A few months ago I was despairing at the state of my "Outfits" file. I'm usually scrupulous about remembering to save an outfit that I've put together (nothing is more frustrating than getting some complicated piece of fitting done, wearing it for the evening, changing to something else and realizing that, OMG, you've forgotten to save it). And for a long time now, I've been using the date I
Of course, that sounds crazy to you, but I'm sure you have something similar
I'm kind of an obsessive-compulsive guy, and if I make an outfit with a denim jacket, I want to make sure I can access it again in the future. And I thought, "There must be a better way." I started making longer and longer descriptions about what hair and skin and shape I
Finally I thought, "Okay, let's be dealing with a Second Life problem in a Second Life way. How does it make sense to sort clothes in Second Life?" And what I quickly realized was that, unlike real life, in Second Life your clothing has nothing to do with weather, or practicality. Instead, you are dressing
I eventually came up with a list of ten contexts -- actually 11, but I'll get to that in a minute -- that seem to cover about 95% of what I do in Second Life. As you may have already realized, that's what I'm showing you from top to bottom; last
4. Business suit
5. Upscale casual (what you wear when the invitation says "No jeans")
9. Personal interest/roleplay
I've been testing this out for a while, and it seems to work very well. It's not as though I haven't created new outfits -- I sure have, variations on these and entirely different ones. For instance, I also have a Christmas outfit where I'm wearing considerably less than the scarf & winter sweater outfit you see (10 Cold weather), or "10A Christmas hoodie & jeans"; for more private moments. That's got a name like "10D Santa hat & bow". And when the season changes, I will update my Christmas-themed clothes to whatever the heck a spring outfit looks like, and then later on in the year a Pride outfit, or Canada Day, or whatever.
The point is first of all that I know where to look for things because it doesn't matter where I'm going, I have the outfit TYPE in mind. If I'm going to a less than formal wedding, I have to decide between a blue and a black business suit, but I don't need to sort through my Wolverine outfits.
And the unexpected side effect is that I've saved myself from a few impulse purchases. For instance, I saw a leather jacket in Marketplace and went "ooooOOOOoooo". And it was a beautiful jacket. But then I remembered I had just made three or four outfits last week with different leather jackets that I already own and like and haven't had enough opportunity to wear -- so I passed up the new jacket. Similarly, I have a tendency to buy category #5 clothes, because they usually have quite a bit of style to them. The trouble is, I only rarely get invited to precisely that kind of event. Until I have a chance to wear 5A and 5B, I'm not going to think about purchasing 5C.
I don't know if this is a problem that other residents have; I suspect I might be a little bit more obsessive-compulsive than others, and maybe I have 200 outfits where other guys have only 3 or 4. I think this would work for anyone, as long as you define your own categories sensibly; my str8 women friends may prefer to delete 7 Leather and replace it with 7 Haute Couture Luncheons, etc. And I expect if you spend most of your days working as a fashion model, or roleplaying in Gor, you will have quite a bit different way of looking at your requirements. But I think this will be a way of looking at organizing outfits that may be useful if you need some help; give it your consideration. And your comments will be welcome.
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