5 Ways To Style Your Face Mask So Your Fit Is Both Iconic & Hygienic

Even though the U.S. and Europe have been doing the face mask thing for a minute (or, we guess, being told to do it and… not…), Australia is only really now catching up.

Since face masks weren’t part of the mandatory pandemic lockdown rules for our first wave, most Aussies haven’t worn one religiously up ‘til now.

With a rise in COVID-19 cases in multiple states, particularly Victoria and New South Wales, masks are now recommended for nearly everyone on the east coast. In fact, at the time of writing, face masks are now mandatory in many environments across the Greater Sydney region. (The west coast said ‘second wave? We don’t know her 🙂’).

And, tbh, we don’t really care if you’re out here in these streets looking like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat (1995 movie edition) so long as you’re wearing your fucking mask, but if you do want to place some emphasis on style, we got you.

Below, five ways to style your face mask to make sure you’re being safe as fuck while still looking bomb.com.org.co.uk.

Go Monochrome

If your mask is a solid colour, or at least one colour predominantly, leaning into monochrome is one way to make a statement. (FYI, monochrome = one colour). Try pairing items within the same colour family (it’s okay things are slightly different shades, but similar is best) to create cohesion.

This works with neutral shades like black and white, but bold hues like red, blue and yellow pack a punch.

Sweater by Polo Ralph Lauren, $220 at Farfetch; Trousers, $59.95 by ZARA; Jacket, $189 by P.E. Nation; Sneakers by Puma, $60 at The Iconic; Mask, $49.95 by Clear Collective.

Colour Block ‘Em

Not into only wearing one colour? Why not wear all of them? Colour blocking—pairing large blocks of solid colours that doesn’t necessarily have to ‘go together’—is a punchy and v fun way to style. Especially if you can find a mask that plays into the blocking, like this bandana version.

Don’t worry about the colours not coordinating or fitting traditionally, half the fun is creating innovative clashes. Plus: the more colours the better.

Jacket by Tommy Jeans, $169 at Modesens; Jeans, $229 by Nudie Jeans; Sneakers by Acne, $600 at Ssense; Mask, $14.95 by Into the AM.

Add A Little Contrast

We often think about a ‘statement shoe’ or a ‘statement jacket,’ so why not try a statement mask? Keep everything in your outfit either one colour (like black, white or beige), or low-key (mixes of neutrals), and then add a loud face mask to stand out.

Extra points for patterns.

Jacket by Woolrich, $346 at MyTheresa; Tank, $35.95 by ZARA; Jeans by Eckhaus Latta, $340 at Farfetch; Boots by Dr Martens, $259 at The Iconic; Mask, $30 by Madewell.

Patterns on patterns on patterns

Looking to the runways of Gucci, Celine and Dior, it’s clear the art of clashing patterns isn’t going anywhere. And with masks being offered in an array of fun patterns and prints, why not capitalise? Pair a patterned two-piece or dress with a mask of a different print.

Then, as a lil challenge to yourself, add on as many clashing-pattern accessories you can  feasibly fit onto your mortal form. We’re talking hats, scrunchies, sunnies, clips, jewellery, bags and socks.

Dress, $333 by Realisation Par; Sandals, $300 by Arizona Love; Scrunchies, $16 for 3, by ASOS; Mask, $18 by Morgan Lane.

Try Tonal

If you’re not into the vibe of your mask standing out, why not blend it in? Tonal dressing is a riff off monochrome. Where monochrome is about wearing the same colour (bright red, on bright red, on bright red), tonal allows you to add in colours that are different but still in the same group (like turquoise with navy and electric blue).  

This trick works for practically any shade, and allows you to have a little more freedom with your styling.

Sweater by Lee Mathews, $90 at NET-A-PORTER; Overalls by Rag & Bone, $284 at The Outnet; Sneakers by New Balance, $120 at The Iconic; Mask, $30 by Madewell.

Top image via @thenavarose.

Mahalia is a journalist and editor/founder/number one fan of Syrup. She cut her teeth in fashion magazines before she was forced to move into youth publications because she says 'yeet' unironically. Maximalist ring enthusiast and dedicated nap hobbyist.