Both the CDC and the WHO recommend wearing a mask when you are out in public—it's clear this small step could have a major impact on our livelihood, but that doesn't mean we can't find quality masks that are stylish and functional. While these don't provide 100% protection COVID-19 outbreak, and of course N95 respirators and surgical face masks are reserved for health care workers, these masks can offer a bit of ease while navigating our new normal.
To help you out, we comprised a list of our favorite masks—there's even one that includes an embedded copper nose band that bends for a snug, custom fit and reduced eyewear fogging (yes, finally!).
Here are our favorite brands creating non-medical face masks:
It's hard to find a good mask that doesn't slip off, so we love that the strings on this mask are fully adjustable, making it easier to readjust on any face. It comes in 10 different colors, so you can buy one to match any look you may be rocking.
Looking for mommy and me mask sets? Babywear brand Paigelauren is offering affordable parent and pint-sized mask sets to keep your children (and you) during this time. Masks are made of super-soft rib and jersey material, with a cover stitch over binding to make it comfortable for long usage.
Most masks are secured on the side, but this one is a bit different. It's an accordion-folded mask, with a tie-back style that offers full, comfortable coverage. What's more? The built-in pocket lets you add your own filter. It's also sustainably sourced and produced in LA—packaged and shipped from their LA partner factory. Try them in four colors: indigo chambray, indigo denim, ticking stripe and wabash stripe.
In need of masks that represent you and your African heritage? Rhythms of the Village is a family-owned and operated business with hand crafted face masks with traditional African prints. We're obsessed with the village masks made of 100% cotton African textiles.
If you want a little matching action with your kiddo, try these adorable (and sturdy!) face masks from Maptote. They're made of two layers of 100% recycled cotton and have a convenient slot for an extra filter. You can find the parent's version here.
This two-layer reusable facemask uses repurposed silky scarf material on the outside and an inner layer of tightly woven cotton. The double-layer fabric construction is protective but also breathable and the ribbon tie closure provides an adjustable, secure fit. Bonus: For every mask purchased, the brand will donate another mask to an essential worker on the frontlines.
Lifestyle brand Luminora, known for swimwear and resort wear pieces, released a new face mask design that is antimicrobial, moisture impermeable, lightweight, breathable and offers sun protection blocking 98% of harmful UVA/UVB rays. It clearly begs the question: Is there anything this mask can't do?
Plover, makers of organic bedding and home accessories, decided it was time to make masks when a nurse told them she was looking for the densest fabric that she had and used an old Plover tablecloth to make masks. Now, the Seattle-based brand is making GOTS-certified organic cotton masks from their fabric scraps, which are constructed from their heavyweight woven cotton twill. Snag one of the four prints: yellow confetti, blue plants, olive plants and blue ottoman for a stylish ensemble.
41 Winks, a New York City based lifestyle brand best known for memorable eye masks, is now producing non medical face masks in partnership with their women-led factory in Pennsylvania. Each pleated face mask features two layers of 100% cotton fabric and one layer of polyethylene filter for added protection as well as a plastic adjustable nose bridge for a snug fit.
One of our favorite family brands, Old Navy is offering reusable, non-medical grade masks made of 100% cotton poplin. Available in an adult and kid sizes with five masks per pack, the masks have cool prints like flowers, bananas and polka dots—everything you need to make you feel a bit better during these uncertain times.
Additionally, to further help those in need, Old Navy is making a donation of 50,000 masks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
One of the challenges with kid masks is finding comfortability. If masks don't properly fit, kids will never wear them. That's why we love that these masks come with elastic ear-loops and a shapeable metal nose-piece that ensures a secure fit. They are also breathable, reusable and can be safely machine washed and dried.
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[This was originally published April, 2020 and has since been updated.]