Six tips to step up your mask fashion

Don’t hide behind your mask, embrace it

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Disposable masks are only good for one use, and cloth masks should be washed after every wear. If you haven’t already, it is time to take ownership of the cover on your face and explore the world of mask fashion. (Photo courtsey of Pavel Pjatakov via Unsplash)

Oden Taylor, Editor-In-Chief

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone scrambled to find those thin, blue, disposable, medical masks that they handout at the doctor’s office. After over a year of lockdowns and mask mandates, many have stepped up their mask fashion. 

Disposable masks are only good for one use, and cloth masks should be washed after every wear. If you haven’t already, it is time to take ownership of the cover on your face and explore the world of mask fashion. 

Other countries such as Japan, have been incorporating masks into daily wear for decades, to protect themselves from viruses as well as accessorize their outfits. The following brands offer quality masks that are fashionable and affordable. Each category represents a different look that can be achieved by incorporating new masks into your wardrobe.

 

  1. Fresh and fun 

As we head towards summer, brighter colors and fresh designs will be brought back out of the closet as well as placed on store shelves. Baggu offers masks in a wide range of patterns and designs, including florals and fresh fruits, that would go perfectly with any summer look. All Baggu masks are made from 100 % organic quilters cotton, which according to its website has proven especially effective in stopping respiratory droplets from passing. 

 

      2. Sweet and simple

If you are looking for something sweet and simple, look no further. Lisa Says Gah masks are made from a soft ribbed knit fabric and come in neutral and soft pastel tones. Every mask purchase also comes with a matching scrunchie and the company will also donate two meals to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, according to its website. 

 

    3. Practical and sustainable 

If you are looking for a great deal, but you also want to ensure that your purchase meets your ethical standards, Pact, sells three-packs of fair trade certified, organic cotton masks, that are sure to add to any outfit. Each pack comes in a variety of colors, and are both anti-microbial and splash resistant, according to the website.  

 

   4. Delicate and flirty 

Do you like playing dress-up? Love Shack Fancy offers a variety of spring-inspired floral masks made of various materials, many of which include tasteful bows. Love Shack Fancy also offers several different strap choices to ensure the most comfortable wearing experience. 

 

    5. Patterns and textures 

Masks made by Royal Jelly Harlem come in many different patterns and textures including stripes, florals, plaids, and even several colors in velvet. Royal Jelly Harlem offers masks in 100 % cotton or linen and has sizes that will fit the whole family. Based out of New York, all Royal Jelly Harlem masks are produced in the United States, according to its website. 

 

    6. Classic and timeless 

Some styles are made to last. The Great offers a variety of masks in basic colors and patterns, some of which are even reversible. These masks are designed to be wearable with any outfit, and will never go out of style. The Great also offers a variety of bandanas for those who prefer that style of face-covering to the traditional mask.