By Kaitlyn Berger '21
Just this week I texted my mom, “Can we go mask shopping? I want some cute ones for school.” Right after I clicked send, I realized how crazy that statement sounded. A year ago, I never would have thought I would send a text like that in my life. Now, masks are a staple part of our wardrobe. We wear them out of necessity to keep people around us safe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun! Below, I’ve created a quick roundup of some different types of masks to spice up your collection during the pandemic.
Regular masks are the classic blue and white disposable face masks. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with these standard masks, but I’ve found lots of fun options to try. Etsy not only has patterned surgical masks, but also mask covers that fit over your typical blue mask.
Cloth masks are a great alternative to surgical masks because they are reusable and washable. You can find cute cloth masks almost anywhere. I’ve been trying to support and shop at local boutiques and have been finding great masks there. Even better, if you’re up for the challenge, you can pick out your own fabric or use old fabrics to make your own masks!
“Maskne” has become an unpleasant struggle that comes with wearing a mask all day. Many know that switching to silk pillowcases protects your skin and hair, so why not do the same with your face mask? Along with being better for your skin, silk masks look much chicer than the alternatives. These coverings will come in handy when it’s time to dress up and you want to tie your mask into your full fit.
This last addition to my mask fashion portfolio isn’t a mask at all. Like eyeglass chains, mask chains serve the same purpose. When not in use, rather than letting your mask hang by your ear or shoving it in your bag, this accessory keeps your mask close by. These chains are a nice accessory that also serve a practical purpose.