Perfect Ten: MMO fan fashion scenes

For some of us, having the best gear -- stat-wise -- isn't a driving force for playing MMOs. Now, the best-looking gear? That's a whole different story.

It's incredibly rare these days for an MMO not to offer players the option to create a cosmetic outfit from their favorite virtual articles of clothing. Ever since games started to do this, there's been a community devoted to looking absolutely fabulous. For players in that community, finding gear that has a unique or complementary look is the real name of the game.

Today we're going to look at 10 fan projects to celebrate and show off MMO fashion across the realm. Know a site or blog that isn't on this list but should be? Give it a link salute in the comments!

1. Rift-Wardrobe

RIFT's ever-expanding wardrobe system deserves a spotlight, and the ladies at Rift-Wardrobe have stepped up to do just that. This relatively new fan site is asking for cosmetic outfit submissions to win weekly and monthly prizes. There's even a show on Twitch every Wednesday to show off the best fashion and have them judged by the panel.

2. MMO Fashion

Instead of focusing on one game, this site seeks to provide a comprehensive database of several MMOs. Players are encouraged to submit their own creations to expand the site's offerings.

In fact, MMO Fashion is made up of six sub-sites: ArcheAge Fashion, ESO Fashion, GW2 Fashion, TOR Fashion, TOR Decorating, and WildStar Fashion. Be careful; you could get lost in all of that!

3. Guild Wars Dye Job

This is a subreddit rather than a fan site, but don't let that scare you away! Fans of good-looking Tyrians show up every day to post their Guild Wars 2 creations and see what fellow players think. It's an Imgur paradise, really.

4. Cosmetic Lotro

Lord of the Rings Online had a lot of outfit blogs in its heyday, but none got at much attention and (deserved) acclaim as Cosmetic Lotro. It's a beautifully laid out site with large pictures, detailed descriptions, and lists of each of the pieces that make the set possible. I was always in awe that she continually came up with new outfits after so long, and while updates have ceased, the site is still quite relevant to the game's fashion scene.

5. Hawtpants of the Old Republic

While most fashion blogs look to showcase stunning ensembles, Hawtpants decided to go the opposite route. Most of her blog calls out and shames horrible get-ups, including the titular leggings. It's absolutely hilarious to go back through the archives and see where SWTOR stumbles in fashion.

6. Sephora's Closet II

Sephora used to do a blog dedicated to (I kid you not) Anarchy Online fashion, but she's since jumped the Funcom ship to The Secret World. Probably a good move, considering the times. Both of her blogs are great to peruse for fashion inspiration. I know I'm always looking for new ways to assemble my outfits in TSW!

7. The Devil Wears Transmog

"Because if you're going to haul yourself across Azeroth collecting infested bear intestines, you might as well look fabulous while doing it."

OK, this blog gets huge points for the name and description alone. But it's also terrific for navigating World of Warcraft's outfitting system to find pieces worthy of a king or queen.

8. EQ2 Traders Corner Fashion

This might not be the flashiest fashion site you'll ever see (and in truth it's only part of a site), but it's still a helpful resource to EverQuest II players hoping to look their best in-game. Different pieces and outfits can be pulled up to compare against what else is out there.

9. Mog's Addiction

Another WoW transmog blog (say that five times fast!), Mog's Addiction is a living shrine to a person who really, really likes outfitting characters. It's breathtakingly comprehensive, featuring different categories of gear and fan designs.

10. The Starry Mantle

Another terrific LOTRO cosmetic blog, The Starry Mantle regularly posts updates with interesting outfits that often jar me out of my normal routine of dress-up. I really appreciated Starry's tips section where she puts a lot of serious thought into what makes a look great.

Everyone likes a good list, and we are no different! Perfect Ten takes an MMO topic and divvies it up into 10 delicious, entertaining, and often informative segments for your snacking pleasure. Got a good idea for a list? Email us at justin@massivelyop.com or eliot@massivelyop.com with the subject line "Perfect Ten."
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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Rift wardrobe is the one for me.

Njessi
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Njessi

cromahr Sorry about that.  Having absolutely no idea that this was being posted, I was taking the opportunity to make things pretty.  All is working now.

xivbubblegum
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xivbubblegum

confectionally xivbubblegum Yups! it's for drawing fashion inspiration and letting people share their individual style. All glamours uploaded are tagged, indexed and easily searchable. :)

For information on how to obtain items I'd recommend checking out either the Eorzea Database on the Lodestone, XIV DB (http://xivdb.com) or my new fave, Garland Tools (http://www.garlandtools.org/db), although gallery functions aren't available on any of those sites atm.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

xivbubblegum ManastuUtakata Flimflamberge 
You are after this pink gnome's heart! <3

confectionally
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confectionally

xivbubblegum confectionally I had a look, but am I right in assuming it's pretty much just people's ensembles and there's no actual gallery of armor pieces anywhere?  My problem was always as a newbie there's such a dizzying array of armors that I couldn't figure out where to get things or whether I was missing out on pieces I would've enjoyed but had never seen.

