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Picking Out A Mask Is No Easy Task

Since the start of the COVID-19 induced lockdowns last March, masks have become a significant part of our everyday lives. Whether you’re at school, the store, or just hanging out on a picnic with friends, you must wear a mask to protect yourself and others. With a wide variety of masks to choose from, CB […]

Since the start of the COVID-19 induced lockdowns last March, masks have become a significant part of our everyday lives. Whether you’re at school, the store, or just hanging out on a picnic with friends, you must wear a mask to protect yourself and others. With a wide variety of masks to choose from, CB students are finding new ways to express themselves.

John Bonini (’21) claims he usually is not a very stylish person and thus never spends much time picking out his outfits. However, the one rule he does follow is that he wears a lot of blue.

John flexing his favorite blue mask beside his senior parking spot.

“I’ve been told it brings out my eyes, and that is the one style tip I know, so all of the masks I own are blue,” he shared.

Because John’s wardrobe mostly consists of blue clothing, he always wears blue masks to match not only his outfit but also his eyes. John’s favorite mask is a blue cloth mask with a print on it that his mom made for him at the start of quarantine.

On the other hand, Freshman Ava Durnell (’24) likes to stick with the classic all-black mask look. Elegant and simple, this mask is Ava’s favorite.

Ava (second from the left) posing in her black mask for CB
Homecoming 2020.

While she never intentionally plans to match her mask and outfit, it always seems to end up that way. “It just goes with everything,” she says.

For Reina Barbosa (’22), the type of mask doesn’t have so much to do with her decision as much as whether or no it goes with her outfit. “Usually I wear a cloth mask but depending on the fit, sometimes I wear a blue surgical mask if it goes better with what I’m wearing.”

She even dedicates quite a bit of time deciding between her masks to perfect her look. When there are no masks that match her outfit particularly well, she decides to go with a neutral color mask. Although she prefers to switch it up, her favorite mask is pink tie-dye.

Similarly, Janiyah Dahl (’21) likes to change it up when deciding which mask to wear each day. Her preferred style of mask would be a cloth mask, but she has no favorite mask.

Janiyah wearing a floral cloth mask to compliment her pink ensemble.

Janiyah also takes into account what color the mask is when deciding which to choose because she tries to match it with her outfit.

“I usually pick the mask that has at least a little bit of the main color in my outfit,” she shares.

Marcos Galvan (’22) prefers to keep it simple with a blue surgical mask. The main concern for Marcos when picking out a mask to wear is how much it will protect him. Because the blue surgical masks have three layers, these masks are perfect for him.

Marcos posing in the classic blue surgical mask.

“I like the surgical masks the most because they do a good job of keeping me safe and are easy to breathe in. I also like that they are just easy for on the go — they fit everywhere and can be folded up, so those are the most effective for me,” he says.

The only time you will catch Marcos without this signature mask is when he forgets one at home, in which case he opts for the spare cloth mask he keeps in his car.

So whenever you are struggling to decide on which mask to wear, make sure to take your fashion advice from these knowledgeable CB students.

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