As protective face masks have become our “new normal” following the novel COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the best designer face masks to help keep you both safe and stylish. From all-black face coverings to bright, printed styles and chic DIY options, shop our top edit of the best face masks below!
With concerns around global health becoming increasingly more prevalent with each news headline, many are now opting to incorporate an unexpected accessory into their daily wardrobes in order to stave off potential illnesses. Since the rise of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of countries have made wearing a face mask in public spaces mandatory—and the fashion industry has taken notice. Designer face masks were seen on a number of recent fashion week attendees, with brands like Marine Serre even presenting them down the runway and while health anxieties may be responsible for the influx in popularity for facial masks as of late, the concept is nothing new to the fashion game. Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Fendi have all released their iterations of the luxury face mask over the years, even if they weren’t always available in stores.
These unique designer pieces are also especially coveted amongst city dwellers in highly populated areas that suffer from air pollution; keeping the wearer safe from exposure while always remaining stylish. Whether you’re looking to play it safe while the Coronavirus continues to dominate our lives or are looking to introduce a more serendipitous accessory to your wardrobe, we’ve curated the top edit of this season’s best designer face masks to help keep you both safe and stylish.
One of the first brands to jump on the escalating need for functional face masks was the New York-based label La Ligne, founded by former Vogue editors Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling and Molly Howard. La Ligne’s design team quickly jumped on the situation, offering hand-sewn washable cloth face masks in New York City, which are now available free to customers with every order to help slow the spread. Upon check-out on lalignenyc.com, customers are able to click “add a free face mask to my order” while supplies last. Loveshackfancy, Araks, and Jonathan Simkhai are also leading efforts to sell masks, while Reformation is also offering the option to both purchase and donate masks via their site.
In addition to offering tutorials on how to make a face mask at home, Collina Strada’s Hillary Taymour has started offering her own floral statement masks outfitted with bright, feminine bows. Similarly, those looking for fun, seasonal designs will likely be drawn to Araks, Resa, and Tanya Taylor’s whimsical styles, while minimalists will likely be intrigued by the more subdued options offered by Paige, Citizens of Humanity, and Kes NYC.
Kim Kardashian has also recently started her own line of SKIMS seamless face masks, inspired by the brand’s line of signature Solutionwear™. The non-medical, one-size-fits-all masks are soft and breathable for all-day wear and are available in five tonal colors, including Sand, Clay, Sienna, Cocoa, and Onyx.
Celebrities have also been advocating for the general public to embrace wearing face masks as part of their everyday lives. Sparked by Jennifer Aniston‘s Instagram plea, urging people to “Wear a damn mask,” celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Kourtney Kardashian, and more have taken to the platform, showcasing selfies of them wearing masks and encouraging others to follow suit. Social media movements like #Masks4All have also been popularizing the use of homemade masks when surgical ones are unavailable, as well as producing masks for those in your community if you’re able to do so.
From plain face masks to plaid ones, as well as tips on how to DIY your own luxury face masks with designer dust bags and how to accessorize them, keep scrolling below.