We may not have been able to predict that 2020 would become “the Year of the Mask”, but thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, face coverings might be here with us for a little while longer at least.
Although it may not be your first choice of fashion accessory, there’s no denying that a mask can pull an outfit together if worn correctly. If you’re wondering how exactly that’s possible, then this is a list for you.
Below is a collection of fashion face mask ideas that will let you not only help keep the people around you healthy, but will also show that you are not afraid to lead the fashion curve.
Face Mask Fashion Ideas for Men
1. Black Face Masks
If you’re wondering which color to choose for your face mask, our first recommendation would certainly be to give a black face mask a try.
Not only does black do a good job of hiding scuffs, but it can also complement just about any outfit. A black mask arguably looks best with an outfit that is also all-black. This gives the impression that the mask is less of an afterthought and more of an orchestrated outfit element.
2. Creative Face Masks
A face mask is a great way to let your personality shine through. When choosing a mask, there is nothing saying that you have to stick to a solid, ordinary color. Going with an energetic pattern, such as a geometric style or animal print, can help you stand out above the rest.
If you are finding it difficult to find masks of this variety, it may be the perfect time to experiment with your sewing skills — you never know what you will be able to create on your own!
3. K-Pop Style Face Masks
The world of K-Pop fashion can show the rest of the world how it’s done when it comes to fashionable masks. If you’re nervous about adding a mask to your closet, take cues from K-Pop stars.
They pull off a sleek look by pairing their masks with that classic K-Pop style, like oversized pants and jackets, ballcaps, and ripped jeans.
4. Streetwear Face Mask Outfits
Fortunately for all of us, wearing a mask actually pairs well with streetwear fashion. Streetwear fashion at its most basic incorporates classic wardrobe staples like jean jackets, sneakers, skinny jeans, and of course, tracksuit.
For best results, make sure that the color of your mask won’t clash with your outfit. If you’re sure to stock up on neutral-colored masks, this shouldn’t be too hard to do.
Face Mask Fashion Ideas for Women
1. Black Face Masks
We’re predicting that black masks will be a popular choice for women, too, and it’s mostly for the same reasons as their male counterparts. For one thing, black masks pair great with mostly-black outfits, like a black leather jacket or black skinny jeans.
To modify your “homage to noir” to be more summertime appropriate, pair your black mask with a LBD (Little Black Dress). It may seem strange, but don’t knock it until you try it!
2. Creative Face Masks
One positive thing about the surge in the demand for masks has been how the ingenuity of creators has been on full display. If you’re a crafty person (or if you have a friend who is a crafty person), now is the time to take advantage of your creativity and create charming masks made from unique fabric prints.
Choosing a mask design that is clever, intricate, or even humorous can not only brighten up an outfit but can allow you to stand out as the special character you are.
3. DIY Face Masks
Let’s admit it — we’re not all experts at using a sewing machine. Plus, chances are that if many of us attempt to learn, the only thing that we will end up discovering is that sewing is a lot harder than it looks.
The good news is that there is a way to finagle a mask with ease. The even better news is that DIY masks don’t look half bad, either!
As long as you have safety pins, scissors, and a spare pillow case laying around, you can craft something quick and simple that is unique to you.
4. Japanese-Style Face Masks
Global pandemics aside, mask use is very popular in Japan. Although many people in Japan wear masks to protect themselves and others against air pollution and illness, they have become such a common item in society that they have certainly become a fashion statement.
Of course, this means that Japan has had more time to perfect their accessory, so Japanese-style masks look slightly different than their western counterparts in that they provide maximum coverage while still being lightweight.
5. Streetwear Face Mask Outfits
Women’s streetwear include comfortable yet trendy wardrobe items like jogging pants, sneakers, leather jackets, and some elements of athletic wear. If you’re worried about a mask killing the vibe of your streetwear outfit, don’t be.
Instead, use the opportunity to wear a mask as a way to add more flair to your ensemble — this can easily be accomplished by choosing a mask with a fun accent such as a pattern or illustration.