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Friday, April 24, 2020

Face Masks, but make it fashion

With COVID-19 ruining our 2020 plans and looking like it's here to stay for the medium term, people are now being advised to wear face masks in order to slow the spread.

There are lots of ways that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 aka Corona viiiiiiirus (said in Cardi B voice) such as social distancing and staying at home.

Many medical experts also advise that wearing a face mask in public is a great way to combat the spread of the 'Rona, however people have been buying medical grade face masks which are then leaving shortages for health workers who desperately need them to keep safe.

With the massive global struggle to get PPE, which we probably don't need for a trip to the shops - clothing companies and designers are being major team players and quickly manufacturing fashionable face masks for us to wear instead.

Here's a run down of our FAVORITE face masks from these amazing brands.

Disclaimer:  All these face masks are intended for personal, non-medical use. Due to the shortages in PPE we strongly recommend that medical and N95 masks are reserved for healthcare workers.

Featured Image: Copper Union

Big Bloomers

You, like us, might know Big Bloomers best for their anti-chafing shorts, shapewear and tights but in the times of Corona, the company are top of the list when looking where to buy face masks for personal use. The non-surgical masks are both water-repellant and antibacterial.

Diva Kurves Collective

At Insyze we are totally obsessed with the gorgeous swimwear and dresses from Diva Kurves Collection but now they are stepping up in the fight against Corona with some super cute face masks. Please note these masks are intended for personal, non-surgical use.

The polyester/ lycra masks are available in some super cute prints including our absolute fave; leopard print.

Hartlam Designs

Etsy seller Lene Schoeman creates gorgeous handmade home decor including a new range of fabric face masks. These non-medical grade face masks in a range of colors and patterns include a removable linen filter.

Dara Senders

We love Dara Senders’ ‘Buy A Mask Give A Mask’ campaign, it means that for every mask bought, they will donate a mask. The antibacterial and reusable face masks are made from neoprene (scuba) material.  The masks are UV protective, waterproof and machine washable.

Copper Union

Updating new patterns every day, Copper Union announced this week that they are now making fabric masks for personal use. The handmade cotton masks have two fabric layers with twill ties and are machine washable. You can buy the masks for yourself or donate them to the most vulnerable.

Chubby Cartwheels

The selection of personal face masks available at Chubby Cartwheels sold out super quickly but will be back soon. We love that you can choose to donate masks for the more vulnerable. The personal, non-medical masks are made with 3 separate layers of fabric for protection and are machine washable too.

Fashion Nova

Fashion Nova has joined the fight against corona virus offering a selection of stylish and cute face masks for personal use.

The non medical grade masks are machine washable, reusable and come in lots of on-trend patterns for mixing up your look.

Alpine Butterfly

Did you know that you can get a face mask that matches your swimwear with the super cute face masks from Alpine Butterfly.

These non-medical grade face masks for personal use mean that you can werk your look at the pool side whilst staying safe.

The fabric masks are reusable, machine washable, and include a removable filter.

What do you think about the face mask debate? Do you think we should all be wearing a face-covering in public? 

Bought a mask elsewhere? Let us know so we can update this list of where to buy face masks.

Find out more about the different types of fabric used in these masks with our ultimate guide to fabrics or check out our working from home style inspo.

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