As many of us are aware, as of today in Melbourne the mask will officially become an essential commodity in our daily routines. Wearing the mask is not only to protect yourself, but to protect your family, friends and of course, the wider community! But mastering the mask is not an easy task, so we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the little life savers and to stay safe all whilst looking stylish at the same time!
So what does wearing a mask actually do? Face masks are proven to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, mainly because some members of the community can have the virus without showing any symptoms at all. A mask will essentially help to contain any droplets that come out of your mouth and/or nose when you talk, sneeze or cough, and therefore reduces the chance of spreading the infection.
Finding the right fit
So what makes the mask? According to John Hopkins Medicine, you should be looking and wearing a mask that has at least two layers of fabric and covers your nose and mouth without large gaps. It should have ear loops or ties so you can adjust it as necessary! For our guys and gals with glasses, we suggest looking for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mould the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging. Need more info? Thanks to Deakin, click here for all the deets.
So where can I get my hands on a marvellous mask?
Do It Yourself
Don’t have the extra dollars to buy a mask? Well we’ve got an easy resolution for you, how about you make one and get DIY-ing.! Click here for a step by step guide from the Victorian Government or alternatively, if you’re more of a visual person, click here.
If You’ve Got The Dollars
With demand spiking, we’ve compiled a list of places you can purchase a mask to protect yourself and everyone around you. Here we go…
- Etsy and Instagram – Easy, affordable and bonus, you will be supporting a local small business! With masks of all different colours and patterns to choose from, Etsy and Instagram are both one-stop-shops for handmade Australian masks that are cost effective and quickly delivered. Do a quick search on both platforms and get shopping!
- BONDS, Cotton on, Culture Kings and more – With the majority of Australian retailers now making masks, you can have a field day at BONDS, Cotton On, Culture Kings and more for masks that are a little more boujee. Other online retailers such as ASOS or The Iconic are also selling masks that might have a label or two!
- Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and off-white – If you’re down for some designer, there are also plenty of labels branding masks, just try not to look at the price tag! From Tory Burch to Marc Jacobs and of course, off-white, a designer mask might set you back a couple hundred dollars but it will sure make a fashionable statement!
Wear your mask with pride and remember it’s there to protect yourself, loved ones and the wider community! Feeling fashionable? Tell us where you purchased your mask or better yet, show us how you wear it by tagging @YourDUSA on socials!