Following up yesterday’s announcement, I’ve prepared an overview of what I believe to be some of the nicest available cloth or “cosmetic” outfits for Elder Scrolls V. I’m putting cosmetic in brackets here, because strictly speaking all armor in Skyrim is cosmetic if you happen to be a non-melee class. The best available gear for magic users comes from enchanting – meaning, you chose whatever gear you enjoy the most (you can wear any armor class too) and add the most powerful enchantments which you will have to earn by skilling up the profession, learning recipes and creating powerful soul gems.
Likewise, the best armor for warriors and thieves come from professions too; while there’s no “tailoring” in Skyrim, there sure is armor-smithing and leatherworking which creates the best sets combined with enchanting. An interesting approach to gearing up, in my opinion.
In this post, I will focus on “cloth” (armor class 0) that cannot be crafted, but picked up in Skyrim, either by drop, reward, purchase, theft or murder (the game being open like that, almost any NPC can be killed). In a few cases, the items can only be acquired via console commands on the PC version of the game which is why I will include commands (where I know them) for those looking to collect the peaceful or lazy way. And yes, console commands are completely legit, if not somewhat of a spoiler. But then, so is surfing on the net and looking at pictures.
Note that the console command to add an item to your inventory is always “player.additem [itemname] [quantity]”.
Skyrim “cloth and cosmetic” armor – some picks
Most of these items aren’t powerful by themselves as they lack proper enchanting. All pictures are taken by myself and may serve as overview to plan your future gear or for collection purposes. Item numbers from left to right.
2. Emperor’s robes #00015516
That was some work! It’s a real tribute to Skyrim’s gameplay variety; not only does it offer players an epic adventure of traveling with companions, questing, dragon hunting, skilling and crafting, but also a little “UO feel” with its player housing, decorating and collecting gear and books. In case you didn’t get enough cloth armor inspiration yet, there’s a few more at this place!