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In smoggy China, masks become stylish accessory
In smoggy China, masks become stylish accessory

For millions of Chinese, China's air pollution crisis has made donning a mask as reflexive as reaching for an umbrella when it rains. The country sees heavy pollution so frequently that weather forecasts have a special symbol for "haze." But nothing can ruin a meticulously assembled outfit like a face covering that was designed for an operating room or, worse yet, a construction site. Fashion designers have stepped into the void with stylish pollution masks, promising Chinese a way to protect themselves against the smog and look good doing so. Available in bold colors and flashy patterns to accessorize any outfit, some masks are made with elegant fabrics such as satin....

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