I’ve had this post idea for a while, and after a few requests and seeing several other fashion bloggers do the same sort of thing, I’m finally delivering my take on mask fashion! To be honest, I basically never leave the house as it is—going to the dentist has been one of the highlights of my summer thus far. However, when I do venture out, I don’t bother to match my mask to my outfit, just as long as I’m wearing one. But as a fashion blogger? This seems unacceptable. Masks aren’t going away any time soon, so we might as well make them fashionable and consider them as “the hottest new accessory”, especially when so many stores are releasing cute styles (like Dress Barn, Francesca’s, and Nordstrom Rack). I was so excited to create these three outfits around my three masks!
This first mask is the newest addition to my collection and from Etsy (you can shop it here). I love the pretty navy color with light blue butterflies and dots of baby pink! I started the outfit creation process by selecting this navy romper, and from there the look took an unexpectedly edgy turn, despite the femininity of the mask. I decided on this dusty red purse for an interesting color combo and to avoid looking too matchy-matchy with the light pink in the mask. Spiced it up with some dainty gold jewelry and black stud sandals, and voila! An interesting and fashionable mask outfit for a night out (is going out still a thing?).
One thing I learned about “mask fashion” while putting these outfits together is that you don’t need to (or even want to) try to match your entire outfit to your mask. Just like how matching your shoes/belt/bag is no longer fashionable, you should think of wearing your masks in the same way. What’s currently “in” in fashion is the perfectly mismatched look, so as long as your items just go together (sort of like a slant rhyme), then you’ll be looking fashionable and on-trend.
The mask above was handmade for me by a family friend. I love the bright and bold pattern and immediately thought to pair it with my favorite lavender top, thinking it would be the perfect slant rhyme of colors. However, after taking these photos, I wish I would have picked bolder hues for my outfit! While the mask sure stands out, I feel like it made the rest of my outfit look washed out (although I still love the bright orange purse and seafoam green sandals). What do you think?
I think this last outfit is my favorite, as I love the super summery vibes it gives. And believe it or not, I think the mask is really what makes this outfit! I was stumped on how to style this mask, since my closet is severely lacking in the lime green department. But I decided this palm print top is close enough in the coloring, and the yellow pineapple bag was the perfect accessory to tie the color scheme together.
I tried to keep all three of these outfits pretty casual and wearable, since most of us don’t have any events to attend. But whether or not I’m just sitting on the couch all day, I still like my outfits to be put-together and cute! Also – can we just talk about mask breath for a sec? Have you seen that Icebreakers commercial about mask breath and breath mints? First off, that is ingenious marketing by the Icebreakers team, and second, mask breath really does exists. Now if only the skincare companies were jumping on the marketing bandwagon… ‘Cause my chin has been breaking out like crazy! You would think skincare companies would start marketing their products towards mask-related chin breakouts, but I haven’t seen anything like that yet. Anyway, below are a few of my posts about skincare if you’ve been suffering more frequent breakouts as well. The best thing I can recommend is to wash your mask after every use! (Which you should ideally be doing anyway.)
3 Simple Steps to Clearer Skin
A Beginner’s Guide to Skincare
Which look is your favorite? And more importantly, do you try to match your outfits to your masks?? I had a hard time taking these photos because they made me realize how important the face/mouth region is in capturing a pic (and my personality). I quickly learned that I still had to smile under the mask so that my eyes would be smiling too! If I just kept a straight face, my eyes would take on an eerie, shark-like, lifeless glare to them. Not a good look. My dad joked that if I just threw on a pair of sunglasses, photos would be super easy to take—my eyes could be closed, there could be food in my teeth, and nobody would know the difference. What a time!
Which masks have you been loving? And what styles/fabrics have been the most comfortable for you? Let me know in the comments! I plan on doing another one of these posts in the fall, and I’m interested to see what sort of fall looks I can come up with for these masks (considering all of my masks are spring/summer patterns). Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you have a wonderful Thursday! Stay safe.
Miles of smiles,
Navy Romper: Francesca’s, $15 // Red Purse: Francesca’s, $20 // Navy Mask: Etsy, buy HERE // Black Sandals: Dillard’s, $30
Lavender Top: Francesca’s, $15 // White Jeans: JCPenney, $25 // Orange Purse: Boutique in McCarran International Airport, $30 // Colorful Mask: Handmade // Mint Sandals: Younker’s, $20
Palm Print Top: H&M, $15 // Jean Shorts: H&M, $25 // Pineapple Purse: Charming Charlie, $10 // Brown Sandals: DSW, $45 // Green Polka Dot Mask: Etsy
18 comments on “Mask Fashion: Summer Edition”
It’s mandatory from now on to wear a mask in Ireland. There’s still a slight increase in new COVID cases, so it’s one of the things everyone must oblige to! Love your colourful outfits and masks too. Thanks so much for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva
Thanks so much for stopping by Aiva! My area made it mandatory to wear a mask, but it varies greatly between county/state here. I always wear mine either way!
You are so good at mask coordination, I love it!
Le Stylo Rouge
Thanks so much Ashley!
You found some great masks! Part of life right now.
Straight A Style
Hey Grace! Your blog is always a breath of fresh air. You do a great job, I love your writing style, and i admire you for keeping up with it. I have around 12 masks I think now… haha, they are kind of fun to collect. I might be bit obsessed. 😉
P.S. I think the blue outfit is my favorite!
Thank you so so much Lindsay! Haha I totally feel that. I only have 4 right now but I know the collection will grow. I tell myself that it’s necessary because then you don’t have to be constantly washing them! Thanks for the comment. 🙂
This is so cute! Love the coordinating masks!
Thanks so much, Shannon!
Stylish as ever- even in masks! And yours are soo cute! Have a great weekend- and thanks for linking up and sharing xx
Thanks so much Lucy!!
Masks are mandatory here in CA, so I appreciate this post! I love the green polka dot one. So perfect for summer! Happy weekend!
Thanks so much, Shauna! They’re required where I am, too. Have a great weekend!
I’ve been thinking that I need to start styling masks like I would any accessory, but haven’t done anything about it yet. I can’t choose a favorite outfit – they all look great! Cool post!
Thanks so much, Michelle!
Grace, I love this post! You are so adorable. I have been hesitant to jump on the masks as fashion statements bandwagon, but as I have been slowly having to leave my house more frequently, I am realizing how much I hate that my masks don’t match my outfits! It does feel unacceptable as a fashion blogger, but I also don’t want to go spending lots of money on these things that we (hopefully) will not need a year from now). Ugh, I don’t know what I do! In any event, all three outfits are so great! I think my favorite is the one with the green dotted mask mostly because green is my favorite color. Well done, my friend. Thanks for linking up.
Thanks so much, Shelbee! The green outfit is definitely my favorite look as green is my favorite color, too. But I totally get what you’re saying! Hopefully masks turn out to just be a “fad”… My mom continues to buy more and I keep telling her she needs to stop, hehe.