How to cover up like a star … AND have a masked ball!

Since facewear must be compulsory in shops from next week and is already mandatory for public transportation – a fine of up to £ 100 will be imposed on those who fail to do so – the need for masks has never been so important.

We recommend using covers made of reusable material so that we do not eat into the supplies of medical masks that are needed for health workers at the forefront or complement the landfill. But which material is best? What do the A-Listeners wear? Can you really make one out of a sock? And how do you prevent your glasses from steaming? Here Sarah Rainey provides the ultimate guide to be safe in style …

Baked: Supermodel Bella Hadid put on a black bowler hat

All colors of the rainbow: model Cindy Crawford in a matching blouse

All colors of the rainbow: model Cindy Crawford in a matching blouse

Peaky Blinder: Joan Collins cuts quite a shot into her dark mask and hat

Peaky Blinder: Joan Collins cuts quite a shot into her dark mask and hat


Everyday cotton offers the best protection. "I use 100 percent cotton that is tightly woven but also breathable," explains designer Isobel Ridley. "You don't want anything artificial next to your mouth because you would breathe in all kinds of microplastics."

If you are not sure whether a piece of fabric is suitable or not, hold it up to the light: if you see holes, the fabric is too loose.

For the ties, the fabric should ideally be stretchable to ensure a tight fit. If you can't use a rubber band, use old leggings or tights. Ideally, your mask should have at least three layers, according to the World Health Organization. The more layers, the more difficult breathing can be. One of them could be a sheet of kitchen towel that you replace every time.

Trish Greenhalgh, a professor at Oxford University who recently completed a face mask review, says kitchen paper is an adequate filter. Other options are vacuum cleaner filters, which can be used to efficiently collect microscopic particles, or coffee filters.

Another trick online is the "flame test". If you can blow out a match flame with a mask on, it's not effective and you can still exhale – and inhale – contaminated drops of water.

Lady in red: Amber Heard comes to ex-libel trial against Johnny Depp in a headscarf

Lady in red: Amber Heard comes in a headscarf to the defamation process of ex-Johnny Depp

Kind advice: Jennifer Aniston asks her fans to put on a face covering like her

Kind advice: Jennifer Aniston asks her fans to put on a face covering like her

Star discovery: Kerry Washington from TV's Little Fires Everywhere in animal print

Star Discovery: Kerry Washington from Little Fires Everywhere on TV in animal print


While those under the age of 11 are exempt from the new rules, many of their children still prefer to use masks (although those under the age of 11 shouldn't wear them. Experts do not recommend them for young children because they have smaller airways and possibly it It is difficult for them to breathe and it can also encourage them to touch their faces.

British company Lancashire Textiles sells colorful reusable children's masks for £ 9.49, while Tickle Tots offers a range of animal-patterned masks for £ 9.99.

Do high-tech masks work?

Sportswear brands become competitive with their own masks. Today Under Armor launches its sports mask (image) in the UK. It is aimed at athletes who want to keep face protection even during exercise and was sold out in less than an hour when it was launched in the United States.

At £ 26, it's not cheap, but it does promise technology that improves airflow to make breathing more comfortable, as well as a malleable nose bridge to prevent fogging. The outer layer of fabric is treated with antibacterials and can be washed and reused. Sportswear brands Reebok and Adidas offer fewer high-tech masks for £ 14.95 for three people.

For the ultimate smart mask, a Japanese company called Donut Robotics is developing a mask that can translate what the wearer says into eight languages. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in September before coming to Europe.

Tory Blue: Sam Cameron fits a mask to one of her own fashion designs

Tory Blue: Sam Cameron fits a mask to one of her own fashion designs

Roaring success: Judi Dench in a wild mask at her partner's shelter

Roaring success: Judi Dench in a wild mask at her partner's shelter

You can still be the height of fashion

Metallic, leopard print, flowers, neon, gingham, leather, satin. Regardless of your style, designers across the country use their skills to sew masks from a range of fabrics, vibrant colors and patterns.

Isobel Ridley, founder of the sustainable British brand Lavender Hill Clothing – a favorite of Meghan Markle – says that the demand for her 25-pound three-packs of cotton face masks (in jeans, stripes and pink) is thousands and thousands.

Alternatively, label lovers can buy monogrammed masks from designers like Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, whose £ 178 anti-pollution face mask is already sold out.

Then there is the & # 39; Trikini & # 39 ;: a set of mask and bikini, which is sold by the Italian brand Elexia Beachwear.

In the meantime, the Voravaj Bangkok couture label has produced a series of dazzling masks with crystal and pearl decorations, each of which takes up to 84 hours to complete.


As the ultimate status symbol during the ban, it's no wonder that celebrities – from Dame Joan Collins to Bella Hadid – set off a storm in haute couture masks. Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, and Kate Hudson are among the A-listeners that fans praised for putting on masks at the start of the pandemic – and encouraged their followers to do the same.

Does the mask you choose show anything about your personality? For example, Jennifer Aniston wore a sleek black Wolford mask, while actress Kerry Washington recently chose the leopard print.

. . . And those who do it wrong

Some famous faces have been criticized by experts for spreading misinformation. Not only did they wear important surgical-grade PPE masks instead of fabric covers (like Naomi Campbell in full protective suit), but many also wear them incorrectly. A picture of the fashion designer Vera Wang, in which she poses in her garden in an orange ball gown and a matching mask, showed that her mask gaped.

According to official guidelines, cloth masks should fit comfortably on the sides of the face. do not gap on the ears or cheeks. They must be fastened with loops or ties, usually around the ears, and must sit firmly over the bridge of the nose.

Bandanas have become a celebrity must-have. The actors Amber Heard and Johnny Depp carry them to their defamation process in London, while Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart and Margot Robbie can also be seen in a bandana.

A double cotton thickness offers some protection, but must be tied securely around the face to be effective.

Take cover: the Italian beachwear company Elexia ¿trikini¿

Take cover: the trikini by the Italian beachwear manufacturer Elexia

Can you really use a sock?

Yes! YouTube has several videos, but to put it simply, you need a clean, lightweight sock. Hold it up and cut off the toe area. Then turn it in the opposite direction and cut off a lot from the top (including the ribbing) to leave the heel in the middle and an equal amount of sock on both sides.

Cut open on the side opposite the heel. Open up to a rectangle with the heel in the middle that goes over your nose.

Make cuts two inches from each of the long ends. These form the loops that go over your ears. If too large, cut and make the incisions a little further towards the heel.


You need at least three masks to turn after each trip or when they get wet. Virologists say they should keep clean masks in a cotton bag and used masks in a ziplock bag. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after putting on or taking off the mask – and only touch the straps. Hygiene experts recommend washing at 60 ° C. Tumble dry in high heat.


Dip them in soapy water and let them air dry. This is said to form an anti-fog film. Alternatively, optician David Hutchfield from Glasses Direct suggests pulling the mask under the glasses and weighing them down with the frames and sealing them.

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