Dressing up and regularly changing outfits in Second Life have become as common and generally practiced as in the real world. Most virtual fashionistas would change their avatar’s clothing at least once a day or more. Some have even gone to the extreme of never wearing the same thing twice. In a virtual world where a complete outfit including shoes and accessories will generally cost you no more than $2 to $5 USD it has become very easy and cheap for the fashion obsessed to indulge their addiction with the latest fashions all the time.
I first joined Second Life back in 2007 but due to the terrible new user experience I didn’t stay for very long. General interest in the creative aspects of the 3D virtual world made me return again in late 2008 with a second avatar. The second time around I met really great friends who I’ve remained very close to till this very day. Those friends have helped me get past the new user learning curve and I quickly got drawn into the world of virtual fashion. It wasn’t long before I became one of those fashion obsessed users.
A couple of years down the line I found myself with my fifth main avatar and maintaining this virtual fashion obsession on so many avatars was no longer much fun, instead it became tiring and expensive. I lost the interest in owning multiple avatars and decided to create a new account to be used as my only and thus David Venter was rezzed on November 18, 2010. Yes, I’ve decided to use my real name in Second Life. As much as I still love and obsess over the virtual fashion industry I find it to be very time-consuming, especially when trying to balance various other interests and projects on the side. The great thing about Second Life is that avatars don’t get dirty and clothes never crease, this together with my time constraints made me decide to stop obsessing over changing my virtual outfit daily. Instead, I’ve ended up wearing the same outfit for weeks or even months on end.
Wearing the same outfit for such a long time made it feel like I was neglecting my avatar and fashion obsession. Now, to compensate I’ve decided to change my virtual outfit at least once a week and to stop myself from neglecting this decision I’ve also decided to start publishing a virtual fashion look of the week, every week for as long as I possibly can. This should make me feel good about my avatar again as well as providing a sufficient fix for my virtual fashion addiction whilst still leaving me with enough time and money to pay attention to all my other projects and interests.
Just in case something else pops up, I’m not going to bind myself down by promising an update on a specific day of the week. I will, however be publishing my virtual fashion look of the week somewhere during Mondays through Fridays. Weekends are reserved for “me time” which means that I generally don’t publish anything at all over the weekends unless the articles have been pre-written on the Thursday or Friday and scheduled to go live during the weekend.
Now that I’ve given a tiny glimpse of you can expect from DAVIDVENTER.NET moving forward I hope that you’ll stay tuned to see what outfits I can cook up on a weekly basis. I will most probably end up using some clothing and accessory items in various outfits but each outfit will have its own unique style. This will be done to show that one item of clothing can be a part of many themes and that you don’t always need to cough up money for an entirely new outfit when you can instead just mix and match what you’ve got to create a brand new look. To kick things off I’ve put together a very special outfit which can only be re-produced in very rare cases. Watch this space.