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

Heather wears a face mask with her Christmas outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her look with this similar face mask, mini dress, jeans, booties and earrings.

Choose a mask to suit your style

Kim matches her face mask to her dress | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Choose one that suits your style, whether you love a glamorous look or you prefer a natural style.

Kim (above) matches her mask to her dress.

Check out this similar face mask from Anthropologie and wear it with this similar maxi dress, sandals and handbag.

Make sure it fits

How to celebrate responsibility and in style this holiday season by choosing the best face mask as the perfect accessory | 40plusstyle.com

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.

SAFETY SMILE Assorted 5-Pack Adult Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

SAFETY SMILE Assorted 5-Pack Adult Face Masks

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.

Andy & Evan 6-Pack Adult Disposable Pleated Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

Andy & Evan 6-Pack Adult Disposable Pleated Face Masks

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.

Outdoor Research 3-Pack Adult Face Mask & Filters Kit | 40plusstyle.com

Outdoor Research 3-Pack Adult Face Mask & Filters Kit

Glamorous masks

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 wears a sequin face mask with her sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Kerrie (above) adds some sparkle to her outfit with her black sequinned mask.

Here is a similar sequinned mask from Amazon.

Heroine Sport Assorted 3-Pack Adult Metallic Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

Heroine Sport Assorted 3-Pack Adult Metallic Face Masks

Boden multi pack masks

Boden is always a good go-to for fun prints, and its masks are no exception.

Boden Non-Medical Face Coverings 5pk - Multi | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Non-Medical Face Coverings 5pk – Multi

Mask bandana

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.

INTO THE AM Breathable Neck Gaiter Face Cover Mask Bandana | 40plusstyle.com

INTO THE AM Breathable Neck Gaiter Face Cover Mask Bandana

Monochrome masks

You’ll find that most stores that sell clothing also now sell masks. Nordstrom has a good selection of face masks, including the monochrome masks below.

Nordstrom Assorted 4-Pack Adult Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Assorted 4-Pack Adult Face Masks

Print face masks

Dayle matches her face mask to the colors in her outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Dayle (above) matches the colors in her face mask to those in her outfit.

Steal her look with this similar mask, tunic top, boots and scarf.

HOPE LOVE SHINE Printed Cotton Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

HOPE LOVE SHINE Printed Cotton Face Masks

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.

Auliné Collection Washable Cotton Face Mask | 40plusstyle.com

Auliné Collection Washable Cotton Face Mask

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.

THREE PEBBLES Heart Print Face Masks | 40plusstyle.com

THREE PEBBLES Heart Print Face Masks

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

Patricia relaxes at home in her stylish loungewear | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Get her look with this similar sweater and lounge pants.

You could pamper yourself by relaxing in a bath with some bath salts or a bath bomb.

Klei Soothe Rose & Coconut Milk Self-Care Set | 40plusstyle.com

Klei Soothe Rose & Coconut Milk Self-Care Set

BFFLOVE Spa Gift Basket | 40plusstyle.com

BFFLOVE Spa Gift Basket

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

Psyche wears a cozy puffer coat and matching face mask | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Check out this similar face mask, turtleneck top, coat , leggings, boots and handbag.

Outdoor Research Super Transcendent Water Resistant Gore-Tex®650 Fill Power Down Parka | 40plusstyle.com

Outdoor Research Super Transcendent Water Resistant Gore-Tex®650 Fill Power Down Parka

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.

Vince Camuto Cutout Long Sleeve Sparkle Jersey Top | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto Cutout Long Sleeve Sparkle Jersey Top

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.

Continue reading:

  1. Pamper Yourself At Home: 13 Self Pampering Ideas When You Can’t Get To The Spa
  2. The Best Casual Party Outfits That Still Make An Impact
  3. New Year’s Eve Outfits You Won’t Want To Put Away At Midnight

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