Where To Shop

Here are some stores and shopping events that I recommend for regular-guy clothes in Second Life. Click the name for a SLurl to the store inworld.

SHOPPING EVENTS

APPAREL

ACCESSORIES

SHOES

A note about buying shoes. Although it’s easiest to get shoes fitted specifically for Belleza Jake, because they fit perfectly right out of the box with no need for adjustment, there are quite a lot of other great mesh shoes for men that work fine.

If the item is not specifically fitted for Jake:

  • If the shoe comes with an “unrigged” version, it may be modifiable. In that case, if you are proficient with the SL build tools, or if the item includes an “XYZ resize” script, you can probably stretch it as needed to get it to fit.
  • Boots and other tall shoes must bend at the ankle, so they must be “rigged” so they will bend. This means they will not be modifiable. They might still fit; but be certain to try a demo. It may work if you simply hide your feet using the alpha HUD.
  • You probably will not be able to wear shoes fitted for another brand of mesh body such as Slink or TMP. I find that these just don’t work, and can’t be adjusted.

These stores carry good men’s shoes specifically fitted for Belleza Jake:

  • Versov – sneakers and stylish driving mocs.
  • ::ROC:: – sneakers and boat shoes.
  • [Deadwool] – only a few Jake-fitted shoes so far, but they are outstanding.
  • Lapointe & Bastchild – good source for Jake-fitted boots.
  • {COLD-ASH} – just two Jake-fitted shoes so far but they are very good.
  • //ASCEND// – a couple of very stylish laceless sneakers / casual shoes.

Special mention:

  • [ hoorenbeek ] – They still carry the largest selection of high quality wardrobe staple shoes. Most of the mesh shoes here are not yet fitted specifically for Jake, but they are working on it. Many are “unrigged” and modifiable so they are adjustable to fit. One note: make sure the item’s description specifically includes the word “mesh” because there are still some older sculpted shoes displayed and these will drive your complexity way up.

WHEN SHOPPING FOR MESH CLOTHING…

Almost all mesh clothing has a free demo available so that you can actually try it on before you buy it. ALWAYS try a demo before you buy an item.

There are three kinds of mesh clothing:

  • Standard sizes – older mesh clothing comes in standard sizes like S, M, L. You MAY be able to wear these with your mesh body but ALWAYS try on a demo first. I find it’s about 50-50 whether or not it will work.
  • “Fitmesh” – this was a format that was supposed to automatically fit all types of bodies. It doesn’t. Of all the “fitmesh” items I’ve tried on, I think less than 2% were wearable. Always try a demo.
  • Fitted for Belleza Jake – This is the format you want, ideally, if you are wearing a Belleza Jake mesh body. When buying clothing, look for the Belleza symbol on the product photo, or look for the words “Belleza” or “Jake”. If the creator offers a version specifically sized to fit Belleza Jake, 99% of the time it will fit you perfectly right out of the box.

Clothing that is fitted for OTHER mesh bodies will NOT work on your Belleza Jake body. You CANNOT wear clothing that is for Signature, Gianni, Geralt, Slink, TMP, Adam, Niramyth, Aesthetic, or any other body. Only clothing for Belleza Jake will fit.

When trying a demo, there are two points I recommend checking. First, the shoulders; the Jake body has natural, sloping shoulders, and some clothing doesn’t take this into account. I would reject any item that seems to float an inch or two above my shoulders. This is usually most visible at the neckline. Be sure to check that the waist of any pants sits on your avatar’s waist, and not inside it or away from it. While some minor issues can be corrected if you are comfortable making a custom shape, others can’t be fixed. Clothing that is fitted for Belleza Jake should have neither of these two problems.

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