Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren’t. —Rick Warren
For the last several months, companies, small businesses, and individual people have stepped up to help those on the front lines. Some have pivoted the way they do business while others put their own brands on hold to put people’s health first.
Luxury fashion houses like Prada and fashion designers like Christian Siriano are doing their part to sew masks to alleviate the shortage for our frontline healthcare workers while people like my friend, Natalyia, sew to fulfill needs for the general public.
And then there are those who are selling stylish face masks with proceeds going to great causes and organizations like Feeding America to help many people who need the support while others are sewing to provide for their families.
It has been amazing to witness our world come together at one of the hardest times we’ve had to face collectively.
And as sad as times have been with stress, anxiety, and abuse on the rise, people battling with the state of their health, others losing their loved ones to this disease to most Americans losing their jobs, it’s also been a time of inspiration and togetherness.
Celebrities are using their status to raise awareness on important issues and donating their own money while some people are using the power of social media to raise funds for causes that are near and dear to their hearts.
That said, I want to talk about a particular kind of creativity: fashionable face masks.
The idea for this post came after I received my first sustainable face mask in the mail. When I visited my mom a few months ago, she sent home some face masks with me she had purchased. My best friend’s dad also gave me one too. The next time I went to see her, I wore the one my bestie’s dad gave me (you know what mom will say if you don’t wear your mask while visiting her, right?).
As much as I loved seeing her, I couldn’t wait to leave…to take off my mask, that is! The back of my ears hurt from the hard elastic pulling on them. Breathing was difficult and my face felt so hot. On top of that, the masks my loved ones gave me only had a limited amount of uses.
At that point, I decided to research for washable and fashionable face masks that also fit my personal style.
Being extremely happy with my new purchase, I knew I had to set out to find more reusable masks from other brands to share them with you.
Before I dive into the fun part, let me preface by saying that I didn’t feel the need to purchase face masks as I didn’t go anywhere for the last two months. Now that businesses have slowly started to open back up here in Dallas, my close friends have told me from their outings lately that stores have now switched signs from “Face masks required.” to signs that now say, “Face masks suggested.”
I don’t know about you, but as someone who is high-risk, I don’t trust that everyone is going to care enough to be responsible and respect the health of others by wearing a mask themselves. Let’s be real.
However, I can control ME so I decided to look for sustainable and fashionable face masks.
Hey, if I’m going to wear a mask as part of the new norm to protect myself, it’s going to be high-quality, sustainable, AND stylish.
Yes, I’ve got high standards even with masks, ha! That said, I am SUPER excited about today’s article!!!
I’m so thrilled to share with you some eco-friendly, super chic, and stylish protective face masks I’ve found. Yes, my friends, you can live sustainably and express your style while doing your best to protect yourself.
In today’s post, I’ll be covering every style you’re looking for, from satin face masks in stunning neutral colors, sporty masks, leopard print, sequins, luxury designer, and some gorgeous lace masks for our 2020 brides who have decided to move forward with their wedding day.
Also in this post, I will be sharing masks at all price points from big brands, fashion designers, and small businesses I would personally wear. And if you keep reading, you’ll see my review on a particular washable cotton face mask I’ve purchased and am in love with.
Let’s get started!
ANTI-MICROBIAL FACE MASKS
If you don’t care about style and just want anti-microbial face masks, check out Buck Mason. With an anti-microbial coating, their masks last up to 30 wash cycles.
For every mask sold, they are donating one mask to frontline workers and communities in need. And to boot, they’re over halfway to their goal of one million!
BRIDAL FACE MASKS
My 2020 brides, first of all, I’m SO sorry you’re having to deal with all of this while waiting for your special day. I know a lot of brides have postponed their weddings. However, if you’re a bride-to-be who still plans to move forward with your wedding, Katie May is a wedding brand that’s making stunning bridal masks for you!
Since the Katie May team has already hit their goal of sending out 20,000 masks, going forward, they’re using a portion of their mask proceeds to donate to charities they care about, one of them being No Kid Hungry.
The Revolve team has already distributed 230,000 masks to hospitals and clinics across the country and has started a GoFundMe to raise $1,000,000. Their plan is to use that money to procure and distribute more FDA-approved masks to donate to hospitals and healthcare facilities.
DESIGNER FACE MASKS
Who was among the first to hit the ground running when masks were needed? None other than the king of fashion himself!
And with his giving heart, 100% of the proceeds of these beautiful, fashionable face masks below will benefit their mask project!
If there was such thing, the chicest and best sustainable face mask award would go to Vivian Chan! She has, hands down, made the best modern-looking face masks I’ve seen.
I love that the VC team created these masks first for frontline workers at Cedars -Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles before offering them to the public!
The black and white floral and waffle knit patterns are now sold out, but they still have other patterns!
