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Although they may have felt strange to wear at first, face masks have become a part of our new normal – so they should be expressing our style and personality the same way our clothing does. While the omnipresent white-and-blue disposable variety performs well, in the long term they may not be serving all of our needs.
Luckily, lots of new manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, creating unique styles with clever features. Even some of your favorite legacy brands and designers are producing face masks to match or complement their other products.
If you want to protect yourself and the others amid the coronavirus pandemic while still looking stylish, here are 17 cool face masks to help get you started.
The Everlane 100% Human Face Masks
For those who always seem to need an extra mask, this five-pack of stretchy, double layer cotton masks from Everlane deliver comfort in fun colors and patterns at an incredible value. A part of the brand’s 100% Human line, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase goes to the ACLU.
Cotopaxi Teca Cotton Face Mask
These colorful, reversible masks are made via the same process as the rest of Cotopaxi’s products – by utilizing scrap and otherwise unused fabric that would have ended up in a landfill otherwise. Made of tightly woven cotton as the CDC recommends, the Teca Cotton Face Masks feature comfortable, adjustable, elastic ear straps and a wire nose adjustment. Plus, for every Cotopaxi mask you buy, they donate one to someone in need via their non-profit partner, Mercy Corps.
Cuyana Signature Face Mask
This elegant face mask is made of soft, luxurious cotton that is free of microplastics and silicone. The fabric is spun with silver fibers that help keep it free of bacteria and odor for up to 100 washes and has been certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Each Cuyana mask is adorned with a single, signature gold button. They are also available in a set of 3.
Herschel Fitted Face Mask
From Vancouver’s beloved Herschel Supply Company, this fitted face covering is made of three breathable layers with room to insert a filter and comes with an adjustable nose bridge and ear straps. Made to be as durable as their signature bags, you can wash Herschel’s masks many times without damaging them. And, you have three colors to choose from: white, black, and ash rose.
Ppeppiboutique Reusable Mask
The 200 five-star reviews on Etsy say it all: people are over the moon for the Ppeppiboutique Reusable Mask. Most buyers rave about the comfort and fit, likely due to the precise way they are cut around the nose and chin to provide a snug fit while maintaining breathability. Made in the USA, these tailored cotton masks are washable and come in a variety of pretty designs, from tie-dye to floral to Christmas motifs.
Illuminated Face Mask
If you’re looking for a unique fashion statement, the Illuminated Face Mask might interest you. This glamorous light-up mask secures with an adjustable strap for the perfect fit and uses tiny fiber optic cables to create different lighting effects.
You can change the illumination between 7 different colors, and switch between solid or flashing modes. It’s water-resistant, so it’s safe to wear in inclement weather, and charges easily via USB. Battery life is about 3-5 hours, so you can wear it in all its lit-up glory for a while between charges.
Topo Designs Face Mask
Just like many of their signature bags and packs, these filter-compatible face masks from Topo Designs have a 6.5 oz, 100% cotton flat twill exterior. The sturdy materials used give them extra durability and help to keep your filter in place to maintain its effectiveness. This is a fitted face covering with a bendable, metal nose strip. A part of the proceeds of the sale of these masks goes to the Colorado Mask Project, which donates face masks to vulnerable populations and essential workers.
Ted Baker Reversible Printed Face Mask
For those with discriminating tastes, the Ted Baker Reversible Printed Mask has two different, sophisticated prints on either side. Precisely tailored with a refined shape and fit, they embody the same commitment to craftsmanship as the rest of the Ted Baker line. And for folks concerned about sustainability in retail, these are made from scrap material from former collections, keeping all of the fabrics out of a landfill.
Disposable Christmas Face Masks
Looking for something to go with your Christmas sweater? These non-woven, micro-fiber face masks offer ultimate breathability and protection against germs while adding a dash of holiday cheer to your outfit. Soft and comfortable, these disposable Christmas masks have a bendable nose bridge and come in a pack of 50 to keep you covered all season long.
Calpak Double Layered Face Mask
This tie-side, pleated face mask from Calpak makes adjusting for the perfect fit easy. Made from two layers of locally milled and dyed 100% cotton, they’re soft and comfortable, and will remain that way through several washes. Available in a variety of aesthetic colors, you’re sure to find one that suits your style.
Made from Huckberry’s own, proprietary merino wool fabric, this triple-layer accessory is designed to retain its shape and offers extra protection and comfort in hot or cold temperatures. The two merino wool layers help to wick away moisture and regulate temperature, while the third, inner cotton layer adds extra protection to help you feel safe.
Pepe Jeans Face Mask 2-Pack
These boldly colored face masks are simple, but not without whimsy. Made of lightweight polyester, they are stylish, comfortable to wear, and easy to clean. Each Pepe Jeans Face Mask 2-Pack contains one printed item and one in a solid color, both with contrast edging and elastic ear bands emblazoned with the brand’s logo.
Lavish Robes Christmas Face Mask
These handmade holiday face masks from Etsy come in three colors – white, blush, or champagne – with four different Christmas prints to chose from. Stretchy and super lightweight, they stay comfortable even with long wear and perform well in both hot and cold temperatures. The two layers of viscose/spandex blend fabric split to reveal a pocket for a filter.
Nordstrom 4-Pack Adult Face Masks
Nordstrom’s reusable masks provide quality protection in finely-tailored, elegant fabrics. Each four-pack comes with three full-sized fitted units in fun, assorted prints, and one in a solid color. The attached, adjustable ear straps are either white or black to complement the fabric.
Uncommon Goods Bandana Face Mask with Filter
For those who love the look of the simple balaclava or bandana face-coverings but want the added protection of a filter, these Uncommon Goods face masks are a great option to provide both. As you’d expect from this style, they come in a fashionable checked pattern but also sport an included active-charcoal filter.
Levi’s Reusable Reversible Printed Face Masks
Double layered and adorned with a classic bandana print on one side, Levi’s Reusable Reversible Printed Face Masks are both chic and functional. All 3-packs contain red, navy, and black masks, each one reversible with a solid color on the other side.
Levi’s created these in part to help fund a $75,000 donation to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who provide medical care worldwide. Because of the stress on the medical industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, these funds are critical to them to be able to continue to provide necessary services.
Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask Kit
This technical face mask kit from Outdoor Research includes one washable, fully adjustable face covering, a protective storage pouch, and three disposable mask filters that remove 95% of bacteria and particles in line with ASTM standards. The fabric of the mask itself has been treated with HeiQ NPJ03+ to provide additional protection against germs that will last 30 washes. Made of super durable polyester fabric, these come in a variety of neutral colors.
While you’re shopping, please remember that non-medical grade face masks, like the ones in this list, are recommended by the CDC and WHO for use in public. They do not, however, replace a medical-grade mask, nor are they intended to mimic a medical device. None of the masks on this list have been approved by the FDA, nor rated by a regulating body. Even those that provide a filter or a pocket for one are not intended to treat or prevent any disease.