xivbubblegum
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xivbubblegum

ManastuUtakata Flimflamberge I've a tumblr page where I post the most popular glamours of the week at http://rosiepoesie.tumblr.com :>

xivbubblegum
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xivbubblegum

confectionally Please do take a peek at our fledgling FFXIV fashion community over at xivbubblegum.pink - hopefully it'll twirl your curls. c:

StClair
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StClair
xivbubblegum
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xivbubblegum

Flimflamberge

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

camelotcrusade 
...some Orcs want to look fabulous though! <3

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Flimflamberge 
...if only there was a pink Tumblr. /kupo! ,3

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Second Life, the fashion champion, does have many blogs:

SL Fashion Directory
http://slfashiondirectory.com/

iHearts!
http://iheartsl.com/

SL Top Fashion
http://sltopfashion.net/

Cambruin
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Cambruin

*grmbl* *grmbl* does Neverwinter have such a blog/fansite? I'm a LotRO player and amazed at how F.I.N.E. the game looks compared to other newer entries in the genre. Neverwinter's Strongholds expansion seems great though, but if they have no wardrobe system in place I don't even consider it (sorry ESO, you DO NOT have such flexibility).

n3rdbomb3r
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n3rdbomb3r
n3rdbomb3r
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n3rdbomb3r

confectionally the closest thing we have  is a community run 'street fashion' tumblr, which is admittedly quite good: http://xivfashion.tumblr.com/

confectionally
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confectionally

I desperately wanted anything at all like this for Final Fantasy XIV while I was playing that regularly.  Still astonished that it seems not to exist.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Anything for Blade & Soul, TERA or City of Heroes out there ?

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

bryanjturner camelotcrusade Yeah, you looked like a clown unless you actually got a decent set. You know, effort responding to demand?

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

I have to admit I always found the idea that getting good looking armor meant working for sets to be cool. But nah, everyone's a badass! Even if they aren't...

Styopa
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Styopa

IMVHO so many of these games' fashion styles are inverted in their attraction: that is, the players care more the bits that aren't there than the bits that are.

BKone
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BKone

schlag sweetleaf camelotcrusade wat?comment image

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

/insert usual plug for Second Life, which is massively multiplayer, has tons of actual games inside, one huge server, and is absolutely, undeniably, indisputably, by a WIDE margin, the champ for fashion.    And jewelry.  And physics.  And animation packs.  And improved skins, eyes, eyelashes, makeup, hair, even sculpted prim feet that look nicer.   Sigh.

Gavaevodata
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Gavaevodata

No Mabinogi? Game lets you wear whatever in the style slot and has tons of cosmetic clothing. That and pretty much any item has a few different spots to dye any color.

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

bryanjturner camelotcrusade I haven't WoW'ed in years so I apologize for the assumption it is harder to clown yourself.   Oh well.  :p

SirMysk
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SirMysk

Ahhh yiss, this speaks to me and I am going to spend far, far too much time on these websites. Just the other day I unlocked this _beautiful_ shade of blue in ESO by looting some rare item. I was like :-O KreyGasm

Vexia
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Vexia

Not exactly the same thing, but somewhat related are the Final Fantasy XIV forums' Eorzea's Next Top Model competitions. I found one of their threads where you can see the characters who have won in the past and links further down the post to some of their Youtube competitions.
http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/234433-Official-ENTM-GD-thread%21-2.0

Vexia
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Vexia

Flimflamberge OMG, thanks for posting this! I was wondering if we had something like this in the FFXIV community.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

camelotcrusade That's not true, crappy looks were very common in Burning Crusade back in the day; I remember WoW Insider refering to the armor in that expansion while leveling as clown outfits.

cromahr
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cromahr

http://hawtpantsrepublic.com/ is down right now, apparently =/
"

Hawtpants of the Old Republic
is Under Construction

Bad fashion has crashed the site. Srs.

contact site admin"

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

http://xivbubblegum.pink/ is one for the FFXIV community!

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

camelotcrusade

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

+1 for Sephora (I and II)

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

This is a fun list!  As I looked at them, I couldn't help but remember the old days before fashion.  Back when everybody looked like this orc and there was nothing you could do about it if you wanted to use those items.
Nowadays, with proper outfit options and appearance designers, you have to work to look this bad.  IMO, that's a good thing.

TierlessTime
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TierlessTime

I made a lot of money with interior design and selling fine fashionin SWG. Oh how I miss thee.

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

+1 for LOTRO's approach to wardrobe and for Cosmetic Wardrobe. I spent a TON of time on wardrobe during my LOTRO years, and it was FUN. While the actual models and textures haven't aged well, it was easily the best system and one that should be used in similarly-patterned wardrobe systems like GW2.

Werfollow
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Werfollow

TERA has a huuuuge array of costumes and regalia up its sleeve. Definitely worth a mention.

mosselyn
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mosselyn

http://gw2style.com/ is another good one for GW2. 

I still love Lotro's cosmetic system the best for its huge variety, (eventual) flexibility, and ease of use. I think my wardrobe is 130 slots in that game, and I could use double the space if they'd let me.

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