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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