The fashion world is stepping up in a time of need: Countless companies are now making, selling and donating non-medical grade face masks for daily protection from COVID-19.
Demand for the best face mask options — and the best breathable face mask options — has soared in recent months, in part because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) masks in public settings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. PPE masks are usually made from breathable a fabric like cotton and differ from a surgical mask and N95 respirators that experts say should be reserved for health care workers who are caring for the sick.
In times of crisis, it’s heartwarming to see companies we love and support giving back using the tools and skills they know best. Nordstrom, the largest employer of tailors in the country, has trained its alterations teams to make face masks to distribute to health care workers, while designer Christian Siriano’s small team of couture sewers is making 2,000 cloth face coverings per day. Dior has similarly pivoted to making face masks for those on the front lines in France. Burberry is using its global supply chain network to fast-track the delivery of 100,000 surgical face masks to the U.K. National Health Service’s medical staff, and Prada began the production of face masks and medical overalls at its factory in Italy.
And lots of brands are selling directly to consumers — including some that donate face masks to health care workers and others in need with every purchase — or offering a free mask with every purchase. New to wearing face masks? The CDC guidelines recommends washing your face mask regularly (with detergent, in the washing machine); not touching your eyes, nose or mouth when removing them; and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer immediately after taking your face mask off.
Below are just a few of the companies that are producing and selling adult-size non-medical face masks to help fight the global pandemic (see face masks made specifically for kids here).
Many retailers have started offering face masks that are alternatives to true personal protective equipment (PPE), which are disposable and predominantly used by medical staff. These everyday, reusable options include face masks for adults, face masks for kids, clear face masks, face masks with matching outfits and face masks for exercising. Well-known apparel and fashion brands like Levi’s, J.Crew, Athleta, Old Navy, The Honest Company, Forever 21, Gap and Kim Kardashian West’s SKIMS sell their own lines of masks as well. Additionally, check out ET Style’s curated list of face mask accessories.
Ahead, shop ET Style’s picks of the best face masks you can buy online.
Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for AdultsOld NavyOld NavyVariety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for AdultsOld NavyOld Navy’s masks are made with three layers of 100% cotton poplin and come in a convenient five-pack and a variety of prints. The company is donating 50,000 of them to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. $12.50 for 5 at Old NavyMartex Health Face Mask (10 Pack)West Point HomeWest Point HomeMartex Health Face Mask (10 Pack)West Point HomeAvailable in packs of 10 and two different sizes, these dual-layer face masks are made with a cotton-polyester blend that is enhanced with silver-infused fibers to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Save 20% on 10-packs with promo code SMILE20. $29.99 for 10 at West Point HomeOlivia Culpo #ExpressTogether Polka Dot Face CoveringExpressExpressOlivia Culpo #ExpressTogether Polka Dot Face CoveringExpressOlivia Culpo teamed up with Express to design a line of face masks in solid colors and prints like polka dots, tie-dye and marble. For every #ExpressTogether face cover sold through Aug. 29, the brand donated $10 to Feeding America. $20 at ExpressReusable Cloth MaskCasetifyCasetifyReusable Cloth MaskCasetifyFor every fabric mask you buy, Casetify donates one to health workers via Direct Relief. (The company also donated 10,000 masks up front.) Each mask comes with two carbon filters, and you can buy 10-packs of replacement filters here. $15 at CasetifyReversible Floral Print Face MaskUlla JohnsonIntermixReversible Floral Print Face MaskUlla JohnsonIn addition to these designer face masks from Ulla Johnson featuring floral fabrics from past seasons, Intermix now offers stylish adult and children’s masks from brands like Mother, Lele Sedoughi, A.L.C., LoveShackFancy, RE/DONE and more. $20 at IntermixClassic Fitted