Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Fitch’s Freebies for Men

I’m still in a very foul mood from yesterday’s Facebook announcement, so I decided to distract myself by escaping into Second Life for a little while today, which tends to be my preferred way of dealing (or, perhaps more accurately, not dealing) with messy, painful, dumpster-fire reality these days.

I was once again enjoying the blues at Bray’s Place (my new favourite hangout in Second Life), when an avatar beside me rezzed out a wearable lawn chair (complete with a big bowl of popcorn!) and sat down to catch the next set, munching merrily away.

Of course, that was my cue to do a quick right-click/inspect to find out where I could get this wonderful wearable chair, which led me down the SL rabbit hole to Fitch’s, a spot with literally dozens of freebies, which I had never been to before! (Even after 14 years, I am still amazed at the places I find that I never knew existed on the grid.)

Now, I do know that a great many men (and particularly, straight men) seem to really hate going shopping, both in real life and in Second Life, and appear to be quite content with a very limited avatar wardrobe. Fitch’s is a dream come true for these men: one place where you can pick up all your basic clothing needs in one stop, and best of all, it’s all free! This place is a hidden gem.

Fitch’s offers freebies for both classic, system male avatars as well as for newer mesh avatars, and most of the mesh clothing includes HUDs with an extensive variety of colours and patterns to choose from. If you hate going shopping, well, this is the place for you, guys! Ten minutes and you’re done, tops! (Although I would still recommend visits to a few other freebie stores to augment your look.)

But first, that lawn chair. Among the many freebies available at Fitch’s is this Drama Watching Chair, which you wear as an attachment. Simply turn off your avatar’s AO and you’re sitting back, scarfing down popcorn from a huge bowl, intently watching whatever Second Life drama is going down! It’s the absolutely perfect accessory! Of course, this chair works for female as well as male avatars. Fitch’s is worth a visit just to pick up this wonderful freebie, alone.

The Drama Watching Chair (popcorn included!)

But there’s so much more! If you are rocking a classic, system avatar, you will find a full selection of complete (nude) male starter avatars, each complete with hair, eyes, skin, shape—even a penis! You can mix and match them to your heart’s content, to create your own unique look!

And tucked away in one corner of Fitch’s Freebies, there are many free men’s outfits! On the left are panels, each with a basic capsule wardrobe to fit eleven different brands of men’s mesh bodies. Among these bodies is Altamura, which is a real find because it can be hard to find high-quality, free men’s clothing to fit male Altamura mesh bodies (this clothing will work with both the free and paid-for versions). There are also similar capsule wardrobe packages specifically designed for Slink, Signature Gianni and Geralt, Belleza, TMP/Classic, Aesthetic, EXMACHINA*, Adam, Mado, and NX-Nardcotix male mesh bodies. Something for everyone!

The Fitch Altamura capsule wardrobe jeans and sweater (shown here on the freebie Altamura Robert mesh body; the sandals are a free group gift from VERSOV, a free-to-join group)

To the right are even more men’s mesh outfits, just click the big orange button! Most of these come in standard sizing, but a few items also have mesh body fits as well. Be sure to unpack all twelve mesh outfits to check them out (there’s even a handy rezz spot nearby, just for unpacking boxes).

Lots of menswear freebies!

All of the clothing at Fitch’s appears to be original items, created by Fitch himself, which you won’t find at other freebie stores in Second Life.

The Jason jeans and Andrew shirt come in a truly mind-boggling fatpack of colours and patterns—and you can even tint various parts of the shirt and pants separately! (I am also wearing the same Jason jeans and Andrew shirt, but in much more subdued colours, in the first and third pictures in this blogpost.)

A look at the extensive HUDs for the Jason jeans and Andrew shirt

Here’s another look, an unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans, both of which come in a fatpack of colours and patterns. You can tint five different parts of the jeans separately using the included, interactive HUD:

The HUDs for the unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans: lots of options

Below are three more looks from the bounty at Fitch’s. First up are the Boston cargo shorts, paired with the Bryan T-shirt (again, both come with a HUD with a wide variety of colours, patterns, and slogans to choose from):

The Bryan T-shirt and Boston cargo shorts come in full fatpacks

Need a formal tuxedo for that special evening out? Fitch has you covered there, too! The black dress shoes are included in this outfit. Looking sharp for zero Lindens!

