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The Complete Guide to Mask-Wearing

With the ongoing pandemic sweeping the nation, many are investing in face masks to protect themselves and those around them who might be vulnerable. Many fashion designers are using their resources and skills to craft these masks, and for those of us who are looking for that extra protective layer, it’s a great way to ensure that we’re not taking PPE from the healthcare workers who need it.

Looking to wear a face mask but not sure the best methods for wearing it? We’ve got you covered.

Do’s & Dont’s


When it comes to wearing masks, there are a few do’s and don’t you should follow. Read the list below and then download the infographic at the end of the article to keep on-hand.

DO:


Wash your hands before and after wearing a mask.


Wear your mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose, and all the way down under your chin.

Tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without gaps.


Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off.

Wash and dry your cloth mask daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.

DON’T:


Wear the mask below your nose.


Leave your chin exposed.


Wear your mask loosely with gaps on the sides.


Wear your mask so it covers just the tip of your nose.


Push your mask under your chin to rest on your neck.


Touch the front of the mask when you take it off.

If You Wear Glasses…


If you wear glasses and are trying to wear a face mask, you may end up feeling a little claustrophobic and stuffy. This is normal and actually means you’re likely wearing the mask the way you should be. There are a few ways to prevent some of these feelings, though:


Spray them with an anti-fog spray

Since your breath will be released through the top of the mask, it’s common that your glasses may fog up. One way to prevent your lenses from fogging up with your mask on is to treat them with an anti-fog spray.

Carry a Lens Cleaner or Tissue

If you’re heading out for errands with a mask and glasses, be sure to bring a lens cleaner wipe or a tissue with you. This will allow you to wipe your glasses without touching your face or glasses with your bare hands.

Opt for Smaller Frames

We love large-framed glasses, but when you’re wearing a mask, they’ll definitely be competing for real-estate and will not only be uncomfortable, but may also be visually overwhelming. If you have a smaller frame, opt for those while wearing your mask.

Opt for Contacts

We know not everyone has the option but if you do, opt for contacts while you’re wearing your mask. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after putting in/taking out your contacts.

Where to Get Masks

Get Them Local

We work with the fabulous San-Diego-based seamstress Claudia Rodriguez-Biezunski, who runs the Barrio Logan tailoring studio Sew Loka, often, and we are so proud that she is using her time and resources to make masks. Check out her Instagram for more information.

Create Your Own

Start by joining a local sewing group to get templates and ideas - this one in San Diego has hundreds of members ready to help.


Then, follow a tutorial to begin creating your own masks. We love this tutorial from Japanese Creations. The best part? No sewing required!

Shop Online


Here are some of the places you can get masks online:

Airinum

Hedley and Bennett

Skova

Kes NYC

For Days

Katie May

Nation LTD

The Reformation

Mother Denim

Brackish Bowties

Face Masks Meet Fashion

And finally, we had to share some of the more over-the-top examples of fashionable masks because even in this time of uncertainty and fear, we love when someone makes a stylish, unexpected statement.






Download the Do & Don't Guide

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AMY DAVIS

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