Way back in Final Fantasy XI, I loved the game’s various yukatas, which were usually part of various summertime events not unlike FFXIV‘s Moonfire Faire. For the most part, the relaunched FFXIV hasn’t continued the tradition, with only the first Moonfire Faire following the game’s 2.0 relaunch as A Realm Reborn offering yukatas of any variety. I’ve only rarely found uses for them over the years, with a few of them showing up in some Scholar glamours that I should probably do a Looking Back post for someday. But that had to change today, as one of this month’s Patron Requests was for a crafter glamour featuring one!
The various Lady’s Yukatas are always a bit tricky to work with, since they are non-dyeable, and none of them have shades that strictly match the dyes for their colors, so I had to select one I thought would be easy to pair things with. Since so many of Alahra’s glamours are back to being black and white, I decided that the best one to work with was going to be the black one (which incidentally is also the easiest to match in terms of dyes). I really had no idea where to go from there, but I’m actually fairly happy where I ended up after a bit of experimentation.
Glamour Components (Required Level: All Classes 1)
Head: Red Beret (Jet Black)
Body: Lady’s Yukata (Black)
Hands: Claws of the Beast (Jet Black)
Legs: Faire Kohakama (Jet Black)
Feet: Faire Zori (Jet Black)
Since any yukata often looks a bit weird with gloves, the Claws of the Beast were the first thing I added in after settling on the choice of color. From there, I had to figure out what sort of look I actually wanted to go for. My last crafting glamour (which was also a Patron Request, as it turns out) had my normal skirt and thighboots array, and I felt like doing something at least a bit different this time. At first I thought about going with bare legs (with maybe some knee boots), following the pattern of the full set of Lady’s pieces from the first 2.0 Moonfire Faire, but that didn’t really seem to be Alahra’s style.
I started looking at various stockings after that, starting out with the Songbird Skirt, which was too long and stuck out below the bottom of the Yukata in a bad way. I moved to the Miqo’te Loincloth after that, which has black and white tights that match the body piece fairly well. I couldn’t find a pair of boots or shoes that really fit in with the rest of the look, though, so I kept looking for other options. Ultimately, I settled on the Faire Kohakama, which also happen to be from a Moonfire event, providing a little thematic connection. The Zori were a natural choice for sandals after settling on the Kohakama (and they actually match the Yukata pretty well in terms of colors, which is great).
For the final piece, I stuck with the Red Beret, which has sort of solidified itself as a crafting glamour staple to me, I think. I’ve often gone with glasses in the past for crafters, but those definitely didn’t work alongside the Yukata very well. I did consider a few other things, like the various hair corsages or the Thavnairian Headdress, but in the end, the Beret was best fit due to it only having a single, dyeable color.
Overall, this combination would probably work with most of the Lady’s Yukata pieces, with everything else simply dyed to match. If so many of Alahra’s glamours weren’t black and white right now, I probably would have worked with the Lady’s Yukata (Red) instead of the black one, honestly, which generally tends to look the best on Alahra. Once she gets back to experimenting with actual color in her life, maybe I’ll give one of the other tops a whirl instead of the black one, but we’ll see!
This post comes by request of one of Fashion Ninjutsu’s patrons on Patreon, Curious Usagi, who wanted to see a “cute” crafter glamour using a yukata. If you’d like to make requests yourself, either by voting for the monthly Patron Only Glamour Spotlight or for the site in general, you can contribute to Fashion Ninjutsu’s Patreon.