This year is unlike any others and although we are entering the week of Christmas, many rules have been put in place to celebrate it in a responsible way. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style and still have a joyous Christmas and new year.
Take a look below at the best face mask choices to help you celebrate safely and in style this holiday season.
Plus, as well as wearing a stylish face mask, there are many ways you can adapt your celebrations this year to protect yourself, your loved ones and the people around you.
How to choose the best face mask
Of course, the important thing is to be as safe as possible. So, before looking at styles of face masks, how do you ensure the mask you choose offers a good degree of protection?
As a rule, masks should have more than one layer to protect you from large and small airborne droplets and they should be made from tightly woven fabrics. I saw an interesting video which gave some good advice – if you can blow out a candle wearing your mask, it doesn’t offer enough protection.
Heather (above) incorporates a face mask into her festive outfit.
Choose a mask to suit your style
No one wants to be in the middle of a global pandemic.
But what you CAN do is make the best out of an unwelcome situation. There are now many different mask styles and prints to choose from.
Kim (above) matches her mask to her dress.
Make sure it fits
It’s vital to make sure that your mask fits properly. If it gapes or slips, you won’t be property protected.
Carin (above) wears a mask which perfectly matches her dress, making sure it fits around her nose and chin.
You can get a similar printed mask from Etsy.
The best face masks this holiday season
Now, let’s move onto some of the best face masks to choose in stores now. No matter what you are doing for the holiday season or what you are wearing, the masks below should go beautifully with your outfits and help you to feel better about having to wear one…
Pack of 5 face masks
If you live somewhere where it is still necessary, or advisable, to wear a face mask for much of your time outside your home, then making sure you have enough masks for everyday is vital.
The Safety Smile face masks (below) come in a variety of patterns and prints.
Disposable pleated masks
You may prefer a pack of disposable face masks rather than having to worry about washing yours. You don’t have to stick to plain colors like blue or black.
The Andy and Evan face masks (below) come in a selection of prints to match your outfits.
Water repellent masks
If you’re going to be outside in the rain, having to wear a soggy face mask will be pretty unpleasant. The brightly-colored masks (below) from Outdoor Research are water and stain repellent.
If you want to dress up for the festive period, even if you aren’t going anywhere further than your living room, you don’t want to ruin your outfit with a boring mask! You can still stay safe and look glamorous by choosing a metallic or sequin mask.
Kerrie (above) adds some sparkle to her outfit with her black sequinned mask.
Here is a similar sequinned mask from Amazon.
Boden multi pack masks
While many Covid-19 restrictions don’t include having to wear a mask while exercising, you might still like to wear a covering over your mouth and nose. In which case, a gaiter may be a good choice.
Print face masks
Dayle (above) matches the colors in her face mask to those in her outfit.
Polka dot masks
If you love a classic look, then a classic print may be the right choice for you. A black and white polka dot style will go with plenty of outfits.
Heart print masks
Washable and with two layers, the heart print masks (below) will help to keep you and those around you protected while adding a touch of style to the most practical part of your outfit.
Add a filter
Some masks come with a built-in filter pocket so you can insert a filter to help to catch airborne particles and give yourself extra protection during the festive period and beyond. You could try this 20pack PM 2.5 Activated Carbon Filter Insert to make sure you always have a filter to hand.
Other ways you could celebrate responsibly this year
’tis the season to celebrate. But those celebrations may look very different this year. Perhaps you are in an area where you have restrictions meaning you can’t meet up with loved ones, or maybe you simply want to make sure you are being cautious.
Either way, there are more ways you could celebrate Christmas and New Year than with a big party. Below are some ideas.
Stay home and relax
Many of you will have been feeling more anxious than usual this year, and that’s totally understandable. Having the chance to stay at home for some down time may actually be welcome.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, reading my article or listen to the podcast on how to cope in a crisis. It may help with some coping strategies.
Also, make sure you spend time to concentrate on you! This article has 13 ideas for pampering yourself at home that may help you to feel refreshed and ready to face whatever 2021 brings.
Patricia (above) spends some downtime at home with a warm drink.
You could pamper yourself by relaxing in a bath with some bath salts or a bath bomb.
Enjoy a smaller gathering than usual
Even if you usually attend or host a large event, it may be that your celebrations are more low key for 2020.
If so, you may want to dress more casually this year. Take a look at these casual party outfits for inspiration.
Spend time outdoors
One of the positives to come from 2020 has been that many of you may have reconnected with nature. With many shops, restaurants and businesses closed, exploring the Great Outdoors has become a welcome way to get out of the house and to de-stress.
If you are meeting up with friends and family outdoors, perhaps in your garden depending on how cold it is where you are, you may need one of these stylish warm coats to say cozy.
Psyche (above) chooses a warm puffer coat and matches it to her mask.
Host a virtual party
2020 has been the year of the virtual meeting and I’m sure many of you have been using virtual video tools to connect with friends and family too.
If you’re hosting a virtual party this year, or attending one, then the key is to make sure you look great from the top up. You can wear anything you like on the bottom – no one will know! Here are some of our tips on what to wear in a virtual meeting.
I think you might like some of the tops featured in my New Year’s Eve capsule, such as the lace or sequin option that you can wear with jeans or comfy pants.
The Vince Camuto top (below) would also be a good option for a video meeting as it features an interesting cut-out detail at the neckline.
How will you be staying safe during the holiday season? Also, what are your own best face mask suggestions? I’d love to hear your recommendations.
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