As we come up on a year of practicing extra safety measures to combat COVID-19, the vaccine rollout is giving folks in the United States a glimmer of hope.
But don't be fooled: even though the FDA-approved vaccines are extremely effective, we can't let down our guard as we endure the final moments of winter. People nationwide are looking forward to a brighter 2021, but unless a federal mask mandate is put into effect, it's largely up to us to ensure that a brighter future actually happens. That means avoiding indoor dining, limiting contact with people outside of your household, and wearing a mask — or two, per new recommendations by leading health professionals.
"If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective," White House Advisor Dr. Fauci told TODAY. "That's the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95."
The efficacy of "double-masking" has been backed up by numerous studies, emphasizing the long-proven importance of wearing face coverings. While the CDC has advised against the general public wearing N95 respirators, wearing a two-ply cloth mask with a filter in-between can closely emulate the level of protection provided by N95s, which should be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders.
While we'll admit that wearing masks can be a drag, they can also be a fashion accessory (case in point: when Billie Eilish wore one at the Grammys in January). If you need to keep yourself and the people around you safe, why not look good while doing it? Below, we've found some of the cutest masks you can order online right now. Double-up on these masks to ride out the (hopefully) final months of the pandemic safely and in style.
If you live in an eco-conscious city, there's a good chance you're already somewhat familiar with Baggu's array of eye-catching reusable totes. This year, the brand expanded their line of bold bags to include equally fun face masks that'll make you feel as cute and put-together as protective gear can. They offer three-packs of fabric masks in two styles: one that you can tie around your ears and one that features a drawstring-like loop for an extra secure (and comfortable) fit.
Each mask from Black-owned brand Henry is made of three-ply, 100% Polypropylene nonwoven fabric, making them one of the safest possible masks out there. But safety doesn't come at the cost of looking good. Whether your style is more minimal or you prefer playful patterns, Henry has a set for you, available in both adult and children's sizes to keep the whole family safe. Henry's rewashable masks come in packs of four, so you're never without a clean one, and elastic ear loops keep them secure.Buy here.
Lovefool's fashion-forward face masks are made of 95 percent rayon and five percent spandex, making for a barely-there (but still safe) fit. If sustainability is your priority when it comes to fashion, you'll be glad to know Lovefool uses deadstock fabric. Available in three-packs of ditzy, feminine prints, these masks are a perfect match for your flowy dresses or grandma-chic sweaters come wintertime. Each of Lovefool's masks also come with a matching mini scarf, which we'd recommend using to tie your hair back if you find yourself at a windy outdoor brunch.
Los Angeles Apparel
If you're the type of person who needs a mask to match every outfit, you'll appreciate the extensive colorways of Los Angeles Apparel's thick French terry masks. Available in three- and four-packs in both adult and childrens' sizes, you can get masks available in Los Angeles Apparel's trademark rainbow of solid colors, as well as in fun prints like tie dye, leopard print, and plaid.
Though Los Angeles brand Miss Tashina is known for wedding gowns, their made-to-order face masks are a perfect addition to your everyday attire. These sturdy masks come in a stunning variety of vintage fabric, meaning they're just as good for the planet as they are for your health. Available in a range of sizes with a metal nose bridge piece and adjustable ear straps, these gorgeous masks are worth the wait it takes for them to be made.
Christy Dawn is another brand making masks with an eco-conscious approach. Their adult masks come in packs of three and are made of deadstock cotton fabric that would otherwise end up in landfills. In sweet prints like vintage floral, tiny gingham, and chic tweed, these are the masks to help you complete your cottagecore look.
Brooklyn brand Dusen Dusen is known for quirky patterns that stand out among the crowd, whether it be in their home decor, their clothing, or their face masks. Available to purchase one-by-one or in packs of four, Dusen Dusen's 100 percent cotton masks feature fabric-covered elastic ear loops for a safe, chic look.