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Fashionable face masks: Where to buy stylish but protective cloth masks

Discover the retailers turning this new wardrobe essential into a fashion statement.

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Face mask regulations change frequently; check out the latest rules across Australia. Masks are compulsory on flights and at airports. Even though mask use is not mandatory in most outdoor settings, it is recommended to wear one when social distancing can not be maintained.

While cloth masks may not be the most flattering accessory around, wearing one while out in public can help prevent the spread of the virus. Cloth masks catch droplets that are released when you cough or sneeze.

Luckily, all your favourite fashion retailers are now stocking cloth masks that are actually kind of stylish. From tie-dyed to leopard print, find out where you can find patterned masks that express your personal style below.

Clear Collective

Clear Collective

Clear Collective is home to an array of reusable and disposable face masks that come with free filter inserts. You can also choose between a mask with valves and no valves. Clear Collective has also won Best Overall Face Masks in the recent Finder editorial review.

  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Cotton masks come with 2 x PM2.5 filter inserts
  • Kids sizes available
Go to Clear Collective
THE ICONIC

THE ICONIC

THE ICONIC is a go-to store for all your wardrobe essentials, making it no surprise that it's jumped on the cloth mask trend. The site now stocks a range of cotton masks that are comfortable, reusable and super fun to look at.

  • Afterpay available
  • Same day shipping available in some areas
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
Go to THE ICONIC
ASOS

ASOS

If plain face coverings aren't for you, ASOS has some styles that you won't want to miss. From starry skies to butterflies, you're guaranteed to find a totally unique mask pattern option here.

  • Free shipping on orders over $100
  • Afterpay available
  • Express shipping available
Go to ASOS
Cotton On

Cotton On

Basics retailer Cotton On can always be relied on to have the latest fashion essentials in stock. Right now, the site has a range of cheap and cheerful cloth masks up for grabs that you'll actually want to wear.

  • Free shipping on orders over $60
  • Afterpay available
  • Express shipping available
Go to Cotton On
boohoo

boohoo

If you're looking for face masks that are as affordable as they are stylish, look no further than boohoo. This budget fashion site has heaps of options to choose from so you can match your mask to your outfit without hurting your wallet.

  • Afterpay available
  • Express shipping available
  • Laybuy available
Go to boohoo
boohooMAN

boohooMAN

Whether you prefer something cool and understated or bold and sassy, boohooMAN has a cloth mask to suit. Along with regular fabric masks, the site offers a range of snoods that make for the perfect street-style cover up option.

  • Afterpay available
  • Express shipping available
  • Laybuy available
Go to boohooMAN
PrettyLittleThing

PrettyLittleThing

PrettyLittleThing is the place to go for fashionable face masks that are right on-trend. Our personal favourite is the pink unicorn print, but you can also choose from tie-dye, gothic monogram, check print and heaps more.

  • Afterpay available
  • Contact-free delivery available
  • Fully tracked delivery
Go to PrettyLittleThing
Nordstrom

Nordstrom

If you're in the market for a mask that's a little more luxe, Nordstrom should be your first stop. The luxury department store has a range of fancy face masks on offer, including washable pure silk versions.

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  • Earn points with The Nordy Club membership
Go to Nordstrom
Dangerfield

Dangerfield

If you're looking for a stylish face mask that isn't too out there, Dangerfield has a great selection of low-key cloth masks available.

  • Free shipping on orders over $150
  • Express shipping available
  • Afterpay available
Go to Dangerfield
Culture Kings

Culture Kings

In true Culture Kings style, the store stocks a range of street-savvy face masks that are guaranteed to make a statement. From branded masks to diamante-encrusted versions, this store makes it easy to protect yourself in style.

  • Free shipping on orders over $100
  • Express shipping available
  • Afterpay available
Go to Culture Kings
Groupon

Groupon

If you're after a particular colour to match an outfit, something with a bit of bling or even a fun print, Groupon has a great range of fashionable face masks to choose from.

  • Multi-packs available
  • Maximum delivery time is 2 weeks
  • Variety of styles
Go to Groupon

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Will a cloth mask protect me from COVID-19?

While cloth masks don't offer the same benefits as a P2 or N95 mask, they can stop the particles that are released when you cough or sneeze from travelling too far in the air. ABC health reporter Olivia Willis said that "COVID-19 is mostly spread via respiratory droplets" and "face masks can help to catch some of these fluid splashes".

They are also a great reminder to stop touching your face, which the World Health Organization (WHO) said is important in preventing the transfer of the virus from surfaces to your nose, eyes or mouth.

It's important to remember that wearing a face mask will not make you immune from COVID-19 infection. You should still adhere to social distancing requirements and hygiene practices.


How to wear a face mask safely

To ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, it's important to wear your face mask properly. According to the WHO, this means washing or sanitising your hands before touching your mask and adjusting the mask so that there are no gaps on the sides of your face.

You should also avoid touching the mask while you are wearing it and clean your hands before and after using it. The mask should be stored in a reusable bag until you are able to wash it with soap or detergent, which you should do once a day.


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