I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but Blizzard made a nice and welcome change to the dropped armor. It used to be that if you wanted matching gear, you had to purchase items that spanned 5 levels to do it. This got to be really annoying - by the time all your gear matched the lower pieces were well overdue for an upgrade.
With the new BC loot drops, this is not the case. If I want to wear the Daggerfen gear it will all be the same level. In fact I did this with my hunter before she even stepped foot in Outland. I camped the AH for about a week and bought her a full set of Netherstalker armor so she could level up in style. My rogue also had a full "Bandit" set of level 63 gear that she wore. I for one am totally loving this change! I hate not matching and I was very happy to match again. Sadly, now that Krystella is collecting blue gear she no longer looks cute :(
I've been known to do some questionable things to make myself look better. Prior to the expansion Kaliope was wearing a Mooncloth Robe, in part to cover up the ugly gear underneath. She also needed a decent healer tunic, so it wasn't completely unreasonable. But my visual aesthetic was a major factor in choosing to go that route.
I know, I know - I can always use my guild tabard. There are plenty of times when this just doesn't cut it. Plus the fact that if your tabard doesn't happen to match what's under, it's really not helping the situation. Frankly, I don't feel that I should have to use a tabard to cover up ugly gear. Blizzard clearly prides themselves on their visual style to the point of antagonizing their users by insisting we embrace horns/wacky shoulderpads/etc. Why should I be stuck with something so ugly I need to cover it up?
I for one would like to see them take these new changes a step further. Why shouldn't quest rewards match each other, at least within the same zone? During beta they actually had it that way when I first arrived. I was so tickled that my pants and tunic matched, and then they patched in the "new" graphics. Now my pants were red and black and my tunic was purple and orange <gag>. I was so annoyed I even submitted a bug report about it, begging them to fix them back. Of course they didn't do that, as evidenced by all the fashion-challenged rogues running around Honor Hold.
But seriously, why can't they make the leather from Hellfire match each other? Or the plate or the mail - how hard can this be? Why must we look like a five year old that raided mommy's closet?? I see no reason this concept couldn't be extended to dungeons as well. Let's have all the cloth items that drop in Coilfang Reservoir match. Or the leather drops in Auchindoun could form a matched set. Not that you'd have to give us set bonuses or anything, but at least have them visually complement each other. I see nothing wrong with having all the gear that's roughly the same "quality" match other pieces that are similar in power or stats.
I get so tired of seeing horrifying gear on people, surely this isn't what they have in mind when the designers sit down to create new armor. I can't imagine how much cringing the artists do when they see their work in action. I cringe and I'm just a lay person. Well, I'm also female which means that looks are important to me. And it's rare that I'm happy with my "look". Surely their designers are at least as disgusted as I am.
With the addition of the Dressing Room, Blizzard seemingly acknowledged that looks matter to the players. But so far they are taking baby steps towards fixing the ugly. I'm happy they improved the green gear but there's sooo much more they can do here and I'd like to see that happen. Matching armor shouldn't be the exclusive domain of the leet hardcore raiding types. We casuals deserve some love too!!
Tell me what you think about this -- does it annoy you to wear mismatched gear or do you just not care?