In the era of coronavirus, face coverings, whether fabric or medical masks, neck gaiters or face shields, are a necessity for social distancing when we’re out and about, and as such have become as much a part of our style, and how we express it, like any other accessory in our wardrobe. That includes men, many of whom have beards or facial hair or bigger builds, so they're looking for extra-large face coverings or men's face masks specifically designed with guys in mind.
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The men's face mask edit: Monochrome vs prints, beard-friendly, office-ready, neck gaiters & more
Thankfully it seems that these days there is a men's face mask style to fit every personality. In our list of the best men's face coverings, we've made sure to cover the most common needs.
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There are monochrome masks but if you love a bolder fashion print, you can find masks in Versace-style baroque or the bestselling Off-White designer face masks which immediately sold out and are now back in stock. If you are looking for a face covering to wear to the office, we've found the best smart men's face masks in traditional menswear fabrics, including one silk face covering that doubles as a pocket square. There are balaclava-style neck gaiters with filters for men – and we've even tracked down the best extra-large face masks for men with beards!
Is it normal for men to wear face masks?
Absolutely! Face masks are definitely a must for everyone these days. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that wearing non-medical fabric masks, which should be washed in hot water and detergent daily, will help protect others around you and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While a joint study by Middlesex University and the Mathematical Science Research Institute, Berkeley in May found that men are less inclined to wear face masks in public, the normalisation of wearing masks is making it more commonplace across the board – which is good news for public health.
Signs of face masks becoming the new normal include a National Geographic and Morning Consult survey from October which reported that 74 percent of Americans said they saying they "always" wear a mask when leaving home, up nearly 25% since July. In another US poll by sexual wellness brand Royal, 88 percent of women said they find men who wear face masks 'sexier' than those who don't.
On that note, we've curated our favourite men's face masks, including fabric face coverings with or without filters, and face coverings from brands like Pacamask, whose face masks are made from special Silver Ion antibacterial fabric that promises to kill 99 percent of bacteria.
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Our most popular face masks for men
Many men are looking for special XXL face masks that have enough coverage larger faces, like these popular face masks from five-star Etsy seller Face Masks Chillspace
XXL Face Masks, various prints, £9.99/$13.44 each, Etsy
For men with beards, you can find face masks like this one that have a size available for every beard length
Reusable face mask for men with beards, three lengths available, from £7.99/$10.75, Etsy
Perfect for the guy who has to go to the office, Charles Tyrwhitt's silk men's face mask doubles as a pocket square
2-in-1 Silk Face Mask & Pocket Square, more prints available, £14.95/$29, Charles Tyrwhitt
Neck gaiters are also a popular face mask option for men, especially with colder weather setting in – and you can even find these types of face coverings with filters for extra protection
Neck gaiter with filter, £11.99/$13.99, Amazon
So whatever your face mask needs or style, here's a rundown of more of our favourites, including more great face masks for men with beards, office-appropriate face coverings, and neck gaiters for guys.
Monochrome men's face masks
Double protection: The popular face mask from är is self-cleaning and virus-resistant and also comes with a Nanofilter which blocks up to 99.8% of contaminants
är Big logo Grey without valve + 1 replaceable Nanofilter, €29.90/£26.82, Arfacemask.com
This 100% cotton chambray face-covering provides nose-to-chin coverage, has a filter pocket and both ear loops plus a tie for secure fastening
Double Layer Mask Scarf, £32.78, Nordstrom
This triple-layer mask features with elastic head straps rather than ear loops and comes in three neutral colours. You can also get the ladies' version too
Katie May protected AF men's face mask, £19.95, The Tight Spot
The designer denim brand's organic cotton face coverings, which contain a filter and have an antibacterial effect, come in a set of five
G-Star Raw face mask, pack of 5, £45, G-Star.com
A face mask with a five-star rating and made with antibacterial Silver Ion fabric
Face covering in black, more colours available, £17.95, Pacamask
Simple and stylish – and unisex!
