Our appearance and what we wear communicates a LOT to those around us. Though it’s often more subtle than this, look at masks as a perfect example.
Fashion and style are shaped by context — what’s going on in the world and who we are in it. Whether we wear an elegant mask, a disposable mask, an M90, a bandana, or none at all communicates a lot about who we are and what we believe. And we will be judged by the signals we broadcast.
It seems a shame to invoke Facebook vitriol on a place as cheerful as my IG, but you’ve surely seen how harshly people judge each other for wearing or refusing to wear face coverings. From that article we infer so much about other people’s values, morality, competence, etcetera.
With masks, it’s so stark and apparent, but I assure you that dynamic is always present regardless: people assess you based on your appearance and what you wear. Their first inklings of your diligence, success, and worthiness will come long before you’ve spoken.
Style is visual language and it’s one of the foremost avenues for communication — one that so many men neglect. Why not script a message that does you justice?
And while we are all forced by circumstance to cover our faces, why not choose a mask that we’d be proud to wear?