Face Masks but make it Fashion

I never thought I would be saying this, but….a face mask is truly the most essential accessory you need for summer 2020. We’re all in this together so that means we need to protect ourselves and our communities by masking-up. After a few weeks of wearing the traditional, disposable type, I ventured online to find some alternative options and there are a TON out there. So many brands are committed to the cause and are using their stock materials to manufacture masks and are also donating a portion of proceeds to front line workers and other non-profit organizations.

My mask criteria are the following:

  • Breathable material:I prefer cotton so that it is breathable and washable, especially during the warmer months.
  • Ear loops, ties, or straight knot:Personally, I like masks with an elastic ear loop so that if I have to pull it down quickly the mask stays down on my chin and then I can reposition it easily. However, if I am going out for a run, I need to have something that is a tad bit looser like a balaclava or a bandana-style so that I can breathe—it is too hard to run otherwise.
  • Pattern:I am happy to have color and pattern be a part of my mask “wardrobe” and have been finding myself rotating between my selections and wearing things that are cheerful and fun.
  • Coverage:One of the unforeseen benefits of wearing a mask is that they cover a good portion of your face and therefore act as a barrier to the sun. So when you pair that with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, and skin is extra protected.
  • Giving back:I want to support brands that are giving back either with a 1:1 mask donation or a portion of proceeds that benefit a front line or community organization. Luckily, lots of brands are doing this so it’s a no-brainer.

Some of my favorite finds are pictured here:

The orange mask is by a local brand from Santa Monica, Jackapotamus, they also make kids masks which are great and seem to stay on pretty well. Another kids brand that fits well is Matrushka.

The floral mask is pictured here is by Shabby Chic and is so soft and lightweight, perfect for summer weather.

Other brands I love that are making masks include: Diop (amazing brand from Detroit using wax printed cotton in traditional Nigerian prints), The GreatHeather Taylor HomeHedley and BennettLa Ligne (free with purchase), and Matteo (made by a local LA bedding manufacturer and are so lightweight and soft and are ideal for tie-dying!).

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