Masks are a must, so why not have a little fun with them? Face coverings have evolved from simple safety staples to full-on fashion statements, with fun prints, luxe fabrics, and designer labels. Women are treating them as the finishing touch to their look, coordinating their face masks to their clothes and makeup. And since many brands are using leftover fabric to make masks, you can even find matching sets with headbands, scarves, scrunchies, and swimwear. Face masks are officially the accessory du jour — and safety is a trend I always support.
So, as a collector of sunglasses, all of this got me thinking: I should start pairing my printed face masks with complementing shade styles. Because according to the CDC, eyewear is another important piece of protection against the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (though he needs no introduction), recently told ABC News that if you really want to be complete, you should protect your eyes, too. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces,” he said. And why argue with that? You now have a legitimate excuse to wear your sunnies inside.
A couple things to note if you’re into the idea of looking cute while following CDC guidelines. Pass on trends like tiny frames, which won’t provide adequate protection, and opt for oversized shapes instead. Also, be sure to pull your mask up over your nose and rest your sunglasses on top of it; this will help prevent the lenses from fogging and the need for constant adjustments. Okay, now that you are ready to put together your next virus-safe look, scroll on for some ways to style fashion face mask and sunglasses trends this season.
Cat-Eye Frames + Animal Print Masks
Leopard print and cat-eye frames. Name a better duo. A classic black pair of upswept shades will also pair perfectly with other trendy animal prints like snakeskin, tiger, and cow.
Round Sunglasses + Scarf-Print Masks
Silky scarf prints have been having a moment while round frames are as relevant as ever, and together this chic combo screams resort season. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here, but Amalfi Coast anyone?
Retro Square Shapes + Floral Masks
It comes as no surprise that floral is one of the most popular prints for face masks. Even the Duchess of Cambridge is down with this style. Pair your floral face mask with funky square frames for a modern take on '70s vibes.
Colorful Lenses + Tie-Dye Masks
Looking to keep the carefree vibes of summer going and going? Enter this playful combo, which is all about pops of color. Consider it the perfect finish to a t-shirt and jeans kind of day.
Shield Shades + Statement Masks
The pair every fashion is after right now, and believe it or not, shields are a universally flattering style. (Also, they offer the most protection.) Pair them with a graphic or pop art printed mask to make the ultimate statement.
Embellished Shades + Metallic Masks
Metallic masks offer a new way to illuminate your look. Pair a shimmering face covering with embellished shades (think pearls and rhinestones) for a fun, socially-distanced night out.
Tortoise Shell Glasses + Plaid Masks
A fit for fall, tortoise shell frames provide a feminine contrast to the punky plaids that are trending this season. Look for cool details, such as studs, to really pull this pair together.
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