I never really noticed that since I am a warrior, however your right.
Ive always thought it would be cool to add more to our professions for style. For example Blacksmiths could create "skins" or "plating" that could cover your gear for a specific look. It could possibly be extended into Mount Armors as well.
The other professions could be included to help. Say Leather Workers provide the saddles, Tailors could make the cloth used in it, ect ect.
There is something so appealing about backhanding someone across the face with a shield.