AKA not looking like you’ve gone back in time to Outland gear matching
I’m going to get a little psychological (and a bit girly) with this post today and talk about how you can make a good statement about your characters with transmog gear. I have recently gone back to uni (via online learning) for a course in visual merchandising for fashion and this made me think about ways you can apply some simple styling and visual rules to your transmogging.
Rule 1 – Think about what you want to say
In RL, we use a mix of signals to express to others what we want to say about ourselves (clothing, hair, spoken language, body language) but in WoW, this is down to the one visual medium – how your character looks. How many times have you stopped and inspected someone just because of the gear they are displaying? You can get a lot of information about someone from their gear; “I raid hardcore” “I love to pvp” “I have no idea what I’m doing” “I’m dancing naked for gold and attention!”
WIth transmog you can make those messages even more specific; “I raid hardcore but tier x was my favourite raid tier in the game” “I love to pvp but I don’t want people to know so here I am in level 20 greens” “I worked hard for this level 60 rated battleground gear” “I love this hat!”
Rule 2 – Choose one aspect and build on it
Whether it’s a single piece of armour or a weapon, or an entire set, this can be your foundation for transmogging. There’s lots of resources out there showing matching sets and complementing items.
Rule 3 – Less is more
So you found a great weapon, some awesome shoulders, the biggest hat in the game! Alone, they look perfect but together they create a myriad of colours and shapes. Anyone looking at you is instantly transported back to that dark period of levelling, spoken in whispers, as the outland style, where plate crop tops on male characters clashed with wide brimmed hats and tiny black hotpants. Shudder.
Awesome photoshop skills :3
Many players have slated Blizzard in the past for their uninspired tier designs but they certainly know that you can’t make every piece of armour stand out. Head pieces and shoulders are the most elaborate pieces with the rest complementing the look.
This goes back to Rule 2, if you have a beautiful weapon/head piece/shoulder piece, make that your focus and construct a simpler set that belongs with it. You can always rotate pieces around (transmog is relatively cheap I think) It is possible to go for a dramatic weapons and armour but it’s important to make sure that they don’t overshadow one another.
Rule 4 – Highlights, contrasts and filling in the blanks
Highlights can make an outfit stand out and most armour has more than one colour. Sometimes this doesn’t work so well, but on some pieces you can use this to complete the rest of the outfit. An example of this is the robe I have on my priest at the moment, which is light blue with silver. You could then find matching items that are silver/grey. Another example is using different shades of the same colour.
Contrasts are using a different colour to accentuate the focus of your outfit. They work best when they are of the same type (hot colours such as red, orange, yellow, cold colours such as blue, purple, dark green)
If you really can’t find anything to match you can always fall back on the basics: white and black. They are also good colours for shirts as they are not too strong.
Rule 5 – Don’t forget the accessories
As mentioned above you can use shirts, but there are tabards (they can also hide a part of the outfit you don’t like), ranged weapons (if you aren’t a hunter), footwear and even companion pets
Rule 6 – Thinking outside the Tier sets
I am sure the majority of players transmog to tier or specific sets but I think you can get excellent results from places you might not consider; starting area quest rewards and greens, low level AH buys, craftables and pvp gear (or pve if you are a pvpers)
My Characters Transmogged: Natsuko
I made a look for my priest using a blue and silver palette focusing on the weapon and chest piece. The only thing I’m not 100% happy with is the gloves. I’m seen a lot in this outfit as she spends so much time crafting or in the AH. What do you think of this outfit?
Head: White Bandit Mask (crafted by tailors)
Shoulders: Not transmogged (LFR Tier)
Cloak: Seer’s Cape
Chest: Shroud Of Spiritual Purity
Wrist: Not transmogged
Hands: Twilight Gloves
Waist: Not transmogged
Legs: Not transmogged
Feet: Not transmogged (all Draenei feet is legwarmers >>)
Weapon: Exodar Life Staff
Ranged: Antenna Of Invigoration (sparkles!)
Companion Pet: Lil’ Tarecgosa (alternates: Elementium Geode, Baby Blizzard Bear)