Zig Zagged: Layla starts off her mission in bulky combat gear. But then she's forced to strip down to her catsuit in order to swim across the lake to the villain's mansion. But it's too conspicuous to sneak about the grounds in, so she knocks out a guard and steals his clothing. But then she's captured and reduced to her catsuit when escaping. Her cover thoroughly blown, she happens across the armory and decides "Space Marine" is really her style...
Averted: Layla wears normal clothing for where she's going to be in order to blend in better. She keeps her gear in her pockets.
Layla is written as a fanservice character.
In the book, Layla wore fatigues and combat webbing on missions. But in The Movie, the costumers take one look at the actress they hired and break out the catsuit.
Layla bemoans having to wear a catsuit on her missions, or males involved make quips about her outfitting.
Invoked: Layla uses seduction as one of her tactics, and wears a catsuit on missions for this purpose.
Exploited: During her mission, Layla suddenly realizes the seduction potential of her otherwise-arbitrary catsuit and utilizes it later on to exploit a sleazy guard.
Layla refuses to wear the standard-issue catsuit, perhaps citing that she can't fit all the gear she needs in it.
"No way, I am not going to show off my body with this catsuit, you pervs!"
Discussed: Layla is talking with the armorer and wonders if she is due for a catsuit. He retorts that This Is Reality.
Conversed: Layla is watching a spy drama in her spare time, and mentions how she wishes she could fill out her uniform as nicely as the actress does.
Deconstructed: The reason why Layla must wear a catsuit is because of a sexist rule in her spy agency that states all female agents must dress that way. It doesn't give a lot of protection. Many other female spies simply refuse to wear it, and derogatively refer to those who do as "Bond girls", implying they rely on seduction rather than infiltration or proper intelligence work.
Reconstructed: Layla does often seduce her male enemies into doing what she wants them to do, and she sees no shame in that. Her favourite joke is that "a spy is only as good as her assets"...
Played For Laughs: Layla doesn't care about the catsuit, but is happy to trade quips with her squad members and/or enemies about it.
Played For Drama: Because of her catsuit, the male members of Layla's team constantly ogle at her and treat her as a sex object, rather then a partner and/or a friend. During one mission, she forgoes the catsuit and starts wearing a more conservative outfit. She eventually criticizes the male members of her team and calls them "lonely basement-dwelling perverts". That's enough to make them leave her alone. But between the ogling and the outburst, working as a team becomes tense, at best.