Still don't have a face mask for navigating life during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? Have one or two masks but realize that you need to buy more? Well, use our guide to figure out what style of mask you prefer, & then check out our list of local boutiques & designers offering the latest in stylish face coverings.
Do you prefer that the straps hook behind your ears or would you rather they go around your neck and head? If you wear glasses, have to wear a hat for work, wear earrings, or have a big or unique hairstyle, this decision becomes even more important. So choose wisely!
The scoop design allows for less of your cheeks to be covered while over compensating for covering your nose; the straight design covers your face like a basic surgical mask. This choice can severely affect your comfort level, especially if you wear eyeglasses, sunglasses, or goggles. Although the scoop design should technically keep your glasses from fogging up, our staff had to keep adjusting the nose part of the mask when wearing eyeglasses. So keep this in consideration when shopping.
Depending upon your profession, social contact, and whether or not someone in your household already has COVID-19, it may be best to try to obtain an actual medical grade N95 mask. People who work with the public or with high risk individuals such as medical professionals, bus drivers, bus riders, grocery store workers, retail workers, and restaurant workers should really shop for the medical masks with N95 filtration system.
Although most masks are being made as "one size fits all," we know that people come in vastly different sizes. So make sure you either choose a face mask that does completely expand over the entire bottom half of your face or request a designer create such a mask that will proportionately fit over your nose, mouth, and chin. There are also makers who are offering masks for sale in a children's size.
While the average price of facial masks is between $10 to $15, there are some makers selling this new necessity for as low as $8 each and as high as $20 each. The higher priced masks usually have medical N95 grade filtration. But beware of any company that's price gouging and trying to take advantage of the need for this new clothing requirement.
Last but not least, especially if you're a notorious shopper, is choosing the color, pattern, and/or logo of your mask. And let's be real: We are ALL going to end up needing masks like we need underwear! Which means at least one for each day of the week. So have fun switching up colors, patterns, and logos. Buy a paisley print mask to match your scarf and tie. Choose one with a logo to wear with your athleisure clothes. Whatever you decide, know that you'll be making a statement while staying safe and vigilant against the virus.
This local maker started out making handbags of various patterns. She has now added face masks to her repertoire. Various geometric patterns, African prints, and solid colors in adult and children's sizes are offered online at her Etsy shop.
If you're looking to coordinate your mask to the rest of your outfit, then RoyalTies by Mr. Wayne is who you want to see! Match your face mask to your bow tie or to your blouse. Pick out at least five masks so that you'll be set for the work week once society opens back up. You'll be sure to turn heads on the street as well as in the office!
This local handbag designer based out of Akron has begun to offer face masks for sale along with her stylish handbags. Dubbing her line as "environmentally conscious couture fashion," JENCI Bags offers various colors and patterns of masks made of cotton.
This local maker uses mid-century vintage fabric to create her stylish face masks. If you like unique, floral patterns, then Public Dove's face masks are for you. The additional bonus is the fact that the fabric is repurposed, so you'll be helping the environment while protecting yourself from the coronavirus.
Looking for a sporty, athleisure vibe with your face masks? Well Manic Vanity has what you like! This local designer and apparel company located in Maple Heights has face masks available in solid colors with their logo emblazoned across the front. While shopping with them, make sure you pick up some new sweats to wear while working from home.
This local boutique based out of Chagrin Falls has begun to stock face masks of various colors and patterns. You can order online and have them shipped to you or pick them up curbside.
Want to give to a worthy cause while buying face masks? Then Esperanza Threads has you covered (literally and figuratively)! This nonprofit organization allocates a percentage of its sales to give to its low income trainees and their families.
Found in several NEO boutiques, this local maker offers a wide range of designs including those geared towards dog and cat lovers. Children's masks are also available for sale. But act quick, because they sell out fast!
This young local designer has decided to expand her collection and has added face masks as another item that her clients can add to their wardrobe.