16 Stylish, Effective Fabric Face Masks

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Even though the messaging around mask-wearing was a bit confusing at the beginning of this pandemic (mostly because authorities were concerned about shortages for healthcare workers who needed them the most) it should be clear to everyone at this point that it’s the responsible thing to do. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people wear fabric face coverings in public settings, especially when maintaining social distancing measures is difficult, like on a crowded sidewalk or in a busy grocery store. While it can’t guarantee protection from COVID-19, the more people use them, the more likely we are to stop the spread. In addition to continuing to socially distance and stay at home as much as we can, it’s one of the simplest things we can all do to protect each other—especially our most vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. Last week, Tory Burch started a social media challenge to encourage people to #WearaDamnMask, and since then, tens of thousands of people have posted selfies using the hashtag. So why not ditch the disposable paper for something a bit more stylish and environmentally friendly? Here, we’ve rounded up 16 options from independent designers around the country, made using deadstock or past-season fabrics. Additionally, many are also donating a portion of proceeds to healthcare workers or nonprofits dedicated to racial justice efforts.

Made from rose sylk deadstock fabric, these handmade masks have an internal filter pocket and oversized bow ties for a sort of new-wave bonnet look. With each mask purchase, Collina Strada will be providing three masks to healthcare workers in New York City.

Made from vintage cotton, silk, and brocade with an interior cotton layer, these masks from this Los Angeles brand have a fun, retro feel.

Made with upcycled fabrics from past collections, these have an interior filter pocket and delicate bow ties that make for easy adjusting. 10% of all proceeds go toward COVID-19 response efforts.

With mismatched gingham ties and a playful kiss logo, these are the same masks that the accessories brand has been donating to healthcare workers in Los Angeles. Their website also makes it extraordinarily easy to donate directly to Color of Change, with a donation box right on the page that you can add to the total of your order.

Through mask sales so far, Rag & Bone has funneled over $350,000 to City Harvest and Campaign Zero. Now, $5 from the sale of each of these simple, sophisticated masks goes to the NAACP.

Consider this cotton mask a more fitted step up from wearing an actual bandanna.

Made with two layers of textile mill surplus cotton in pinstripes, ticking stripes, and Liberty-esque florals, these are an easy basic to add to your summer rotation. For each pack sold, Rent the Runway gives five masks to the nonprofit Project Renewal, which combats homelessness.

With an outer layer of denim and a tropical floral print, these are pleasingly sturdy. They’re also comfortable, with a soft cotton lining and straps that tie around your head.

With big, adjustable ties and a generously sized front panel, these masks are substantial without feeling too heavy for summer months. Additionally, 20% of proceeds from all masks will be donated to GetUsPPE.

25% of proceeds from these masks from cult favorite New York brand Batsheva go to Black Lives Matter. They’re reversible and made from the same lovely, feminine fabrics as their puff-sleeve dresses, so you could even go for a full look if you felt like it.

These cheerful pleated masks come with adjustable ties and a sweet little bow at the front.

Handmade in New York City from past season prints (think moody florals and African wax prints) these have elastic ear loops that make for an easy fit. 100% of proceeds will be donated to City Harvest and The Bowery Mission.

This New York atelier just started making masks out of two layers of generously sized cotton voile with elastic loops and an adjustable nose wire.

Durham-based home decor designer Katherine Hanes usually uses block print fabrics from Jaipur for elegant tablecloths and napkins. Now, she’s making cheerful masks and donating a portion of proceeds to the Durham Public School Foundation, which is helping to ensure children are getting meals during COVID-related school closures.

The masks from this chic unisex basics company are made from pleated deadstock Japanese twill in minimalist tones with tie straps.

These bright cotton masks have an innovative design that fits under the chin and ties around the nape of the neck. They also have a filter pocket and an adjustable nose wire.