It’s almost embarrassing, really, how much I love pea coats. You may remember that I’ve featured more than a few here over the last few years, and I’m highly confident that I own at least a few others. I do have one in RL as well—just the one, but it’s a very nice one, and my favorite coat. But in RL I have just one, and in SL I can have as many as I want. You do the math.
Strictly from a scientific perspective, it’s interesting to see how design and construction have changed over the years on such a specific garment. This early example uses no prim add-ons at all, except for an optional scarf accessory. Most recently (where does the time go?), I featured this coat by Amerie Spittler, with its finely sculpted collar and other components. The progression seems clear: although of course good texture work is essential as always, new techniques for adding dimension and volume make possible ever more realistic clothing designs.
Where do we go from here? What is the next step? Love it or hate it, you know the answer: mesh. Ramses Meredith’s rigged mesh pea coat is, in a word, remarkable. It’s finely textured, with fabric artwork that’s softly shaded and arguably more visually interesting than simple, traditional wool. It’s also highly detailed, with chunky cuffs, turned-up collar, and shiny oversized buttons. Last but certainly not least, thanks to its rigging, it moves more naturally with your avatar than it has any seeming right to do. I might just be in love.
You can choose to wear the coat with or without an integrated, slightly grubby undershirt. Even if it’s not your thing, this is a nice option that’s essentially thrown in for free. And of course you can accessorize with your own favorite shirt, or shirts, to your heart’s content. If I may be permitted one minor grumble, it’s that the coat can only be worn open, not buttoned closed against winter’s harsh chill.
You’ll find the coat very reasonably priced at L$250; a free demo is available. Choose from ten different, not necessarily wintry colors—I particularly like the Persian Blue you see here. Five sizes/fits are included, so you can choose the one that best suits your shape. At Egoisme (Dominus 169, 111, 22).
It’s worth noting especially that my boots here, traveller Bade’s very fine DH Boots, are currently just L$50 a pair in your choice of six colors on SL Marketplace.
On Ryan: “Andrej” skin by Aida Ewing (Tableau Vivant). “Tito” shape by Alair Cortes (Pocket Mirrors). Y-62 hairstyle by Fuu Sohl (ZEUS). Buttered Hazelnut eyes by Ampersand Artful (sauce). Fit denim boots cut jeans by AIR Winx (ARGRACE). DH Boots by traveller Bade (Dirty Hands). Poncho scarf by Reila Karu (Reila). MARLEY Crocodile Lens A glasses MARLEY Crocodile Lens A glasses by Cheerno Destiny (CheerNo). Men’s Happiness Choker Chain by Alexandria Nichols (Wicked Gear).