Tuesday, May 24, 2022




Why should we begrudgingly go about life right now and not turn something that could be seen as a pain into something good and fun? The end of summer always means one thing to advertisers- back to school shopping. I would spend hundreds of my parents money trying to look the best I could when school got back into session, because God forbid I wore any of the clothes I wore last year. But this year, advertisers are having to change their content for many reasons. One, not many people are actually going back to school, so stores are hurting because of the lack of enthusiasm that kids must have to shop for clothes that only their parents will see. And let’s be honest, who would wear real clothes when they could be wearing pajamas at home?

But another pretty dramatic thing has changed about ads: They all have facemasks in them. There seems to be one fashion statement that doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon- masks. Who would have thought that masks would be the most important part of an outfit, much less a  requirement  for everyone right now? Well, here we are. It’s 2020 and face masks are about to be en Vogue. So how do we properly embrace and work this new and slightly inconvenient trend? 

We can make our own masks, ask strangers where they got theirs if we like them, and  find originality and our voice through our mask. The mask itself is designed to cover up one of our most animated features- our faces, so why not make the mask be as loud as we are?

When I was in school, I was horrified that we would have to wear uniforms. The idea of everyone being forced to wear the same thing disgusted me, as an enneagram four and a slight snob (okay, a big one). That was when I looked into ways to make the uniforms less ‘uniform.’ If I added things to the outfit that weren’t against the dress code and allowed for me to show a bit of myself, then boom- a little bit of me in the most mundane. You can actually spice up anything if you add a little extra to it. Abide by the rules, but wear something more, by perhaps adding some accessories or a pop of color, and there you go- no longer one of the crowd.

We need to think of masks as our new uniforms. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the rules and staying with the original and most widely accepted model, but there’s also nothing wrong with spicing things up a bit and standing out from the crowd. My mom has been on the hunt for fabric since the facemask mandate was issued . All my facemasks are custom made and are usually paired with an outfit designed not to  hide them, but in fact compliment them.

Why should we begrudgingly go about life right now and not turn something that could be seen as a pain into something good and fun? Plus, I know from personal experience that it feels really good to have someone compliment you on your facemask. I think the world looks different right now for a myriad of reasons, but that doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Go and look for a fabric you like. Search the web for a comfortable and beautiful facemask. Make some for your friends and have them all be matching. We can really turn this time into something fun and come out stronger from it.

Disclaimer: If you feel safer wearing a medical grade disposable facemask, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it too. You can decorate it, paint it, or even spotlight it with complimenting colors in your outfit.

While wearing a mask may not have been the fashion statement we were all expecting for 2020 back to school style, that doesn’t mean we can’t make it into something amazing. Have fun with  your masks this year. The reason we’re wearing them is a serious matter, but that doesn’t mean they have to look too serious.




Markey Battle Sr. Lifestyle Contributorhttp://thatdisneychristian.org
Markey is a senior at Liberty University where she is studying both English and theatre. Her passions include reading as much as she can, health and fitness, and cooking. She has an enormous love for writing and wants to continue to craft words for the rest of her life.