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

We've got a list of retailers that are turning this new wardrobe essential into a fashion statement.

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Lockdown rules may be easing in many parts of Australia, but we all still have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. 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 by catching droplets that are released when you cough or sneeze.

Handily, 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.

Under Victorian regulations, it's mandatory for everyone to wear face masks or coverings in public (face shields don't qualify). Non-compliance can result in a fine of $200. In NSW, face masks are now encouraged, but not mandatory. More details in Finder's complete guide to face mask rules in Australia.


Aloha Cotton Face Mask

Clear Collective

Sydney-based brand Clear Collective stocks a range of reusable and disposable masks for adults and kids in a range of styles to suit all preferences.

  • Free shipping on orders over $100.
  • Afterpay is available.
  • Australian made.
Go to Clear Collective's website

Masks For Change

Masks For Change (In Stock)

Masks for Change is a Melbourne based, Australian owned business. Their Active Collection is famous for light, breathable and anti-microbial triple-layered face masks.

  • Free tracked shipping for all orders over $25
  • Fast dispatch within 1 business day
  • $1 from every mask sale donated to Reach Out Australia
  • Huge selection of styles, prints and colours
Go to Masks For Change's website

AhChooBlackFaceMask

Ah-Choo Australia

Ah-Choo makes wearing masks fun with over 20 cool designs to express your face. Get 50% off all masks at $9.95 and get a further 20% for 5 or more - free postage.

  • 100% premium cotton (3-ply)
  • One size fits all including children ages 4+
  • High quality, durable, reusable and comfy
  • Super saver bundle deals on plain black masks- $49.95 for 10 pack
Go to Ah-Choo Australia website

SETT Living

SETT Living (In Stock)

SETT's thoughtfully designed face masks are all about the perfect fit. Handmade ethically in Brunswick and Canberra. They also design unique pet products, so your dog can look just as cute in a printed coat to match your mask.

  • Sizes available (S/M, M/L and XL), comes with 2 free filters
  • Free shipping for orders over $30
  • $1 from every face mask goes to Scarlet Alliance COVID-19 Relief Fund
Go to SETT Living's website

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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

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Fashionable Face Masks

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

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Girl in cat face mask

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

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Various patterned face masks

Boden

Fashion retailer Boden is currently stocking fun fabric masks in a variety of prints that you won't find elsewhere.

  • Machine washable
  • Free shipping on orders over $200
  • 365-day quality guarantee
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Qstomize

If you're looking for a truly unique face mask option, why not design your own? Innovative online store Qstomize now offers the ability to express yourself by making custom-made, filter-enabled masks.

  • Various sizes available
  • Discounts available on bulk orders
  • Regular deals
Go to Qstomize

Fashionable Face Masks

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

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Fashionable Face Masks

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

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Fashionable Face Masks

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

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Woman in pink Missguided face mask

Missguided

Fast fashion store Missguided stocks a range of machine washable masks in a variety of stylish colours and designs.

  • Express shipping is available
  • Student discounts available
  • 28-day return policy
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Fashionable Face Masks

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.

  • International taxes and fees calculated at checkout
  • Earn points with The Nordy Club membership
Go to Nordstrom

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Two young men in Topman face masks

Topman

Though Topman doesn't have a huge range of face coverings on offer, the ones it does stock are available in a great selection of prints. Better yet, 100% of the profits from each mask sold goes to NHS Charities Together, which offers support for the National Health Service staff who are currently caring for COVID-19 patients in the UK.

  • Free shipping on orders over £30
  • Express delivery available
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Woman wearing blue gingham cloth mask

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
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Resuable Masks

Reusable Mask Co Australia (In Stock)

Reusable Mask Co Australia stocks both plain and patterned face masks designs to give your wardrobe some variety.

  • Free shipping when you buy three masks or more
  • Express shipping available
  • Bundle packs available

Fashionable Face Masks

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

Fashionable Face Masks

Revolve

Those looking for design options should check out the range available at designer stockist Revolve. The site has lots of funky options available including lace overlay, snakeskin and tropical versions.

  • Afterpay available
  • Free shipping on orders over US$100
  • Live chat available

Fashionable Face Masks

Fashion Nova

Loved by influencers everywhere, Fashion Nova is known for stocking all the latest trends at affordable prices. This now includes hundreds of reusable face masks in an assortment of colours and designs to suit your style preference.

  • Express shipping available
  • Free shipping on orders over $125

DelfinaSportMask

Delfina Sport

Delfina Sport stocks a range of reusable face masks in both fun and plain designs, making it easy to find one to suit your style.

  • Fast express dispatch Australia-wide
  • Custom masks available
  • Bulk quantities available



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 has 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 Organisation has 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 and that 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 World Health Organisation, 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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