I'm actually not wearing any crown clothes at the moment. I've gone pretty much with straight death wizard clothes from Dragonspyre. The one thing I miss though is seeing "resist" floating above me when I get hit with any spell instead of when it's just a death spell.
You see, the Astral Hat of the Helephant use to give me 8% shielding to all spells, and the Master's Garment of the Triton gave me an extra 10% shielding on top of that. Interestingly enough, NONE of the old school crown shoes gave shielding. That's what made me so excited about the Warded Footwear shoes from the Dragonspyre collection (not to be mistaken with the Gucci collection) of crown cloths.
Look at that! 6% shielding! No no no, don't look at that nasty -6 to damage. 6% shielding on shoes with a tower shield card! So if you mix these shoes with the two pieces from your old set (which stayed the same through the change, you just can't buy those old crown clothes any more), you're up to 24% damage mitigation . . . not bad.
The second piece of crown clothes that caught my attention were the level 5 shoes from Zeke in Wizard City.
I don't know if a lot of people know this or not, but traps from crown clothes do not overwrite traps from your deck. So I could cast this trap from my crown clothes and not overwrite the hex from my deck. For those who like to one hit bosses in PvE or see "the most damage they can do," then these shoes are pretty exciting. Now there is another set of shoes from the new crown collection in Marleybone with a blue card hex, but let's take a look at it.
The trap percent is actually 10% less than the level 5 shoes from Zeke in Wizard City. If I'm gimping myself for the sake of a card, I might as well go with the level 5 shoes.
Other than those two, as a necromancer, I'm not very excited about the new crown clothes. There's a ton of life wizard stuff to get excited about if you're a life wizard, but other than that. meh. From my point of view, crown clothes are now utlity clothes rather than the best clothes in the game. Use them at your own discretion.