100% human mask, pack of three, £20, Everlane
Keep it simple with men's face masks in neutral colours
Z Supply Face Coverings 4 Pack, £18.36, Shopbop
Parisian streetwear brand Six June have thrown their trendy hat into the face mask ring with this two-pack
Six June two-pack face coverings, £17, ASOS
A stylish denim mask with canvas lining
Agolde cotton masks, pack of 2, £29, Revolve
All profits from the HELLO! x Melissa Odabash face mask will be donated to WellChild
HELLO! mask in navy, £14, Melissa Odabash
Men's face masks for beards
Just £6.60 will get you a new double-layer handmade face mask with a nose wire – a great men's face mask for guys who wear glasses. The face covering is currently available in 15 colours and patterns, from solid hues to Halloween and camouflage prints
Men's Face Mask, £6.60, eBay
This Etsy seller gives you the option to "Super Size" their tweed masks, which are handmade in Scotland, for a larger face covering and straps
XL Harris Tweed Face Masks Triple Layer with filter, £27.50, Etsy
A filter-compatible full face covering made to order and available in ten colours and patterns
Beard face mask, various colours, £17.58, Etsy
Beard-friendly large masks made in the UK in navy blue and black.
Navy blue mask, £13.49, Etsy
This extra-large face mask comes in themes like Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman and Snoopy
'Big and Tall' face mask £19.97, Etsy
Men's smart face masks for the office
These smart men's face masks are made from fabric that's water repellent and anti-microbial
David Donahue 3-pack of men's face masks, £32.08, Nordstrom
We love menswear vibe of this striped mask in maroon and navy
Stripe print face mask in 'Rowing', £17.95, Pacamask
Neck gaiters and snoods for men
This neck gaiter has a filter pocket, comes in a one-layer or warmer two-layer style, and also is available in sizes up to XXL
Navy Neck Gaiter with Filter with Carbon Filter Pocket, from £19.99, Etsy
On eBay you can find neck gaiters with filter pockets, like these ice silk snoods that also feature adjustable nose clips and can come with or without ear loops
Neck gaiter with filter and nose clip, £2.95 each, eBay
You can also buy neck gaiters in multi-packs to make sure you always have one at the ready
Neck Gaiter with Filter 4-pack, £10.15, Amazon
Men's face masks in prints and colours
A very cool skull and crossbones print in navy and red
Skull print face mask, £17.95, Pacamask
For the guy who loves video games
Game controller print face mask, £17.95, Pacamask
Stylish face masks by top designers Julien Macdonald, RIXO and Liam Hodges
Great British Designer Reusable Face Coverings, £15 for three, Boots
There's a face covering for every mood...
Lost + Wander 3 Pack Face Coverings, £22.94, Shopbop
This blue-and-white mask nods to the legendary wilderness of Harz Mountains National Park with its unique print
Blue patterned mask, £10.14, Redbubble
You can get this great value two-pack of adjustable masks for under a tenner from Topman
2 pack black signature print fashion face mask, £9.99, Topman
We love this simple geometric design!
Charcoal hexagons mask, £11.49, Redbubble
Beautiful West African motifs in 100% cotton
Kente Face mask, £11 each, Etsy
ASOS is donating £1 from every sale to Oxfam’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Appeal
ASOS DESIGN 2-pack face covering, £12, ASOS
A quirky animal-themed face mask print
Crocodile Face masks, £11 each, Etsy
A face mask for Pride, celebrating the NHS or just because he loves rainbows
Rainbow Face Mask, £9.58, Etsy
A fun look perfect for summer
Sailing Face Mask, £15.50, Not on the High Street
The trim gives a quirky finish and the fit is super comfy
4 Pack Adult Men's Contoured Face Masks, £22, Nordstrom
Leopard print gets a modern update in this three-pack
3 Pack Black And Leopard Print Fashion Face Mask, £12.99, Topman
Men's designer face masks
The sold-out top-selling designer face mask of 2020 is back in stock
Off-White arrows logo face mask, £70, Farfetch
Another popular offering from Off-White designer Virgil Abloh
Off-White Diag printed face mask, £70, Farfetch
This mask features elastic bands that wrap around the ears and a metal nose bridge for an individual fit.
Blue face mask, £21, Hugo Boss
Feeling iconic? Tell the world with this 'Icon' face covering by designer label DSquared2
DSQUARED2 'Icon' face mask, £85, Selfridges
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