Where to Buy Stylish and Breathable Face Masks Right Now
If the rapidly spreading Omicron variant has you motivated to re-up your supply of PPE and you’re curious where to buy face masks right now, look no further—we’ve found literally hundreds below. As evidenced by this lengthy list, we’re certainly no longer in the phase of the pandemic where masks are low in supply. They’re pretty abundant, actually, with plenty of brands putting their own spin on face masks—from “fashion” masks in prints and silky fabrics to ones designed to help you feel more comfortable while moving and sweating.
The CDC still recommends wearing snug-fitting face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially in spaces like public transport where social distancing is tough to do. For an even safer approach to masking, the CDC also recommends double masking—or layering a reusable cloth mask over a disposable paper one, so long as it doesn’t restrict your breathing—to increase protection against the spread of respiratory particles.
As new, more contagious variants of the virus emerge, studies have shown that you’re better off reaching for something like a disposable KN95 (a different version of the N-95) with multiple layers and a nose wire, or a reusable face mask made from breathable layers of tightly woven material, over something like a bandana. And thankfully there are now enough companies making face masks that you’ll almost certainly be able to choose something functional and stylish enough that you won’t mind wearing. (Looks, of course, are a secondary concern. If you’re really jonesing to exercise your creativity in quarantine, ask one of these 24 certified quar geniuses.)
Wondering where to buy face masks? Here is a running list of designers and manufacturers who are creating non-medical fabric masks, along with some disposable paper masks we like—grouped and sorted by their breathability, overall stylishness, and material.
Want to mask up like a GQ editor? We asked 12 staffers to share their go-to face coverings.
Simple and Affordable Face Masks
Since we started scouring the internet for face masks in 2020, these easy and (mostly) budget-friendly masks have become editor (and reader) favorites.
You might know Buck Mason as a direct-to-consumer brand well-liked for its T-shirts. Now they’ve turned that tasty cotton into masks.
This sporty, best-selling face mask for athletes (which uses IsoChill fabric on the inner lining to keep you cool, and a raised surface to keep the fabric from bunching around your nose and mouth) is one of the best breathable masks for workouts.
A five-pack of masks from the same place you copped your first pocket square.
Masks are abundant on Amazon, especially, where you can finds masks emblazoned with your favorite sports team and sensible prints like the ones seen here.
Uniqlo’s sweat-wicking, weather-adaptable fabric tech is here to save your face from overheating.
The makers of the best reusable grocery bags made face masks that have taken Brooklyn by storm. (Don’t worry, they aren’t made with the same non-breathable fabric, but they are color-blocked and come in a variety of splashy prints, too.)
Brooks Brothers’ masks are as simple and classic as the company’s button downs. They also have little metal bars sewn in that you can bend to get a closer fit around your nose.
Denim Project x Outerknown
You don’t get to pick what colors you’ll get, but all of these masks come in washed out, neutral colors, so you can’t really go wrong.
One of our favorite retailers for outdoorsy gear is in the mask-making game too, with an adjustable tri-fold mask that offers some customization in the nose bridge area.
Where to buy face masks? The same place you bought your tracksuit.
Banana Republic’s face masks (of which there are many packs to choose from) have been wildly popular during the pandemic, and it’s no wonder. These ones come in a lighter-weight fabric and nice colors.
The shape of these masks helps ensure they fit comfortably over any nose, especially thanks to the adjustable nose bridge.
Just like your high school backpack.
Exactly the kind of sturdy, homey masks you’d expect from Madewell.
Gap sells a variety of mask packs in prints and chambray, usually riffing on the same colorway, like this splashy green set.
You can buy sensible Vida masks, which come in a bunch of primary and tinted colors, in singles, or save when you buy them in packs.
These masks come with fully adjustable straps to cinch for a tighter fit around your nose and mouth.
Disposable Face Masks
Get a bunch of these to layer underneath your cloth masks if you’re double-masking, or wear them alone.
Vida, one of the earliest mask-makers in the beginning of the pandemic, has started producing its own disposable KN95 masks and four-ply masks, in an assortment of solid colors.
EvolveTogether’s making packs of three-ply, medical-grade paper masks, with the company’s signature coordinates on the side.
Clean, all-white masks with a nose clip that allows you to secure the mask more closely to your face.
In case you’re looking for KN95s with flair, the mask makers at D’Aire are selling packs of them in polka dots and prints.
If you’re going to be throwing them away, you may as well get them for a super, super good deal per mask.
Nomad Goods primary sells leather Apple accessories, including some excellent AirPods cases, but the company is now selling PPE, too.
Stylish Face Masks
This is no time for boring looks. These are our favorite colorful, printed, or textured face masks. Get a bunch and find weird ways to wear them with your loudest camp shirts and widest pants.
