my mind is /
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch and taste and smell /
and hearing and sight keep hitting and chipping with sharp fatal /
tools /
in an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms of chrome and ex /
-ecute strides of cobalt /
nevertheless i /
feel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly am becoming /
something a little different, in fact /
myself /
hereupon helpless i utter lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings.

ee cummings


IntroductionGetting StartedThe Wardrobe HUDThe Wardrobe MenuTaking Snapshots • Putting on Outfits • The Wardrobe Pose StandSaving and Restoring Camera AnglesShowing your Wardrobe to Others and Let Others Dress YouThe Wardrobe Rezzable ClosetsCompatibility with SL ViewersWhat Customers SayWardrobe GiftsA TutorialFAQ

Putting on an Outfit

Putting on an outfit in Wardrobe is simple. Once you have followed the instructions and prepared your inventory (see below), you can put on an outfit with a single click:

When you click either the icon or the "Wear" button, you will see some information chatted by the Wardrobe HUD (this is only visible to you) saying that it tries to find the outfit in your inventory. If you don't see any such information, make sure you are wearing the Wardrobe HUD of version 2 or later. If you see some cryptic messages, make sure you are using a RLV-capable viewer and have RLV turned on (see below).


In order to be able to wear outfits directly through your Wardrobe, certain preconditions have to be met:

  • You must use an RLV-capable viewer. Such viewers include (in alphabetical order) Catznip, Emergence viewer, Firestorm, Imprudence, Phoenix, or the Restrained Love Viewer. The latter is what RLV actually stands for, so don't be surprised when you encounter lots of references to BDSM when you search for the term; it is quite popular in that community.
    Don't let this worry you, though. Unless you wear a "RLV relay", a special object that relays RLV commands to your viewer, no one can force you to do anything.
  • RLV must be enabled. In Firestorm, for instance, it is disabled by default. To enable it, open the Preferences, go to the "Firestorm" tab and check "Allow remote scripted viewer controls (RLVa)."
    Check out the Wiki how to enable it in other viewers and for more information.
  • Your outfits must be in the #RLV folder: Your outfits that you want to be able to wear through the Wardrobe must reside in a special folder; it must be named "#RLV" (without the quotation marks), and it must be directly under the "My Inventory" folder.

    There are quite a few tutorials on how to create and populate your #RLV folder, for instance, have a look at the MoDesign tutorial or Trix Braveheart's video tutorial (RLVa, if you're using Catznip, Emergence, Phoenix, or Imprudence), Trix Braveheart's video tutorial (if you're using the standard RLV viewer). Make sure you have gone through one of the tutorials and you know how to deal with attachments. Again, don't be surprised when you encounter the BDSM context. Also, don't be worried; despite the #RLV folder is called a "shared folder" (you might encounter that term in respective blogs), no one can actually steal your outfits or get a copy of them.
  • Outfit folder names must match Wardrobe outfit titles. The name of the folder your outfit is contained in must match the title of the outfit in your Wardrobe. If they don't match, Wardrobe can't find the outfit you want to put on, and you will see an error message ("The outfit could not be found in the #RLV folder. Please make sure that it is contained in that folder and that the outfit folder matches the item title in your Wardrobe.").
  • Wear the Wardrobe HUD. In order for the "wear outfit" feature to function, you must wear your Wardrobe HUD (version 2 or later).

Also check out the Wiki (which includes excellent information on how to set up and use the RLV folder in combination with the Wardrobe) and Chase Eternal's Wardrobe RLV tutorial.

If you encounter problems when you try to wear an outfit (Wardrobe strips your, but doesn't put any clothing back on), check the name of the folder in your SL inventory: RLV doesn't work when it contains certain special characters. I found that it didn't work when the name contained slashes (/, \), and the folder name also must not start with a dot (.). Such folders are invisible to RLV. The subfolders containing no-mod attachments can start with a dot, however.
Also, there is a bug in Phoenix that may in certain circumstances lead to problems when you paste items as links into your RLV folder.

Undress Before You Dress

Wardrobe detaches your current outfit before it puts on the new one. However, Wardrobe doesn't know what to detach. It tries to guess from the title, the tags, and the remarks you enter what kind of outfit it is and selects the "detach points" it thinks are suited best. If more of the outfit is detached than desirable, or less, check the "detach points" for the particular outfit you tried to put on by opening the edit dialog on the webpage (click the button). You will see a dialog similar to the one depicted below. Note the section hilighted in red.

In this example, all the clothes (i.e., all clothing layers) will be removed, and all the objects on the upper body (chest, shoulders, arms, hands, and spine) and the pelvis will be detached before the new outfit is put on. Everything worn on the skull (typically your hair) and your head as well as on your legs (including feet) will stay in place.

Base Outfits

The key idea of base outfits is to create shortcuts to frequently used Wardrobe items. E.g., these could be your favorite skins, hairdos, nails, jewelry---items you wear most of the time. So, base outfits are there for you to put on items quickly without having to find them in your Wardrobe first. (Note that base outfits are only useful if you use the Wardrobe for dressing; if you don't want to use any base outfits, you can also hide the bar by clicking Tools > Hide Base Outfits.)

Adding an item to the base outfits bar

  • All to the right of the bar, click the link "Activate editing" (if you have a small screen and you see a horizontal scroll bar, you might have to scroll to see this link).
  • Find the item you want to add to the bar in your Wardrobe.
  • Grab the item's title with your mouse (click, but don't let go), and drag it onto the bar.
  • If your mouse pointer is over the bar, you'll notice that it will turn yellow.
  • Now drop the item (i.e., let go of the mouse button).

To put on an item from your base outfit bar, simply click it.

You can remove an item from your base outfits bar by clicking the (X) icon in the right upper corner of the item.

Further Reading.

Wardrobe overviewThe Wardrobe HUDThe Wardrobe menuTaking snapshotsInworld closets
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