The latest fashion trend right now isn't a style of clothing or a retro piece, it's the face mask. With air quality dipping because of alleged man-made forest fires, increasing demand for this accessory prompted a stylish makeover. Far from the boring painter's and surgical mask, the latest versions took different forms ranging from sleek and technologically advance to cutesy with dainty designs. Can you believe that it even made an appearance during fashion week?
But while it's a relatively new thing to treat this once boring piece as a style statement on a global scale, in East Asia, masks have already been fashionable for quite some time all thanks to local pop stars who sport it not just for health reasons but also to conceal identity while in public areas. During the winter, masks are also used to protect parts of the face from drying out.
Now, the trend has spread all over the world even in tropical areas most especially in South East Asia where the haze is still being experienced in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Ahead, where you can buy (and try) stylish masks.