Face MaskHerschelHerschelClassic Fitted Face MaskHerschelJust like their bags, Herschel’s face masks are both durable and stylish. Features include an adjustable nose bridge, elastic ear loops with silicon side adjustment tabs and a filter pocket. There are five colors to choose from (pictured is Ash Rose), and you’ll get free shipping on U.S. orders over $30. $14.99 at HerschelFashion Face Mask SetBetsey JohnsonBetsey JohnsonFashion Face Mask SetBetsey JohnsonThese Betsey Johnson masks are beautiful, breathable and have soft earloops. $19.95 at Betsey JohnsonChambray Face MaskDraper JamesDraper JamesChambray Face MaskDraper JamesThis face mask is made from 100% cotton, making it both comfortable and breathable. This mask also has an adjustable nose wire and comes with one removable filter. $10 at Draper JamesThe Sustainable MaskChristy DawnChristy DawnThe Sustainable MaskChristy DawnLooking for cute ecofriendly masks — and a deal? Take 50% off masks from Christy Dawn with promo code MASKLOVE. Available in packs of three and five, these masks are reusable, made with deadstock fabric and sewn in the sustainable fashion brand’s Los Angeles factory. Pictured above is the Sage Florals 3-Pack; see, shop and save on all Christy Dawn masks here. $10 for 3 at Christy DawnProtective MaskVidaVidaProtective MaskVidaAvailable in eight colors and made with two layers of 100% cotton, these masks have a hidden metal nosepiece to ensure the perfect fit. Plus, each mask comes with a filter. $10 at VidaGloria Pleated MaskMichael StarsMichael StarsGloria Pleated MaskMichael StarsIn addition to sewing white face masks for healthcare workers and clinics, the LA-based brand is churning out colorful and printed versions for customers — like this Gloria Steinem style, which supports grassroots organizations to help register voters and get people to the polls. See other Michael Stars face mask options, including men’s styles and masks with tie straps, here. $18 at Michael StarsIridescent Butterflies Printed MaskBrave New LookBrave New LookIridescent Butterflies Printed MaskBrave New LookBrave New Looks’ printed masks, available in adult and kids’ sizes, are made from 100% cotton and have a high-definition sublimation printed design. Filters made from 100% polyester are also available on the site. REGULARLY $20$14 at Brave New LookMedallion Cotton Silk BandanaRag & BoneRag & BoneMedallion Cotton Silk BandanaRag & BoneThe Rag & Bone Medallion Cotton Silk Bandana is a lightweight bandana crafted with upcycled fabric in silk with hidden, adjustable earloops. $50 at Rag & BoneReusable Printed Face Mask (3 Pack)AmazonAmazonReusable Printed Face Mask (3 Pack)AmazonShop several styles of mask three-packs on the Levi’s site: tie straps, elastic ear loops, paisley print, solid colors. These masks come in small and large sizes; the large fits most adults best. Levi’s is donating $75,000 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical humanitarian organization. $15.99 for 3 at AmazonAssorted Printed & Solid Non-Medical Grade Face Masks (Pack of 5)Posh MaskNordstrom RackAssorted Printed & Solid Non-Medical Grade Face Masks (Pack of 5)Posh MaskThese polyester and spandex blend face masks come in a variety of prints, like camo and stars. A set of solid color masks is also available. $24.97 for 5 at Nordstrom RackReusable Fitted Fabric Face Mask + FiltersAir GuardSonixReusable Fitted Fabric Face Mask + FiltersAir GuardEach fitted mask comes with three disposable, replacement mask liners. Sonix is donating a significant portion of these masks and liners to local restaurants and businesses. $20 at SonixFace MaskEtsyEtsyFace MaskEtsyAfter seeing a huge spike in its sellers making and selling non-medical face masks, Etsy has rounded up shops with quality options and fast shipping. This mask is reversible and ships in three days; see others and Etsy’s guide to finding the right mask for you here. $10.99 at EtsyThe Crossback Mask 3 PackHedley & BennettHedley & BennettThe Crossback Mask 3 PackHedley & BennettThese lightweight masks from Hedley & Bennett’s Wake Up & Fight Mask collection have a metal nose insert, reinforced stitching and an adjustable tie in the back. $45 for 3 at Hedley & BennettFace Mask Set of 2 in Yellow & WhiteKendra ScottKendra ScottFace Mask Set of 2 in Yellow & WhiteKendra ScottKendra Scott, a jewelry and home accessories designer, is now making face masks. For every face mask purchased, the company will donate one to a frontline worker in need. $22 at Kendra ScottPink Face MaskVistaprintVistaprintPink Face MaskVistaprintThese