Did the same. And there's not really much point to armor if you're never seen by the enemies you...deal with.My first playthrough, it didn't seem like there was much point to armor, maybe still is that way. I was playing a melee/ninja style character going for stealth, so I went more towards glasscannon, mobility and looking good doing it than focusing on defense. I made it through the game ok. Once we get a substantial patch, I'll go back and play it again.
(P.S. I also went for a non-lethal playthrough. Credit to the writers and designers, I encountered certain parts where I just chose to intentionally kill certain NPCs. Like a certain mission on the docks involving illegal BDs. I have never been more sure I was going to consciously pull out a gun and shoot an NPC in a video game before.)