Changing Jill Valentine’s iconic outfit from Resident Evil 3 isn’t the kind of choice one can make lightly. The fan reaction to said redesign is evidence of this; it’s certainly divided.
That being said, the creative team clearly thought it out.
Resident Evil 3 Producer talks to Edge
“But with this game, everything is on a photorealistic level,” says producer Peter Fabiano in an interview with Edge Magazine. “It’s more of a believable atmosphere we’re trying to create. We want to have a Jill that fits in that but still stayed true to her original personality and essence. And that’s really how we came about the new Jill.”
This essence that they attempted to retain is evident, even to detractors. Jill’s overall color scheme remains the same. She also is still fairly lightly clothed; her guns are out, and her pants aren’t anything chunky.
In the Resident Evil 3 remake, she looks capable of surviving, and without sacrificing what her general aesthetic was.
In all honesty, her original design was certainly a product of the times. She looked more prepared to go out for the night than anything. While it was definitely her day off when it all went pear-shaped, Jill doesn’t seem the type for such an outfit.