reusable masks are designed with a replaceable filter system (filters not included with your purchase). Choose from a variety of prints, and check out the kids’ sizes, too. $18 at VistaprintPattern Cloth Face MaskZazzleZazzlePattern Cloth Face MaskZazzleChoose from a range of mask styles at Zazzle. The double layer mask style pictured above allows you to insert a disposable mask inside (sold separately) for extra protection. $12.95 at ZazzleReversible Face Mask in Purple Red Floral PrintiMPOWER by Prabal GurungWalmartReversible Face Mask in Purple Red Floral PrintiMPOWER by Prabal GurungEach collection in designer Prabal Gurung’s new lifestyle brand gives back via a philanthropic component. iMPOWER’s first collection includes four face masks, and donations will go to the CDC Foundation. Future collections will raise funds to address global crises, give back to local communities and more. $12 at WalmartBlue and Pink Paint Face MaskSociety6Society6Blue and Pink Paint Face MaskSociety6Just like the rest of this online marketplace’s offerings, Society6’s face masks feature designs from a large community of independent artists. A portion of all face mask proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen to aid in COVID-19 recovery efforts. REGULARLY $16.99$11.89 at Society6Face Mask in Off WhiteSewCalMasksSewCalMasksFace Mask in Off WhiteSewCalMasksThese 100% cotton masks manufactured in downtown Los Angeles are available in several colors and styles — these have a filter pocket, and you can see the full cotton mask collection here and purchase filters here. You can also donate masks to a local business or the University of Arizona; for every mask donated, SewCalMasks will donate one as well. $7 at SewCalMasksThe Mask 1.0 (Two-Pack)Rothy’sRothy’sThe Mask 1.0 (Two-Pack)Rothy’sLike Rothy’s shoes and handbags, these machine-washable masks are knit from repurposed water bottles. They feature comfortable elastic straps and have microfiber swatches on the inside for added comfort. $25 for 2 at Rothy’sBreathable Face Mask with Filter IncludedJaneJaneBreathable Face Mask with Filter IncludedJaneEach mask in this four-pack has an adjustable hook and loop strap, an adjustable nose clip and a dual filter valve for added breathability. Shipping is free. These masks are sold out, but sign up to be notified when they are back in stock. REGULARLY $39.99$12.99 at JaneLeopard Print MaskRedbubbleRedbubbleLeopard Print MaskRedbubbleRedbubble has donated more than 300,000 masks to Heart to Heart International through its one-for-one donation program, plus these masks are designed by independent artists. $9 at RedbubbleCloth Face MaskStringKingStringKingCloth Face MaskStringKingStringKing’s washable, two-ply face masks are available for individual orders as well as bulk orders of 100, 1,000 and 10,000. $6.99 at StringKingCorner Heart MaskSubzeroSubzeroCorner Heart MaskSubzeroAt Subzero’s online store, you can buy basic face masks or ones with a filter for extra protection. According to the company, for every reusable face mask purchased, one is donated to an at-risk individual in need. All orders ship within two to 10 business days. $24 at SubzeroSet of 2 Rainbow Face CoveringsUncommon GoodsUncommon GoodsSet of 2 Rainbow Face CoveringsUncommon GoodsSome pretty inspiring kids designed these adult-size cotton masks, and 100% of the profits go to NYC Health + Hospitals—the largest public healthcare system in the country. See the masks for children here. $25 for 2 at Uncommon GoodsMatching Non-Medical Lifestyle MasksKenny FlowersKenny FlowersMatching Non-Medical Lifestyle MasksKenny FlowersFor every stylish face mask you buy from Kenny Flowers, they’ll donate one to individuals, families and communities in need in Bali — that’s where their factory is located — and the remaining proceeds will be donated to Direct Relief. Kenny Flowers has already donated over $10,000 and more than 11,000 masks. Order now and they’ll ship in two weeks. $18 for 2 at Kenny FlowersDenim Cotton MaskGood AmericanGood AmericanDenim Cotton MaskGood AmericanChoose from several colors, all made with a cotton/polyester/elastane blend. For every mask purchased, Good American will donate one mask to local businesses in need. $5 at Good AmericanSteele Canvas x Food52 Cloth Face MaskFood52Food52Steele Canvas x Food52 Cloth Face MaskFood52Food52 has partnered with the Steele Canvas, which manufactures industrial-size canvas products, to produce these cotton denim face masks with a flannel interior. Buy one mask and the companies will donate a second