Nooo...this isn't a challenge to break into stuff.
Lemme start by saying that I began playing this game before the introduction of the NDS system. This meant that a bunch of us tailors would be running around with packs full of physical patterns that we had to take care of, even risking the possibility of some enterprising thief who might make off with our designs. There weren't any public designs so when you entered a clothes shop, you knew you were guaranteed a wide and mostly unique variety of clothing for your choice.
With the exception of some questionable designs like the crotchless panties and getting rejected for having too many/few commas, it was very much a golden age of item design. We had some big name designers like Keturah, Katia, Lavinia, Amunet later on joined by others like Balynne, Lala et al, who ensured that the populace Sapience stayed (generally) snappy dressers. Some even opened some unique specialist shops like a haberdashery in Hashan or a blanket shop in Cyrene.
Today, however, as I wander the various shops in the city, I'm sorely disappointed and pretty overwhelmed by the sheer amount of mass produced clothing lifted wholly from NDS PUBLIC that's used to pad the stock. Seriously, it's like I'm walking into a K-Mart or something. If clothes make the man, then you shopkeepers just turned us into the most ill-dressed basement dwellers to walk the earth.
Playing as Skye, I have the liberty of making my own clothes. This makes things a whole lot easier on me since Skye has a particular look and I seldom have to deviate from it. Playing on alts, however, I'm hard pressed to find outfits that suit my characters. I think it takes me more days to find the right clothing that it does for Daeir to find a sword he likes, mostly because the options have become just that limited.
For those of you who say 'why not just search NDS for known tailors and go through their list?', I'll say that not every tailor has their design list public. I myself have a few private designs. Also, NDS searching is terribly rudimental. You can see the general design appearance, but not the details of privately owned designs so what 'seems' like the right shirt for you, may not actually be so. Also, some designers have a ridiculously huge collection of designs either by their own creation or by buying up orphaned designs on the unowned list, and none of it is organised. Neither do you have a way of organising it or searching more specifically . This is not conducive to one's shopping experience.
So, in the interest of good dress sense, I hereby make a challenge to you, shopkeepers. For those of you with no designs of your own, commission or make a contract with existing shopless tailors to start stocking some interesting clothing. Bring back the age of fashion and down with mass produced goods!