Fine Grey Company Tunic (which makes elves look fat)

The short version:
The new cosmetic clothing looks great, but why can’t it fit the way it should?!

The verbose version:
Look at my guardian in his brand new, shiny Fine Grey Company Tunic (and the associated gloves and boots, all quest rewards from volume 3, chapter 5). Doesn’t he look awesome? He’s big and strong and handsome.

Except one tiny detail is wrong, my Guardian isn’t big and strong (don’t tell him I said that, he is a Guardian after all and he has an image to uphold. But he is handsome, you can tell him that much).

Here’s my Guardian wearing the Long-sleeved Lórien Tunic and Pants (Galadhrim rep reward available from the barterer at Cerin Amroth).

The Lórien tunic is ordinary clothing, not armour, and so you can see the Guardian’s build. He has a waist which would make Victorian girls green with envy.
The Ranger tunic is also ordinary fabric clothing. It should fit the same way. And yet when this Elf wears the Ranger tunic, he pretty much doesn’t have a waist.

Now, we can talk all day about how male elves are girly and if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but that’s beside the point. If the Guardian has a visible wasp waist, the Guardian should have a visible wasp waist unless he’s wearing bulky armour which would render such a waist invisible.

The Robe of the Learned Stag also looks un-Elvishly bulky on a male Elf, but that was just one piece. Now we have two (three, if you count the other Ranger tunic which is the same thing in a different colour) fabric cosmetics which fundamentally change the character’s build. When I scrolled that “body type” slider over towards the left, it was because I wanted a twig-man character, not so some robe could turn my twig-man into Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m not sure what to think of this trend.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I do like the new ranger cosmetics, I think my guard looks great in them and he’s been wearing them all over Dunland for the past two days. But in the end it’s just dress-up clothes, like the cowboy robe, and I go back to the Loth tunic for lounge-wear and blue Elven steel armour for tanking.

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