Is clipping really that big of a problem for people? Keep in mind that this is an MMO and not a console or single player game, but a game in which you typically have large numbers of people on screen at the same time doing pretty complex animations. Doing something to fix clipping would bog down performance to such a degree that the game would chug like a fratboy at a kegger. So, do you want to poke a claf through a skirt, or do you want to watch a bad stopmotion film?
Some armour sets work fine as a whole, but when you mix and match, a lot of them fall apart. I don't think they anticipated the desire for us to mix and match for pure style. I don't know if they'll ever fix it as it would require a complete revamping of ALL character emotes, animation and ALL armour sets and all combinations. At this point, that's a huge amount of work.
^ Oh my gawd, I love how wicked evil mesmers can look nowadays.
I always wished that a mind oppressing, illusionary class could have the option of looking down right nasty evil. And we are!
I am serious. I like the variety now.
Now we just need some Bali-like masks. That would be pretty freaky looking. The primeval one is close, but not a nutzoid looking.