These Are the Most Stylish Cloth Face Masks
There’s a new normal in 2020: Everyone keeps six feet of distance from each other in public, works out at home, and wears face masks when we do venture out to essential businesses. And if you’re not doing that last one, it’s time to check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19. They suggest wearing a cloth face-covering in public at all times, and especially in settings where maintaining social distancing is difficult, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.
Although these cloth coverings don’t actually protect from viruses—as Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious disease physician and professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, previously told Shape—they do help prevent transmission from asymptomatic carriers or those infected with coronavirus who don’t show any symptoms. (Related: Should You Wear a Face Mask for Outdoor Runs During the Coronavirus Pandemic?)
They’re also the most accessible alternative to medical-grade personal protective equipment PPE, like N95 and surgical masks, which should be reserved for essential workers on the frontlines. In fact, the CDC guidelines specify household items such as scarves, bandanas, coffee filters, and hand towels can be used as coverings, as well.
Luckily, you don’t have to be able to sew to follow CDC recommendations. Brands and designers are pivoting production lines and launching their own masks to help slow the spread. Many of them are selling their designs at cost or giving back with mask donations to essential workers. (You should also check out this social worker making face masks with NSFW designs to promote social distancing.)
Read on to discover 13 retailers with cloth masks available to shop right now.
Caraa Mask Pack
Caraa is well-known for creating trendy sports bags—and now it’s repurposing leftover materials to create reusable masks. The double-layered design is hand-washable and features an embedded wire that molds to the nose bridge for a secure fit. While your mask purchase is matched by a company donation to New York’s relief efforts you can also donate a multipack directly to workers on the frontlines. They’re expected to ship on or before June 1.
Onzie’s soft, breathable, and quick-drying leggings fabric secretly makes the perfect mask, too. Your purchase includes two masks and supports Onzie’s part in Onzie’s part in LA Protects, a collective of Los Angeles manufacturers working to meet the mayor’s request for 5 million masks for non-medical essential workers, like grocery store clerks and postal workers.
Charleston-based textile designer Emily Dawes normally crafts made-to-order home decor, but now she’s repurposing her small-batch linen to create reusable masks with a tailored fit. They’re lightweight, breathable, and undeniably well-made.
Buck Mason upgraded its cloth face mask by adding an antimicrobial coating to the inner layer. This coating, which lasts for up to 30 washes, prevents the growth of germs and bacteria. Your mask purchase is matched by an equivalent donation to Mask for America and will ship out the week of May 18th.
Every mask purchased on Subzero is matched by a mask donation to an individual in need. The hand-sewn masks are created in the U.S. from 100 percent breathable cotton and have flexible ear straps. You can either purchase the original mask for $19 or pick a filtered design with two layers of filtration for $29.
Take your protection to the next level with Casetify’s reusable masks. Their design includes a pocket to add an optional filter and increase your protection against micron particles like germs. Either slip in your own filters or purchase Casetify’s design—it offers five layers of protection, including activated carbon fiber, and retails for $10 per 10-pack. Plus, one mask is donated by Casetify for every mask purchased.
Sustainable clothing brand Reformation launched an affordable multi-pack of reusable face masks made from a lightweight rayon and viscose fabric blend. You’ll love their tie-on design: It ensures a close fit and prevents painful behind-the-ear rubbing and irritation. Better yet, they’re machine-washable and matched with an equal mask donation to L.A. Protects.
Los Angeles Apparel
These 100 percent cotton face masks by Los Angeles Apparel prioritize comfort and fit with key design elements. Available in 34 colorways, they have an adjustable nose bridge that conforms to your face along with two adjustable elastic straps that can be tied on either the head or neck. Plus, profits from their purchase help fund mask donations to essential workers.
These budget-friendly masks are some of the most affordable options on the market. The machine-washable pick is constructed with two layers of American-made Supima cotton and is sewn in Los Angeles. You can purchase a single mask or buy in bulk, including a 100-mask box, 1000-mask case, or 10,000-mask pallet. Stringking also offers 3-ply face masks.
Redbubble’s online marketplace is filled with unique designs from artists around the world, so you can find a face mask that fits your personality. Each machine-washable mask is printed on demand on two layers of brushed polyester—and Redbubble matches your mask purchase with a monetary donation to Heart to Heart International. Buying four or more gets you 20 percent off your purchase.
You can support small businesses by buying face masks on Etsy. The online marketplace currently has more than 442,000 listings for cloth face masks—and that number keeps growing every day. Keep an eye out for the “ready to ship” or “ships quickly” badge on a retailer’s site if you’re hoping to get your order ASAP.
Celebrities like Ben Affleck, Ana De Armas, and Alessandra Ambrosio all turned to Sanctuary for face masks—and its fashion-forward prints don’t disappoint. The unisex designs come in a 5-pack and have a fitted nose wire, 100 percent cotton muslin exterior, and polypropylene melt-blown filter. Sizes for kids are also available.
Vida’s reusable face masks are all about customization. Available in 9 colorways, they have a metal nose bridge, adjustable ear straps, and a pocket to add optional filters. You even have a choice between a single mask, a pair, or a 4-pack. Plus, 10 percent of the profits from mask purchases will be donated to food banks in San Francisco and New York City.
Blanka The Label
For those seeking out-of-the-ordinary options, Blanka The Label's selection includes sequin and satin face masks. You can accessorize your pick with one of the brand's genius detachable chains. It'll keep your mask handy every time you sit down to eat or get in your car.
St. John Knits
If fit is a priority, definitely take a look at St. John's face mask selection. You'll find options that are designed to fit snugly on the face, many of which have adjustable ear straps for a custom fit. St. John creates face masks using its surplus knit pique fabric.
Tory Burch now makes printed face masks with adjustable ear loops, contoured nose wires, and pockets for (optional) filters. A five-pack is surprisingly affordable, and with each purchase, the brand will donate $5 to International Medical Corps and $5 to the Tory Burch Foundation.
One of Busy Philipps' favorite brands for face masks, Lele Sadoughi offers both adult- and child-sized reusable face coverings. You can buy a mask to match one of the brand's signature knotted headbands or try a unique bandana-mask hybrid.
Fancy a high-fashion face mask? Erdem is channeling its extra fabric into reusable face coverings. The masks feature a fabric-covered ear loop for a more comfortable fit and a removable filter. Erdem will donate all net profits from the face masks to the UK's National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.
Coach's take on face coverings is a double-layer cotton face mask with adjustable earloops and a pocket for an optional filter. Need another reason to buy one? Coach is donating 100 percent of the net profit from mask purchases to Feeding America.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone is making use of upcycled fabric to create attractive face coverings at its factories in New York and Los Angeles. Choose from adjustable face masks or lightweight cotton bandanas.
Jennifer Behr, a celebrity-approved brand for dreamy jewelry and accessories, has officially branched out into face masks. It's selling 2-packs of cotton face masks in a range of playful prints. Even better, 25 percent of the profits from each face mask purchase will go to DirectRelief.org.
A 3-pack of face masks from Staud works out to a modest $10 per mask. The L.A.-based brand is using excess fabric to create bright-colored cotton face masks that can play well with your most summery outfits.
The information in this story is accurate as of press time. As updates about coronavirus COVID-19 continue to evolve, it’s possible that some information and recommendations in this story have changed since initial publication. We encourage you to check in regularly with resources such as the CDC, the WHO, and your local public health department for the most up-to-date data and recommendations.