The other day I read an interesting request on the suggestions forum for more “sensible” clothing in Lalia’s Market. The player making the request points out that he would love to see a larger selection of common shirts, pants and hats in the market, to satisfy the needs of those who prefer to explore Middle-earth in a simple and lore-appropriate outfit rather than elaborate armour with ornaments and sometimes even quite extravagant designs. I completely understand the request and wholeheartedly support it (as to me there can never be enough choice when it comes to cosmetics), but for the moment I would also like to point out, just like some others have in that thread, that you are not entirely without options currently when it comes to dressing up more “sensibly”. I agree with the OP that most “commoner” outfits are onesies, leaving no customization options other than the dye colour and perhaps some shoulders and a cloak. The fun thing about outfitting is finding the right combination, and when everything is already pre-made, it kind of takes away from the fun. However, some of those onesies can be used quite effectively for the right ragged looks, so I’ve tried to come up with an outfit for my hobbit lass that looks like it’s seen better days.
I will try to publish some more “commoner” outfits for Breelanders and perhaps Dwarves as well on my blog, to help fill the gaps a little. I don’t think Turbine is designing any new cosmetics at the moment so we’ll have to make do with the current designs. Lalia’s market mostly sells ceremonial versions of armour, but I will talk to her and suggest that she at least consider adding a few “sensible clothing” items as well.
The Harvestmath Festival starts next Tuesday so you can expect the usual preview of this year’s cosmetics on this blog. I’m looking forward to it, especially to the enigmatic “Steed of the Bat” that appeared on the splash screen during the Farmer’s Faire!
Head: Spirited Assault Hat of Éomer, sienna dye (crafted T8 light armour)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Eorlingas, cannot be dyed (RoI pre-order cosmetic)
Back: Tattered Cloak, burgundy dye (T8 lootbox cosmetic)
Chest: Well-worn Tunic, umber dye (Skirmish cosmetic)
Hand: Pitchfork, Mathom Society friend standing