13 Cool Face Masks For the New Normal
The face mask has become a must-have accessory in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury's still out on exactly how much it can help curb the outbreak, but it's better than no protection at all. That said, you don't have to settle for uniform masks that ruin your style.
Trivial as it may seem, it's still good to have stylish options when it comes to face masks. If you think about it, it's also a great way to support local brands and designers that have been upended by the virus. Here, we've rounded up a selection of cool masks from our favorite labels.
Digital marketplace Basic Movement has led a Masks for Masks initiative that donates five N95 masks to frontliners for every purchase. Made in a cool shade of blue, each face mask is washable and made sustainably.
EC's masks are for those that don't mind a little plainness. It's not the medical blue, but instead, it's a more low-key use of color. You're going to have to keep track of each drop, however, as the masks have been constantly selling out.
Hamü is known for its outlandish designs, and it's masks are no different. The set of three comes with the aptly named Sunny Side Up Mask, Doodle Time Mask, and Monster Mask. Think of it this way, it's a whole 'nother look for each design.
Go different with Kelvin Morales' Silence of the Lambs-style mask. Embroidered with a moth on the front, the masks come in your choice of black and white. Jump on it right now if you can, as the masks are only available in limited quantities.
Polo Loco's solidarity masks aren't only washable and eco-friendly, they're also fitted with pockets for filter sheets. It's the best alternative to a medical-grade mask. You can choose from sets of black, gray, and green; black, gray, and red; or salmon, lavender, and blue.
Good news: You can now match your Proudrace tees to your face mask. The face masks have the brand's label all over, as well as a handy wash guide complete with symbols. Shop it under Basic Movement's Masks for Masks Project.
RJ Santos, the designer behind Randolf, has been extremely active donating PPEs, so it was only a matter of time until he got into producing face masks in his designs. The masks are also a part of the Masks for Masks Project that donates N95 masks to frontliners for every purchase.
Risqué Designs has paused the production of shoes, and has focused on creating masks handmade by artisans. The masks are made of weaves from Buhi, Camarines Sur, while the inside lining is made of polypropylene. Right now, you can choose from about 14 different styles.
Sunnyside Clothing might be a womenswear clothing brand, but the face masks the label makes are for men, too. You can shop the brand's face masks in an array of bright colors, pastels, and of course, darker colors. Even cooler, Sunnyside Clothing uses neoprene fabric so it's thicker compared to others. Each mask is sewn with a filter pocket and each purchase comes with free filters.
An array of colors is what separates Threadsmith from other brand's face masks. The brand's take on the face mask is pretty straightforward so, again, it's really all up to color preference at this point. It's made of neoprene, and it has an inside pocket for a filter.
Want something other than a plain mask? Trek creates masks from "material containing retro-reflective glass beads bonded to polyester taffeta or nylon, making them sturdy, waterproof." Priced at P300, each Trek face mask comes with a waterproof nylon pouch.
Toqa's been making stylish masks in different colors and patterns since before the coronavirus outbreak. Each mask has the brand's unmissable label on the front, and all you have to know is that the fabric is sustainably sourced from the brand's deadstock.