So to start off, no, I am not asking or suggesting that we get TERA-level stuff or anything so wild. But as someone who has studied legions of motifs in this game, I've noticed a few trends. One of the most unusual ones besides the lack of shoes that aren't boots or sandals (just regular shoes. There is currently one known pair of just shoes), is that from 75+ motifs and several style pages... we've got 1001 different pairs of pants. It's like someone on the design team is a Victorian-era prude where showing even a bit of ankle was considered preposterous.
In fine... I wanna see more outfits/motifs that show some leg. Right now, there are 70 (soon to be 75) motifs, and the total number of those that show off any leg at all is... 3 (Argonian medium, and then Mazzatun and Elder Argonian). 4 if you count the very subtle bit of leg from Dreadhorn medium but you practically have to be looking up it to even notice at all. It took someone pointing it out to me, for perspective.
And before anyone goes off on me about "oh but that's not practical", allow me to remind you that in comparison to the three (3) motifs that show even the slightest amount of leg, we have a total of at least nine (9) motifs that show off parts of your midriff. y'know... your freaking vitals. Sure you can leave your vitals hanging out, and you'll be fine since at least your legs are covered, right? (and for reference, the 9 motifs I refer to are Wood Elf Medium, Barbaric, Draugr Medium, Minotaur Light/Medium, Mazzatun, Huntsman Light, Dead-Water Medium/Heavy, Elder Argonian, and of course the notorious Fang Lair). Costumes are the same way. We've got a sizable handful that show off the midriff, but other than the Shrike's Nocturnal Frock and the Nordic Bath Towel, none of them really show off any leg at all. I'm kind of just wondering what the deal is here.
now, I understand the notion of practical armour and that's totally fine with me. I love it, I respect it, and I'm not even asking for metal bikinis by any means. But even TESV Skyrim had "revealing" armour/clothing that showed a little leg. Heck, some of the "canonical" outfits were the same way.
Look at the concept art for the Ancestral Homage Formal Gown. It had slits all the way up to the hips (and thigh-high stockings underneath it). Similarly, the Elven Hero costume was showing a nice bit of thigh. It was eye-candy sure, but it wasn't offputting, much less sl00ty. Little things like that, as well as showing off a bit of my Nordic or Redguardic shapely gams should not be criminal. Especially not in an M-game that claims "Sexual themes", no less.
At the very least, have them be outfit styles we can learn at the outfit station, if you dont want NPCs running around in them. Make them unlockable/obtainable or whatever else; or if ZOS wants to be ZO$ and really milk it for what it's worth, at least put something like that in the crown store?
Or if nothing else... Almalexia style motifs when?
TL;DR—when you've got more "armours" that leave your vital organs hanging out than you do armours that show a little bit of leg... there's a problem.
Shortly after the formation of the Ebonheart Pact, a Nord woman was given a tour of the Tribunal Temple. When later asked about the experience, she seemed upset. Suffice to say, the Dunmer were not pleased to hear this, and thus they inquired further.
"Well," the Nord frowned, "the priests were very angry and unwelcoming. They kept shouting things at me like "you can't drink that mead in here!" and "somebody stop her, she's running naked!" and "we can't catch her; she's covered in grease!""