With the government’s latest announcement that, in addition to when on public transport, wearing face coverings will be mandatory in all shops in England from 24 July, face masks are fast becoming a part of our daily wardrobe.
And while their main purpose is of course functional and for hygiene reasons (to help stop the spread of coronavirus), that most certainly doesn’t mean they have to look boring. In fact, since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of face masks in all styles has swelled – from the bright, bold and colourful to funny slogan-bearing ones, nearly every brand and designer now offers something to cover your face in public with. And that means there’s something to suit all budgets, too, without having to compromise on style.
But if we’re going to be wearing them every day, we’re probably going to want them to look pretty, whether that’s to match our summer outfits or to make a statement when wearing an otherwise plain or dark-coloured outfit.
So we’ve found 18 of the prettiest washable, reusable fabric face masks available to buy right now, from the high street to independent brands to high-end designers; from dainty florals to bright, colourful designs. Who said safety couldn’t look chic?
20 pretty face masks
Nothing is prettier than florals and the ruffle hem adds another feminine touch. Made using three layers of cotton (which are offcuts of Liberty Print fabrics) as recommended by the World Health Organisation, 20 per cent of the sale of every face mask will be donated to the Intensive Care Society.
Match your outfit to your face mask with New Look’s affordable and stylish fabric face coverings that come in the same fabric as matching dresses and shorts. Between 50p – £1 of the profits of these face coverings will be donated to New Look Gives Charity Partners: Hospice UK, retailTrust and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Mango has a wide range of pretty and colourful face masks, but this sunshine yellow bandana-style print is particularly cheery and can be washed and reused up to 5 times.
This dusty pink face mask featuring a hamsa hand print is made from super soft and lightweight microfibre for a comfortable fit.
hush are donating £5 from the purchase of every one of these starry masks to NHS Charities Together, a charity supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients affected by Covid-19 across the UK.
The watercolour style floral decoration on this Needle & Thread mask is almost a work of art. Available in black and white, they are supporting mothers2mothers, an organisation that unlocks the power of women to eliminate childhood AIDS and healthy families, by donating 50 per cent of all face mask profits to support their COVID-19 emergency appeal.
This sustainable and reusable face covering in periwinkle purple, sherbet orange and turtle green will certainly bring some zing to your (and other’s) day, especially as you have the option of wearing it two ways.
Why not tap into the gingham trend via your face mask? These are as chic as they are practical, shaped to match the curvature of your face.
This multicolour ditsy floral print silk-cotton mix face covering makes staying safe look so good, you’ll actually want to wear your face mask.
If you’re looking for something a bit softer on the skin than cotton, a silk face mask could be the way to go. This one by British designer Emily Carter makes a bold statement with beautiful butterflies and 5 per cent of the net profits will be donated to NHS Imperial.
While the external mustard-toned fabric is regular cotton, the innermost layer (there’s 3 in total, as per WHO guidelines), is made from a fine, tightly-woven Liberty of London 100 per cent cotton for guaranteed comfort.
The brightly coloured flamingo print on this Chloe Croft designed face covering is certainly eye-catching, plus £1.50 from every sale goes direct to the NHS Charity.
Not on the High Street is full of lots of lovely handmade face mask offerings and we love these by Oakdene Designs, which come in no less than 20 beautiful designs and all with at least two filters, or you can buy up to six.
If you want something a bit more luxurious looking, Emma Harris’ 100 per cent silk face masks will do the trick.
This non-medical face is made from double layers of 100 per cent silk jacquard hand-woven in Vietnam. The paisley pattern is subtle but gorgeously luxe-looking.
HotSquash’s unique technology fabrics have breathable fibres that minimise clamminess and the reversible design perfectly matches one of their dress designs.
Made from organic cotton, bamboo and natural rubber, Tabitha Eve’s bright and beautiful face mask offering cares for you as well as the planet as it is washable and biodegradable.
Pearl Lowe’s face scarves have been seen on Amber Heard and are a chic alternative to the classic face mask. Handmade in Somerset by local seamstresses using Liberty Print fabric, there’s a range of beautiful fabrics to choose from.
Put your health first and a stylish step forward at the same time with Ted Baker’s reversible mask with two different geometric prints on either side courtesy of the brand’s SS17 and SS18 collections.
Handmade in family-run Portuguese factories, these Baukjen face masks come in packs of 2 and are double layered and crafted from soft cotton leftover fabrics and cut-offs. Soft on the skin, they have a nose clip so you can adjust for the best fit.