Testing rigged mesh clothes

Rigged mesh clothes are clothes that move along with the wearer’s body. They don’t fully adhere to all body sliders though, and sometimes glitch a bit. Since you can’t modify rigged mesh clothes, I’ve found it’s top priority to demo these types of clothes (or any other type) before purchase.

There are several reasons to test rigged mesh clothing:

  1. Rigged mesh does not adapt to all body shape sliders, so there is no guarantee the item fits your body.
  2. Some items look good in when standing still, but start to glitch when you take on different poses. This is my number one reason for not buying a product.
  3. Sometimes alpha layers provided with mesh clothes are just off. If you shop at a store which has good customer service, you might get the creator to make you a new alpha layer. If not, you’ll have to make your own alpha layer if you still wish to purchase the item.
  4. Items usually look much better in their advertisements than in reality, so wearing a demo is the only way to make sure a piece of garment is made for you.
  5. You’re not going to spend a lot of money on a piece without trying it out first, now are you?

In this article I’m mainly going to focus on reasons two and three by telling you how to test rigged mesh clothes before buying them.

How it works

My method for testing is simple: I use a small set of diverse poses which I believe every product I own should be able to handle. If the garment doesn’t glitch, I don’t see alpha layer issues and I like the look of the item, I’ll give it my stamp of approval.

At the bottom of this post I’ve inserted a gallery with images from the test. Try to spot which items passed the test and which didn’t. Hint: two good, three bad.

Note: Please also read the disclaimer below the gallery.

Poses

There are many poses you can use for mesh testing. I’ve picked a set with very diverse poses, one ground sit, one normal sit, a standing pose, two which significantly bend the body. I use a modelling pose stand to quickly cycle through them, but you can also use animations straight from your inventory.

I use the following poses for testing, all made by oOo Studio:

  • Adorn (freebie)
  • Cube (five)
  • Cube (four)
  • Cube (one)
  • Dancer (six)
  • Grounded (four)
  • Innocent (four)
  • Sexpot (six)

Note: Not all of the poses in this list are used in the gallery at the bottom of this article.

Image credits

Body
  • Eyelashes—Mesh Lashes (Fantasia) by Gaeline Creations
  • Eyes—FATEeyes by Fate
  • Hair—Junia (Light Browns 05) by Truth
  • Hands—AvEnhance hands (Relaxed) by SLink
  • Feet—AvEnhance bare feet (Mid) by SLink
  • Skin—Isla (Sunkiss, Musk, Brunette, Chest D) by League
Outfit
  • Nail polish—Precious 2 (#5) by A:S:S
  • Shoes—Lydia Slingbacks (Blush) by Ingenue

Gallery

Disclaimer (please read)

For the pictures I’ve used five demoes I got from ColdLogic. I picked the three glitching meshes on purpose, since I already knew they were going to fail beforehand. This is in no way an attempt to make ColdLogic look bad. I actually think this is one of the better stores on the grid. I love this store and almost every one of their outfits fits me perfectly.

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