A designer friend recently came into group chat for Designers in Seclusion and asked us how we could help her explain to a customer that the system skirt makes your butt look larger. I remember noticing this phenomenon when I was first in SL (“OMG, I look fat in this!”) but realized it was simply a feature I needed to learn how to use (and not a bug). Let’s do a quick tutorial on system skirts so we can choose whether we like big butts.
In the second photo, I am wearing a gorgeous new dress from Barbra Kungler wearing my normal shape. Barbra has opted to use the system skirt to show the beautiful texture on the skirt as if it was stretched tightly around the torso. It is a thin sexy silhouette that looks fantastic.. IF you wear it right.
Now, I DO like big butts—I sport a healthy one on my regular shape. However, if you look at my rump in this dress, I push past the sexy Joan Holloway back end to something borderline absurd. The reason the system skirt functions like this is because the system skirt was intentionally designed to lie a few pixels above the shape—it has to clear all the movements of the avatar walking, turning, etc. There is no way for a designer to make the skirt fit more tightly. It is what it is.
What most intelligent and discerning avatars do is make an additional shape they call their “skirt shape,” and they put that on when they wear system skirts. In my case, I have notched down two sliders—the Saddle Bags and the Butt Size under the Legs option–in my shape. Barbra’s fantastic dress now looks great on me. Consider your skirt shape a sort of virtual Spanx and use it wisely. I really hate seeing buttless avatars. “I like big butts and I can not lie.” But don’t blame a designer when that system skirt looks too big on you.
I am showing another of Queue Marlowe’s fantastic new hairs with this outfit. Again, I am wearing her magic tattoo layer hair base, which is colored to match the hair perfectly. I love how the wisps show around the nape of the neck and the sassy shape of the ponytail.
So Fellas (yeah) Fellas(yeah)
Has your girlfriend got the butt (hell yeah)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt
Baby got back
~ “I Like Big Butts” by Sir Mix-A-Lot
Hair: nadia brunette with AD hair base – brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *
Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Peacock- by Nena Janus for *League* *
Dress: (Kunglers) Adrianne Floral by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers *
Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Wonder by Kalnins