when better armor is uglier
This happens in ffxiv all the time.
i actually got really annoyed at xenoblade b/c people’s starting gear is their actual character-artwork outfit but all the armor you get is this neo-futuristic shiny plastic junk, so you get a new chestpiece and someone’s nice thematically-appropriate suitcoat with cravat is replaced with something teal and purple with enormous shoulder guards and and covered in shiny dots
This is still in FFXIV. Somehow it is more protective than full body armors that came before it.