When you give a companion armor he/she will wear whatever has the highest armor rating regardless of what sort of enchantments it may possess. You also can not remove your companion's basic apparel. So when you get a companion who is a mage, such as J'zargo or Aranea, and you want to equip them with robes they will not wear them because the robes you give them and the robes they already have on both have an armor rating of 0. I've already tried giving them armor with a higher rating so they will take off their basic robes and then take away the armor, but they just put the basic robes back on. Does anyone know how to get their mage companions to switch robes? I'm trying to get J'zargo to wear the Archmage's Robes instead of his Novice Robes of Conjuration.
If you are playing on PC, there are several answers to this question you might find helpful. Notably:
The second being a link to a mod that let's you liberally change whatever gear your followers are wearing.
If you're on PC, you can use the console for this, much like most other Skyrim problems. If you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you're probably screwed, much like most other Skyrim problems.
In the console, you can type
For the Archmage's Robes in particular there are two different versions (quest outcomes I guess?). Without +50 magicka its ID is
If he doesn't have the robes in his inventory, or if he has the wrong version, that command will actually conjure up a set of Archmage's Robes out of thin bytes and give and equip them to him.
give her the items, open the console, click onto the follower and type:
you should now see a list of all items plus their id-codes. Now just type:
removeitem [id of the item] [number of items to remove]
so it should look something like removeitem 0004a26b 1
Note: This id is just some creation of mine, i've got no idea what object it could be.
The id is a hexadecimal (contains a to f) number of 8 characters.
This way is better than removeallitems, for you can pick those items you want and trading items to follower seems to reset theit default equipment.
If you AREN'T on the pc, the only way to get J'zargo to wear those robes (as I did on my xbox 360) is get pickpocking to 100 for the "PERFECT TOUCH" perk which allows you to steal his default armor and thus allow him to wear the archmage's clothes, that's how I got it anyway.