Outfit, Formal Clothes

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  • Cost: 40 gp
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
Formal clothing is designed to allow the wearer to fit in, at least in appearance, with members of the Comfortable or Wealthy lifestyles. These clothes offer more embellishments, and make use of finer materials than Sturdy Clothes. While not as over-the-top as Elegant Clothes, they still favor style over comfort to a certain degree, and are considerably more bulky than the simpler clothing worn day-to-day by most common folks.

It is not unreasonable for people of nearly any non-noble lifestyle to have at least one formal outfit, if only for holidays and special occasions. Of course, those at the lowest scale of economic well-being can't afford such a luxury.

Formal clothing offers no bonuses or penalties for interacting with anyone at any social strata. Those in the poorest neighborhoods may view your choice of clothing as a sign of a fat purse in need of lightening, while those at the highest social strata might sniff into their scented handkerchiefs when you pass nearby, to avoid breathing your air. However, in all cases, each will see you as a person who cannot be completely disregarded without cause.

Unfortunately, formal clothing is ill-suited for daily wear, and certainly isn't made to withstand the hardships of adventuring. Those extra layers of reinforcement in high-wear areas of sturdy clothing have been replaced with frilly lace sleeves, or fold-over leather cuffs. The extra buttons and straps that the tailor added serve to accentuate the wearer's form, rather than strengthen the clothing against tears. Characters that choose to wear formal clothing all the time can expect to need to buy new outfits at least once per month, and more frequently if they find themselves wading waist-deep through bogs.

Players are encouraged to describe their outfits. Formal clothes tend to make use of higher quality fabrics, lace, silks, embroideries, and embellishments. But they are still too common of origin to include the truly exotic dweomermetals or rare furs.

Note: Outfits that are actively being worn weigh nothing. The listed weight is only applicable when the outfit is being carried or stored. Characters may only wear one outfit at a time.