The topic for today is utilising what you have in your wardrobe, by taking an outfit — or whole item — apart.
Though layering options have increased, there has always been the ability to get a little more from a purchase. On the other side of the fence, I always encourage designers to look past their initial idea and imagine how the customer may wear it. My very overused phrase is “it doesn't matter if it doesn't make sense, just do it,” when asking a designer to make a shirt/jacket on all layers rather than just one. Please — never flatten and combine belts or corset/wraps into a shirt or pants, as it limits your creativity after the purchase.
Next, we take a dress that has visible pieces to use in other ways — and actually use them. We can make a simple tank dress look inserted with a contrast panel by using the high-waisted portion of the dress, or make a fancy top with dress pants. These are men’s pants — anything made for men will fit women and vice versa when it comes to the clothing layers. Prims will need to be modified.
There are many looks that can be achieved by taking the bottom or top part of an outfit, even a dress, and making them separates. Not only do you get to extend your wardrobe, but you get to show real individuality when doing so...and that is what Second Life and fashion is about.
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