The difference between a clipped and a stripped coat is pretty dramatic. When you strip the coat of a wire, you save the beautiful colors and maintain a nice wiry texture. If you clip the coat, the colors will fade and only the soft undercoat will remain. Should you decide to change your mind and start stripping the dog's coat the colors and texture will come back. However, it will be harder to pull and more painful for the dog. Eventually, if you continue to strip your dog, the coat will be back in good condition.
Pictured here is Ch. Wyrelee First Noel in a stripped coat and her mother (Ch. Wyrelee Banned In Boston ROM) who was 10 at the time, in a clipped coat. You can really see the difference in the two coats here.
Many people who get a wire don't know how to take care of the coat. They either don't want to learn, or don't have the time so they take their dog to a groomer. There is nothing wrong with that, just make sure they know how to make to wire look like a wire! Ask the breeder of your puppy for someone close to you that knows how to groom properly. If at all possible, attend a grooming seminar. Perhaps the breeder will teach you.
The background on this page shows a friend, Don Vic, who lives in the Monterey Bay area of California grooming his wire. You can see how he brushes the wire coat with a horse hair mitt.