In the best way possible, I mean.Â Her new Performance Suit, released earlier this month,Â may just be the most impressively flexible suit I’ve everÂ worn.Â Dozens of pieces provide for what seems like tons of mix-and-match wear options.Â I tried to count up the possibilities, but I gave up when I lost track and had to start over.Â Twice.Â I kid you not.
swaffette’s creationÂ is a classic English three-piece suit, in an attractive slim cut, with two-button jacket.Â This simple description doesn’t begin to convey the extensive planning and effort that have clearly gone into such a generous “single garment” offering.Â If that doesn’t signify some kind of madness, I don’t know what does.Â But you be the judge.
In her announcement notecard, swaffette notes that the Performance Suit is the result of a “long labour.”Â ToÂ this I would add “of love,” because there’s no way on earth that anyone puts this much time and artistry into something just to sell it.Â There has to be something else, whether a sense of accomplishment, pride taken in the work, or fun had along the way.Â And of course I am not yet abandoning my madness theory.
I can’t possibly describe all the possible wear options and combinations, but I’ll do my best to give you a good idea of what this suit set offers.Â Let’s start with the jacket and move on from there.Â You can wear the jacket sensibly closed, as you see here, or comfortably open.Â Fabric textures are smoothly detailed, and everything layers and blendsÂ quite beautifully.Â Optional prim buttonsÂ for the cuffs are a very nice touch.Â swaffette’s simple and elegant optional “back flap”Â allows the jacket to fall smoothly and naturally in back.Â The vest can be worn layered under the jacket or on its own–it’s conveniently provided both with and without sleeve filler.Â (I did notice some slight “streaking” in the soloÂ vest’s fabric texture along the shirt-pants border.Â This is somethingÂ I’ve seen elsewhere as well, and you may not notice it unless you zoom in.Â This appears to be a specificÂ problem area on the generally problematic SL avatar.)Â Pants are understated but quite handsome.Â Â You get one “plain” pair as well as one thatÂ includes the vest’s bottom hem, so the vest can appear to fall down past the waistline.Â The pants also include sculpted cuffs, some of the nicest I’ve seen, crisply turned up and realistically shaped.
But you don’t get just the suit!Â The set also includes a fully featured dress shirt in beautiful tone-on-tone pinstripe fabric.Â The shirt is provided on multiple clothing layers, and you can wear itÂ on its own or under the vest and/or jacket, buttoned to the collar or unbuttoned, tucked or untucked.Â The shirt also includes gorgeousÂ sculpted cuffsÂ that feature original cufflinks by Accacia Brissot.Â The various prim collars are scripted for automatic resize, but they’re conventionally modabble as well.Â Necktie options include textured as part of the shirt, for wear with jacket and vest, and prim ties (some with flexi) that can be worn tucked, low and loose, or completely untied.
A red dress shirtÂ set is currently available as a freebie, part of the Make Him Over Hunt.Â You can find the orange hunt gift giver conveniently located near the Performance Suit vendors.
L$450 each in Charcoal (shown here), Blue, Dark Blue, Grey, Tan and Marble, each with a complementary tie pattern.Â A version of this suit styled for the ladies is also available.Â At SF Design (Penryn 88, 103, 36).