Sunglasses 2021 challenge: How to wear a mask and shades And look great.

February 20, 2021

With spring just around the corner, the question that’s begging to be asked is, how can you wear a mask and sunglasses and look great? Wearing shades during the pandemic is surely a challenge, so how can you protect yourself from both the sun and coronavirus without looking like a medieval knight in 2021?

Firstly, let’s all agree that the use of masks is a necessity and our new normal, whether we like it or not. And, although not ideal to wear, the combo sunglasses and protective face masks will be unavoidable this spring and summer. So we decided to discover the best ways to pull off the combination of shades and masks and still look great.

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Which shades to wear with white masks?

When wearing a white or pale mask, avoid white sunglasses; you don’t want to look like a mummy. Always choose contrasting colours. In other words, with white masks, wear dark sunnies. Especially if you like big Jackie O. sunglasses like the German influencer Annette Weber, ex editor-in-chief of Instyle magazine and creator of the fashion website Glamometer.

Bella Hadid goes for a smaller elongated model that shows a bit more of her face.

Dark round sunglasses are another good option to wear with white masks as the round shape humanizes the faceless look.

Which sunglasses to wear with black masks?

With dark-coloured masks, you should consider wearing lighter sunglasses. Even if you want to go for big Hollywood-diva shades like Olivia Palermo, opt for tortoiseshell frames with light lenses.

Smaller shades with green lenses like the ones Bella Hadid likes to wear, also look great with a dark mask because they show your eyes.

Tinted glasses are a good choice, and pointy cat-eye and wayfarer sunglasses wider than the face break the black mask’s square shape.

If you prefer dark lenses, you can always wear sunglasses with a light-coloured frame like the style-blogger Ashley does with her black mask. Pull your hair up into a ponytail or a bun to show your temples and neck.

Which sunnies to wear with printed masks?

Those who like masks with prints and bright colours better stick to extra slim sunglasses like Wendy Sy wore during New York Fashion Week.

The joyful print brings fun to the Matrix-style sunglasses. Better avoid wearing these shades with a black mask; having to go around hiding behind a mask is already sci-fi enough, thank you very much.

Wendy Sy wears brown cat-eye sunglasses that look great with the floral mask as they both match the lila and beige look.