7 Ways to Match Your Face Mask to Your Outfit
Now that restaurants are reopening, offices are back to business and we’re out in public more often than before, we’re all facing a new sartorial challenge: Finding ways to make our required face masks feel like they’re a cohesive part of our outfit. It’s a whole new level of accessory coordination we’ve never considered before. Luckily, pairing a cute face mask with a fabulous ensemble isn’t quite as complicated as you might fear—as the seven stylish women below prove. So, without further ado, here are some useful styling tips for matching your face mask to your outfit.
1. Stick to One Color Theme
Monochrome outfits are chic, easy to pull together and frequently look wonderfully luxe (despite whatever their actual price tag might be). Coordinating your face mask with the rest of your single-hued ensemble, like Coterie member Ijeoma Kola has done here, offers the added bonus of elongating your frame by continuing that line of color. Seriously, your friends might even ask if you’ve grown a few inches taller since quarantine started.
2. Choose Look-Alike Accessories
Take it from our style crush, Busy Philipps: Matching your mask to your headband, shoes, scrunchie or handbag is a surefire way to make any outfit feel much more cohesive. Even if said look features clashing prints (but more on that below). Bonus points if your mask and headband are made from the exact same fabric, like Philipps’ Lele Sadoughi pair here.
3. Or Try a More Subtle Matching Moment
If you’re not a fan of the matchy-matchy vibe, why not try something a bit more subdued? We love the way Coterie member Jessie Loeffler Randall paired the dusty rose trim of her face mask with a muted blush top in almost the same shade. The two clearly go together—without looking like they were literally cut from the same cloth.
4. Mix Florals of All Shapes and Sizes
This summer, we can’t get enough of mixing floral prints. Just as shorts splashed with tropical blooms looks unexpectedly fabulous with a lily-covered blouse, you should be power clashing your face mask with a flower-covered dress, top or tank. The trick to really nailing this style is to make sure both pieces have at least one color in common, like the red Liberty daisies and painterly anemones seen above.
Shop similar styles: Banana Republic Factory face mask ($15 for set of three); H&M dress ($20); Plum Pretty Sugar face mask ($20 for set of two); Faithfull the Brand dress ($159); Old Navy face mask ($13 for set of five); Yumi Kim dress ($228)
5. Or Mix Up Your Prints Entirely
Yes, the brightest face mask you own can indeed be worn with all types of prints. Try pairing one low-key pattern with one over-the-top piece—like gingham with oversize hibscus, or stripes with tie-dye—to maintain balance and not overwhelm the eye.
Shop similar styles: Tanya Taylor face mask ($35 for set of three); Gibson dress ($89); Maaji face mask ($32 for set of five); Rails dress ($188); Palmacea face mask ($24 for set of three); BeachLunchLunge dress ($78)
6. Pair Leopard Spots with Bold Solid Hues
One print we prefer to see soaking up the spotlight on its own? Leopard spots. So, keep things simple, like Coterie member Grace Atwood, and wear your animal-inspired mask with solid pieces in bright colors, for an outfit that’s equal parts sophisticated and trendy.
Shop similar styles: Madewell face mask ($13); B.Freedom top ($129) and pants ($239); Called to Surf face mask ($12); L'Academie jumpsuit ($188; $151); Kitsch face mask ($13); Outerknown jumpsuit ($168)
7. Consider Fabric Choice
While you should never sacrifice safety for fashion (in other words, not all fabrics make efficient face masks), different types of materials are better suited for different occasions. A solid silk mask with a subtle shine feels much fancier than a daisy-embroidered eyelet piece. If you’re headed to a baby shower, out on a date or returning to your office, consider investing in a few dressier options made from fabrics like silk or matte cotton.
Shop similar styles: Discover Night face mask ($55); Heartbreak blazer ($78; $51) and shorts ($57; $32); Roseward face mask ($17); Song of Style blazer ($188) and shorts ($158); Top Modest Shop face mask ($13); Camila Coelho blazer ($218) and shorts ($148)