Just Jez: The Mens Dept. Makes it easy to look good this Xmas!

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The Mens Dept has to be one of the resounding success stories of Second Life retail 2013. Every time I visit it’s busy, especially in the first few days after a new collection is revealed. I don’t really know why this is but I think it’s because having menswear, accessories, poses and other male-orientated goodies located in one spot is just more accessible than searching the grid. Certainly I struggle when looking for quality items for Jez to wear (because he’s bloody useless at shopping for himself) and visiting The Mens Dept allows me to kit him out in quality from pretty much his handsome head all the way down to his stinky toes. This round is as exceptional as any other, but highlights for me this time include this mesh sweater from XIAJ. It’s available in a number of prints and plain varieties, but for me it had to be this great wintry wool print.  Jez didn’t have a really festive jumper, and now he does he looks very Christmassy indeed. It’s an incredibly reasonable L$185 per jumper too, which means you can add a few of these mesh lovelies to your  fella’s winter wardrobe without breaking the bank.  As you can see from the photos the sweater photographs extremely well; the texture is nice and crisp, and the red and navy combo on this particular selection is bang on trend.

Of course, you can’t just have a good jumper, you need some quality jeans to team with it, and that’s where APHORISM come into play. They’re selling some fantastic denim jeans at The Mens Dept. that really must not be missed.  Now, I am very fussy about certain items in SL, you’ve probably noticed, and jeans are very near the top of that list. Why? Because they are so easy to get wrong. You have to suggest depth and wear on a good pair of jeans.  All too often textures aren’t applied correctly which is a shame, because when textured correctly a pair of denim jeans can really look stupendous in-world. You need to suggest creasing in the right places, as well as wear and tear, because denim jeans always look better when they’re aged a bit. Not only that, but they need to ‘hang’ on the avatar correctly, depending on the fit. Baggy jeans can look like a pair of MC Hammer pants if the shape is wrong, and straight-leg pants can just look incredibly flat. It’s a balancing act that few designers manage to pull of successfully, but fortunately APHORISM have successfully risen to the challenge.   I’m exceptionally impressed by these jeans.  They fit just right, and really look the part, especially the vintage options.  The creasing is spot on, not just at the top of the thigh but also around the calf area too.  They’re styled as regular jeans and I would say that’s correct, they’re neither too thin or overly baggy, and in my opinion that makes them an absolute must have for a male avatar. Not only that but they’re just L$200 a pair, so they’re a bit of a bargain. I think Jez looks brilliant in them, but then again I’m biased:)

Snapshot_005Last but not least, check out Jez’s pose. He’s using the pack from POSEOLOGY, also available at The Mens Dept., and it’s a very nice selection of male poses indeed. There’s no over-the-top posing here, just nice stands that allow for great photographs and work really well in-situ.  You can buy them individually for L$25 each, but Jez insisted on splurging ion the full pack for L$100 because he hasn’t got many quality poses in his repertoire, and I agreed these were pretty good for the price! So there you have it, a few picks from this round of The Mens Dept. Take your fella, drag him down there if you must, and get him kitted out for Christmas in style!

Here’s your Taxi to The Mens Dept. 

Kitty’s Starting To Feel festive…

Sn@tch Jumper-Sorcha

I’m all about comfort, and I’m all about jumpers at this time of year. I blooming love a nice, warm, soft comfy jumper, as a recent post proves! I don’t own a Christmas Jumper in real life, but in Second Life I’ve just acquired a festive and glamourous wee number that I had to share.  Sn@tch has been in Second Life a very long time, but it continues to go from strength to strength, as the latest round of releases proves. This is the ‘Sorcha Sequinned Sweater’  by Sn@tch, and it’s rather fab. The template is one that is currently being used rather a lot on the grid, BUT I’m not complaining, because I love the baggy shape, bell sleeves and off-shoulder look.  Ivey Deschanel has textured this one in a lovely uniform knit with added sequin sparkle which adds a beautifully seasonal touch to this epic winter-wear.

Of course, Sn@tch is the home of fabulous fat-pack happy as standard, so you always get exceptional value, and there are always consistently  fabulous items to choose from. This sweater pack features ten scorching (see what I did there?) colours for a mere  L$275. You really can’t ask for better value than that can you? Be sure to try a demo; personally I always go for XL because I like my baggy look and find that the mesh fits around the shoulders better on off-shoulder items.  Whatever sparkly sweater you decide to wear this holiday season, you’ll sparkle and glow for all the right reasons, and not because you’ve had too much eggnog!

 I must just mention that Elephante Poses have a rather fantastic sale on until Monday. I really adore the poses that MelissaJeanne Flores crafts. I’m using them frequently at the moment because I’m finding them to be incredibly expressive and great for capturing the look that I am after. The sale is a corker; 75% off the ENTIRE stock in store INCLUDING Gachas! I know right? Not only that BUT but joining the VIP group costs just L$50, as opposed to the normal price of L$300. Squeeee!!!

Just think you can get yourself some glorious wee poses, that go very nicely with this Sn@tch jumper, for not many pennies at all. Winning!! Here is your TP to Sn@tch, and here’s your TP to Elephante.

If you see Ivey or MJ, don’t forget to tell them that Kitty sent ya!