A friend of mine on plurk was pining for the Fjords while lamenting the lack of Dressage suits for men in Second Life. I was vaguely aware that people riding in horse competitions wear something that looks a bit like a tuxedo with knee high boots, and it’s just the sort of thing I enjoy making, so a promise was made more or less sorta kinda. After doing some research on the various Dressage looks out there, I decided on the classic tail coat version.
Since the pants on a Dressage suit tend to be skin tight, I figured this suit didn’t have to be full mesh. The pants are a system layer, along with the system layer Dressage shirt, and leather gloves. The rest of the outfit is mesh, both rigged and unrigged. The tail coat is knee length and comes in the five standard male sizes. The Cravat and the low Top Hat are both unrigged and can be resized as needed. There is, of course, an alpha included for the coat and for the boots.
The rigged boots (included) are a special new addition to the Avatar Bizarre collection. Not only are they superbly textured patent leather, but if you run on a Materials compatible viewer and have Advance Lighting enabled, you will see a subtle leather shine you wouldn’t otherwise see in viewers that aren’t materials compatible. The shine has a slight color applied, based on the color of the coat.
This brings me to the Twisted Hunt gift for men (Twisted Hunt starts March 1 and runs through March 31)…
The theme of Twisted you probably already know, if you read this blog regularly (or just look at the post below this one). The color of this hunt is a magical purple. Frankly, it’s one of my favorite colors, and lends itself well to a Dressage outfit, even though the traditional color is, well, black and white.
The Magic Purple Dressage outfit from Avatar Bizarre comes with two pairs of pants: a black pair with a colored stripe down each leg, and a more traditional white pair. This suit will be available in more colors at the end of the hunt, including the traditional black.
Till then, Tally Ho!