I don’t know how many of you are susceptible to summer colds, but I get them and let me tell you–they are miserable. Â I’ve had one for the last week and it’s left me like the walking dead…and that’s with medication. Â Sadly one side effect of all this has been some neglect of goings-on here at Men’s Second Style, but never fear–I’m getting back in the saddle. Â I’m checking in with some new sculptie-accented items by designer Dolce Blackflag (Nephilaine Protagonist) of PixelMen at PixelDolls. Â (I see that Cat also highlighted some other just-out PixelMen designs this weekend, so be sure to check them out too.) Â Here you see one of the Longsleeve Tees paired with Strap Pocket Jeans. Â Both feature sculpted prim attachments that create the appearance of looser, less rigid cuffs than system clothing otherwise allows–they’re kind of “slouchie.” Â I’ve seen prim cuffs before that gave a crisp, rolled-up look, but this is an interesting innovation that results in a look that’s really comfortable and casual.
The Longsleeve Tees have a simple but great ribbed texture and come in four different designs:Â Plain, Leaves (shown), Diamond and Sunburst. Â They are provided on various clothing layers for your wearing convenience. Â The sculpted cuffs have the same ribbed fabric texture. Â These shirts come in just one color, a light neutral gray, but all components are moddable and therefore tintable. Â They’re also copiable, so you can save copies of your favorite colors once you’ve tinted to your liking (of course this means that transfer is not permitted). Â I found that I had to tint the prim cuffs to color values that looked like they would be slightly darker to get a good visual match with the clothing layers–it wasn’t simply a matter of plugging in the same color value numbers. Â I don’t know if there are any known rules for this matching process, but I found it wasn’t difficult with just a little slider tweaking. Â The Longsleeve Tees are priced at L$150 each.
The Strap Pocket Jeans are provided on both the pants and underwear clothing layers. Â The pants layer allows forÂ traditional wear with “system legs,” but here you see me wearing the underwear-layer version with sculpted slouchie cuffs (sorry, you won’t be able to wear boxer briefs under these). Â This allows for length and drape not possible with system pants. Â The jeans are available for L$100 a pair in several different variations: Blue, Brown and Black colors, regular and distressed finishes, with and without side chains. Â The colors are quite deep and dark, so I’ve increased the brightness level in these pictures just a little so hopefully you can make out more of the detail. Â Here you see the jeans in distressed brown; in the pictures that follow I’m wearing them in distressed black with chains.
The new Sculpted Velvet Jacket takes a more formal approach but makes equally creative use of sculpted prim accents.Â However, don’t overlook the rich colors and luxurious fabric textures–as always, these are what make or break a garment, and in this case the prim collar, cuffs and flexi coat tails serve to highlight an already beautiful piece. Â The jacket itself is worn on the jacket layer for length and features ornate metal front closures. Â The lapels have rolled sewn edges and look as if they would feel thick and heavy between your fingers.
The stand-up prim collar, cuffs and coat tails are beautifully color-matched to the jacket, and the fabric textures are equally impressive.Â Â I find flexi coat tails to be an interesting fitting challenge, and I did play with size, fit and placement for a while (the attachments are moddable and copiable, so you can fuss with a copy with no fear of wrecking the original).Â Ultimately I decided that the default size and fit were already pretty good–I get some extension and a hint of movement without looking like I’m wearing a billowy skirt. Â Depending on the size and proportions of your avatar, as well as your own preferences regarding flexi coat tails, you may need to adjust a little, a lot, or not at all. Â Honestly, I don’t know how women manage with flexi-prim skirts. Â ;)
The Sculpted Velvet Jacket is available for L$200 in Ocean, Grey, Burgundy (shown), blue, Green, Brown, Black, and Purple.