The difference is now there is a greater chance that we are not all going to look the same. I agree that is a minor thing but I like this system for that alone.
You should have seen the closed beta mod system. It had it's issues but it felt Star Warsey (yes that is a word)
No doubt. I'm totally 100% fine with this system. TBH - it give me more options in terms of look at the end game and while leveling. No more being forced into odd-looking, clown costume, mismatched gear. If I like the orange chest I got at level 15, i can keep it. If I don't...I replace it.
More options is a good thing.