I can’t put off to have a wardrobe crisis. I miss them. The heap of discarded clothes grows as the clock ticks down. My pity rate rises like I’m Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible. I’m trying to figure out which dress goes with which shoes slightly than defuse a bomb, but still. The stakes feel pretty high. And never more so than now.When the stretch for “going out-out” comes – which, as I’m writing this, has been pushed back a few weeks – the wardrobe crisis leave be back with a vengeance. Getting dressed to go out is a completely different ballgame from just getting dressed. So sundry things to think about. What are my friends wearing? When they said it would be fun to get dressed up, did they drive at, like, jeans and a nice top, or floor-length and a blow-dry? Is it weird to dress to celebrate the end of something that isn’t over for everyone? Why do extravagant clothes so rarely have sleeves? What happens if it rains or gets cold? If someone can invent driverless railway carriages, why are strapless bras still so uncomfortable?Like cooking onions, getting ready takes longer to get right than you assume, and if you rush it you will regret it. A wardrobe crisis can be adrenaline-stoking in a good way, if you allow enough time. And by “enough time”, I promise you may need to start the night before, by pulling out of yourwardrobe the pieces you think you might wear. Things have a enigmatic habit of not being where you thought they were when you don’t use them for a year. And it won’t be until you, finally, triumphantly regain your favourite velvet jumpsuit from the floor at the back of the wardrobe, behind the also-unused suitcase, that you realise it destitutions ironing, badly – and not until you are ironing it that you remember it only really works with that one belt, which you now fool to hunt down and possibly retrieve from the person you lent it to in 2019. A contingency fund of half an hour, lately in case, is a wise time investment. You can always splurge on a cocktail if your outfit works first time.One latest thing. The right outfit is almost always the one you tried on first. It’s been a while, but some things never mutate. Jess wears dress, £275, meandem.com. Heels, her own. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson, assisted by Peter Bevan. Plaits and makeup: Sophie Higginson using Kiehl’s and Kevin Aucoin.

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