10 WAYS TO ACCESSORISE
WITH FACE MASKS
With face masks and coverings compulsory both in England and Scotland, soon in Northern Ireland though not yet here in Wales, I thought I would do a round up of some of the different styles and patterns that are available and talk about how to accessorise with them. There's plenty out there about the importance of wearing them as we are out and about, but how to inject a bit of your own personality and personal style? As we are in for the long run wearing them, we might as well have fun with this very prominent new addition to our wardrobes. I've been wearing mine - ones my mam made me - every time I hit the shops but with advice to wash them after every use I feel I need more of a selection that I can rotate and choose from.
I've been experimenting with what accessories are the least fuss to wear when you are using them. Studs, huggies and endless hoops are some of the easiest jewellery to wear with masks as they won't get caught in the straps and they will stay in place without needing to be fiddled with. You gotta keep your hands away from the masks. But you can still get away with pendant earrings if you keep the earring backs the jewellery comes with, they can be secured tightly against your ears and are light enough to wear all day without you constantly readjusting them.
So here are some of my favourites, many from small indie brands, and what to wear with them...
Add some high stakes glamour to your face covering look with these frilled silk versions from cult brand Vampire's Wife. The pre-orders on their different styles have been selling out quick.
Match the deep navy blue with stunning lapis gemstone earrings or some statement gold-filled hoops with removable pendants.
Vampire's Wife Silk Frilled Face Mask £38
Gold Bee Stud and Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Earrings £36
Gold-Filled Hoop Earrings with Filigree Drop Pendant £34
Lapis Lazuli Studs with Ornate Floral Gold Fan Drop Earrings £40
My January Baby has some beautiful floral prints, and some great masks for children. Pair this colourful floral with silver pansy studs or contrasting gemstone silver hoop earrings.
My January Baby Rifle Paper Botanical Print Face Mask £14
Silver Pansy Flower Stud Earrings £24
Sterling Silver and Amazonite Peardrop Gemstone Hoop Earrings £36
Keeping on the floral theme one of my stockists The Golden Sheaf Gallery, Narberth, are selling some beautiful masks, either direct in store or message them to be posted to you. Keep your hair out of your face with some bumblebee hair grips and add a pretty daisy stud to complete the blooming garden feel.
The Golden Sheaf Gallery Face Masks
Gold Sparkly Daisy Stud Earrings £24
Gold Bumblebee Hair Clips £20
Pair this classic black and white gingham face mask from Cardiff based Lazydoll with a statement headband and some black and gold huggie earrings.
The mix of patterns and the velvet headband makes for a chic combination.
Lazydoll Black and White Gingham Face Mask £7.90
Black and Gold Huggie Earrings £28
Black Domed Velvet Headband with Swarovski Crystals £45
Fashion designer Dionne Gooding breathes new life into off-cuts and scraps of beautiful Ankara fabrics, to create designs which are "African culture meets London style". Add some stunning shimmering studs to compliment the gorgeous patterns.
Dionne Gooding Face Masks £9.99
Gold and Cubic Zirconia Curved Star Ear Jackets £34
Gold and Cubic Zirconia Curved Branch Earrings £34
Designer Eleanor Bowmer is launching her own face masks on Monday night at 8pm for pre order based on three of her designs. I can see them flying out and I love this new night sky and gemstone pattern. Wear it with some rainbow huggies or my sparkly Milky Way studs.
Gold and Cubic Zirconia Milky Wav Studs £34
Gold Rainbow Star Huggie Hoops £28
Eleanor Bowmer Face Masks
Show your musical love with these embroidered Bowie or Dolly Parton masks from Patch Ya Later. They're a brand from the States so they might not be the quickest to get to you, but they look good. Pair them with some statement hoops for extra rock chic.
Patch Ya Later Masks $24
Chunky Gold Rope Effect Hoop Earrings £30
Gold Filled Hoop Earrings with Dragon's Claw Pendant (Removable) £34
Leopard is a neutral, but will you choose the natural version from Hush or the deep green ones from Aftermask? The team behind Aftermask were due to launch their first clothing line but Covid has put pause on that - they have a great collection of patterns for their masks and are currently offering 3 for £20
Aftermask £8 or 3 for £20
Crescent Hoop Earrings with Black Aurora Borealis Beads £30
Hush Leopard Print Face Mask £10
Gold Filled Hoops with Heart Pendant (Removable) £34
For when those ultra glam events and parties start happening again it is good to be prepared with a face mask to match. This lace one from Canadian evening wear/bridal brand Narces is a hint of 50 Shades and Eyes Wide Shut, and is a pretty sexy number. Add some pearls and a modern floral crown and you can be ready for any ball, or just totally overdressed for a socially distant pub garden. I'm not judging.
Narces Lace Face Mask $30
Gold Filigree Fan Earrings £24
Gold Leather Floral Halo Crown £160
Gold Seashell and Pearl Stud Earrings £36
NB Please read official guidance on how to buy, care for and safely wear your face masks. Check that each mask you buy adheres to the required standards and works for you. This is a styling piece.
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