Say you're rushing to get ready for a date, and you go to the closet, and the shirt you were going to wear is wrinkled. Is it better to iron the shirt and be late, or be on time with a wrinkled shirt? (I'm not talking about anything extreme--not like a shirt that's covered in mud or ketchup or something. Just a clean shirt that you didn't take out of the dryer soon enough and now it's wrinkled.)
Does it make a difference whether you're male or female? What if instead of clothing it's makeup misapplied or unapplied (if you would normally wear makeup on a date), or hair a little unkempt or dishevelled, or any other personal-appearance thing where it's going to take you a few minutes to get it looking good?
What if instead of a date it's a job interview? Or any other context where you want to make a good impression on the person or people you're meeting?
(Yes, the actual answer is to leave enough time that you can look good and show up on time. But let's assume that's not an option.)
I'm not looking for advice here; just wondering how people feel about this. What would you do in this sort of circumstance? What would you want your date (or your job candidate) to do?