Catch just a little bit of Sid Mashburn’s jubilant sartorial energy by accessorizing with one of his masks.
Buy one of Yea Brandon’s colorful face masks in any number of vibrant colors, from sunny yellows to crisp reds and greens.
Neighborhood’s printed face masks are made in Japan, and lined on the inside with a quick-drying fabric for sweaty days.
Frye’s selling several three-packs of kicky printed masks like these at Nordstrom.
kkco makes its masks from delightfully stretchy scrunchie material for the ear loops.
For gorpier folks, here’s a design-y face mask made from a cooling and durable ripstop material.
Alice and Olivia
We’ve been all over the animal-print-shirt wave. Why not add a mask?
Choose from a variety of stripes, solids, and checkered prints.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone’s “Stealth” masks are made in New York with upcycled fabric from the brand’s designs.
Athletic bag brand Caraa is taking its excess fabric cuttings and turning them into colorful masks.
House of Waris
For each one of these hand-dyed face masks sold, the House of Waris will donate one to the Bowery Mission.
Diop, an upstart, African diaspora–influenced streetwear brand based in Detroit, is making masks inspired by mud cloth from Mali.
A little cozy velvet on the face is just what the holiday season calls for.
Can a face mask be…sexy? These lacy Maison Modulare masks say oui.
Ball and Buck
For the masked sportsman. Ball and Buck’s camo mask will keep you safe(r) on a trip to the grocery store, and also well camouflaged in the deer blind.
Dress-shirt maker Eton has repurposed some of its elegant shirting materials to make handsome face masks with adjustable ear loops.
Marcell Von Berlin
Marcell Von Berlin’s face masks are made from upcycled fabrics from its previous collections. The company’s website is in German, but they’ll still deliver to the US.
Slip-on checkerboard Vans for your face.
Naomi Nomi’s masks come in a bunch of different colors. Each includes a little pocket for a homemade filter, to help you get a little bit more protection.
Ijji’s low-key, genderless gear is cool in the unshowiest way, as are its new masks.
Only for the people who couldn’t bear the thought of leaving New York City.
Something called the “OOMASK” better deliver on looks, and thankfully its blue splatter and pink striped prints do.
As a music merch-making empire, Bravado usually makes band tees. Now, naturally, they’re making masks for the likes of the Rolling Stones.
Good for city situations, also for any light desert adventuring you might happen to do.
One classic texture, one classic pattern, and one total swerve.
Honestly, we might keep wearing this one long after COVID has subsided.
Sanctuary makes a tasteful assortment of masks for men in paisleys and camos.
A bandana in spirit, only…actually a mask.
Goodfight says that for each purchase, they’ll donate one to an L.A. institution in need of personal protection equipment.
Fine and Dandy
These folded face masks are handmade in New York and printed in fun prints and paisleys.
Silk Masks for Anyone in the Market for Some Microluxury
Silk masks don’t offer any functional improvement over those made from other materials. But silk feels amazing against your skin and makes all of your outfits feel just a little bit more elevated. Putting that silk on your mask might be a somewhat silly flex, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
If you’ve been missing museums, this silk mask bears a passing resemblance to something you might see at the MoMA.
Title of Work
Introducing the luxury mask!
Yeah, if you’re going to spend this much on a face mask, it had better be made of silk. Oh, it is? Nice!
Kes sells its luxe silk face masks individually and in packs—including jewel tones, neutrals, and even some handsome textured prints.
Lovely silk face masks in several gentle colors, like royal blue and pastel pink.
You need to wear a face mask, but also want to convey your taste for the finer things in life? Your silk face mask better be tailored.
The Softest Face Masks We’ve Found
If you prefer something a bit softer and with more stretch, here are the best super soft (non-silk) masks out there.
Unlike the company’s messenger bags, these Timbuk2 masks are made from soft jersey cotton fabric. Like your favorite fall sweatshirt, but on your face.
This reversible face mask is made with super soft bamboo material. The ear loop design also gives it a built-in strap, so it comfortably and conveniently rests on your chest when you take it off.
Everlane’s turned its eco-friendly knit material into some lightweight masks. For every 100% Human product sold, like these masks, the brand will donate 10% of the proceeds to the ACLU.
Crisp tennis whites, now in soft and breathable mask-form.
The makers of the softest leggings in the biz have expanded into face masks.
Pair of Thieves
Trust that an underwear brand knows how to make a mean soft mask.
Leaf to Ember
Soft hemp and organic cotton make up these handsome masks with a pocket for adding your own filter.
Cariloha face mask
The bamboo fabric of this mask is extremely soft.
A brand that usually makes gear for world travel pivoted to masks you can wear for short-haul grocery-store trips, all in a soft and breathable bamboo fabric.
The “comfort gel bands” in Purple’s face masks are designed to be just as cushy as one of the brand’s pillows or mattresses.
