In the era of coronavirus, face coverings, whether fabric or medical masks, neck gaiters or face shields, are something to have handy when we’re out and about. In fact, face masks 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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Men's face masks: 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.
A plain multi-layer mask with adjustable ear toggles and nose clip, and additional filter pocket
Reusable Face Mask with filters /$12.99, Amazon
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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.
At a higher price point, är's state-of-the-art anti-viral face mask with nanofilter is one of the safest on the market – and it actually cleans itself!
Self-cleaning anti-viral face mask, more colours available, £26.44/$29.90, är
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!
This Etsy seller has double-layered masks with filter pockets in both plain and print, and each comes with two filters and a travel bag
AFRIKOThreads Luxury face mask, £11.99 / $7.40, Etsy
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Is it normal for men to wear face masks?
Absolutely! While not compulsory at all times, face masks are definitely handy to have 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.
The new normal: Men these days are including face mask style when considering their wardrobes. This face covering is designed for men with beards
Face mask for beards, pack of 4, more colours available, Amazon
While a joint study by Middlesex University and the Mathematical Science Research Institute, Berkeley in May 2020 found that men were less inclined to wear face masks in public, the normalisation of wearing masks eventually made it more commonplace across the board – which is good news for public health.
Many opt to wear disposable triple-layer face masks, which are more breathable and easy on sensitive skin
Disposable 3-layer face masks with nose clip, pack of 50, Amazon
Signs of face masks becoming the new normal include a National Geographic and Morning Consult survey from October 2020 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.
Face masks with adjustable ear toggles are a popular choice – this is one of Nordstrom's highest rated face masks for men
Johnston and Murphy face mask, £10.80 / $15, Nordstrom
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.
For the guy who loves video games
Game controller print face mask, was £17.95 now £2.99, Pacamask
And right now you can get a host of Pacamask designs for just £2.99, more than 80% off the original £17.95 price.
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Our most popular face masks for men
Let's kick things off with these men's face masks, which have proven to be among the most popular with our readers...
XXL Face Masks, various prints, £9.99/$13.44 each, Etsy
Many men are looking for special face masks that have enough coverage for larger faces, like these popular face masks from five-star Etsy seller Face Masks Chillspace.
Reusable face mask for men with beards, three lengths available, from £7.99/$10.75, Etsy
For men with beards, you can find face masks like this one that have a size available for every beard length.
2-in-1 Silk Face Mask & Pocket Square, more prints available, £14.95/$29, Charles Tyrwhitt
Perfect for the guy who has to go to the office, Charles Tyrwhitt's silk men's face mask doubles as a pocket square.
Neck gaiter with filter, £11.99/$13.99, Amazon
Neck gaiters are also a popular face mask option for men – and you can even find these types of face coverings with filters for extra protection.
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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.
Sporty face masks for men
If he needs a face covering for going to the gym, or just like the logo looks of brands like Adidas or Nike, check out these sport-ready masks.
Gymshark face coverings, pack of two, £10 ($15), Gymshark
Adidas has also gotten into making face masks, like this simple workout-ready style
Adidas Originals face coverings, pack of three, £14.95, ASOS
A sporty red look from athletic wear favourite Under Armour
UA face mask, £26, Under Armour
This mask set from travel & outdoor favourite Gandys features a map print motif and the charitable and sustainable brand's goldfinch logo
Black First Light Map Print Face Mask 2 Pack, £14.99, Gandys
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
Monochrome men's face masks
For the man who wants to keep things simple, face masks in neutral hues.
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
5 Pack Reusable Jersey Face Coverings, £9.50, Marks & Spencer
Neck gaiters and snoods for men
Neck gaiters come in a host of colours, and can be found with pandemic-ready details like filter pockets and ear loops.
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
Gandys' popular snood, a favourite of guys who love travel and outdoors, comes in three colours
Fleece Neck Gaiter, £14.99, Gandys
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
Men's face masks in prints and colours
Make a fashion statement with a face mask in a fun hue or a motif that expresses your personality or favourite hobby.
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 ($31), 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
For the label-conscious guy, some of fashion's top designer brands from Off-White to Hugo Boss have their own collections of 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
Men's smart face masks for the office
Shop face masks made from traditional menswear fabrics and patterns for the return to 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', was £17.95 now £2.99, Pacamask
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