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What's a Day in the Life of a SLipster Like? Probably Something Like This...


Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

The SLipsters is my go-to blog when it comes to men's fashion in Second Life, not just because bloggers Laika Saintlouis and James Schwarz are so dapper it hurts, but because their pictures never disappoint. James has had two particularly gorgeous posts recently, perfect virtual pick-me-ups for a Monday morning in reality. Keep reading for all the details!

The top pic is from the most recent SLipsters post, "A Day in the Life". James is a big fan of the retro/vintage throwback looks like this, and some of his best work takes advantage of it. If any of the clutter in this pic catches your eye, you can pick all of it up (along with James' companion's Lana Del Rey-inspired 'do) at the current round of The Arcade's gacha festival, which is running until March 31st (and which I wrote about earlier this month.)


I had to share this picture from James' "Tour" post as well (even though it went up last month) because it might be one of the most evocative pictures of a male avatar in SL that I've ever seen, for a variety of reasons. I admire James' work because he's the antithesis of what men's fashion in Second Life was for almost half a decade and, even though some people still turn their noses up at his avatar and his style, I don't think anyone can deny that this picture is compelling at the very least. The colors, the pose, the styling, the lighting--all the little details are perfectly in place. It's just one more piece of utterly flawless virtual photography from The SLipsters, but definitely my favorite to-date!

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Damien Fate

James is fantastic, I always love his photos - one of my fave bloggers!

Renmiri Writer

What no "Fabio" body and mane ? A man with normal shoulders ? No 6 pack ? No bling ???

You sure this is Second Life ?

Refreshing to see that the pimp style is going out of fashion on SL ^^

Adeon Writer

There are three types of SL avatars:

-Female Humans
-Fantasy Creatures

Well... At least that's always been my opinion until shots like these assure me that maybe I'm just not looking hard enough to build a look that I like. Fabios are done a dozen and I couldn't be less interested.

Creators of male content: more of this, please, and one day I'll feel comfortable with an avatar that has skin instead of fur.

Tracy Redangel

While we're all decrying the end to the Fabios, at the same time can we get rid of those horrible baggy/skinny jeans some males like to wear? You know...the ones that drag down off their butt and look like they're wearing a pair of Depends underneath? O.o

Adeon Writer

I feel so sorry for any readers named Fabio.


I love their pictures, but the first one is decidedly not ironic. Or are they portraying UK hipsters, after a trip to Harrods?

Here the Hipster look is much closer to picture two, with many tats of course.

Adeon Writer

Iffy: there are stereotypes for hipster dress, sure, but at it's core it's about taking clothing from other eras, eras, statuses, and stereotypes that are not their own, and mixing them together. No one, at least posers, actually ADMITS to being a hipster. It's like the age old rule of cool: if you think you're one, you're not.


CronoCloud Creeggan

A least the girl doesn't have a oversized glasses, pasty skin, a frowny face and legs set wide enough apart to throw a melon through.

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