Emilia George face mask
The bold red and salmon colorways of this sold tie-back face mask are currently sold out, but you can still get it in a more neutral blush, mint, or baby blue.
We love Standard Issue’s heavy-duty cotton goods, and doubly appreciate its entry into the mask game.
American Blanket Company
Denser than a standard cotton or paper mask, these are made from polyester fleece. It’s like wearing a blanket on your face, but a bit more breathable. (The world’s coziest mask?)
Breathable Face Masks for Hot Days and Workouts
When the weather outside is frightful(ly hot), wearing a thick cloth mask can be unpleasant. For those days, you might want to opt for a mask made from thinner cotton or breathable synthetic materials. Even in winter weather, you’ll still want to have a few of these around for those wonderfully brisk morning runs.
Lululemon’s masks for workouts are made in a sweat-wicking, quick-drying fabric and come in pleasing colorways, like tie-dye prints.
For anyone out there that’s really missing corporate softball.
You’re telling me you’re not curious about an ultra-lightweight “space mask” for your next workout?
A 10-pack of swim brand Swimspot’s colorful masks will add some levity to these short winter days.
These masks are meant to dry quickly, so they’ll help wick sweat during workouts and sweltering days. Through the end of 2021, Koral’s offering 50% off masks when you spend $50.
The breathable broadcloth cotton Everyday Mask comes in two different ear loop styles, over-head and a more adjustable around-the-ear, with a style that’s slightly raised so it offers more breathing room while you move.
A performance wicking face-mask worthy of taking on your runs.
Universal Standard updated its original face mask for more coverage around the nose and chin, but kept it in the brand’s signature breathable jersey fabric.
These masks from scrubs brand Jaanuu are double-layered, but thanks to an exterior soft synthetic fabric and an interior mesh fabric, it’s just as breathable as a single-layered mask.
Reebook face mask (3-pack)
This will go great with your Club Cs.
A three-pack of colorful face masks that are made for movement. They have cinches on either side, so they’re easy to adjust.
This breathable face mask’s interior lining is made from synthetic surf tee fabric that’s designed to dry quickly.
The breathable face mask you’ll pull out anytime you want to go on a run.
United by Blue
United by Blue’s thin cotton face masks are supremely breathable and come in a grip of random patterns. For every product purchased on its site, the company pledges to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways.
Undershirt brand Thompson Tee makes a soft, breathable cotton mask.
These stretchy masks come in an assorted two-pack. Proceeds from the sales are donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
The more of these lightweight, breathable masks you’re able to buy, the cheaper Casetify will sell them to you.
If you prefer a style that fits over your head and stays put, SMRTFT (that’s “smart fit” if you add the vowels back in) has designed a stretchy microknit fabric specifically for workouts.
True to their branding, Kim Kardashian’s soft and breathable face masks for Skims are only available in nude colors.
These delightful pastel colored face masks are made in San Francisco, and are one of our favorite breathable face masks.
Textile company Matteo—think crispy duvet covers—is applying its know-how to lightweight masks.
The Best Masks for Glasses-Wearers
If you wear glasses on a regular basis with your face cover, you’ve certainly experienced mask fogging. There are lots of little hacks to employ and sprays you can buy to mitigate this, but the best way we’ve found is to just get a mask that has a snug fit against your face. The below masks all have adjustable ear loops, ear straps, and/or a built-in bendable nose bridge, which prevents hot air from your mouth from going up to your glasses. One note: Masks with a nose wire are not machine-washable, so you’ll have to hand-wash those suckers!
The Well has revamped its mask design to get a more secure fit closer to the face.
A breathable face mask with an adjustable nose bridge which comes with four activated carbon filters is a decent value for the price.
Outdoor Research did a lot of indoor research (abrasion tests, like rubbing it against rocks a lot) to develop this water- and stain-resistant face mask with adjustable ear loops.
A simple, stretchy, washable face mask with a nose bridge. Nobody will know what “Allett” is, but your mask doesn’t need to be a flex.
Los Angeles Apparel
Los Angeles Apparel, American Apparel founder Dov Charney’s new venture, is selling three-packs of masks in several different colors. Each one has an adjustable nose area for fitting the mask to the contours of your face.
Tied face masks might be easier to adjust to fit your face, and this one has an adjustable metal nosepiece, plus leather sliders for securing your straps around your head.
AYJ The Brand
AYJ face masks all have adjustable elastic ear loops and a nose wire. If this tie-dye pattern isn’t your style, you can also get one with a floral print or checks.
A simple black mask with drawstring ear loops. Exactly what your bespectacled doctor ordered.
Nanokit says it used 3D technology to create this mask, which includes an adjustable nose bridge.
These face masks from Inex Gear have an embedded nose bridge and a nanofiber filter.
