Some cosmetic items just make me scratch my head. Every once in a while, I’ll post one of these conundrums and ask you what you would do with them, after providing a couple of examples of my own coping mechanisms.
First up is the Long Elven Robe, a brightly hued robe purchased (if you dare!) from the outfitter in Celondim. In its undyed state, the robe is knee-length, white, with neon green flowers and an unfortunate wide band across the rear end, as well as a sea blue under-robe and a violet layer beneath that. Plus a violet belt with a center detail. It is, in brief, a whole lotta look.
To make matters more challenging, dye only changes the underlying white of the over-robe, meaning that you’re stuck with the neon green, the sea blue, and the violet no matter what.
First idea: Embrace the madness.
You want color? We’ll give you color! Don’t make me turn this swan-boat around! This isn’t really that colorful, but I liked the neckline where purple, red, green, and blue all collided.
Second idea: Bring it down a notch.
Sea blue dye on the robe makes it far less garish, and a plain cloak and plain quilted shoulder pads of the same color bring down the visual chaos quite a bit. Simple shoes dyed Rivendell green blend with the leggings to keep it sleek. It isn’t a dramatically different look than the one above; I just can’t go full-out crazysauce. This one does hide the strange horizontal butt-panel, though, and I think that’s a big improvement.
Finally, lest you think Hithien always looks this way, here she is in her normal guise:
Here’s another option with the robe, by the talented Starry Mantle: Elven-wise. Maybe everyone likes this thing, and the conundrum bit is just me!
That said, now it’s your turn! What would you do? Links to your blog, or links to flickr or photoshop are just fine. Help all of us with this Troublesome Item!