Exciting things are going on at the moment. Yes, I'm talking about MESH and how it's slowly but surely starting to change the way we look at fashion in SL.
I used to be a big sceptic of MESH and the new viewer one needed to use to actually see it rez. I didn't want to completely "relearn" the software I had been using to play SL for more than 4 years and neither was I too keen on badly textured MESH clothes that would show holes all over my body if I didn't totally change my shape.
Since then the Phoenix developers have done a great job to make their old viewer MESH compatible, but what really did it for me was their latest Firestorm release. Arrow Inglewood, my co-blogger over at "Fashion + Freebies for Men", told me about the vintage skin I could use with it and after doing some minor modifications in the preferences section my Firestorm viewer now looks almost the same as my trusted Phoenix used to to. Plus, I can finally wear multiple tattoo layers and alphas (a must for using MESH clothes).
I should add that buying a new desktop PC on top did a lot to improve my overall SL experience. I can now run my system at Ultra instead of only High and rarely get disconnected anymore.
Once the technical side was taken care of I concentrated on actually wearing more sophisticated MESH outfits. It turns out that some designers have realized that a one size fits all approach to MESH fashion won't work. People won't buy MESH clothes if they come with a badly made alpha and a one size layer only that forces them to completely change their shape. On the other hand we have designers like hoorenbeek who know that a freebie needs to be of the same quality as a pay item and who therefore include a plethora of wear options and 3 sizes (small, medium, large) with their Sweater w/Shirt SOM gift. Even though oversized avatars will still need to change some shape features like the amount of arm/leg muscles or body fat, well-made MESH clothes can then at least be worn by (almost) everyone.
Ah yes, and one more thing: This is not a blog about MESH freebies but about regular MESH releases. Some might be a gift at a given moment, others might be on sale but I want to focus on the top tier items in this blog and these will normally be pay items. So, spend a little money on your new MESH wardrobe, guys, and give designers the incentive to produce more exciting apparel for us. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Sale @ hoorenbeek and Gabriel!
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Glasses: Kumaki - K_gs Marq (new Mesh release)
Sweater: hoorenbeek - [ h ] Sweater w/Shirt - Mesh - Brown/White (SOM Gift)
Shoes: Gabriel ::GB::Male Dress shoes (White)