Witness Mary Berry, doyenne of baking, as she muses over trays of jam doughnuts with fellow Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.
Her trademark Zara bomber jacket seems the perfect choice for such an occasion, its busy pattern amply camouflaging any jam splatter. But will prematurely layering herself with doughnut-deflecting garments compromise her future comfort? When she steps out of the bake-off tent, will she feel the benefit?
There is a major existential question posed in this benefit-feeling scenario: is a marquee an indoor or outdoor space? In the case of the bake-off tent, the homely decor and presence of walls are sure indicators of an interior feel. Furthermore, the frequent blasts from plucky contestants prising oven doors open in their mission to avoid soggy bottoms must turn the place into a biscuit-scented furnace. Certainly Paul does not look to have caught a chill as he eyes up the doughnuts, and there’s even a fan poised for action beneath the highly tasteful faux deer head.
Emerging from an overheated tent into the perishing climate of the British summertime is guaranteed to send Mary’s body temperature plummeting, forcing me to conclude that wearing her jacket indoors means Mary Berry will not feel the benefit. Unless she has producers on hand with a massive fur overcoat or something.
Anyway Mary, you may be queen of cakes, and you may incite riots in high-street fashion chains, but such flagrant flouting of the laws of benefit-feeling is really quite irresponsible.