Move over sunglasses, the face mask is the newest accessory on the block. And for good reason, of course. Research has revealed that sporting face coverings reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection by at least 65 percent. While they are literally meant to save lives, they can also spark joy and freshen up a look (or even complete an outfit!). Since it’s currently an essential part of our wardrobe, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have a little fun with it, right?
We’ve searched high and low to find 12 of the best masks- from the comfortable, to the sustainable, to the kid-friendly! Getting married? Sending the kids back to school? Whatever you’re looking for in a mask, this list has got it for you.
Cool You Down
This buttery soft face scarf is light and breathable, perfect for hot weather. Its fabric will keep you cool by absorbing sweat, while the SPF400 protection will protect your face and neck from the sun. Plus, its built-in ear hooks will prevent any slips. To switch it up, wear the cover as a sports wristband, forehead band, hair band, or neck gaiter.
ARRUSA Summer Cool Face Cover, $14.99
No More Ear Pain
Struggling with aching ear pain? Your mask might be the culprit. Made to give your ears a break, this statement headpiece has side buttons made for hanging face mask straps. Perfect for prolonged wear, the headache-proof band is made from soft stretch cotton—and the mask comes with adjustable straps for ultimate comfort.
Everyday, Back-To-School Essential
Are your kids a bit weary about mask-wearing? These will make it fun! Crayola’s cloth face masks come in a 5-pack, one for each day of the school week. Having a new color to sport each day can provide some fun—outfit matching, dress up and more. The machine-washable pack comes with a mesh laundry bag and name tags to keep track of everyone’s individual masks. For extra comfort, they’re made with dual-layer fabric, a nose strip, and adjustable ear straps.
Crayola Kids Face Masks 5-Pack, $29.99
Cover Up with Gratitude
Looking for something kid and eco-friendly? Look no further than yoga-clothing brand, Onzie. Their children’s face masks are made using upcycled fabrics from their yoga collections. The multi-layer fabric is the perfect match for your active kiddos. Made of full flex Spandex technology, it’s stretchy, comfort fitting, quick-drying and breathable. They’re even made with essential workers in mind. A portion of proceeds go to health-care workers through a donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. A great way to teach gratitude and giving back.
Onzie Mindful Kids Masks 2-Pack, $20.00
To Brighten a Dreary Day
These masks are made by kids, for kids. Twelve children teamed up to create the beautiful artwork, and each features a positive message on the label. Since kids are always on-the-go, the set of two offers one to wear and one to wash. Did we mention 100% of the profits from the NY-made masks go to NYC Health + Hospitals? If you’re wishing they came in adult form, the good news is – they do!
Uncommon Goods Children’s Rainbow Face Coverings 2-Pack, $25.00
A Little Sustainable Flair
Savvy small business, Second Wind has created a mask where style and sustainability work in tandem. The organic linen piece is adorned with a detachable lightweight 7mm gold chain that makes it feel like a lavish piece of jewelry. Hand-made in the USA, it’s created using the cleanest and most natural fabrics. Plus, it’s uber functional, featuring a hidden sleeve for removable filters. Store the mask in its organic duster to keep it safe from surfaces while on-the-go.
Second Wind Face Mask with Chain, $65.00
Zero Waste Watercolor
This special mask supports our planet and its people in need. Truly one-of-a-kind, it’s made of antimicrobial hemp fabric scraps and hand dyed per order with natural dyes, meaning absolutely nothing goes to waste. The result? The trendiest watercolor tie dye you’ll ever lay eyes on. For every mask purchased, one is donated to a homeless woman or a family in need.
Helpful for the Hearing-Impaired
This genius invention is transparent, allowing hearing-impaired people to read the wearer’s lips. It’s great for nurses and speech pathologists, but more broadly, an option for anyone who wants to easily communicate. It’s just as comfortable as it is helpful. Made from 100% cotton and vinyl, it’s soft, breathable, and conveniently washable.
Clear Face Mask, $22.99
Dress It Up
If your schedule is jam-packed with socially distanced events, this fancy face mask will come in handy. The luxurious silk will complement your elegant outfit, rather than serve as an eye sore. With a variety of colors to choose from, it would make the perfect bridal party gift.
100% Pure Silk Face Mask, $22.99
Tie-Dye Tee & Mask Set
Lean into all the trends (athleisure and tye-dye) with this tee shirt-mask combo. Perfect for an outdoor picnic or shopping day, the matching set is the effortlessly chic choice- and a cozy one at that. Because these days, comfort is our second nature.
Tie-Dye Tee & Mask Set, $24.00
This USA-made mask doubles as an artistic masterpiece. The breathtaking butterfly print will impress onlookers while the innovative features will impress the wearer. It’s made from double layered organic cotton and loaded with uniquely thoughtful details, like activated carbon filters and an adjustable extension strap.
Add a Chain
Make that mask sparkle. No matter how you plan on using it, the PrettyConnected mask chain can make a mask feel just a little more special. While it was designed for your face mask, it can be worn as a necklace, water bottle strap, camera strap, bag chain, or flip flop holder. To make it feel uber personal, you can customize it with charms. More than a fashion statement, this product makes a true impact on the world; 10% of all sales are donated to covid-related causes.
Pretty Connected Multi-Use Chain Strap, $36.00
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