Wearing a face mask is still one of the best and easiest things you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But rather than think of it as a necessary nuisance, why not get creative and make your mask a part of your ensemble? Have fun mixing and matching different colors, patterns and fabrics to create winter-ready looks that are both stylish and safe. Here, eight fabulous cold-weather get-ups that easily incorporate face masks to inspire you all the way through to March.
1. Dress Up Basics with Luxe Fabrics and a Mask Chain
On their own, a simple camel coat, a tan sweater, jeans and loafers can feel kind of basic. But add a jewel-tone silk mask and sparkling gold mask chain to the mix and suddenly your whole ensemble looks fabulously minimalist, much like Coterie member Grace Atwood.
2. Pair Neutral Hues with Standout Coats
On the flip side, if you’ve got a fabulous coat or jacket you want to show off, stick with a mask in solid neutrals (like white, black or beige) to give your outerwear the spotlight. And don’t be shy about matching the color of your turtleneck to your face covering; it shows astute attention to detail.
3. Choose A Single Color Scheme
You don’t need to go totally monochromatic, but mixing and matching similar shades—like Katie Sturino’s combination of chocolate brown, beige, chestnut, cream and white—will leave you with a look that’s both cohesive and interesting. Even better if you also add on a coordinating headband and a pop of colorful sunglasses to draw the eye up to your beautiful face.
Shop similar styles: Lele Sadoughi headband ($195); Rebecca Minkoff sunglasses ($128); Chufy face mask ($15); New Look coat ($100); J.Jill turtleneck ($55); Marina Rinaldi pants ($725); Max Mara fanny pack ($550; $413); Tecovas boots ($235)
4. Get Matchy-Matchy
For fans of color coordinated hat, glove and scarf sets, this one’s for you. Pick up some masks that are the same exact shade or feature a pattern in similar tones as your favorite sweaters. Voila, you’ve got ready-to-go outfits for the grocery store and daily errands, as you’ll already have all your pairings set and done.
5. Take an Eclectic Approach
If you prefer prints and patterns over solids, why not go overboard and mix and match gingham with plaid, tartan with polka dots or stripes with leopard spots? Finish it off with some chunky knits and statement earrings, like Lele Sadougi’s maximalist ensemble.
Shop similar styles: Lele Sadoughi headband ($198; $149) and face mask ($40 for set of three); J.Crew sunglasses ($65); Tory Burch earrings ($198); Kenneth Cole New York coat ($178); Cece turtleneck ($69)
6. Color Block with Black and White
Take inspiration from two of 2020’s most stylish TV heroines: Moira Rose and Beth Harmon. By that, we mean you should layer solid black and white pieces over one another. Try to alternate between the two colors rather than wearing all black from the waist down and all white up top to help maintain your shape. Pick a mask that’s not too fussy (i.e., no patterns or detailed embroidery) in either solid black or white to keep the theme going.
Shop similar styles: EvolveTogether face mask ($36 for set of 30); Summersalt turtleneck ($135); Caslon jacket ($69; $25); Alice + Olivia coat ($695); Nic + Zoe skirt ($135); Dueple socks ($15); Tory Burch loafers ($328)
7. Ground an Over-the-top Puffer with Simple Solids
Bright red, ice blue and orange make quite the combination, but the addition of a simple, solid-colored black, white or gray mask helps to tone down any wild colors while still looking totally chic.
8. Go Over the Top for Holiday Festivities
Have some fun with your New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day getup and choose an intricately embroidered mask, one with fringe or even a J.Lo-approved sequin-covered style. It doesn’t matter if your dress is also heavily textured or patterned, so long as you wear it with confidence.
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