
Trousers: L&B – S’Wear Mesh Zip Leather Pants
Shoes: [GOS] – Triumph – Worn Black
Pose: Gliteratti – M – Stylin 2