How to wear / style your mask with the perfect eyewear
As well as keeping safe, you want to feel comfortable and look good too! That's why we've got the perfect tips on how to wear / style your mask with the perfect eyewear here.
This year has definitely been a challenging one for us all, what with the ongoing worldwide pandemic that’s taking place. We're being told that it’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for us to wear non-medical face masks when we leave the house.
While that may not be problematic for some, it can be difficult to ensure that our masks don't interfere with our eyewear. From the way that they sit over our ears to the way they sit on our nose, glasses and face masks aren't the ideal combination.
We've put together some advice on how to wear / style your mask with the perfect eyewear, so that you can abide by the recommendations while feeling comfortable and looking stylish.
Jump through the subheadings here:
- Glasses provide added protection.
- Having the perfect balance is key when choosing a mask.
- Be mindful of your ears.
- Battling the fog.
- Do your bit for charity.
- Safe can be fashionable.
Glasses provide added protection
While you may dislike wearing your glasses, you might reconsider after you find out that they're actually an additional safety feature for you to wear to protect yourself from Covid-19 and other viruses. We're being told to wear masks that cover our mouth and noses. This is because the mask will provide a barrier in stopping germs from entering them if an infected person sneezes or coughs around us, further more to safe others around us as we may be carriers of a virus without recognising it.
What has that got to do with glasses? Well, did you know that coronavirus can also be spread through the eyes? Wearing glasses in addition to a mask provides you with even greater protection.
How about that as a perfect reason to love your glasses all over again?
Having the perfect balance is key when choosing a mask
When you pick out your outfit in the morning, you make sure that it matches — right? If your office participates in a funky Friday fashion day at work, you might choose one of your bright and colorful ties to wear. However, you'll pick a shirt that’s pretty simple, so that the patterns and colors don't clash. If you're off to a party and want to wear your favorite leopard print blouse, then you'll probably choose a plain colored pair of pants to go with it instead of clashing with something zebra printed.
The idea is that balance is key when we get dressed and put outfits together, and the same principle applies to when we choose a face mask. We are — in a way — dressing our face after all.
When you decided on your latest pair of glasses after visiting the optician, you made sure that the pair you chose suited your face. Choosing a face mask to match your glasses is important for ensuring you still maintain your fashionable sense of style while remaining safe.
If your glasses are bold, chunky and make a statement, you should opt for a mask that is more simple in style. If your glasses are thin, petite and simple, dare to go bold when choosing a face mask and find one that’s colorful and different to your usual style.
You may have different glasses for different occasions, which means you can buy a few face masks that'll match with each pair.
Be mindful of your ears
Wearing glasses and a mask can be very tricky. Most mask attachments are made out of elastic, which can be uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time as the material can rub on your ears.
Wearing glasses as well may cause either of them to sit funny on your face, and the arms on the glasses could get tangled with the mask attachments and cause problems. The last thing you want is to be battling with the fitting of your mask and glasses out in public, especially as we should be trying not to touch our faces.
Since the pandemic, people have been coming up with lots of ideas on how to attach face masks to make them fit more comfortably. A great idea is a mask headband attachment.
This is a piece of material around 2 to 3 inches long, which has two buttons sewn on to either side that the mask fits onto so that it doesn't have to sit around your ears. This idea is great for men and women, and can be designed in any color. The piece of material sits at the back of your head, out of the way.
You can buy them, but you can also make them easily too. If you have lots of extra time on your hands due to self-isolating, you could always try making your own.
For those who have long hair and regularly wear headbands to push your hair back and out of your face, similar ideas can be made using these too by attaching buttons onto the sides of the headband.
Battling the Fog
So you've picked a great mask that matches your eyewear, you've found a way of securing it onto your head without irritating your ears and just when you think you’re ready to go, you're now faced with foggy glasses.
The face mask isn't allowing hot air from your mouth to escape as you breathe, pushing it upwards and resulting in foggy glasses. Great! This may be a new problem for you, but luckily this has been an ongoing issue for doctors and nurses who wear glasses for many years. The research has been done, so the solution to battling the fog is already on hand for you.
A study was done among eyeglasses wearers back in 2011 at the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Thankfully, their findings were pretty simple. They found that by washing your glasses with soapy water immediately before wearing your face mask, it was the perfect solution to stopping them from fogging up. After rinsing them, you must allow the glasses to airdry alone for a couple of minutes before wearing them.
Other tried and tested ideas that can help deal with eliminating the problem of foggy glasses include the following:
Fold the top of your mask inwards
By doing this, you're stopping the hot air from rising upwards and causing your glasses to fog. Instead, your hot breath is trapped inside the mask.
Fold a paper handkerchief inside the mask
This absorbs the water particles from your breath, stopping them from rising and escaping upwards towards your glasses, causing them to fog.
Choose a mask with a nose fitting
Masks with nose fittings attach to your nose not only giving you a more secure fit but also stopping water droplets from escaping upwards and fogging your glasses. These can be easily made at home, if you fancy giving it a go.
If you're still struggling with foggy glasses and the other techniques aren't working for you, consider buying some anti-fog spray. Spray it onto your glasses each time before you wear your mask to stop them from fogging up.
Do your bit for charity
We're all aware of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) crisis that the current pandemic has brought on. Doctors, nurses and all care workers across the globe are struggling with the little PPE that they have, with some governments even advising them to reuse what they have due to shortages on supplies.
Many people are trying to help, with companies putting a stop to their current manufacturing so that they can produce PPE for healthcare workers. That's where you come in, as you can also help. Lots of companies who are manufacturing face masks are donating profits of donating equipment to help with the current shortages. You can help by buying your mask from such suppliers, instead of those who are trying to cash in on the pandemic.
Odeeh is quintessentially Berlin; avant-garde, creative and one of a kind. Having worked for big names in the fashion industry for most of their lives, Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich founded their brand after noticing the negative impacts of the fashion industry at large. 10% of your face mask purchase go to charity.
Hedley & Bennett are a small American business who are running a "buy one, give one" scheme which means that for every mask that is bought, one is donated to front line workers such as nurses, grocery store employees and first responders.
Alice + Olivia is running a similar scheme. For every face mask that is bought from them, one is being donated to communities that are in need.
It's not just face mask manufacturing companies that are helping out during the current pandemic. Other companies are helping out and donating in lots of different ways too. Shoe company Allbirds are donating comfortable footwear to healthcare workers through their "Better Together" scheme when you buy a pair from them. They've currently donated over half a million dollars worth of stock.
So regardless of what online shopping you may do while stuck indoors, consider buying from companies that are helping others so that you can contribute towards helping them.
Looking for further inspiration?
We've done the research so you don't have to! Check out the following online shops that each have a great range of face masks available for you to choose from, while also doing their bit for charity too: