Face Masks: The New Fashion Accessory?

The Pandemic has seen many changes to our lives but the most obvious one is having to wear a face mask when we go outside. But have these face masks now become a fashion item?

Are face masks now a fashion accessory?

Are they more than just protection and can they be an extension of our personalities?

When you walk out the door you grab your keys, your wallet, your phone and now your face mask.

It has quickly become a fashion accessory in everyone’s wardrobe. It is not only a necessity but also a mandatory part of our everyday lives.

As the Coronavirus spread across the world, more masks where being seen in public. It was mainly medical professionals that wore them at the time.

Masks have been worn a lot in Asia for years even before the pandemic.

So would masks have become a more integral part of our lives even if the pandemic hadn’t arrived?

Robyn Carlson, a freelance designer and garment technologist, thinks so.

She said: “Yes, eventually I think it would have become a more social courtesy to avoid spreading germs when you had a cough or a cold.”

When online fashion retailer Boohoo  released a collection of fashionable masks  it caused an outcry from both the public, union leaders and medical professionals.

Face Masks sold at a local market.

No less than three months later, it became mandatory to wear masks in shops and on public transport.

The search for masks online surged and the demand was even greater than before.

You can buy face masks anywhere. Online, in store and even at the weekly market.

It could be seen as vain for people to co-ordinate their masks to their outfits. With so many styles and so many patterns it is hard to choose.

Celebrities have been campaigning hard for people to wear masks and some have even unintentionally caused some masks to sell out.


A selection of masks

Robyn said: “Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), Jennifer Lopez, Kourtney Kardashian, have made a huge impact on the trending of masks.”

“They have made them more trendy while pushing the importance of wearing them to keep others safe”.

How to make a face mask?” was the seventh most searched for question on Google in 2020 with people getting creative making their own masks during lockdown.

Robyn said: “I have been spending most of the lockdown creating my own.”

People have learnt a new skill during lockdown getting creative and making their own designs. You can get a design for every personality and hobby.

From Football clubs to bands to your favourite animal print and can be bought anywhere.

They have now become an extension of our personalities.

Face masks are going to continue to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future.

Making them fun and a part of us is the natural evolution of this necessary accessory.

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