“Where’s my face mask?”
If we were to take a poll of the most commonly asked questions in 2020, this would, without a doubt, top the list. Earlier this year, when protective face masks became mandatory outdoor gear, it took us a little while to get used to carrying one everywhere. How many times have you stepped out of the house only to immediately retrace your steps to fetch a face covering?
While under lockdown, the use of face masks was limited to the occasional grocery runs. As the restrictions eased, it became evident that we would be navigating the world with a face mask in tow – at least for the foreseeable future. While we are (almost) used to carrying one, well, everywhere, odds are that you are still figuring out what to do with your face mask or, more appropriately, where to put it while you’re dining at a restaurant, exercising, or visiting a friend’s house. There’s always the fear of losing your mask or, even worse, dropping it. Not anymore.
Enter: Face mask chains. Last week, Elle Fanning made a stylish grocery run in a tie-dye skirt, cream t-shirt, comfy sneakers, and of course, a matching face mask. What caught our eye, however, was the dainty chain attached to her protective accessory. Similar to sunglass chains, face mask chains are the stylish utility trend taking over Instagram. Not only do they glam up your socially-distanced look, but they also promise to keep your mask on you at all times, especially when you momentarily need to pull it off your face.
Face mask chains are basically sunglass chains taking up a new role, and finding one is hardly difficult. Making your own chain at home is, however, killing two birds with one stone. A fun DIY activity that guarantees a chic update to your “new normal” look? Yes, please – even Huda Kattan agrees. The beauty mogul took to TikTok to school us on making a face mask chain at home, and gave her black cloth mask face an elegant upgrade with a beaded pearl string.
There are absolutely no rules to this trend. Make the look your own with chunky chains or thin chains, or add sophisticated pearls, crystals, or colorful beaded accents – or all of the above. If and when (hopefully soon), should face masks become a distant memory, you can always repurpose your handmade accessory as a sunglass chain.
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