The After Dark Scene provides the player with customization options for the four protagonists' wardrobe and appearances. They can customize their clothing, hair, accessories and facial features. Returning from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the option of altering the thinness/fatness and the muscle amount of the character returns. There are also cosmetic options such as tattoos, piercings, jewelry, unique styles, and bizarre clothing which is for aesthetic purpose only.
Over the course of the game, players may clothe the characters however they please, with a default wardrobe located in safehouses and hideaways. In pure Grand Theft Auto style, players can visit many clothing shops to purchase new attire or change in the wardrobe.
Outlandish pants, stylish suits and dark hoods are all available, and effect gameplay through mobility, stealth, and generally blending in. Darker clothing at night will lower the chances of being spotted, but wearing them during the day may cause suspicion amongst civilians; causing politically correct citizens to either report the player or follow them at a distance.
When the seasons are in effect, it is wise to wear appropriate clothing. A triple layered jacket will keep the player warmer, making them more accurate when shooting, but wearing a shirt and shorts in the same conditions will render the player unable to fire correctly. In the summer, the player can suffer heat stroke if too many layers of clothing are adorned, especially if they runs for a prolonged time.
If desired, players may outfit the characters with various accessories and trinkets. These are entirely secondary, and are optional in the game and are for the player to decide if they would want them. Some influence gameplay, and some impede gameplay.