In a lot of ways, I suppose it’s silly for a Ninja to run around wearing white, but putting Alahra in Pure White Artifact Armor has been a tradition for me since A Realm Reborn. I never found a white glamour I was satisfied with using the original set (but I did run around with all of it in Pure White for a little while), and I got close with the Heavensward set a couple of times (and I still go back to try out new things with the Iga Ningi often). I picked up Stormblood‘s dyeable Anemos Kage-kakushi Chainmail a couple weeks back, and ever since then, I’ve been trying to work something out in Pure White to continue the tradition.
I was pretty confident things would be a lot easier for this one than the other two, since red is more or less my standard accent color for Alahra’s glamours. That proved not to be the case, though, as few items Ninja has access to keeps any red when dyed white. As an additional point of concern, the Anemos Chainmail has bits of “metallic white,” which made finding gloves in particular difficult. The metallic white isn’t nearly as frustrating as the grey on the Pure White Iga Ningi, but it still proved quite troublesome. The lack of any black on the dyed chainmail also meant I couldn’t rely on black and red staples like the Scion Healer’s Highboots or the Ala Mhigan Fingerless Gloves of Scouting, either.
Glamour Components (Required Level: NIN 70)
Weapon: (Replica) Sasuke’s Blades Zeta (Dalamud Red)
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Dalamud Red)
Body: Anemos Kage-kakushi Chainmail (Pure White)
Hands: Bloodhempen Armguards of Scouting (Pure White)
Legs: Ramie Trousers of Scouting (Pure White)
Feet: Songbird Boots (Pure White)
I started out trying to use the Tigerskin Thighboots of Scouting, which keep their red laces when dyed Pure White, making for a pretty natural pairing between the boots and the Chainmail. As with plenty of other Ninja AF glamours, that meant I started looking for a pair of shorts or a skirt to bridge the gap. The Werewolf Bottoms were way too bright to use in Pure White, and the new Spring Bottoms were simply the wrong style. The Lady’s Knickers (White) weren’t terrible, but I fell out of love with them because of how out of place they seem in Main Scenario cutscenes.
I tried a few other things, but ultimately I settled on using the Ramie Trousers, which made me wonder if I could do something like one of my old Monk glamours instead. Throughout Heavensward, I’d been trying to pair the Ramie Trousers with the Iga Ningi, but I’d never managed to make it work. The Stormblood Chainmail works much better with them, though, and that pushed me toward the Songbird Boots instead of Thighboots. I did consider, much like the Monk glamour above, using the Kirimu Sandals, but something about them didn’t seem right.
With the core of the look figured out, I then spent two or three hours trying to figure out gloves. The full Kage-kakushi set has a fair amount of metal bits, but with the pieces I’d picked out for the glamour, nothing except the Chainmail had anything metal left. That meant the Anemos Kage-kakushi Tekko stood out really jarringly, requiring something different to make the look work. It’s really difficult to find gloves that work when dyed Pure White for Ninja, though, especially in combination with the Chainmail. Longer gloves clip through the body piece a bit past the elbow, knocking things like the Augmented Shire Emissary’s Gloves out of the running. Shorter gloves leave the metal bracers of the Chainmail exposed, which lead to the same problem I had with the Kage-kakushi Tekko.
I settled on the Bloodhempen Armguards for a few reasons. Most importantly, they’re cloth, which means they fit in with the rest of the look a lot better than any leather gloves or gauntlets of some could. They’ve also got some gold, and although the gold doesn’t exactly match that on the Chainmail, it’s close enough that it doesn’t stand out in a bad way. They also add a little bit of width to the profile, which tends to be necessary for me, as I don’t really like how slender miqo’te frames can be at times, and to top everything off, the Armguards mostly cover the metal bracers on the Chainmail. I’m not entirely happy with them, but they get the job done.
Since I was using no red on the main pieces outside of the Chainmail, I went back to the Sasuke’s Blades and (of course) kept Alahra’s glasses red to complete the look. When I finished this one, I wasn’t actually sure how long it would last, but then I spent about two hours taking screenshots before sitting down to write this up. I’m liking it more and more even if it needs some iteration to be perfect (like a new pair of Pure White friendly, slightly flared pants that don’t have as much stitching as the Ramie Trousers). The most important thing is that it makes for a nice complement to Alahra’s white Monk glamour as well (which is important, since Monk and Ninja will be the classes that see the most play for Main Scenario cutscenes in 4.3)!