Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Trick for a Hassle-Free Face Mask Is Actually So Adorable

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Yesterday's Congressional swearing-in ceremony was (mostly) quite a day for mask fashion. The newly expanded "Squad," which has welcomed progressive Democratic representatives Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman to its ranks, showed off a wide variety of mask styles that included KN95s, kitenge fabric, graphic prints, and neutral shades — proof that there's plenty of options no matter your personal style.

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One particular mask (or mask accessory, rather) we couldn't help but notice was worn by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose pale pink cloth mask was accompanied by an elegant chain strapped to both sides. Mask chains are a helpful and hands-free tool for keeping ear-loop masks on your person when moving in and out of spaces that require face coverings. This simple solution keeps your mask close by but also out of your pocket or purse, where it could become dirty or contaminated.

Face mask chains may be an entirely new COVID-era accessory category, but AOC proves they can also be surprisingly stylish. Her chunky chain perfectly matches the soft tone of her mask and dress while adding a pop of texture. Better yet, mask chains are so affordable, with options on Amazon starting at just $9. Shop the best AOC-inspired mask chains below.

Get the look:

KAI Top Retro Tortoise Shell Mask Chain

Shop now: $12 (Originally $13), amazon.com

Covanlumci Face Mask Lanyards Chain

Shop now: $9; amazon.com

Crimmy Store Mask Holder Chain

Shop now: $10 (Originally $11); amazon.com

Fullgren Eyeglass and Mask Chains

Shop now: $11; amazon.com

17 Mile 6 PCS Face Mask Chain Holder

Shop now: $13 (Originally $14); amazon.com

Leystare Face Mask Holder

Shop now: $14; amazon.com

Lace Inn Beaded Mask Lanyard

Shop now: $10; amazon.com

BeadChica Pearl Mask Lanyards

Shop now: $11; amazon.com