Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. ~ Oscar Wilde
BlaiseJoshua and I were chatting the other day and he wanted to do a blog together about five fashion trends we do not like in SL. I was a bit hesitant. I try to keep this a nice family blog with cheerful proclamations and positivity, but he and a photo from my friend Boyd convinced me.
So Blaise and I went in search of the five things we really don’t like. Mine are listed below; Blaise is doing his own list at Everysecondman.com. We dressed up in our respective most-disliked elements so we could really live in our dislike.
Therefore, please find, five things in SL fashion I really don’t like:
1. Unicode name. The unicode name fad—it really has to go. When someone’s name is Ħʘ̊ŋƐɏ Б๏๏ Б๏๏, I would just prefer to call them “The Avatar Formerly Known as Prince.” He thought it was cutting edge when he did it in the 90s. Now even HE thinks it’s stupid.
2. Fish face. The eyes set too widely apart, the beady little eye openings, the nose too narrow, the mouth set in a permanent scowl, the buck teeth—it’s a recipe for looking like a mutant. (And yes, I did make a sort of IPR (“invisible pony rider”) shape because it seems to always accompany this face style.)
3. A proliferation of piercings and other silly accessories. I do remember when I first started SL, I had a nose piercing, and I thought that was so cool. But this profusion of piercings is positively painful. A friend calls it “metallic herpes.” I call it “facial shrapnel.” You’re not edgy–you’re just a few thousand up in ARC.
4. Related to that: “fierce” tattoos and provocatively slutty clothes. I bundle this all as one because it’s a “style.” I am guessing it’s a backlash against the sort of twee charming cover-me-up clothes we see walking around the grid or the elegance of ballroom dancers, but come on, this Jersey Shore look is hardly au courant. You do realize they put Snooki on TV for us to laugh at her, right?
5. Fidgety AO (see video). These AOs make me think either I need to be passing out valium or carrying a tranquilizer gun. Moving for the sake of moving is not what an AO should be. It should look like a natural person standing in place, not a girl trying to get smacked in the ass or a fairy princess twinkling her toes. For safety’s sake, bend from the knees not from the waist. If your AO is picking something up or showing something off, make it less overt.
No credits today. Just a thanks to BlaiseJoshua from Everysecondman.com for making me do this and for being my partner in crime.