But I neglected to mention a small but growing collection of freebies at UniHispana Crea, a Spanish-speaking hub for newcomers to SL.
At this SLURL, you can pick up the Altamura Max full-body mesh male avatar and the Altamura Emanuelle full-body mesh female avatar for free:
And, in addition, there is an large assortment of clothing specifically designed for Altamura female mesh bodies nearby, courtesy of Casual Collection by C&N. It can be hard to find free clothes for Altamura, so this set of freebies is especially appreciated!
Here are three of examples of outfits from C&N, which include the shoes, modeled on the Altamura Emanuelle avatar (the hair is a free group gift from D!va Hair):
This is a lovely summer dress by C&N, which I have paired with the Sonnet pumps available for free from Hilly Haalan (more info here):
At this SLURL is a small collection of menswear. Here I am modeling the Axel suit and dress shoes on the Altamura Max avatar:
And here is a more casual outfit cobbled together from the two free casual outfits available, which includes both the sunglasses and the boots:
If you’re looking for some Japanese style, ranging from traditional to kawaii to edgy ultramodern, check out the Freebie “F” store. Most of the items on display are either freebies or dollarbies, but please check the price before you buy! Some items cost 20 or even 50 Linden dollars (although these are usually clearly marked). There is clothing available here for all genders of avatars, something for absolutely everyone!
I was quite taken with this oversize jacket with a Japanese kabuki mask print by Haori, which comes in eight different prints, all free:
In this picture, my drag queen avatar MissDrag is wearing:
Mesh Head and Body, Black Nailpolish, and Black Jeans Applier: Romeo by Altamura (Valentine’s Day group gift)
One of my freebie-finding tips is to visit those Second Life dancehalls and ballrooms with a formal dress code; very often you will find free formal outfits for visitors. For example, here are the freebies at the Blue Moon Palace Ballroom (here’s the SLURL):
The woman’s gift from the Blue Moon Palace is this lovely deep red full ballgown, which comes with shoes. The gown is actually a bright red by default, and you can adjust the tint!
The men’s gift from the Blue Moon Palace is a formal black suit with shoes:
Other places to pick up a free men’s suit (with exact SLURLs) are Unihispana Crea, The Free Dove, and the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil (here and here). And don’t forget that all the men’s clothing (including a wide variety of suits and formalwear) at Kauna is free! You don’t need to spend a penny to look dressy in Second Life!
I have never really understood why Second Life is home to so many Gorean roleplay sims, which are based on the series of science-fiction novels by John Norman. I personally find the sexual philosophy of the books to be repulsive, but they’re obviously popular in Second Life. There are dozens and dozens of Gorean sims, full of people roleplaying scenes from the Norman novels in endless variations.
Show up at a Gorean roleplay sim in regular streetwear and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb (and most likely, get asked to leave for messing up the atmosphere). Gorean clothing consists of two completely separate styles:
Freemen or freewomen, who dress in medieval-era wear, with women wearing long skirts, often with a hijab and a veil;
Kajira/Kajirus clothing (basically slavewear or skimpy dancing silks for women and men).
So, if that’s what you are looking for, hey, you’re in luck! (Trust me, you’re not going to find anything in-between those two extremes in Gorean sims.) The Gorean freemen/freewomen outfits can also easily be repurposed for medieval/fantasy roleplay. The freewomen’s outfits could also be used for conservative Muslim women’s wear, especially the headscarves and veils.
There are four Gorean sites I recommend you visit for some great freebies. All four spots are in the OOC (Out Of Character) welcoming areas of the sims, where you can dress as you like without being bothered by others.
City of Tor
At the City of Tor there are free outfits for men and women, including a very nice full gown with puffed sleeves which includes a 34-colour HUD:
The veil in the picture above comes from a separate outfit from the freebie outfits at Svago (see below), and it fits so snugly that you don’t need to worry about adding any hair underneath. The animated particle staff my avatar is holding is the Star of Stars staff from Talevin’s Magic Sky Village, the best place to get staves and wands on the entire grid! You can change the colour of the particle effects to one of ten different colours. You could say that here I was going for a medieval sorceress look with a Handmaid’s Tale edge 😉 Hey, it’s Second Life! Be who you want!
Here’s what the freemen’s outfit looks like (it includes the boots, and the tunic comes in four different colours). It’s very detailed and quite attractive for medieval/fantasy roleplay:
From the spawn point, turn right and touch the green door to go to the Gorean Welcome Centre. Then turn around and walk through the three sets of arches to find an extensive collection of free clothing for men and women:
In the following picture I am wearing Style 2 of the Gorean freewoman’s gown from Svago, which has a dramatic high collar and comes in five different colours, very suitable for medieval, fairytale, or fantasy wear:
You have to trek a bit from the spawn point for this one (here’s the exact SLURL, just follow the read beacon arrow and walk straight through the marketplace and through the stone arch at the end to reach the docks). There you will find five crates on the docks which you can buy for zero Lindens:
Click on the Port Kar FREE FW box and you will get this lovely medieval/fantasy gown with optional straps:
Here’s what the slavewear camisk looks like (there are two boxes for two versions of this outfit, one clean and one dirty/smudged):
At the City of Varn you can pick up some nice medieval clothing, just walk to the other end of the dock (past the Gorean Meter curtain) and click the containers sitting on the dock (one outfit for men and the other for women):
Here’s what the ornate medieval women’s outfit looks like:
And this is what the men’s outfit looks like (it includes a black cape which is not shown). Note that you have to click on the antlers on top of the container, rather than the container itself, to get this freebie!
So, there you have it! You do not need to spend any money to outfit yourself for medieval or fantasy roleplay if you visit these four Gorean freebie spots! Happy shopping!