With Rise of Isengard, all restrictions regarding the Wardrobe were lifted. This implies possibilities that so far had not occurred to me. Not until I started talking to a kinmate who plays a lot of PvMP on the freepside. He had a piece of armour that he did not have the rank for yet so couldn’t wear. I asked him to test if he could put it into the wardrobe. It worked! Then I did something that I had never done in my life, I took a horse ride to the Ettenmoors, a place that I have always avoided like the plague, until I discovered that you can actually buy any kind of armour there, from any class, and put it in your wardrobe!
UPDATE: since Update 5 this is no longer possible. Turbine has decided we should not be able to barter for items we do not have the proficiency or class for!
I was lucky to have a very generous kinmate help me out and give me a lot of those spirit stones. Others I bought on the auction house and from a player selling them in the global chat channel. I never ever killed a reaver (or weaver or heaver or what have you) and I am using PvMP armour in the wardrobe!!
This discovery has placed me in the poor house again, because spirit stones are not cheap, but I am sooo thrilled to finally have my much desired minstrel shoulders! And to anyone who would like these shoulders but doesn’t play a minstrel: the great news is that you can wear them now! All classes can talk to any class barter npc (quite different from Moria and Mirkwood where you have to be the right class to be able to barter). Perhaps I am not sharing any news here, and am just a little dense and slow to have discovered this only now, but I am excited to tell you all about this little outfit paradise in the Coldfells and very pleased about my new outfit too!
If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up in the Lorebook, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.
Head: Helm of the Hidden Dagger, crimson dye (Ettenmoors barter, burglar)
Chest : Elegant Dress, crimson dye (skirmish cosmetic)
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Wandering Bard, crimson dye (Ettenmoors barter, minstrel)