May 12, 2020 by Ali Anderson, Hingham Resident, Fashionista and author of the blog, Momming in Manolos (Courtesy photos).
By now we’re all aware of Gov Baker’s order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings be worn in all public places where social distancing isn’t possible. This aligns with the updated CDC COVID-19 prevention guidelines, but may leave some people scrambling to find a mask. N-95 and other medical grade masks are in short supply and should be prioritized for health care workers. Cloth face masks help reduce the risk of contamination and are readily available for the public.
So which cloth face mask should you wear? People are quickly realizing that masks can be an extension of their style. What was once standard-issue has now evolved into something that can offer a fashion statement for the person wearing it. All signs point to mask wearing as a trend that will continue for the foreseeable future, so you might as well buy one that you love. (And then buy an extra one or three, because these should always be washed after wearing.)
To shop: Hingham Custom Face Mask
Show your town pride with these masks from Arrow Sports Group, starting at two masks for $20. Profits will be donated to Feeding America.
To shop: Lele Sadoughi masks
Lele Sadoughi is the fashion darling of the accessory world. You can thank her for the ubiquitous pearl headbands you see around town. These masks are $40 for a set of three in differing prints.
To shop: Pearl By Lela Rose
Pearl by Lela Rose, makes ready-to-wear clothes for women like us: fun, fabulous, & effortlessly stylish and now they are adding masks in fun patterns to their spring collection! Local fashionista and Pearl Stylist, Sara Abbot, can help you order a four pack of these fun masks via the link above. For every set of masks purchased, one will be donated to a Dallas homeless shelter (where the company founder is from). A set of four designer masks retails for $95.
To shop: Kenny Flowers masks
This fun unisex set is $24. Purchasing will donate a mask to someone in need in Bali and remaining proceeds donated to Direct Relief - a nonprofit delivering medical grade masks to frontline organizations.
To shop: Gingham face mask
This Boston-based Etsy shop sells masks for women, men and children, so you can have a twinning moment with your kids. The adult masks come in multiple sizes, so you’ll be sure to find that perfect fit. These start at $18 per mask.
To shop: Tiger King masks
For those who spent their quarantine bingeing Tiger King, these masks will surely make a statement while wearing them around town. Not to mention easily keeping others 6 feet away. $59.97 for a set of three.
And then once you have your mask, add a monogram for the finishing touch! Hingham resident Kerry Bridier of Bridier Baubles: The Monogram Shop can personalize your mask to make it oh so chic. She’s running a mask special at $10 per monogram. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.