Black or white. Patterns or solids. Loops or strings. Hand wash or Machine wash.
There are so many things to consider while buying and caring for masks. Post COVID-19, masks have become an integral part of the new normal, becoming as much part of your wardrobe as clothes and accessories.
To help you navigate the new normal, we have put together five things you must know about finding, styling, and caring for the perfect mask.
The fit of the mask
Masks come in various fits. Some can be tied behind the ears or have adjustable loops, while others have elastic bands that go around your head. Find a mask that fits your face snugly, covering your nose and chin.
If the mask is too tight, it can cause you discomfort. If it is too loose, it can be ineffective in serving its purpose. A rule of thumb to follow is to make sure you have enough space to breathe in the mask without leaving space around your face.
The material of the mask
Since you will be wearing the mask for extended periods, choose a mask made using safe and comfortable fabric. Cotton masks with a soft inner knit fabric are breathable and gentle on the skin.
It is also essential to choose masks with a three-layer filtration system for maximum protection. Masks available at top fashion brands, like Louis Phillippe’s Origami Mask, are made with an anti-microbial finish and a melt-blown material for high levels of filtration, which increases protection.
The style of the mask
Since masks are here to stay, there’s no reason why you can’t have fun while donning one. Just like your clothes, it is an extension of your personality. Make sure you match your mask with your outfit, your personality, or even your mood.
Firstly, invest in trendy masks from Indian fashion brands. Keep the occasion in mind and avoid wearing masks with funky patterns for meetings. Instead, we recommend sleek and monochrome masks for a professional look to maintain balance in your overall appearance. If your clothes have large prints, choose a neutral mask, and vice versa.
Wearing the mask
After having chosen the ideal mask for your face, skin, and style, it’s time to put it on. Wash your hands before touching the mask. Secure the loops or strings around your head. Ensure there are no gaps.
In public, make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth. It must fit comfortably on your face. Avoid repeatedly touching your mask and discard it if it feels damp. Do not wear the mask for more than 6 hours at one go.
Washing and sanitizing the mask
Remove the mask from behind. Do not touch the front side. Carefully wash your hands after removing it. Throw it in the bin if it’s disposable. If not, wash the mask with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you use a washing machine, place the used mask directly into the machine. Wash it using a hot cycle. Then, dry it thoroughly at high heat. No matter how you wash it, make sure to store it in a clean place when not in use.
With these tips, you can make the most of your masks, ensuring the perfect mix of fashion-forward style and safety. Check out the range of masks from our brands — Pantaloons, Louis Phillippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Peter England, Simon Carter and Jaypore — to add to your new wardrobe-essentials.