I do/would like the option to transfer armor stats to different armor appearances.. but I'd also like the option to customize, paint, decorate (whatever) the armor pieces to make them a bit more personal.
That's one thing I hate about most MMO's is that there are only so many armor looks out there and most high-end/Raid items are identical. Eventually, everyone winds up looking the same or similar.. making it real easy to spot the "raiders" vs casual gamers
However, trying to maintain a wide variety of styles and balancing performance could be a bit of number crunching. Hopefully, with ToR's stylized art, this would be a non-issue.