While I may seem like the every day model of a modern major Queen, that is only because my inner slutchic clothing addict rarely gets to strut his fabulousness. Between a general lack of available slutwear for men and my admittedly picky as hell taste in clothing, I don’t end up getting to peacock much.
Oh but today, yes, let the feathers fly.
I posted a photo I’d done to flickr and someone I didn’t recognize had fav’d it. (Yay!) So I went to look at the person’s flickr, found it was a designer of some pretty cool cyberstyle stuff, and wandered off to the shop.
As usual, I preferred the women’s clothes to the men’s. I’ve always, as faithful stalkers and long-time friends will attest, not given a rats ass in a blender if something was made for men, women, unisex or whatever. If I like it, I’ll wear it. Its been getting harder and harder to find good slutwear, or hell, even just non-standard “male” clothing what with mesh taking over the grid. I have not nor will I ever wear a diaper-load pair of mesh trousers so that cuts out half the designers already.
Skell Dagger recently did a fabulous blog post on the subject that I recommend all designers and shoppers alike take a peek.
I can’t agree more with his post. The fashion conscious, non-standard male dilemma first started out with the regular statement of, “Ooh, look, no breast shading, this shirt totally works!” to where we are now, being completely unable to wear a mesh shirt made for women thanks to the built-in breastbumps. Same goes for hair, too. My hair folder used to be full of long-hair designs made for women. Now that we have mesh, those long hair designs have breastbumps of their own. Pants don’t work at all since, for one, I don’t have hips, and for two, I’m not tucking it back and that flat look isn’t hot.
Its INSANELY frustrating.
But then we come around to A&Y Bunker Cybershop by Anabel Crystal and the subject of my joy. While saddened that the stunning mesh knee-high boots don’t work for me (I bet they would for a less muscular male. Also, she does include a short pair for wearing under trousers), I took a chance on the Rave Cyber Outfit for women. The low-rider, zip and lace pants are just to die for and that’s just the start. The belt and leg straps are deee-viiiiine. Took a little editing and a lot of resizing but they’re completely scripted so the resizing and moving was flawless. The belt, interestingly, wasn’t going to work at all what that I don’t have hips- but on a lark I decided to tilt it and voila- perfect. If it was a standard belt it probably wouldn’t have worked but in this case, oh yea, come to daddy.
Its little things like making items 1) Mod by script *AND* by hand, 2) including a short boot for pants (or for men, in this case by default), 3) including non-rigged mesh and 4) continuing to make system layer clothing that rocks and can be enhanced by mesh and sculpts and all the pretty shiny new stuff.
I see a lot of posts on blogs, FB and Plurk about “Do people even wear system layer clothes anymore?” Yes, yes we do. And we will continue to mix and match from multiple sources to make a look we want. We are not Cookie Cutter Avatars. We are not the Standard 5.
And god willin’ and the crick (sp) don’t rise, we never will.
Hair: /wasabi pills/ – Erik – Night Shadow
Skin: Nivaro – James – Light Tone – Hairy – Shaven – Bald (Link goes to Demos)
Ears: Mandala Steking Ears v4
Necklace: Mandala – Luck
Shirt: So old the creator’s name doesn’t even show up anymore.
Tattoos: Fallen Gods – A Skin Story
Bracelets: Mandala – Luck & OKAKI
Pants: A&Y Rave Cyber Outfit – Darkness
Boots: Lapointe & Bastchild Biker Classic Boots – Distressed*
Location: Aitui & Pose: No longer available in world