mask to medical facilities across the U.S. You can also buy two masks and they’ll donate both. $22 at Food52Tie Dye 5-Pack LA MadeLA MadeTie Dye 5-Pack LA MadeThese reversible two-layer cotton masks come in assorted packs of five — they’re also available in two-packs and combo packs with kids’ sizes. $55 for 5 at LA MadeCloth Face MaskSock FancySock FancyCloth Face MaskSock FancyTo show their appreciation, Sock Fancy is donating one mask to frontline medical staff, care providers and patients for every mask purchased. You can also recommend an organization to receive donated masks by submitting a request here. $12 at Sock FancyFace Cover (3-Pack)ReebokReebokFace Cover (3-Pack)ReebokReebok’s two-layer masks are made with soft, breathable fabric, and size large fits most adults. $30 for 3 at ReebokBasic Cloth Face Mask – Pack of 12Custom InkCustom InkBasic Cloth Face Mask – Pack of 12Custom InkThese one-piece masks are made from a soft, breathable cotton blend, which Custom Ink describes as similar to a stretchy T-shirt. They have a no-sew design, meaning they’re produced with minimal human touch and feature ear holes rather than elastic bands or ties. $16.99 for 12 at Custom InkSentry Face MaskRendall Co.Rendall Co.Sentry Face MaskRendall Co.Get full coverage with two layers of high-density, 100% woven cotton plus a filter pocket. $19 at Rendall Co.Disney Purple Wall Face MaskTeepublicTeepublicDisney Purple Wall Face MaskTeepublicChoose from hundreds of designs at Teepublic, all with elastic ear loops and a filter pocket. Allow 10 to 20 days for printing, processing and shipping. For every non-medical mask sold, TeePublic will donate one medical grade mask to Direct Relief. $12 at TeepublicThe Smile Mask: Tie-BehindRafi NovaRafi NovaThe Smile Mask: Tie-BehindRafi NovaWith a transparent BPA-free plastic panel, these reusable masks were designed with the needs of members of the hard of hearing and deaf community in mind. Flexible adjustable straps accommodate hearing aids or cochlear implants. $26 for 2 at Rafi NovaMindful Masks 2-PackOnzieOnzieMindful Masks 2-PackOnzieLA-based yogawear brand Onzie is making cloth masks from upcycled fabrics. Proceeds will be donated to health care workers across America through a donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Per Onzie’s website, your order will ship within five business days. $24 for 2 at OnziePastel Tie-Dye MaskSteve MaddenSteve MaddenPastel Tie-Dye MaskSteve MaddenAvailable in a variety of prints, Steve Madden’s masks include elastic ear loops and an inside pocket for a filter. $14.95 at Steve Madden3-Layer Washable Face Mask (Pack of 5, Unisex)RadianRadian3-Layer Washable Face Mask (Pack of 5, Unisex)RadianDenim company Radian has started producing two- and three-layer knit masks from jersey fabric with elastic ear loops. $35 for 5 at Radian5 Pack Fashion PPE MasksSanctuarySanctuary5 Pack Fashion PPE MasksSanctuaryThese unisex masks come in an assortment of stylish prints, including camo and leopard print, as well as kids’ sizes. With every mask purchase, the company will provide masks to hospitals and organizations in need (learn more via their Instagram Live). Per Sanctuary’s site, expect up to 14 days for fulfillment and shipping due to high demand. $28 for 5 at SanctuaryCivil MaskBlack StrapDick’sCivil MaskBlack StrapThese moisture-wicking masks have dual layer construction with a tightly woven outer shell and breathable liner. $16 at Dick’sCamo Infinity Face MaskKoralKoralCamo Infinity Face MaskKoralThe luxury activewear brand’s masks are made with antimicrobial performance fabrics, which offer fast-drying technology and UV protection with breathability and some stretch. $20 at KoralCotton Face MaskGuessGuessCotton Face MaskGuessThese masks are made with sturdy cotton jersey and have elastic ear straps. $7 at GuessSlice of Life MaskSock It to MeSock It to MeSlice of Life MaskSock It to MeSock It to Me’s masks are made with antimicrobial copper fibers rather than cotton, and for every mask purchased, they will donate one to Meals on Wheels People volunteers! $15 at Sock It to MeStrongcore Merino Face MaskWestern RiseWestern RiseStrongcore Merino Face MaskWestern RiseThis face mask is super soft, comfortable, breathable and double-lined with a slot for a filter. REGULARLY $19$15.20 at Western RiseThe Mask BasketPoolsidePoolsideThe Mask BasketPoolsideOnce you’ve accumulated a nice little mask collection, be sure to pick up this chic basket to keep them handy right by the door. $55 at Poolside
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