Are you a designer all the way? Did you make your own from an old sock? Maybe the color goes with your outfits?
When it comes to face masks, which are mandatory in most enclosed public spaces, it quickly becomes apparent that many people fall into very specific groups.
Here, CLAUDIA CONNELL takes you through the different mask tribes you are likely to encounter the next time you hit the stores. So who are you?
Claudia Connell reveals the mask tribes you're likely to encounter the next time you hit the stores (file image)
Disposable items made of paper and with a rubber band that tends to crack at the worst of times – you panicked a box of 500 at Amazon in March and are now working your way through it. The same applies to the 200 rolls of toilet paper and the 100 bottles of hand disinfectant.
They tell themselves that the fact that they are worn in hospitals – and in Casualty and Holby City – surely must mean that they are best at fighting the virus.
When you put one on, you like to pretend you're a surgeon even though you've been wearing it back to front for weeks. How should you know that the blue side is facing out and one of the edges has a thin wire so you can shape it around your nose?
You should dispose of them after each use, but if you only go to the corner store to buy milk it seems such a waste to dispose of – so put it back in your pocket for next time.
BE & # 39; N & # 39; HERS
Claudia said those who wear matching masks likely spent lockdown training and baking together (file image)
You locked up together, you did your daily exercise together, you baked banana bread together and now you will mask yourself together. You both work in the creative industries and believe that these last four months have really strengthened your relationship.
She bought the matching masks, two each (one to wear, one to wash) and he went along because he couldn't face the pout if he refused.
The only downside is that the masks mean you won't be able to kiss if you indulge in the public displays of love that you think are so adorable, but everyone else finds this very irritating.
Claudia claims that people wearing construction masks took them out of the shed so as not to spend money on a face mask (file image)
Wasting good money on a stupid face mask? Don't be ridiculous. You stumbled upon this old thing in the shed that was left over from that time when you painted the fence eight years ago and didn't want to inhale the fumes.
Masks don't have an expiration date, however, do they? You flushed it under the tap and it does the job. And after a while you get used to the smell of paint.
You've spent the lockout repainting your entire house and making meals out of all of your groceries in the pantry.
Claudia said those who wear homemade masks have boring office jobs, but Lockdown highlighted their creative side (file image)
There's the one you made from an old bra that you can't fit into anymore. Then there were the new socks that you turned into a face mask after copying the YouTube viral video.
You bought a used sewing machine on eBay and have been unstoppable ever since.
Every tea towel, every bath mat, every duvet cover and every filthy old T-shirt has been turned into a mask. You want to sell them on Etsy and all of your friends will get one as a Christmas present.
You have a boring office job, but Lockdown really showed off your creative side – you also cut all of your family's hair with dog clippers.
STATE OF THE ART
Claudia said that those who have state-of-the-art masks most likely did careful research before purchasing a mask (file picture).
You did a lot of careful research before purchasing your mask. So much so that face masks could now be your mastermind specialty.
Your mask is made of breathable material and is equipped with a five-layer filter technology that sifts out the smallest microscopic particles from the air.
You look like Darth Vader and it makes you sweat buckets, but you feel smugly sure that your mask is the best.
You wear it when you ride around on the new £ 2,000 e-bike you bought during the lockdown – and wear everyone's pants off. You also bought a £ 5,000 home theater system to watch reruns of Lewis, despite telling everyone about the sub-title Scandi-noir, which you don't actually see on Netflix.
Claudia said that people who wear flowery masks fear being seen in a robe that makes them look like they are working in a fish market
Yes, there is a pandemic and everything is very serious but you just won't be seen dead in Waitrose if you feel awful like you are working in a fish market.
Boden sells sets of three for £ 20, available in patterns to match the clothes in your wardrobe. Then there is the gorgeous Liberty prints as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
You'll be working with pale pastels all summer before transitioning to rusty tones soon for fall.
Annoyingly, you have to wash them yourself because your cleaner still hasn't returned to work.
Your husband, who usually works long hours around town, drove you home during the lockdown – thank goodness you can escape to your eco-pod in the garden.
Claudia said those who wear bandanas are not bothered by the lack of protection because they are fashionable rebels (file picture).
If it's good enough for Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, then it's good enough for you. Your colorful headscarf can be worn as a fashionable scarf and pulled over your mouth and nose if necessary.
You wear it with your hip street clothes when you hang out with friends for a flat white and a croissant. Skull designs are your favorite. The fact that the bottom of the headscarf folds open in the wind and does not offer you any protection does not bother you. You're a rebel – and a fashionable one.
Claudia claims that people who wear personalized masks like to take selfies in their face mask and upload them to social media
As if you look like any other person when you go to the grocery store! They have a whole range of personalized masks.
There are cute ones with pictures of your adorable West Highland Terrier, with your name in Swarovski crystals and – your favorite – your own face.
You love to take selfies in your face masks and upload them to your social media now that you've got your hair and eyebrows done, of course.
Claudia said people who wear ethical face masks didn't go crazy buying new clothes and electronics during the lockdown
All those discarded old paper masks you see lying on the sidewalk. . . it breaks your heart.
Your masks are sustainable and fairly traded. They are made from 100 percent organic cotton with cotton ribbons and are not elastic. The profits from your purchase went to good causes. You are also not going to wash them at the recommended high temperature – you are going to hand wash them with soap you made from tree bark yourself.
Unlike others, you didn't go crazy buying new clothes and electronics during the lockdown.
Instead, you started a herb garden and went vegan.
Claudia said those with a designer face mask are looking at the item as an investment and are eagerly awaiting a design from Chanel
Experiencing a pandemic is no excuse for shaking your impeccable standards of style. You wouldn't wear a disposable Amazon mask more than a Primark leggings.
Her £ 35 silk frill mask from the hip brand The Vampire & # 39; s Wife is great for evenings.
You were the first to buy the black Phillip Lim mask (£ 88 for five, above) – the cut makes your cheekbones look epic, while Erdem's meadow-themed mask is perfect for summer.
They feel sorry for the poor fools who are now on the waiting list to buy the £ 85 DSquared mask with the symbol on the front. You came first. . . Well, you are, of course, a fashion icon.
You see your masks as an investment. If only Chanel would hurry up and bring out a monogrammed line of masks.
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