Whoops! These things happen when you inexpertly combine mechanics from different games!
And yes, Susan likes abs.
Fable 2 was the first RPG I played in which armor didn't boost your defense. Beyond boosting or lowering social stats, they did nothing beyond change how you look. Which I actually liked while playing that game, because you could just level up your defenses separately while wearing whatever you wanted.
It's a shame there weren't more outfits, but still.
And hold on to your hats, because I'm about to say something positive about Fallout 76. Don't hold on too tight, however, because I'm immediately going to say how that positive thing was kinda bad after that.
In Fallout 76, there were purely cosmetic outfits you could put on that would cover up all of your actual armor. What gear you wore for stats could be completely separate from what you wore for aesthetics, and I think that's something more games should have!
More SINGLE PLAYER games. Fallout 76 is, in theory, a multiplayer game. It makes sense to be able to see what actual armor other players are wearing, and not the sweet sweater vest they've decided to make visible instead.
As has probably been said a few times about things in 76, it was a neat idea that would have made more sense in single player.