Friday, July 31, 2020

The Great Mask Quest of 2020

Two words  I never thought I'd see in the same sentence: Fashion and Mask.

Back in February, when most of us were innocently planning travel and thinking all was normal, I had a sense of unease. Surely my trip to Greenland wouldn't be affected, but I started feeling some concern. "Hey," I said to a coworker, "I have an idea. We should start making custom masks, with designs on them and stuff." He laughed it off, and yet another money making opportunity passed me by.

When all this started, I thought I could get by with a buff as a face covering. For those not familiar, these are often called "neck gaiters" and are worn by hikers, skiers and climbers and used for a variety of purposes: warmth, impromptu towels, and head coverings. I had a few of them. They should get me by.

Also, results of no haircut for almost 7 months.
We even bought some fire resistant ones for the flight crew to wear.


But as the mask orders became more prevalent, the buff didn't really cut it. They slipped down and didn't stay in place. I also felt like an out of place cowpoke who had lost the herd. I tried out a mask that we got at work. It was made by Hanes, so we called it the Underwear Mask.  It was comfortable enough, but bore a strong resemblance to tighty whities.


I also acquired a disposable mask, but it wasn't meant for the long haul and sort of looked like a feminine hygiene product.



Finally I broke down and ordered one. I considered all sorts of designs. Sparkly? Cute sayings? Flames? I found one on Etsy with a cat face on it. Sold!


Now that my state has a mask order, I have masks stashed everywhere. The Underwear Mask is in my truck along with a disposable one. The buffs reside at work, although I forgot one while following a helicopter around and had to do a walk of shame through a gas station (although there were a lot of people not wearing theirs either, ahem people, do better). I carry the kitty mask everywhere, occasionally succumbing to the same momentary panic as when I can't find my keys or wallet when I don't know where it is.

Any interesting or cool masks out there? (Bonus points for cat themes).



12 comments:

  1. Surprisingly I don’t have a cat mask! I made a bunch out of fabric that I had here at the house and Jason sports a mask with skulls. :-)

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    1. I wish I were crafty like that, but instead I will support others who are by buying their masks!

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  2. When this first all started I thought I'd get crafty and sew a bunch of masks. But that has yet to happen! Instead, my hubby and I have been using the paper disposable masks for our once weekly grocery store trips. For hikes, I just wear a buff around my neck and pull it over my face when passing other people. Your cat mask is cute!

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  3. The underwear mask CRACKED ME UP. Like you, I've ordered several pretty masks from Etsy. My mother sewed up a couple for us. And a childhood friend is making masks from Hawaiian fabric so I've bought quite a few of those. I think we all will (or should, anyway) be wearing masks for a long time to come.

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  4. Enjoyed your trip through mask-land and good to find something to laugh at in this time.

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    1. I hope soon they'll just be another memory like parachute pants and high waisted jeans.

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  5. I love my InknBurn masks. At work we have to wear the surgical masks. There is a brand they have that is killing my skin. I have parents coming in wearing scarfs as masks and no, they don't cut it.

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  6. I wish I could comment with a picture. My youngest son is a cat lover, he has the same cat mask you do and one that is an actual picture of a cat's nose and mouth. The real looking one is his favorite. :-)

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