Face Masks: Fashion’s Newest Accessory
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Every day it seems we’re faced with new developments regarding COVID-19. The influx of information can be overwhelming and at times, conflicting. Everyone, including scientists and medical professionals, are doing their best to help us get through the pandemic. So, while frustrating, we’re all still learning. Most recently, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation advising everyone to wear a cloth face-covering in public. This comes after initial claims that widespread mask-wearing was unnecessary and ineffective. Even as this debate continues, with this new advisory, many states have issued new mandates requiring people to wear masks in public.
If you’re up for making your own, there are numerous DIY templates and tutorials online using readily available fabrics, like t-shirts and bandanas. Additionally, several lifestyle and fashion brands have pivoted to producing face masks for the general public. If you’re in the market for a mask, here are a handful of options that you can order online:
One of the internet’s favorite sites for unique, pop-culture-themed apparel, home goods, and accessories, has a huge selection of face masks featuring fun graphics. From a terrifying zombie mouth to a dainty strawberry print – LookHUMAN masks offer an opportunity to show a little bit more personality with your face covering.
Alice + Olivia
The popular women’s fashion brand started creating and distributing masks to hospitals and communities early on. They’ve recently taken their #MaskTogether initiative one step further. For every mask sold, Alice + Olivia is donating one to communities in need. The StaceFace Protective Face Mask is currently available for pre-order.
Reformation has partnered with The City of Los Angeles on LA Protects, an initiative to organize local manufacturers to make five million non-medical masks. The brand’s “Let’s Make Masks” initiative allows you to not only order a pack of five masks for yourself, but you can also donate a pack to someone in need directly on their website.
Global apparel and accessories brand VIDA is producing washable and reusable 100% cotton Protective Masks designed to be used with a PM2.5 6 layered activated carbon filter inserted within the fabric. You can purchase these masks individually or as bundles and 10% of profits will be donated to SF-Marin Food Bank and Food Bank NYC to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.
Rent the Runway
Designer rental favorite Rent the Runway is offering cotton, reusable masks in packs of five as part of their “Buy 5, Give 5” campaign with Project Renewal, a New York-based nonprofit organization founded to end the cycle of homelessness. The fabric used for the masks has been salvaged as scraps from prior production runs or purchased as unused surplus from textile mills.
Kudos to the many other brands that are making masks and using this opportunity to give back to communities in need. If we’re going to be rocking masks in public for the forseeable future, why not make them fashionable, right?!
Posted by Abby