Posted at 5:00 AM Aug 14, 2008
By Bonnie Ruberg
It's August, which means it's almost fall, which means changing weather, which means new clothes! At least, that's the way my brain works. This shopping season, though, I'm feeling unimpressed by the choices available in stores. Maybe that's because I spend too much time in Second Life, the online world where girls like me can dress up as ill-advised super models to their hearts' content regardless of the season.
Because Second Life users can create their own clothing, there's a thriving fashion industry within the world, one that would blow the socks off those stiffs at Vogue. Getting dressed there is like playing with a Barbie who has scores of creative internet dorks designing for her every day. Feeling jealous, Barbie? Here then are some of my favorite Second Life outfits, new for this season, which I wish I could own -- or, for that matter, pull off outside of cyberspace.
Designed by Second Life stylist Unique Moonsoo. This strapless, purple dress starts my long obsession with fitted tops and flowing skirts. Check out the built-in belt buckle. With breast like that model's, I could never keep that on. Thank goodness for internet gravity.
Designed by Simone. This is another gorgeous dress that would never stay on my body in real life. I love the bow, and the implied satin feel of the skirt. Take off the frills and you can even be a dominatrix!
Designed by Nicky Ree. This dress may seem more spring than fall, but remember: in Second Life, there's no need to worry about temperature. How much fun would it be to spin around in circles in that and watch it twirl?
Designed by Muze. This green, evening affair of a dress almost glows. I could do without the hat, but once again the possibility of twirling wins me over.
Designed Arranged by Junko Otsuka. This little Parisian outfit makes me say, "Ooh la la." I could never pull off the puffy shoulders or the black, brimmed hat, or the enormous belt -- though, in my defense, I don't often use a backdrop of Notre Dame as a fashion accessory.
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Dorothy Willis Aoharu. Only the internet gods know what's keeping the top of this lovely ribbon dress from tumbling to the ground of Second Life. Still, as a sexy little party number, it rocks. Now if only this online journalist had anywhere to wear it...
Designed by House of Rfyre. This outfit would look utterly absurd on just about anyone in real life. In Second Life, however, it rocks the big sleeves, the fitted vest, and the clunky boots. One, please!
Designed by Ambrosia Miklos. This outfit says, "Don't you wish you looked this stunning when you went to a job interview?" Those tights alone are enough to blow my meat-space mind.
Designed by KyootArmy. Treading dangerously close to waif-like, super model territory, this dress wins me heart nonetheless. Is that a bow tie she's wearing? Amazing!
Designed by Chiko Duell. This is one of those get-ups I will absolutely never get to own or wear, let alone look good in. The boots, the ribbons, the parasol: all unobtainable. But a girl can dream, can't she?