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My Baldur's Gate 3 character was created as a male Dragonborn with body type 1. After starting the game and switching to camp clothes, I discovered that my character was wearing a bra. I tried switching underwear with male party members Will and Astarion, but a bra somehow appears when my character equips their undergarments. The bra goes away if I unequip my underwear, but I'd prefer not to go commando for the entire adventure.

How do I get my male character to stop wearing a bra?

Inventory screen of a dragonborn wearing a bra

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    Out of context, this will be a hot question, by all means.
    – pinckerman
    Sep 20, 2023 at 17:54
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    This is a very interesting... problem.
    – TiimzyFR
    Sep 20, 2023 at 18:00
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    It suits him, what's the problem?
    – Jojo
    Sep 21, 2023 at 3:27
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    @pinckerman Maybe more suitable for interpersonal skills SE? ;-)
    – quarague
    Sep 21, 2023 at 9:51
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    @pinckerman - I only came over to make a joke about at least buying him dinner first.
    – Valorum
    Sep 22, 2023 at 14:14

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The short answer is... you aren't playing a male dragonborn -- at least, as far as your clothes are concerned!

An adventurer's raiment does not consider voice, pronouns, or anything other than which "body type" is selected at character creation. And Baldur's Gate 3 has a finite selection in that respect.

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This is much clearer for elves, but the crux of it is: picking 1 or 3 defaults to a "Female" identity and a "Feminine" voice (the even numbered voices), and picking 2 or 4 defaults to a "Male" identity and a "Masculine" voice (the odd numbered voices)

Likewise, picking body type 1 on a dragonborn... enter image description here

Defaults to female identity and voice.

And so the short of it is, clothing ignores the "identity" selected by the player.

This is almost assuredly a technical limitation -- the fact that there's no way to deform the body skeleton at all implies each piece of clothing has specific render models (one per type) rather than a single model that is transformed to fit the given skeleton.

So if you want to be a dragonborn with the smaller build? You're stuck with the bra.

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    A functional solution, that I leave as an exercise to the reader, is to find a mod that removes the "top" part from the underwear model, since it seems entirely plausible that such mods exist. Sep 20, 2023 at 19:41
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    @GuntramBlohm Not with dragonborn! There's nothing "underneath" the bra on either type of dragonborn. Just more scales. Interestingly, some kinds of clothing seem to actually add a bigger chest than what they actually have - I'm guessing it's just using a generic female model for it instead of considering the race.
    – Pyritie
    Sep 21, 2023 at 10:12
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    @SkySpiral7: The UI does not indicate genitalia, because there is a separate option to choose genitalia independently of the body type (not shown in these screenshots). For races other than Dragonborn, it is (presumably) obvious whether or not the body type includes breasts or other "feminine" traits such as waist-hip ratio etc, because you can just look at the model.
    – Kevin
    Sep 21, 2023 at 22:44
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    @SkySpiral7 I think the issue might even just be that dragonborns, regardless of body type, apparently don't have breasts and therefore probably none of them need bras. They're not exactly mammals, so this is a nice touch imo, but clearly this worldbuilding exception got lost somewhere on the way to the undergarment code. Sep 22, 2023 at 20:43
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    @KernelPanic Fun trivia: in 4e (where the Dragonborn as we know them originated), they very much did; they both hatched from eggs, then nurse their young until their teeth come in. (cite: Ecology of the Dragonborn, Dragon #365, page 28) Sep 23, 2023 at 0:57

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