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Our vision was to create a mask that provided essential protection, while uplifting and empowering the wearer. As we continue production, we are reminded daily of what these masks represent. We are working hard to get these masks out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience 🖤 #vivianchan #loveprotects . . . #reusablemask #ppe #coronavirus #aid #laprotects #smallbusinesses #supportlocal #supportsmall #madeinla
FEMININE FACE MASKS
If you want the lingerie look/vibes, these lacy, embroidered face masks from Courtyard LA are beautiful and very feminine.
They also started a GoFundMe for financial support to help with PPE production!
If your style is more of the girly/loud type, Eugenia Kim makes bright pink satin masks, sequin masks, and leopard print masks. You can bet I put myself on the waitlist for this red floral satin mask.
SMALL BUSINESS FACE MASKS
It’s important to me to support very small business owners, especially in uncertain times like this. And what better place to do it than on Etsy? With more than half a million styles to choose from, you’re bound to find a mask or two for yourself and some for your family!
My friend, Natalyia, also makes affordable face masks between the $13-$20 range in a variety of fun colors and patterns. With a 5-star rating, you know they are well-made!
SPORTY FACE MASKS
If you’re looking for a minimal face mask to match your workout gear, check out no other than my favorite workout brand, Carbon38!
They’re donating 100% of the proceeds from their masks to their charity partner of choice, Frontline foods.
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As a company built around community, we strive to keep each other safe and healthy. Check out our stories to learn more about our tech-driven masks and how we are partnering with charity, @frontlinefoods, to continue to help and protect our people. We’re all in this together ❤️.
With sports on hold, who says you can’t still support your favorite teams with your face covers? Fanatics offers sizes for men, women, and kids with options of sports teams from major and college leagues!
Fanatics is also doing the All In Challenge to raise money to provide food for kids, the elderly and frontline workers. They are doing a phenomenal job and have raised $42,966,257 and counting!
VIVIAN CHAN FACE MASK REVIEW
I chose to purchase my first washable face covering from designer Vivian Chan. I discovered Vivian through one of my favorite OG bloggers, Wendy Nguyen. Once I saw that their masks were made from leftover fabric and saw their styles, I pounced like a ninja!
The stylish face mask pattern I chose from Vivian Chan is their black and white floral pattern in “Design 1” out of the three shapes they offer. Pictures don’t do it justice because it’s more stunning in person!
Guys, the packaging was beautiful!!! My face mask came with a personalized note from Vivian herself, a linen drawstring bag, instructions on caring for my mask, and two filters.
Her handwritten note to me was mind-blowing in itself because it showcased her standard of customer service.
And as someone who has been in the customer service realm for over 15 years, believe me when I say that a personal touch is very rare these days.
From first impressions, I could tell it was made with care and passed through quality control before it was mailed out to me.
My mask is very thick and has a high-quality weight to it. Aside from design, you can tell Vivian also put some thought and care into these masks. I love that she created additional filters and used an adjustable wire for a flexible nose as part of the design.
As for the fit, the hidden wire created a comfortable, fitted look. I was happy to see that my mask fit so well. On top of that, I was relieved to feel that the elastic on my ears were very comfortable too!
My mask also came with two filters, which was such a nice bonus as I only expected one.
Before I wore mine for the first time this past weekend, I followed Vivian’s instructions and put it through the washer. I put my mask in the drawstring bag that came with it and then put that inside a pillowcase because I wanted to be extra careful.
Guys, it came out looking brand new!!!
I grinned from ear to ear because that’s when I knew that I had purchased a very beautiful, high-quality face mask!
Overall, Vivian and the VC team did a fantastic job in fulfilling my sustainable and style needs. I am very happy with my purchase that I plan to continue to support their small business by purchasing several more fashionable face masks very soon!
Wearing any mask is inconvenient, but I know my purchase made wearing one out in public a bit more bearable and fun. Here are some positives I choose to see:
I’m making eco-friendly purchases.
I’m supporting small businesses.
And not to mention, I look like a fashionable ninja while protecting myself.
The extra fun bonus? I don’t have to put on blush or lipstick now, ha! Win-win-win-win!
I never thought I’d write about fashionable face masks, but here we are!
I hope you found today’s article very helpful! Since we don’t know how long we’ll have to live with this virus, I wanted to talk about some of the best sustainable and stylish face coverings you can invest in for the long term.
If you’re interested, you can also find washable face masks that are stylish at bigger companies like Anthropologie. And if you’re looking to purchase reusable face masks solely from sustainable fashion brands, check out this post on The Good Trade.
If my article has been valuable to you, all I ask is that you share my post with others to use as a resource too!
How do you feel about these fashionable face masks? What do you look for in a face covering and how to do feel about our new norm?
Should you purchase any masks from my links below, thank you. By doing so, you’re allowing me to continue to create content you want in addition to helping me pay my bills and provide for my family during this difficult time. I thank and appreciate you for your support! Please note that not all links in this blog post are affiliate links. I firmly believe in sharing businesses I love to support them, even if I can’t make a small commission.