STYLED BY JADE & co talk about wearing masks, during COVID-19.
It’s looking like wearing a face mask will be a new fashion accessory for a while in Australia. With Victorian regulations, currently mandatory for everyone to wear masks, NSW, is not far behind with people now being encouraged to wear masks out in public.
Whilst masks may not be the most flattering accessory, wearing one in public can help assist in preventing the spread of the virus.
Many of us are on the search to find the most sustainable and fashionable option. There is a huge demand for reusable and washable masks to express your personal style.
Fashion retailers are now stocking up on stylish and environmentally friendly masks. Some organisations are donating part of the profits to related causes.
When choosing a reusable mask, the Chief Health Officer recommends a mask with 3 layers. Your mask should fit snugly around your face, covering your nose and mouth secured by ties around the back of your head or ears.
Your reusable cloth mask should be washed each day after use. You can wash your mask in the washing machine or by hand using soap and warm water.
If you like me, and have struggled with foggy glasses, whilst wearing a mask, we suggest you choose a masks that is fitted and pinched on your nose as much as possible. Try sealing the gap between your mask and your glasses by putting a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose. Then put your mask on and then your glasses on top. Another hack that seems to work is by washing your glasses with detergent and water creating a film which will prevent fogging.
If you feel like getting crafty, we have included a printable pattern on how to make a mask HERE
Nicole has created her own mask at home, with a gorgeous Beatles print.
Jade opted for a reusable fabric mask in black.
Nico has opted for a medical grade single use mask.
* If you opt for a disposable surgical mask, they are single use only. They cannot be washed and should not be reused.
Please remember to dispose of your mask in a closed bin.
Where to buy a face mask designed and made in Melbourne?
So where can you get a mask in Melbourne? You can purchase both cloth masks and surgical masks (the two types that the DHHS recommends) from chemists and hardware stores, but many Melbourne retail stores and creatives have started selling their own. Here are some we like:
EveryHuman has launched a range of face masks that feature a clear panel over the mouth to help those in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The strap also goes around the head, rather than over the ear, so as to not disturb hearing aids. You can also purchase masks from EveryHuman without the clear panel. Check out the range here.
Clear Collective Masks
These cotton masks are made and sewn in Sydney and are made to stop pollution, pollen and bacteria from filtering in or out. There are numerous colour combos to choose from as well. Check them out here.
These stylish face masks are made in Fitzroy North, coming in some cute patterns and come with a pocket to insert a filter. Plus you can get free shipping for all orders in Australia – check them out here.
Here are some of our favourite stylish mask currently available across Australia:
Three Layered Pure Linen Mask, available in 3 colours, $32 at sarasidari.com
Designed by Melbourne-based illustrator Sara Sidari, these high-grade three-layer masks feature an outer layer of pure linen, a middle layer of cotton and a soft jersey lining. All masks are made and screen-printed in Australia. Available in three colourways, you can also purchase a three-pack which includes one of each.
Rainbow Face Coverings, $36.38 for a set of two at Uncommon Goods.
Crafted specifically to bring a little brightness and positivity to the day, these two-layer cotton masks feature art designed by children.
100% Australian Made Bamboo Fabric Face Mask, $20.00 at K-Lee Designs.
Karen De Aizpurua of K-Lee Designs is another Aussie making face masks for trying times. Crafted from two layers of bamboo fabric, these masks are moisture-wicking and have thermo-regulating and anti-bacterial deodorising properties.
Reusable Anti Odour Cotton Face Mask with Valve, $49.95 at Clear Collective.
The sustainable Aussie brand Clear Collective has a line of reusable cotton masks in a range of prints, pastels and solid colours, with and without valves and they also include pockets for filters. Originally created for pollution and pollen filtering, they’re a good option for someone looking to wear a simple, classic-looking mask on the regular.
Cotton On: Made from cotton, each mask fits comfortably with adjustable elastic straps. These masks are tested to a KN90 standard and filter at least 90% of airborne particles down to pm2.5, $9.99.
They’re able to filter particles including general pathogens and air pollution. 100% of proceeds go towards empowering youth through quality education and access to healthcare.
Black and Gold Studded Cloth Face Mask $19.99 at Lovisa
Reusable non-medical Fashion mask.
SBJ TEAM xo