Yeah I see where you're coming from with this, and I do agree, but at the same time I disagree based on my experience with the first XC game so far lol, having to dress looking like an idiot because it gives me better stats shouldn't really be a thing in my opinion, it sort of ruins the experience a little, and as for progression and character development, yeah okay so I get better gear as the games goes on, and I can see that visually... but please tell me why a literal bikini and pair of smart glasses is better than the armour I was just wearing beforehand? I've already mentioned how it look silly in cutscenes, lol :P
Yeah, that is a fair point. It does look silly if they're wearing a ridiculous outfit during a really serious moment in the game. I think XCX remedied this by allowing you to pick your appearance gear apart from your actual gear, though for this game I guess you just have to deal with it, unfortunately : / I don't have much experience with the 1st XC.