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Using Tabards in RP Outfits
comment 8 Written by on June 16, 2010 – 8:39 am

Finding RP outfits can be as simple as stopping by the auction house and picking up a low level robe, or perhaps a pair of pants and a shirt. Many lower level items (or even saved quest items) are relatively fashionable, and you can make a lot of different outfits that will look believable and character appropriate. A particularly fashion forward mage might wear the latest in robe styles and bright colors, while a simpler adventurer type might feel more comfortable in leather boots and an workman’s shirt.

One item that often gets overlooked, in terms of RP outfits, is a tabard. Obviously these are easier to acquire at higher levels, but most people can either purchase (or find someone to help them purchase) a guild tabard, and it’s not too difficult from there to find an outfit that looks good.

Most tabards, unless they’re /very/ unusually colored, will look good with a white or black swashbuckler shirt, a stylish black shirt or a formal white shirt, some tuxedo pants, and whatever boots you have hanging around in either a dark or complimenting color. If you can’t find anything else, or don’t like the look of boots, a pair of Frayed Shoes will look really good, and you can find those in any low level zone.

Of course, you’re welcome to get more creative and colorful, but I keep that basic outfit on almost all my characters in case I need a quick RP look in a pinch. This is a good sort of basic investment if you’re just getting started, since a guild tabard is relatively “RP Neutral”, but – especially if you’re RPing mostly within your guild – will fit in easily. It’s also inexpensive to acquire, since shirts and tuxedo pants are crafted.

Because the Wildfire Riders tabard is Black and Red, Aely’s RP boots are a pair of Vileprey Boots that are black, red, and white. (This combo also looks quite good with the Shattered Sun, Argent Dawn, Argent Crusade, and many other Reputation tabards.)

Some tabards, however, are more difficult.

I present The Tabard of the Explorer. For those unfamiliar, it’s a tabard in various shades of brown with a big map of Azeroth plastered across the front of it.

Accessorizing this tabard took some doing, but it’s unusual looking and the colors aren’t too bad, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

The general reaction has been overwhelmingly positive:


To recreate this outfit, you need:

  1. An Explorer’s Tabard, from getting the Explore Northrend achievement
  2. A Gossamer Tunic (of the something) and some Gossamer Boots (of the something)
  3. A pair of Expedition Pants (of the something)
  4. A Belt. This belt is a Windchaser Cinch (my go-to RP belt), but you could wear any belt that looked alright with the colors of the outfit.

That’s it!

Obviously there are variations you could use. If you really like the “tucked in” tabard look, in which case you might look at a Durable Robe (of the something) or possibly one of the robes with the Gaea’s Raiment skin (there are several). You never know what poking around in the Auction House (or in WoWHead) might turn up!

And no, I have no idea what to do with the Loremaster’s Colors. Sorry, you guys are on your own for that one…


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8 Responses to “Using Tabards in RP Outfits”

  1. My personal recommendation for boots that go with almost anything are the Bandit Boots of whatever, or their lookalike quest reward Black Whelp Boots from Redridge. Clothies can get much the same effect from a pair of Recruit’s Boots from the starting set for human, gnome, and dwarf warriors (also available for purchase from Thomas Yance in Old Hillsbrad).
    I also definitely recommend wearing a belt with a tabard-based RP outfit, especially if you’re wearing pants… the tabards have a blank spot in the middle at belt-level, and it makes it look like the tabard’s in two pieces. (This has been very distracting to me in the past when my guild’s done survival instance runs wearing nothing but our tabards!) My favorite belts for this type of outfit are a simple Studded Leather Belt from the vendor, which is nice and plain, or a Wicked Leather Belt that a leatherworking friend made me, which looks absolutely smashing with the Boomstick Gang’s dark red tabard.

    By Corise on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply
  2. Very nice! This combination would also work reasonably well with the Loremaster’s Colors — though I think I’d swap out the belt for a Knitted Belt or the Gossamer Belt for that purpose. I did a set of Loremaster’s Colors themed outfits awhile back (http://kamaliaetalia.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/the-loremaster/) ; looking at that post now, some of those outfits are better than others and the ones that are generally brown look best.

  3. I was playing around on my warlock in Ironforge, going exploring and what not and I saw a robe vendor and I immediately thought of this post. What I found is that the Burning Robe from Maeva in Maeva’s Mystic Apparel from Ironforge goes really well with The Explorer tabard, for those robe wearers.


  4. This is a very helpful article – I’m still getting used to finding RP outfits so it’s good to see what other folks are doing!

  5. Loremaster tabard is meta. I won’t wear it on an RP server, because it makes no sense to the characters themselves. It’s one of my favorite game items, but I still won’t wear it. I confuse even myself, sometimes.

    I build RP outfits using tabards, too. They are especially interesting when used with a dress, because then the lower half is missing (tucked into the belt or something, I guess). There are a couple robes out there where I like the skirt but the top is too revealing for the character (or, more rarely) for the occasion. An appropriately colored tabard can help with that, often better than a shirt.

  6. I don’t think that the Loremaster’s Colors necessarily have to be “meta.” You get them with a message from Tyrande or Cairne acknowledging your accomplishments in fighting evil and protecting the land, and hoping that you will tell the tale of your adventures to those in the future – hence the “Loremaster” title. I think that can make plenty of sense from an IC standpoint. Why a yellow exclamation point? Well, why not? Always room to make up your own explanation for the symbolism there.

    By Corise on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply
  7. That really is a nice outfit, and one of the best tabards around.

    I’m just surprised to learn there are tabards other than the Ironforge one.

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