I’ve been spending some time lately trying to style and dress my mesh body.
It’s more difficult than I anticipated.
Not because the actual dressing part is complicated, but because so much of my mesh wardrobe simply doesn’t work with the mesh body.
There are so many clothes that have asymmetric lines, or are strapless, or off-shoulder – using the limited alpha cuts on the mesh body HUD just doesn’t work.
And since the alpha layers included with the clothing don’t work on a mesh body, some clothing is just unwearable.
I have also been using the Omega applier system with various outfits and learning how that all works.
But I’m starting to wonder if mesh and dance really mix well.
I typically arrive at a show around 30 minutes early to give things time to cache/rez.
Even then, many times things do not rez for me.
I’ve heard lots of other people complain that dancers appear handless, footless, bald, and or as a floating head, depending on what mesh items they are wearing.
The original appeal of mesh (for me) was that my dress no longer ‘sunk’ through my legs and/or chair when I sat.
However, most mesh dresses/skirts do NOT dance well.
The dance animations stretch the mesh, making it look odd, as well as sometimes ‘breaking’ it in weird ways.
I suppose it’s a question of trade-offs.
Your skirt no longer appears to go ‘through’ your leg, but it doesn’t move/flow as real fabric (and flexi) does.
I’ve successfully worn mesh to dance (generally corsets and the like) – avoiding long skirts that ‘broke’ or looked odd.
But if half of the audience can’t see it, does it work?
How entertaining is it to watch a bald floating head for 3-5 minutes?
Is the sacrifice in performance worth the ‘better’ look of mesh?
And the rez issues are not limited to clothing, though those are usually the most apparent.
I’ve gone to shows, taken pictures, and then been astonished after seeing someone else’s pics of the same show.
How come that prop didn’t rez for me?
There was supposed to be a pendulum in that act?
Another issue is that with mesh bodies, a lot of the lingerie (and some of the regular clothing) has to be ‘applied,’ so it’s not as simple to just ‘remove’ clothing.
If you strip or change costumes in a routine, this makes things even more difficult.
What do you think – is it worth wearing mesh in a dance routine?