Fitch’s free men’s tuxedo

Finally, my favourite outfit is the Blues Brother suit, with comes complete with shoes, fedora, and sunglasses!

“We’re on a mission from God”

Here’s your taxi to Fitch’s Freebies! Happy freebie shopping! (Please note that this is an adult-rated, gay sim. No child avatars are allowed.)

*I have tested the EXMACHINA clothing on the new EXMACHINA Evolve mesh body, and it does not fit. The clothing should work with older EXMACHINA bodies, though.

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Free G&D Ruth 3.5 Mesh Head and Body

Please note that I am taking the rest of the summer off as a self-imposed vacation from the blog so I can focus on my other work, except for sponsored blogposts, and the occasional exception such as this blogpost. See you in September!


There’s a new full-body (i.e. head and body), Bento, Bakes on Mesh compatible mesh avatar for women, an update to the original open-source Ruth mesh body called G&D Ruth 3.5. You can pick one up for free from the SL Marketplace. I decided to take this body out for a test drive, just to see how well it stacks up against other free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for female avatars I have blogged about.

Please keep in mind that the head and the body are separate items, so if you wish, you can mix and match them with other Bakes on Mesh heads and bodies.

The creator notes in the Marketplace listing:

The head has been rebuilt from scratch to a more attractive standard and no longer has visible jagged edges. There is more Bento functionally and a full range of shape support. There is a fitmesh neck blender that is also BOM and the old Ruth choker collar, to provide different levels of coverage.

There is a robust nail system that is as easy as wearing a system tattoo. Simply right click and ADD to yourself in your inventory. There is also a pure white modifable tinting option.

Skins are NOT mined freebies from other websites, they have been made specially for the body and head. There are a variety of colours including natural and supernatural tones. There is also all three tints of our Color Wonder ultra customizable skins.

Finally, a compact, low lag mesh body accessible for all SL viewers with no catches and no sacrifices. Look beautiful for the lowest possible price…free!

I spent a fair bit of time tinkering with the head and body sliders on this one, because I was dissatisfied with the default settings, particularly on the head, which I found to be rather long and thinner-faced by default compared to other Bento heads I have used before. (If you have found other Bento mesh heads to be too round, perhaps the head in this package might just be perfect for you!) The body responds well to the sliders.

I also didn’t like the system skins that this body came with (a selection of both regular and fantasy skins), so I used the Elvira skin in the maple skin tone from 7 Deadly S[k]ins, a former Advent calendar gift from last December. Here is what the body looks like, with the alpha sections HUD, wearing a swimsuit I picked up as a group gift from DM:

At first, the alpha sections HUD didn’t work, but a quick logout and relog into SL fixed that problem quickly.

There is a slight, barely noticeable seam at the neck, which the included Bakes on Mesh neck fix addresses fairly well. Here’s a close-up of the head (the Kristen hair was the gift from Ade at the SL17B Shop and Hop, and the eyes are from the Leonard starter avatar already in your SL inventory). As I note later on, you might have better luck using an alpha to remove the system eyes and replace them with mesh eyes on this particular head (here’s a recent blogpost with some good links to free mesh eyes).

The ears are a separate and adjustable attachment, which of course means you can replace them easily. The feet are also a separate attachment, and come in two types: flat and high. The hands come in two versions, too, one with short nails, and one with long nails, which include several tattoo layers to tint them various colours (plus one modifiable tattoo layer which you can tint any shade you wish):

I found in my testing that most clothing and footwear for Maitreya Lara fits this body fairly well. Here my avatar is wearing the Sonnet pumps from Hilly Haalan (unrigged and easily adjustable), along with the black Vibsy minidress by PULSE, a recent gift from the Second Life 17th Birthday Shop and Hop event:

The only problem I encountered with the G&D Ruth 3.5 body is that I could not get the alphas that come bundled with clothing to work with it. However, there are a fairly good selection of alpha sections on the included HUD (after I got it working properly), so that should not be too serious a problem.


