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Spring warmth, longer days, and mask-free life may be on the horizon, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Until we can officially pack our masks away, why not ditch the bland, withered cloth option that’s crumpled up in your coat pocket and upgrade to something more your style.
Since masks can make fashion statements, we found 10 options that are anything but boring and that let your personality shine.
If you’re a style icon
These 3-mask sets come in so! many! cool! patterns! The technicolor madras mix and backyard fruit ones are super sweet for spring. And they don’t just look cool. The masks are made from two layers of organic quilter’s cotton (known for its thick, tight weave), have an adjustable nose wire and filter insert pocket, and come in adjustable ear loop or tie styles.
If you like understated but not boring
This Portland-based textile brand has breathable organic cotton face masks in Japanese-inspired patterns and prints that manage to be both subtle and rich at the same time. The inner liners are made of soft, lightweight chambray that feels good on your face and is super breathable. And you can pick from elastic ear loops or adjustable beaded ones.
If you love vintage
Swoonworthy Christy Dawn dress not exactly in your budget? A mask is almost as good, and way more affordable. The face coverings are made using sustainable deadstock fabrics in the kind of sweet floral prints you wish you could find thrifting but almost never do. The 3-ply cotton feels substantial but still breathable, and the tie straps make for easy adjusting.
If you’re a bit extra
So technically this isn’t a mask, but is a mask really complete without a glam chain? These stunning options are handmade and come with clasps that attach to your mask’s ear loops — the ideal way to make a statement and stay safe.
Minimalist vibes only
Athleta’s pleated 3-layer masks score major points from satisfied customers on the hunt for coverings that are simple and sleek. The 5-packs come in a few different color and pattern options, but the basic black is the best by far. The poly-spandex fabric and cotton liner feels airy and light, and the wire nose bridge and adjustable ear loops mean no probs getting a snug fit.
For the allies, advocates, and justice warriors
The messages on these masks, made by a Black female owned company, pretty much sum it up, right? The double-layer fabric is stretchy and machine washable (yes!), though the brand notes that the masks might feel a little snug on larger faces.
If you’re ready for outdoor workouts (or heading into the gym) again
These polyester masks are designed to wick moisture away from your face and lips so you don’t feel grody when you’re breathing heavily or sweating. That makes them a better choice than plain cotton for working out, but TBH, they’re really comfortable for just everyday wear too. Also nice: They come in a range of sizes, so they’ll work for pretty much every face.
If you want a mask that feels good and does good too
These breathable masks, which come in a ton of bright colors, are handmade in Los Angeles out of 100 percent organic breathable cotton twill.
Better still? For every purchase, the brand donates 10 meals to Feeding America to support the country’s food banks. You’ll also appreciate the darted sides and adjustable ear straps, which give you a close but not claustrophobic fit.
If you’re a couple that masks together
Don’t feel like shopping separately? Everlane’s 100 percent cotton masks are stretchy enough to fit most faces, and they come in simple colors that both you and your partner can probably get behind. Buy two packs and you’ll basically be set for the week.
If you’re a card-carrying germophobe
These adjustable ear-loop masks offer three layers of protection against viral particles — not to mention environmental irritants like dust, pollen, and smog.
The outer layer boasts an antibacterial coating while the bamboo charcoal inner layer keeps odor at bay. As for the middle? It’s a special filter designed to block out microparticles, just be sure to follow the brand’s instructions and replace it every 2 weeks.
Just whatever’s easy, plz
These plain masks come in black or white, are made of durable 3-ply cotton, wick away moisture, have an adjustable nose piece, and can be tossed in the washer and dryer without falling apart. You can now stock up and stop thinking about masks henceforth.
If you’re a kid at heart (or have kids IRL)
We all have that one Pixar movie that hits hard (damn you, “Up,” and your brutal opening sequence!). Now you can rock your favorite scenes and characters solo, or with the whole fam.
Should you do it? Do you have to? With more transmissible variants on the rise, it’s definitely a good idea — particularly when you’re indoors.
According to the CDC, doubling up by layering a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask blocks more viral particles (or keeps them from escaping, if you’re infected), literally giving yourself and those around you an extra layer of protection. They also give you a snugger overall fit, since the top mask will push the bottom mask right up against your face.
Is the idea of wearing two masks, uh, twice as annoying? Yeah, kind of. But think of it this way: The more cases we can prevent with double masking, the sooner we can get rid of the masks altogether.