With the introduction of mesh bodies into the grid, there was bound to be a virtual smorgasbord of opinions, likes, dislikes and comments floating around Second Life – and indeed there is. Which body is best? Are they worth the money? Is applier clothing really just low quality system clothing shoved in an applier?
Well for my two cents – there is a body to suit everyone, it depends on your preference, and absolutely I think they are worth the money. The biggest question I’m tackling in today’s blog however is the question of the quality of applier clothing.
The biggest difference is that the textures you can use on a mesh body are much higher quality than what can be used on a system body – simple.
With that in mind, just like all content creators, there are high quality applier clothing designers, and lower quality applier clothing designers. The difference? For me, it’s all about the texturing. A good applier clothing designer is essentially a designer who understands the pros and cons of mesh bodies, and uses high quality textures to highlight the best features and abilities of the mesh body.
My case and point, in case you haven’t had a chance to look at this store yet, is ViVi. Now I’ve been a customer of ViVi since I first purchased Lolas Delicq – as they were the first store I came across that made appliers specifically for that mesh breast type, and more often than not the appliers for Lolas Tango didn’t line up correctly on the Delicq. If you haven’t had a chance to check ViVi out, you can do so HERE (while you’re there, don’t forget to Subscribe so you can get the regular gifties and use the Lucky Chairs in store!).
To me, this is a designer who takes time and care with her texturing, which at the end of the day can make the difference between that ‘system layer/painted on’ look, and the ‘realistic/well fitted’ look we all want with your mesh bodies. Below, I’m wearing the Amanda Rolled Sleeves top in red (also available in black,red, pink, purple, grey, brown, white and green) and if you look closely at the texturing (primarily the ‘knitted fabric’ appearance to it) you can see how detailed it is. In my opinion, that’s what you want to look for when buying applier clothing!
Top – Amanda Rolled Sleeves top in Red by ViVi
Hair – Julie Hair by ViVi Hair
Mesh Body – Slink Physique by Slink
Pants – Radi FitMesh Jeans by Blueberry