September 21, 2015

Cheap Mesh Applier Clothing (Part 1)

Since I bought my Maitreya Lara mesh body (which I love), my wardrobe has contracted a bit. All those system outfits with prim attachments don't work on mesh bodies and mesh clothing may or may not work depending on the shape, alpha matching and other factors.

Which means an excuse to go shopping all over again!

Now I've bought some very nice applier-based outfits but they've all been in the $300 - 500L range. This time out, I thought I'd see what I could do for under $100L.

Second Life Marketplace (The Horror)

The first thing I did was head to SLM. Now if you don't know how to shop SLM through it's very limited search function, SLM can be daunting. There is soo much JUNK there it makes browsing unpleasant.  Like 30 color-ways of some stupid system bikini selling for $1L. Or endless retextured halter tops. And don't get me started on DEMOs. 

The key to wading through it is to use the keywords NOT, AND, and OR when searching. Note the ALL CAPS. So I started with:

omega NOT demo

This immediately narrowed down my universe to (mostly) clothing that including "Omega" appliers and were not demo products. Next I further narrowed down the selection by picking prices under $100L and with 4 star & up reviews. Yes you may miss a few things this way but the sheer volume of SLM listings makes it a chore otherwise.

Next step was to browse through the results picking and choosing things I might like to wear or that I thought others might like.

My personal tastes

Please note that while I am no prude and occasionally like to wear something a bit frisky, I don't do Lola's Tangos or wear outsized shapes (butts or boobs). I'm also not big into outfits that put your bits on full display either. So my picks from SLM were things that looked good to me from the pictures and had decent reviews (at least 3). This led me to about 15 items that ranged in price from $99L to $1L and I'm happy to say, that I will gladly wear any of them. Uh well except one that I'd only wear for a special male someone lol. And so on to the outfits! I'll feature maybe 3 per article so let's see how things go.
!DC! Autumn Love

Except where noted ALL outfits are shown on the Maitreya Lara body with my standard SL ava head and SLink high feet. All the links in the titles go to the items on SLM as of this writing. You can also click on any of the photos to see them in full size detail.

!DC! Autumn Love ($10L)

This knit dress is deceptively simple. What makes it are the textures. They all line up correctly, it LOOKS like real knitting (or crocheting) and it will also work as a top by itself.

Even the one feature I don't like, a mesh panel to bridge the crotch and legs, works well enough and is barely noticeable when worn.

Autumn Love comes with a multi-applier that works with just about any mesh body system you can think of including Maitrey, Omega, SLink, TMP, Lola, etc.

Click on the picture to view in full size. 

Carie's Closet - Stacy Plum Kissed Top ($2L)

Carie's Closet - Stacy Plum Kissed Top
OK this is just a system top updated for Omega & Maitreya appliers but it works pretty well and it's only $2L. When I was making clothing, this sort of top was  typical of my own work so I can relate. :) It's cute and wearing it on the clothing layer of Lara makes it sit OFF the body slightly giving it a bit more realism than if it was worn on a system avatar. This is the sort of clothing that's almost impossible to do well in mesh.

B.D.R. (Beautiful Dirty Rich) - I'm Your Only Wish ($1L)

Now I actually have a number of BDR outfits lurking in inventory. Some undies, lingerie, tops as well as a few normal outfits. So when I saw this cute little lace babydoll I was like MUST OWN!

BDR - I'm Your Only Wish
And I was not disappointed. While it's an adapted system style outfit with one of those prim bridges across the crotch (that I hate), it works well and the lace details really come to life on mesh bodies. Sorry peeps, I blurred the bits on this one in Photoshop but trust me, you can see everything through it.

It is supplied in four different colors (pink, purple (shown), black and white) along with appliers for just about every mesh body and add-on under the sun except Maitreya but it including Omega.

Alma's Gift Lace Top ($1L)

Alma's Gift Lace Top
Finally, our last venture was a top that I thought was cute from the photos but didn't have any reviews. For $1L, I'll take a chance!

And the verdict is....winner! It's very cute, well detailed and while it's an applier only top, the illusion of going across the breast rather than being painted on the skin is very good when applied to clothing layer. I'd wear this with jeans shorts in a heartbeat! Yes, it shows a little peek-a-boo bottom boob but on SL, that's pretty tame. Comes with appliers for, Belezzo, Slink Physique & Omega. So who is Alma and what else does she make? As it turns out, mostly lingerie with quite a few 5 star ratings including some black lace panties for $1L with Omega appliers. Off to buy.

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