I've been trying to come up with awesome outfits for my gals and I spotted this striking "mage" set on the Visual Roleplay site. They call it the "Scarlet Wizard". It looked pretty simple to put together and my mage would really stand out. Unfortunately I started tweaking the look. I wanted to find a robe with some gold in it, to match the hat better. Luckily for me, there's a Tailoring pattern for that! Then it needed a belt and some gloves. Once again, Tailoring has me covered. By the time I was done, I thought that I may as well share my outfit since it's heavily crafted. There's just a bit of farming needed to get this look, so I consider it a crafted set.
The key item you need is Whitemane's Chapeau. This is dead easy to farm, it has a 32% drop rate from the last boss in Scarlet Monastery (the Cathedral). I got it on my second try. Then you get your tailor out and make a Crimson Silk Robe, some Red Mageweave Shoulders and Cindercloth Gloves. I added some Black Mageweave Boots just for the heck of it, you really don't see the footwear though. The belt I liked best with this robe was the Belt of Blasting (a recipe that drops in SSC or TK). If you don't want to put that much effort into the belt you can use a Silver-Thread Sash or Gossamer Belt (both low level belts likely to be on the AH).
Here's the finished look (click image to see larger version):
What I like about this ensemble is that the gold/gray accents in the shoulders nicely compliment the gold in the hat and the gold/gray collar decorations on the robe. The gloves are not visible -- and that's actually important. Most glove models completely cover the sleeves of the robe, but I thought these sleeves actually made the outfit more interesting. And the Belt of Blasting fits in nicely with the same dark red used on the lower robe, along with the gray tones that are a close match to the sleeves. So even though these crafted pieces are from four different sets, the full effect looks more cohesive than some of the legitimate sets we can make (Felcloth, Azure Silk, etc).
And maybe it's just me, but I think red is the color of the Mage. I don't think you can get any more red than this :)