UPDATE Aug. 8th, 2020: I have been informed that the G&D Ruth 3.5 body has been updated by its creator, and that the alpha layers that come with clothing will now work properly. Here’s the link to the Marketplace listing. Thanks for the heads up, Dagger Faulkwing!


All in all, this is a pretty nice body at a price that can’t be beat—free! I would recommend that you give this one a spin, testing it out with various system/Bakes on Mesh skins, to see how well you like it.

I’m not the only SL blogger who has noticed this new, free mesh body. Midnyte Childs, of the blog Silent Raindrops, has started an Avatar on a Budget Challenge, and her second post in that category featured this body, too! Here’s her blogpost. She noted something I didn’t mention up top, that there is a barely detectable seam where the hands and feet (which are separate attachments) connect to this mesh body. And I learned from her that G&D stands for Glitter and Doom!

I will be adding the G&D Ruth 3.5 mesh body to my constantly-updated list of free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for female avatars.

Happy freebie shopping!

Another Fifteen-Minute Second Life Avatar Makeover: Professional Business Woman

Everybody is familiar by now with the Elizabeth businesswoman avatar, one of Linden Lab’s selection of starter avatars for newbies:

Well, today I decided to give Elizabeth one of my patented fifteen-minute avatar makeovers, and take her to a role-play hotel operating in Second Life for a business meeting! The Essencia Hotel (website; SLURL) is a hotel and convention centre, staffed by both NPCs and role-playing avatars (you can even apply to work here).

To book a room, you just click on one of the kiosks in the hotel foyer, which takes you to a website. Rates range from L$150 a night for a standard twin single, up to L$500 a night for the premium suite!

If you join the Essencia Hotel group for free, you can even pick up a free gift: some luggage!

Here’s what Elizabeth looks like after her head-to-toe makeover. And, like any savvy businesswoman, she knows the value of a dollar. Everything you see here was free! (In some cases I joined a group when they had a free group join period.)

Elizabeth is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: the free Kalhene Ariadna female mesh body (which, unfortunately, has been pulled from the SL Marketplace because of a DMCA complaint; more details here; I hope that this is resolved soon, but as Elizabeth the businesswoman well knows, legal matters over intellectual property can take time to resolve!).

Skin: Creamy in the milk skin tone from WOW Skins (a free system skin from the gift box of all the previous group gifts, located next to the panel with this month’s group gift; I joined the WOW Skins group when they had a free group join period a while back; Creamy is an older system skin, to which I added the Bakes on Mesh finger fix gloves which are part of a full package of BoM feet and finger fixes for Wow skins, tucked away on a shelf on the second floor of the new location of the Wow Skins store, located at this exact SLURL (click Show on Map and follow the red arrow).

Hair: Kristen by Ade (free gift from the SL17B Shop and Hop; more information here).

Eyes: Sahara eyes by Avi-Glam (free gift from the SL17B Shop and Hop; more information here).

Dress: Office dress in black from Kaithleen’s (I picked this up for free using the gift card that was a Christmas group gift from the store last December).

Shoes: I have been meaning to blog about this fabulous freebie for a while now! These are the sixtynine pumps in black, a free group gift from the KOKOIA shoe store (the KOKOIA group is free to join). These lovely free pumps come in six different neutral colours to go with just about any outfit!

Briefcase: I picked up this freebie from the SpotCat booth at a past Man Cave shopping event. It comes with the Bento hold post shown, and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch for this professional look! (Note: if you go to the SpotCat store in-world and join their store group for L$100, among the group gifts is a set of three of these briefcases for men or women, in white, brown, and black.)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR LOOK: FREE!


All pictures taken at the Essencia Hotel.