Kenn’s day job is furniture designer, which might explain the unusually sharp shape and construction here.
The makers of the celebrated Trash Tee used scrap fabric to create some simple, raw, un-dyed, cotton face masks with a structured nose area and easy-to-adjust straps.
Mystery Ranch makes some thoughtfully designed, somewhat tactical bags, so it’s no wonder that its mask has a lot of details. The most important is the drawstring band which allows you to get a closer fit.
Natalie Chanin is a longtime practitioner of “slow design,” making hand-sewn and machine-made womenswear garments in her factory in Florence, Alabama. All her pieces are made from 100% organic cotton, with a nice .
All the Other Face Masks We’ve Found
Steele Canvas mostly sells baskets (and the occasional ice crusher), but the brand partnered with Food52 to sell a simple face mask. It comes in either chambray or denim.
Sensible organic cotton masks with some nice colorblocking in the mix.
These Japanese masks are made with lightweight chambray, in lots of dark and pleasing printed styles.
Olive and Lou
You can also find similar printed origami styles on Etsy.
This mask has a chin-wrap, which makes sure you get a good seal along the bottom of your head.
This contoured face mask comes with 32 disposable filters.
Kitsbow face masks are made in North Carolina and come in a bunch of different plaid and solid colorways. If you’re a frontline worker, you can get masks for 20% off.
Sunday Ritual Design
This Etsy seller has several neutral, camo, and gingham masks available.
Hedley & Bennett
The preferred apron of YouTube chefs everywhere, now on your face.
Here’s one of the few masks we’ve seen that comes in three sizes and a bunch of color options.
Abacaxi’s face masks come in several different sizes and patterns. For each you buy, the company will donate money to The Mask Fund.
These simple, sometimes patterned, face masks are made with deadstock fabric in Los Angeles.
Five excellent, loud patterns that you might have seen on your mom’s handbag.
Code Blue Leather
Available in black, navy, pastel blue, gray, pink, or white.
Old Navy’s masks are like a box of chocolates—you really never know what fabric pattern you’re going to get.
Eco-friendly brand Etee started producing plastic-free alternatives to household food-storage products before shifting into mask construction.
Luckily for you, a Lotuff designer is digging into their bandana collection to turn out masks.
Rolly Jelly Harlem
Apparently Megan Markle wore this mask. Good enough for former royalty, good enough for you.
A chambray face mask courtesy of Reese Witherspoon to match your favorite summer button-up.
Culpo’s face masks are simple and elegant.
Sonix is sending proceeds from its masks to hospitals and hospital workers in California.
A signature face mask that literally has a signature printed on it.
Zazzle sells masks with prints that range from “fun” (like this one) to “who thought this was a good idea?” Shuffling through the site is a guaranteed good time.
West Point Home
A two pack of masks layered with silver-infused fabric.
The LA Made face masks are, indeed, made in LA. The company has donated over 22,000 to the The Mask Movement, which gets masks to individuals and families in need.
We love a smoke stripe.
Sew Cal Mask
Opt for the mystery color pack. Your routine could use some shaking up.
The techy folks behind DSPTCH went with a single adjustable strap for comfort.
These masks ship the same day that you order them from the company’s Los Angeles factory.
Clear face masks: creepy at first, then actually kind of nice.
You can buy this mask in five different sizes from this Etsy retailer. Three are meant for adults, the other two for kids.
Good for blending in when walking through a jungle.
Even the people who make phone chargers are making face masks now. This one uses a breathable five-layer design, plus a built-in pocket for slotting in a disposable face filter.
Each of Robot Bunnies’ masks comes in three sizes, so you can buy a matching set for your entire family, if that’s your thing.
41 Winks usually makes sleep masks, so it wasn’t a huge deal to shift production to cover a different part of your face.
Society6 is selling masks in a lot of different prints by its artists. A portion of the sales will benefit World Central Kitchen.
A multi-pack with some excellent patterns.
The outer layer of this face mask is made from the same fluid-resistant fabric as Mandala’s medical scrubs.
CR Clothing Co.
A one stop shop for lively patterns and animal prints.
Ki Collection sells bandana-style masks and colorful prints made from upcycled materials for kids and adults.
For every two masks purchased, this LA-based company is donating one.
The Happy Mask Store
The Happy Mask Store also sells masks with smiley faces on them, as you’d expect. For each mask sold, it will donate one to Make Masks.
Face Mask Aid
Face Mask Aid is a collective of fashion-industry volunteers making face masks in Brooklyn for essential workers. Each order includes five face masks and two laundry bags for washing them.
Shoe company Inkerman has pivoted its resources to mask-making—you can buy for yourself, or buy a donation of masks for essential workers.
Jack + Mulligan
We dig the black trim on these Jack + Mulligan masks; a portion of proceeds from each sale goes to the CDC’s Emergency Response Fund.