So I get it, no one likes wearing masks. But as long as (for many of us) they may be required for the foreseeable future, why not have some fun with them?
Masks as accessories…
You can treat cloth masks the same as you would scarves, and use them to add color and pattern to an outfit.
I’ve been trying out a few different styles of cloth face masks, and thought I’d share my favorites so far.
Above, I’m wearing one of the pleated masks from Mixed Up Clothing. This Los Angeles based company offers masks in lots of fun prints and colors, in Adult, Teen, and Kids sizes. I’m wearing the Adult size here.
What I really like about these masks (aside from the fun prints) is the metal strip at the top of the mask that you can mold to fit close to your face. It provides a snug, comfortable fit and really helps keep my glasses from fogging!
For every mask you purchase, Mixed Up Clothing will donate one to medical personnel, first responders, essential workers and/or vulnerable populations.
(And just in case you’re wondering, the mask I’m wearing above actually does fit snugly underneath my chin. Because my face is small, there’s a little extra fabric below. Top is Eileen Fisher, here.)
Another pleated style I like are these cotton sateen masks from Johnny Was. They’re sold in packages of five, and the prints may vary.
What I like about these masks is that they’re lightweight, adjustable and very comfortable. And pretty.
Neither the Johnny Was or Liberty masks have the wire strip. To minimize fogging, I place the bottom edge my glasses over the top edge of the mask and find it really works.
And all of the pleated masks are constructed with a pouch so you can add an additional filter if you like. (I’m told regular coffee filters work.)
If you prefer the non-pleated style of masks, these from Lesley Evers are quite nice. They’re a bit on the more spendy side, but are beautifully made in Oakland, California. Le Monsieur really likes these.
No, you don’t need to wash in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Use whatever temperature setting is appropriate for the fabric, and regular laundry detergent. I iron my pleated masks after washing, not only to keep them looking nice but also for a little extra sanitizing.
And I was encouraged by this article in the LA Times earlier this week, which seems to indicate that even non-medical cloth masks also offer some protection to the wearer as well as those around them:
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