UPDATE—August 4, 2021: With just over half the country fully vaccinated, indoor dining open, and travel picking up, we thought we could put the days of mask wearing (for the most part) behind us. But due to the delta variant’s driving coronavirus cases upward, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines to urge even fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in public settings with “substantial or high transmission.” The updated guidance comes ahead of the fall season, when schools are scheduled to reopen and many large companies plan to bring employees back to the office on a full or hybrid schedule.
So what exactly does this mean for you? Well, with more transmissible variants spreading globally, it’s vital that we take every possible step to slow the spread, and making sure we stay masked up indoors could be one way to do just that—especially if you’re not vaccinated yet. Start by stocking up on new cloth face masks below, then consider going the extra mile by also having a few disposable masks on hand.
ORIGINAL STORY—August 13, 2020: Practicing social distancing is the best thing you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises you to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like protests, grocery stores, and pharmacies—especially with virus cases on the rise in states across the nation. With this recommendation, everyone wants to know where to buy face masks. We rounded up some options below—including face masks for kids, breathable face masks, face masks for glasses, and the best face masks on Amazon and Etsy—and we’ll update this list as companies go in and out of stock.
Cloth face masks don’t guarantee you won’t contract the virus or pass it on, but they’re a public health measure we should all take seriously, whether your city is slowly reopening or experiencing a new wave of cases. If you’re unsure of where to buy face masks for yourself or your family, shop the brands below. While you wait for your order to arrive, you can make your own mask out of a pillowcase, dishcloth, or bandana because even a makeshift mask is a vital step to help protect yourself and your community.
Everlane launched its 100% Human campaign in 2017 to bring people together to advocate for human rights, and now you can support the cause with a face mask purchase. For every 100% Human Face Mask 5-Pack sold, Everlane will be donating 10% sales to the ACLU. Each mask is made of a double-layer knit fabric—get yours while supplies last.
Nordstrom has a good supply of stylish face masks available right now, including a cute floral scrunchie and mask set that’s perfect for coordinating your lewk.
Stay safe while supporting Etsy’s independent artisans. Sellers are getting creative and producing masks spanning everything from kente cloth to minimalist linen designs and floral prints. Shop even more cute masks from Etsy here.
Shopbop has so many on-point face masks in animal print, gingham, glitter, and beyond—plus a touch tool, if you want added protection.
Madewell’s colorful face masks are made from lightweight cotton (or cotton gauze) and feature a three-layered construction, removable filters, and adjustable ear straps for a more secure fit.
The multibrand retailer has so many pretty silk face masks that are perfect to wear year-round, thanks to the soft, natural fiber that’s meant to cause less friction and irritation on acne-prone skin. And yes, they look seriously chic.
Pearl ear straps, floral embroideries, colorful checked prints—that’s what you get at Lele Sadoughi, which is selling its oh-so-pretty face mask sets for a fraction of the initial launch price.
$20.00, Lele Sadoughi
$20.00, Lele Sadoughi
With these disposable face masks, you’ll get stopped in the street by people wanting to learn more—and for good reason: They’re some of the most breathable on the market, and celebs are constantly wearing them because they look downright cool. The brand also launched a travel set, featuring a TSA-approved hand sanitizer that’s great for packing in your carry-on.
Head to MaskC for even more eye-catching disposable face masks, like animal prints and blush tones that’ll elevate your ’fit rather than clash with it.
Activewear brand Athleta has a face mask that’s lightweight, breathable, and perfect for summertime workouts (shop more masks for fitness here).
From the makers of Instagram’s favorite upcycled jeans comes a series of vintage face masks (yes, really). Re/Done’s upcycled masks are reconstructed from vintage Levi’s, bandanas, and children’s sheets.
If you want a mask that doesn’t compromise form for function, look to Vida. Its cloth face masks are made of two layers of cotton and have a carbon filter, a metal nosepiece, and adjustable ear loops. The company continues to donate 10% of proceeds to local nonprofits to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
Gap’s cotton masks feature adjustable ties for your ears, so you’ll never have to deal with an ill-fitting mask again. Grab yourself a pack of these 100% cotton masks and add them to your mask rotation.
Steele Canvas x Food52
Steele Canvas pivoted from manufacturing industrial-size canvas products (think laundry bins and tote bags) to producing face masks to help out with shortages. Each cloth mask is made of cotton denim and has a flannel lining for added protection, and they come in a child size as well as adult.
Now you can get a mask to match your reusable tote. Baggu created a series of stylish face masks, available for preorder. Its reusable nonmedical face masks are machine-washable and made from 100% cotton.
The retailer known for its wabi-sabi (“perfect imperfection”) approach to menswear has some great neutral-colored face masks for yourself—or for gifting the men in your life.
$30.00, Buck Mason
Araks is producing protective cotton face masks from deadstock cotton fabric in both minimalist and patterned styles that are perfect for pairing with your favorite sundresses.
Not only did Disney release its most beloved recipes to try during quarantine, but it also started selling reusable cloth masks printed with classic characters from the company’s iconic film archive. From Star Wars to Disney Princesses, there’s something for everyone—available in sizes for the whole family to boot.
On the hunt for a unique mask no one else will have? Look no further than Courtyard L.A. The brand is making sustainable masks by hand in Los Angeles, and the silk or brocade masks (fancy!) feature a cotton or satin rayon inner layer for added protection.
$36.00, Courtyard L.A.
Make your own face mask.
If you’d rather DIY your own face mask, you need only a handful of materials. Gather up some elastics (hair bands work too), fabric, and a sewing kit. You can follow an easy no-sew tutorial (like the one below) or find a sewing pattern online. Joann has patterns you can download for free—and if you’re feeling extra crafty, its Make to Give program is working to donate 100 million masks to medical personnel across the country.
More ways to protect yourself and others
Aside from covering your face while out in public, you can monitor your health at home with a thermometer, and use other doctor-recommended items to stay on top of your and your family’s wellness.
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