I don't always understand them, but everyone has their own style, I guess. In dance (more than anything) we see these over-the-top costumes, and even though they are supposed to fit the character of the program, I think they detract from actually watching the quality of the skating (Belbin and Agosto's original dance from this season comes to mind as I type this). Maybe that's what the coaches are hoping to do when presenting the skaters like that, though, as a way to hide the weaknesses. It's always been like that within ice dancing and I don't see it changing any time soon. I don't really think the other disciplines really suffer from that. A few cases here and there, but as a whole I think the skaters are dressed well.