Do you know what most of the men in my life have in common? No you pervs, not that, well… maybe… but if they did I wouldn’t blog about it.
What they really have in common is a lack of interest in shopping, or at least it seems so compared to me. Don’t get me wrong, they have great avatars and good taste, but they just don’t seem to enjoy or spend as much time shopping as much as I do. Perhaps it’s because there seems to be so many more options for women than men, perhaps it’s the frustration of using search or marketplace, whatever it is many of my male friends end up contacting me when they need something. Sometimes it’s because they are changing RP genres and have to put together a new wardrobe, it’s often something simple like “Pancake, I need shoes, where should I go?”, other times it’s just an urge they get out of the blue for an update to their look. I don’t mind helping them, but other than a few staple landmarks or store names, male fashion is not something I’m that familiar with so I decided to do a bit of research.
Research, for me, involves blogs. I suspect some of my friends look at blogs and see a style that doesn’t necessarily match their own and think it won’t be helpful. I’m not suggesting anyone go out and put together avatars exactly like any of the ones shown on blogs, I know I don’t. However, blogs are a great source to browse and when a certain item jumps out at you as well made or interesting it gives you a starting point to go to that store or search them on the marketplace. Even if you aren’t into reading blogs, it’s surely easier than typing “shoes” and taking your chances. Here are a few that stood out to me and seem to be updated fairly regularly.
The aptly named Uncomplicated Guy http://uncomplicatedguy.wordpress.com/ leans more towards the fashion blogging style I’m familiar with. Simple poses and backgrounds photographed with the idea of showcasing the clothing. The new items are marked as such, everything is credited and includes SLurls. I think if someone was looking for a quick idea of stores to visit this blog would deliver.
I’m pretty sure that Catharis http://www.carthalis.com/ is going to be a big hit with a certain group of my friends. There is a great diversity here that includes skins and clothing that could easily translate into a variety of roleplay genres, plus some posts on furnishings and fun accessories.
On a personal level, I enjoyed Irregular Guy http://irregularguy.wordpress.com/ It looks like the blog was on a break for a while, but he seems to be back. I love the way he can mix and match and includes accessories that really customize or personalize the looks, something I am not that good at myself . With limited options in Second Life, it takes a bit of effort to personalize a look or make it unique and this blog shows ways that adding a few different accessories can do that.
Another option is Just Mens http://justmens.wordpress.com/. Once again, that straight forward format of picture, credits, and slurs that I think those who are shopping with purpose and aren’t generally blog readers will find useful.
I have actually been reading Chance Raynier’s blog http://chanceraynier.wordpress.com/ for a while now. You see, I like to read and enjoy blogs that are a bit chatty. I’m amused by the stories he tells and the bit of personal touch he adds to the posts. Chance’s blog is more than a fashion blog, you’ll read about events, places to visit, but he does a good job of showing clothing and furnishings in SL so it’s worth peeking at for shopping ideas.
I had to chuckle at the name of Nerd Finds http://nerdfinds.blogspot.ca/ and investigated it purely for the title, but these looks and photographs were well worth the visit. This blogger includes both the simple fashion shots and a mix of on location pictures with a variety of lighting.
For those on a budget, and I know I always am, you can easily update your look by adding a freebie to the mix. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about your circa 2007 biab freebies, these are group gifts, hunt items, and sales events. I only know of two blogs dedicated to male freebies http://ffform.blogspot.ca/ and http://topsecretfinds.blogspot.ca/ but FabFree also has male bloggers http://fabfree.wordpress.com/ and it’s worth having a glance now and again to see what gem you can incorporate into your wardrobe.
Last, but most certainly not least, is The Slipsters http://slipsters.wordpress.com/
This is a new to me blog and I spent a fair bit of time going through all the back posts. This blog isn’t just about fashion, not to me anyway, I’m enthralled with the images themselves. In my last post I talked about photographers who have a recognizable style to their images, this definitely is one of them. I’m guessing postprocessing is involved, as I’ve never seen SL look like this, but I don’t have the skills to figure out how it’s done. I have this urge to contact the blogger and ask him to photograph me. I’m so curious to see how he would see me or make me look. I’m guessing it would be vastly different than the way I see myself on screen or the way I photograph myself, but then I’d be able to pick his brain and find out how he achieved those differences.
I haven’t yet figured out a way to contact him without coming across a bit strange. “Hi, you don’t know me, but I stalked your entire blog and was wondering if you’d take my picture then tell me your tricks?” Probably needs a bit of polishing, but I’ll let you know how it turns out if I decide to do it.
I’m sure I’ve missed some great blogs about male fashion, but this should be a solid start for anyone on a shopping mission. Don’t worry guys, you can still contact me if you want some company shopping, just know that I’ll be coming back to this post to research where we’re going to go.