By Rania Bolton
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that face masks are here to stay. Not only does the CDC recommend wearing masks in public to prevent exposing others to airborne germs, but the fashion set has now found a new and functional way to accessorize. As the holidays near, Old Navy has launched a fresh collection of novel-printed masks that pair well with your festive looks. From snowflake to snowman or tartan to twinkle lights, there’s a mask for any type of style preference.
This season, The Zoe Report has teamed up with Old Navy to demonstrate how we’re incorporating masks into our favorite holiday outfits. From semi-dressy looks that are perfect for wintry jaunts with friends to cozy-night-in outfits, we’re showing you how easily masks can be styled with whatever you’re donning this winter.
Over quarantine, my style has leaned more on the casual side, so to spruce it up a bit, I tend to incorporate pops of color here and there. To make it interesting, I love mixing prints and patterns — and wearing a printed mask is one of the easiest ways to do so.
Marin’s winter wardrobe features a rotation of refined takes on laid-back styles (think: classic mock-neck sweaters with artful shaker-stitch detailing or double-denim layers). Because of her minimal aesthetic, Marin’s look allows for endless options when it comes to mask pairing. “It's fun to use masks as a way to add color or prints to a simple look,” she says.
“I’ve totally embraced the mask as a must-have right now — so why not have some fun playing with prints?” says Wexler, who relies on a dark neutral palette that allows her to easily mix and match. “Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for masks that fit into my wardrobe without clashing, and this black and white set fits the bill.” Wexler completes the look with an oversized coat with room for layering, vintage-inspired denim, and a chunky weather-proof boot.
Once the holidays hit, Ayres opts for accessories that convey a little seasonal splendor, like these red and green masks. “When those colors are woven together in polished plaids, it feels festive but sophisticated,” she says. “Now that masks are available in so many different styles,” she says, “I can select one that fits my personality — just as I would any other accessory.”
Because Cooper’s winter style includes everything from all-black dresses to jeans and neutral tops, she says, “I'll reach for a mask in a floral print or stripes for an added touch of color and style." When those printed masks are dipped in shades of pink, blue, black, or tan, they easily match with a range of outfits in those color families.