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.
Ah that's pretty cool then, I'll be playing it sometime later this year hopefully...
And yeah I'll admit that it's one of the only things I don't like about visual equipment changes, it can actually go as far as to ruin cutscenes and stuff for me... and that probably sounds very silly, but meh, it's just the way things are lol :P