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.

Anti-fog spray

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:

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