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Mar’s ponderings: Pectoral shading

I feel for you guys (as in the male of the avatar species). I really do.

I was standing in… shall we say a well-known designer store yesterday, browsing through their items. This particular store mixes their male and female items together, which makes for some interesting discoveries for the girls, but I can imagine the poor guys get frustrated when looking for male items. Especially when one considers the pectoral shading this designer seems to use on their male clothing, since it isn’t always immediately obvious what is male and what is female clothing.

I overheard two guys talking nearby, and being nosy I cammed around to see which clothing item they were looking at. It was this:

From what I heard of the conversation, they liked the clothing, but there were clear issues that one of them summed up with a single word: mantitties.

I can only agree. The clothing made by this designer is fabulous, the store is very well-known, and many of you will recognise it, however subtle I try to be, cropping out logos and suchlike in these pictures. The fact of the matter is: the pectoral shading on some of the male clothing is extremely visible and very breast-like, especially on the lighter items.

Another example:

Note the darker purple jacket looks just fine, but the lighter ones really do seem to have ‘moobs’. If I had a male avatar, I know which colour I would buy, and I find myself wondering if the designer sees higher sales for the darker colours of male items than the lighter ones.

What I do know is the store missed out on sales because of that shading. The two guys discussing the clothing seemed disappointed that the shading ‘spoiled’ the items, which they would have bought if it had been more subtle.

Any guys reading this: would you take a chance on the ‘mantitties’ in the lighter colours, or would you plump for the darker ones where they are less visible?

EDIT: Adding a screenshot of a female item of clothing, where you can see the deliberate breast shading is quite different:

March 8, 2009 Posted by | for the guys, mar's ponderings | 2 Comments

Sale, group gifts and other goodies at GL Designs

GL Designs is a great little store that I discovered while on the Twisted Hunt. At the moment, everything in the store is marked down to just 50L$ and one item per day is marked down to just 5L$ until Tuesday 10th March. If you join the GL Designs group, there are no less than six group freebies in the store, plus you’ll also find a lucky chair, Midnight Mania board, and two fun item-camp ‘drink me’ bottles (25 min sit) where you can select the prize you want to win. Mar couldn’t resist the little buckled flats available, so here she is, getting rather soggy. The things we do for nice shoes! ;)

Here’s one of the group freebies: a sexy little dress called ‘Seduction Copper’ –

I’ve teamed it with hair from Bewitched (‘Butterfly’ in nugget), shoes from Baby Monkey (‘Barbara’ thong sandals in gold) and jewellery from House of Heart (Art Deco Pearls in gold).

Hop behind the cut for more pics. And don’t forget to look for the Twisted Hunt box while you’re there. It’ll be out until March 31st, and it’s a red and black Lament Configuration (the puzzle box from Hellraiser).

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March 8, 2009 Posted by | group freebies, item camping, lucky chairs, midnight mania boards, sales, second life, secret sales | Leave a comment