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what is Belleza, Omega, and Maitreya?


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They are three well-established designers in SL.  Mostly clothing, but also skins, hair, and other items for customizing your avatar.  I remember buying Maitreya shoes almost 10 years ago, and I have had several favorite skins from Belleza and Maitreya.  You can wear anything that you want, or nothing at all if you are in an Adult region.  You do need a skin and a shape, but you have those as defaults on any avatar.  Same with hair. 

The smartest first steps are to experiment with the items in your inventory's Library >>> Clothing >>> Initial Outfits folder.  They are free, and you can mix and match at least some of them -- the non-mesh ones especially.  Then visit some of the freebie shops in world, like Free Dove.  They get good quality freebies from some of the best designers, who want to get you interested enough to visit their stores and buy the more expensive things.  Then just go shopping.  If you are interested in mesh, never buy anything without trying on a free demo first to see whether it looks good on you.  If a designer doesn't offer a demo, walk on by.

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As Rolig says, they are popular designers of avatar fashions.

Belleza is particularly well known for their skins.

Maitreya makes clothing and shoes

Both Belleza and Maitreya have released mesh avatar bodies.  When you see some clothing that says, "fits Belleza" (or Maitreya) it means that that item will work with that mesh body.  Other popular makers of mesh bodies are SLink and The Mesh Project, or TMP.  There are many others as well.  You can read reviews for mesh bodies and heads here: http://meshbodyaddicts.com/

Omega is a bit different.  They have come out with a "universal" applier system.  A clothing designer can make a texture applier for the Omega system, and that clothing (or skin) texture can then be used with many popular mesh bodies.  The clothing designer doesn't have to make a special applier for each brand of mesh body.

(What's an "applier"?  The classic avatar body has the ability to wear several different clothing layers.  These are textures that are "painted" right onto the avatar body.  They always fit!  Lots of newer clothing is "mesh"...a 3D attachment, not a clothing layer.  Plus, as I said, you can buy entire mesh bodies, which are ALSO a 3D attachment.  You wear an "alpha mask", a special clothing layer, to make your normal body invisible so that it does not poke through your mesh clothing or mesh body.  These mesh attachments are not affected by clothing layer textures..so if you wear, for example, a pair of mesh breasts, they will appear to poke through the shirt texture you applied to your avatar.  An "applier" is a small HUD (any device that attaches to your screen and has controls that do something is called a HUD).  The applier...um, "applies" a clothing texture to a mesh body, or body part.  So, you would use an applier that comes with your clothes to apply that texture to your mesh breasts.  Don't worry if all this is confusing.  It confuses US too, and we've been here a while!  With some practice, you'll soon see how to get all the different types of clothing and avatar attachments to work together.)

Please understand that you DO NOT have to go out and buy a mesh avatar body to look good!  The standard, or "classic" avatar can be made to look extremely attractive if you take care in choosing your shape, skin, and hair.  MOST clothing and accessories in Second Life will work with (or has versions for) the classic avatar.

Rolig has given you good advice:  Try the avatars that are already in your inventory first.  You can use the Avatars button to access some of them, but you'll find all of them in the Library section of your inventory under Library/Clothing/Initial Outfits.  Next, visit some of the freebie stores.  There are lots of freebies on the Marketplace too, which you will find under the Shopping menu item on this page.  Many non-free stores also have free gift items that you can get.

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