Let’s be real here, the biggest fashion accessory of the year has been the face mask and no, not out of choice but absolute necessity. The pandemic has changed everything but one of the biggest changes is that we have to cover up every time we go outside. Despite getting mascne, I do somewhat enjoy covering my face when I’m not wearing makeup.
When the pandemic first started I was living in Berlin and managed to pick up a handmade face mask from a store on my street. As the pandemic has progressed this wasn’t nearly safe or durable enough and like everyone, I’ve started to invest in the new it-accessory.
Despite all the major brands bringing out their own versions, it’s the independents that have really stepped up. I’ve found Etsy and Instagram being the best places to find masks that are well made, safe and totally fashion-forward. Here are a few of my favourites…
This is where I found the silk mask I’m wearing in these pictures. I’d been looking for a silk mask for a while but a lot of them were really flimsy and just had elastic straps tacked to the side. I wanted something really well made that was safe and looked good. I found this one on Etsy and I loved that the straps had a ruched silk covering. It also comes with a filter and a nose wire and in loads of different colourways.
These are another Etsy find but I love the pearl detailing on the straps. They also have a great range of nude shades if you’re looking for something wearable that isn’t black.
These masks look super soft and extra comfy. I love the brown and cream and they’re a perfect match for your winter wardrobe with the suede style fabric.
This store has the most beautiful embroidered pieces but in particular their facemasks. They have loads of different designs, these sacred hearts being my favourite and they have a real Dolce & Gabanna feel about them as they’re so bright and playful.
If you’re looking for something more fashion-forward Andrea has made some incredible embellished face masks. The one pictured is one of my favourites, with gold leafs and pearl beading but she has so many unique masks and can make them to order. They also have a filter inside to give you extra protection.
Stitch creates the sweetest printed masks with matching scrunchies which is I think is incredibly adorable. Perfect if you want a more colourful option and they come with a filter.
Hannah Elizabeth Design
Hannah has a really pretty selection of silk and printed masks in bright, fun colours. She’s also designed mask bags that you can clip onto your keys or bag to store them in which I think is a genius idea.