I think we can all agree that face masks are an accessory we never thought we'd know so much about, let alone have a strong opinion on — and yet, here we are. While we love a stylish mask moment and reserve only the most comfortable masks for outdoor exercise, for most of us, there's one in particular that we love just a bit more than the rest. Below, our editors break down their favorite picks and explain exactly what they love about it.
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"If you love Xirena's clothes, you'll love their masks. The patterns and colors are just so pretty. Made of light 100% cotton, they are perfect for easy walks around your neighborhood or for meeting with a friend in their backyard (where you're outside and socially distanced). When you want to look cute, these do the trick. Bonus: for every set sold, they make a donation to World Central Kitchen." — Laurie Grossman, Director, Editorial Operations
"I was looking for a few simple but chic masks that I could wear for errands, social distance hangs, and everything in between, and I fell in love with these handmade linen ones. They're made with high quality linen, fully washable, and come in 14 equally stunning colors." — Katie Maguire, Commerce Editor
"I have two: For walks around my neighborhood where there's not a lot of people, I enjoy this tie dye mask by here:now. It's fun, on-trend, and lightweight. For trips to the grocery store, I like Baggu's masks — they feel like they completely enclose your face. No gaps. Snug fit. Cute colors!" — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director
"What's not to love about these face masks?! Seriously. They are super comfortable and breathable, the set comes in a neutral palette so it works with almost any outfit, and they're made from linen and ECOVERO, a "sustainable fiber developed from renewable wood." And if all of that wasn't enough, a portion of the proceeds from this purchase went to support the American Nurses Foundation's Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses." — Ariane Moore, Design Moore
"I bought this mask primarily because I was looking for a light-colored option that would keep me cooler in the summer months. But now that the season is about to change, I'm ordering a few more in darker colors, too, primarily for the super-soft and breathable "anti-droplet, anti-bacterial nanotech" fabric. The fit is snug (thanks to the adjustable ear loops) without sitting so close to my lips that my speech is muffled, and bonus points for the moldable nose wire that prevents fogging when I'm wearing sunglasses." — Gina Goff, Director of Audience Development
"A mask purchase that also supports a local business? Yes, please. I like the bright colors of this mask (I have one in orange). It's more breathable than my other masks so it's my go-to for walks. It also extends pretty far on your face which is better for my skin on hot days (I get sweaty!). The shop offers free shipping on orders of $25 and up right now, so you might as well grab some cards for those upcoming quarantine bdays as well!" — Eva Recinos, Associate Editor