Today is the day that the use of face coverings and face masks is compulsory to wear in shops across the country.
Early into the pandemic of the coronavirus, there seemed to be a little spike in the fashionable take on these. From matching swimwear to clothes and I wasn’t sure I was wholly comfortable with the idea of this fashion trend emerging if truth be told. After all, these were largely intended to protect others against the spread of the infection.
The pros and cons over their use has been well debated and whether you agree or not, if you’re venturing out from now on, you’ll need to wear one. Here’s my take on choosing and wearing one.
Like any clothes, we want to feel comfortable wearing them and a mask is no different. Should it dig in or be too tight then it really won’t be comfortable.
For the purpose of the outbreak, your face covering should safely cover your nose and mouth. This doesn’t have to be a face mask as you can use a scarf, bandana or any other cloth garment. Make sure it fits securely around the side of your face. The government website suggests using material which is breathable and comfortable such as cotton with at least two layers of fabric. But, the World Health Organisation recommends three layers depending upon the fabric used. You can also buy masks and add your own filters for extra protection.
Let’s be honest, face coverings are not the most flattering of garments you’ll wear! Therefore, wearing something which is in a pattern or colour can elevate their appeal. I had a white one in the very early days and did feel as though I was an extra for a hospital show! A client of mine was making them so I ordered a purple one which I had to agree, did look much better, less scary and was more complimentary.
Being able to choose a colour which compliments your skin tone, hair colour and eye colour will actually make your eyes stand out too!
We all have our own sense of style so there’s no reason why your face mask should be any different. Choose something which feels more ‘you’ and it will help to make you feel more confident wearing it.
If you’re more creative, then chances are you’ll have designed or created your own, but if this isn’t you, there are plenty out there who have so I’m confident that you’ll find something that works for you and your personality. Whether it’s print, plain, unfussy or disposable, there’s lots of options available now to suit all budgets.
Let me know what you choose and feel free to send me pics on social media.