“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” ~ Mae West
A considerable debate has arisen in the grid about .. well… boobs. I moderate the Skin Addiction group and after considerable discussion, I thought I knew just about all there was to know about mesh boobs without actually owning a pair. I admit. I was put off by the size of them on most avatars. I was also conflicted about how they were used as a piece of essential sexuality—I have big boobs, therefore I am sexy. Sometimes seeing the size of them on some avatars is like seeing male avatars running around with oversized attachments—it’s a silly cartoon. Also I was amused by the naivete of the wearers—don’t you realize having big knockers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? (Come live in my bra for a day and you’ll find out.)
But I finally caved. What half-decent fashion blogger is not going to investigate the biggest fashion trend since prim feet shoes came out? I bought a pair of Lush mesh breasts—these from Riann Maltese, who offers a demo, unlike the most popular brand, and a guarantee to help match them. But matching them wasn’t a problem at all because Tricky Boucher has recently made appliers for the Lush set, which makes matching a breeze. (Other skin makers, like Hart Larsson, are also coming out with appliers for Lush.)
Fitting, however, is another whole cup of tea. The thing that many find troublesome—the oversized nature, the unrealistic shape—is kind of mitigated by the new Lush set. They aren’t as perky, as cartoonish, or as unreasonably proportioned. However, they are still large and full and putting them on my regular shape (generally a size S in mesh) was not working.
I went to Solange Cerveau, the grid’s goddess of silks and lingerie, for help. She has released quite a few pieces of her sexy lingerie and silks with Lola Tango appliers, and those appliers can be used on Lush breasts with limited success. (The shape of the two breast sets is distinctly different so matching things up is not always the easiest.) She showed me a few tricks (minimize your shape’s chest to 0, work with the repeats on the layers of the mesh to fiddle with positioning, scoot them up and down to make the skin matching to flow together). This gorgeous ensemble is from Solange and it really looks great on a lady with assets.
I finally realized the only way to make them look appropriate to me was to put them on a bigger shape. I didn’t want my breasts proceeding me into any sim and being the whole focus of my look. Having fit them to this fuller sized shape from Xme Xue, I find that I can wear them and feel sexy without feeling silly. Previews of these photos to friends, both male and female, received very positive reviews.
I will note that purchasing the additional appliers is an expense with many designers. I think folks will be put off by an additional 100L upcharge, but I have seen them for 25L or free and/or included in many cases. Warning designers–don’t get greedy, especially if you do a crappy job with the appliers.
My conclusion is that mesh breasts can look appropriate at times and give a great silhouette to a lady’s shape if they are proportioned correctly. Remember that Marilyn Monroe was never really a skinny girl and Christina Hendrichs, a lady with a voluptuous shape, is no size 0. You gotta be able to carry them.
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ~ Mae West
Hair: >TRUTH< Moxie – night by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *
Skin: -Belleza- Ava Sk 7 with -Belleza- Ava SK Matte Lips 8 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *
Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 1by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *
Shape: MAGGIE – Copy/Mod by Xme Xue for Ample Avi *
Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *
Outfit: RED/GOLD Carnal Lingerie by Solange Cerveau for Solange! *
Boobs: [d] Lush Breasts 1.3 by Riann Maltese for Lush
Appliers: -Belleza- Lush Sk by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *
Shoes: .*Courtisane*: La Sauvage L NO CALF SL V.2 /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *
Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *