By Alisha Rouse For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 11:56 GMT, 11 December 2019 | Updated: 12:17 GMT, 11 December 2019
With Sydney suffocating under a blanket of thick smoke, residents are taking extreme measures to protect themselves from the dangerous pollution.
But for many Sydneysiders, that's no reason to forgo their fashion credentials - as the city became a catwalk for bizarre and creative face masks.
The 'bushfire chic' trend came as the thick smog continued to blow across the city from the raging Gospers Mountain fire north-west of the city, with the smoke likely to linger for days to come.
Opting for a catwalk-ready look, this woman showcased an embellished mask which matched her customised denim jacket
Making sure she was Instagram-ready even as Sydney endured the suffocating smoke, this woman posed in a pale pink mask on social media
Those preferring a very different look could take a leaf out of this Sydneysider's book after he was spotted in the CBD in a dramatic black mask that complemented the rest of his outfit
The NSW Environment Department said heavy smoke lingering in Sydney was expected to clear on Wednesday thanks to a 'strong southerly' wind.
But doctors have warned people can still suffer long-term health impacts from breathing in the 'toxic' layer of smog.
Last week, air pollution in the city reached such critical levels that breathing it was the equivalent of smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.
Data from the NSW Environment Department show levels of PM2.5 - a particle so fine that humans inhale it into their bodies - had reached 'hazardous' levels.
This is the worst classification of air pollution, and poses an immediate risk to health.
A protester at Sydney's climate emergency rally combined a gas mask with a bong as he joined thousands of others to demand immediate action to fight bushfires
This man, spotted in Bondi, opted for a strange orange face mask to match his colourful singlet as he took a