SL's Latest Mesh-Based Style Craze: Petite Fairy Avatars!
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of virtual world and MMO fashion
While giant avatars may very well be the next big thing in Second Life (pun totally intended), right now there'sa different kind of mesh avatar that's all the rage among fantasy fashionistas: Petites. These diminutive elves and fairies were originally released at Yabusaka, but the creator quite wisely offered creator packs as well so that other designers could not only design clothing for them, but also release their own versions of the avatars themselves. This has led to an explosion of itty bitty outfits, accessories, and even home and garden decor to target the rapidly growing (or should I say shrinking?) community.
Petites aren't SL's first miniature avatars; the Tiny avatar community has been going strong now for longer than I've even been in SL. What makes Petites different is that they have the same basic proportions as a full sized human avatar, scaled-down to the size of a doll. So how should you get started assembling your own petite self?
First thing's first, you have to pick out the Petite you like best. There are plenty to choose from, but my current favourite is the Royale petite by Alia Baroque of Fallen Gods [Marketplace store], one of the most popular fantasy skin and avatar stores. Royale is a good starting set because it comes with a few different skin tones, makeups, options like freckles, and several dresses, all while keeping around the same price point as other Petites. They even offer male Petites, which few other shops do.
Some of your normal hair styles may be able to be scaled down small enough to fit your Petite's head, but not all of them. Thankfully one of my favourite mesh hair shops, Wasabi Pills, has released Petite versions of some of their styles including the two that I'm wearing, Amandine and Monique respectively. Although most of their styles are on the Marketplace their Petite ones are conspicuously absent, so you'll have to visit their in-world location to get them.
It's important to remember that because Petites have mesh bodies, your normal clothing probably won't fit them. Plenty of designers are hopping on the Petite bandwagon and scaling down many of their most popular creations or designing new fairy outfits altogether. My favourite find so far is this scaled down version of one of my favourite fantasy gowns from Evie's Closet, Tuala. [Click here to teleport to Evie's Closet in OUBLIETTE]
These are just my recommendations, but there's plenty more out there! Peruse the marketplace with search terms like "Petite Fairy", or browse the selection at Yabusaka's Petite mall area in-world for loads more!Tweet
Iris Ophelia (Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.