It’s always bugged me how limited glamour options are for casters and healers in FFXIV, which is largely a consequence of class and job restrictions being baked into the glamour system. “Heavy armor” jobs like Dragoon or Paladin have a decent amount of freedom to trim down, as it were, by relying on various leather and cloth options available to most everyone while also having a decent range of style even in role-specific gear choices. The lighter armored jobs like Bard and Ninja end up with heavy and/or armored pieces with some regularity, too (along with classics like the Replica Allagan Cuirass, too). Casters and healers don’t really have a comparable way to tank up their glamours, since armor of any sort that can be worn by any class is rather rare, and when it comes to their role-specific gear sets, options are—for the most part—limited to robes, shorter robes, coats that might as well be robes, and sometimes a jacket or two.
So when Fashion Ninjutsu patron @DavidHaig1 requested a caster or healer glamour “as armored as possible,” I knew I was going to have a fun challenge ahead of me. While some of the raid and Tomestone gear in Stormblood has introduced some Doman-styled armor for both of them, I’ve collected very little of it since it’s all rather uninspiring when it comes to glamours (and I certainly don’t a have any of the dyeable versions). I did have another option for a body, though, in the Wild Rose Cuirass, which is a piece I regularly flirt with using but only rarely manage to make work. After failing to find any good armored gauntlets or boots for a caster look using the Cuirass, I moved on instead to a healer look, and managed to get somewhere.
Glamour Components (Required Level: AST/SCH/WHM)
Weapon: (Antiquated) Atlas
Head: Replica Allagan Circlet of Healing (Ul Brown)
Body: Wild Rose Cuirass
Hands: Replica High Allagan Gloves of Healing (Jet Black)
Legs: Replica High Allagan Pantaloons of Healing (Jet Black)
Feet: Aurum Regis Sollerets of Healing (Jet Black)
Way back in A Realm Reborn, when we got the Daystar healing set—which is where the Aurum Regis Sabtons I ended up using ultimately trace back to—I thought we’d be seeing more armored looks for healers in the future, which has largely not been the case since then. The Daystar and Aurum Regis Sollerets were one of the first things on my mind after seeing David’s request, and so figuring out how to make them work with the Wild Rose Cuirass was my starting point. The Aurum Regis pair ended up fitting with the breastplate of the Cuirass fairly well when dyed black, with the matching black with silver trim, and from there it was a matter of finding everything else.
I figured going with Alahra’s normal skirt or shorts wouldn’t really fit the idea of an armored look, so I started browsing the Market Board for options. The High Allagan Pantaloons stood out from the get-go: when dyed black, they keep silver and gold trim that matches the same trim on the Cuirass. It occurs to me while writing this that I never checked the Chimerical Felt Breeches that go along with the Aurum Regis Sabatons, but I’m still pretty happy with the High Allagan Pantaloons anyway, since they helped guide the rest of the look.
From the start, I knew I wasn’t going to have any great options for gloves or gauntlets for a healer, outside of a few options that are undyeable and wouldn’t match the Cuirass in a good way. Since I had the Pantaloons going, though, I decided to work with the High Allagan Gloves also, mostly to get a little bit more gold going for the look. The last and final piece, the Allagan Circlet, was mainly to add something that seemed a little harsher than a typical regal healer crown or something of that sort. In Ul Brown, it matches the gold on the Cuirass and other Allagan Pieces, and the jewel on the one side also matches the red on the half-skirt that comes with the Cuirass, too.
Once I was done, I found I was honestly pretty fond of this one, and I committed it to my Astrologian for the remainder of my journey to 70. That milestone won’t be too far off, which will of course mean I’ll be able to glamour around the Constellation Top. For now, though, I’ve got a pretty interesting look that I probably never would have arrived at on my own, so I have to give thanks to David for that (and also all of their continued support).
The glamour in this post comes by request of one of Fashion Ninjutsu’s patrons on Patreon, David Haig, who asked for an armored caster or healer glamour. If you’d like to make requests yourself, either by voting for the monthly Patron-Only Glamour Spotlight or for the site in general, you can contribute to Fashion Ninjutsu’s Patreon.