Face masks are the ultimate fashion accessory these days and we're all also discovering something new about ourselves: our face mask style, whether it's stripes, pretty florals, funny face coverings or masks with slogans. Inevitably, some of us REALLY want to stand out from the crowd – and that’s why these superbly unique face masks, from faux fur or leather face coverings to face masks with dramatic ruffles and bows, have caught our attention.
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You can find chain mail face masks and even ones with hair extensions attached (yes, really!) so there's no reason you can't have a face covering that will turn heads and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here's our list of the best unique face masks from wonderful and wild to crazy chic.
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1. Tweed 'scrunchie' face mask
This luxury handmade tweed face covering piqued our interest because it would be great for autumn and winter – and we were truly sold when we saw the dramatic ruffle detail that makes a statement from behind. The silk-lined face covering also has hidden elastic ear loops to hold the mask in place.
Luxury Handwoven Tweed Face Mask, £15, Etsy
2. Faux fur face mask
Looking toward winter, it certainly won't hurt to have an extra warm and fuzzy face covering. These face mask from AuntibonniFaceMasks – a five-star Etsy seller with the slogan, "The cure for the common mask" – are made from faux fur and come in styles from leopard to furry pink. The masks can be made with or without a filter pocket and come in five sizes from XS to XL.
Faux fur face mask in black bear, from £14.88, Etsy
3. Bow face mask
Indie designers are coming up with some amazing looks that we love that aren’t for the faint of heart! For example, the Siobhan Molloy face mask with stripes and giant bows is one that really caught our attention. This unique mask is made from three layers of poplin designed in England, and has a filter pocket as well. Even better, 10 percent of proceeds from the £39 designer mask goes to support local communities.
Siobhan Molloy face mask with bows, £39, Wolf & Badger
4. Butterfly face mask
Face coverings are giving us a chance to unleash our inner face mask fashionista and in this case our inner butterfly. The Chrysalis Lab’s eye-catching butterfly face covering is made from double-layered organic cotton and has an interior filter pocket for the two PM2.5 activated carbon filters that come with the mask.
Butterfly face mask, £35, Revolve
5. Jewel print face mask
One way to guarantee you'll be asked, "Where did you get that mask?" is to support up and coming fashion talent. This Limited Edition face mask emblazoned in a cool gem print is created by emerging designer Natalie B Coleman. We love that share of profits goes to charity, Women's Aid in Dublin.
Natalie B Coleman Printed Jewel Barrier Mask, £25, Young British Designers
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6. Leather face mask
Will leather face masks be the new leather jacket? Only time will tell if all of us will have a goes-with-everything leather face covering in our collection. In the meantime, if you want to get ahead of the fashion curve, check out Candice Cuoco's eye-popping leather face mask collection, exclusively at Selfridges.
Candice Cuoco Leather and cord face covering, £75, Exclusively at Selfridges
7. Chainmail face mask
Cool looking? Definitely. Practical? Well… you’d be surprised! This Grlfrnd facemask, which comes in both gold and silver is a chainmail fantasy veil, but has a secret: a filter mask you wear underneath, providing protection against the spread of the virus.
Grlfrnd chainmail face mask in silver, £64, Revolve
8. Ruffled face mask
We were intrigued by this fun and flirty ruffled gingham mask, that looks a bit like a candy wrapper and comes in a number of gingham shades from the same New York City seller. Those of have bought the 100% cotton mask on Etsy say it is a "cheery" mood booster. As one five-star reviewer raved, "Beautiful! A true dream – I also loved the note attached which describes the artist's intention behind the whimsical mask!"
Cotton Candy face mask, £15, Etsy
9. Ribbon face mask
If you're looking for an unusual haute fashion statement that combines with giving back, designer Collina Strada’s mask collection might interest you. The designer's ribbon mask is made in NYC from the label’s deadstock materials which means each mask, with ribbon fasteners and a filter pocket is one of a kind. With every mask purchase, the brand will provide three face coverings to Seeding Sovereignty.
Collina Strada Face Mask with bows in yellow, £80, collinastrada.com
10. Braid face mask
The Collina Strada Scribble braid mask comes with multi-coloured plaits with flower charms attached. Each mask is one of a kind, so you’ll know that no one will steal your look. And not only is it a standout look, but this mask is also helping to do good in the world! Thirty percent of the proceeds of each mask sold will go to The Okra Project.
Collina Strada Face Mask with Hair Extensions, £160, collinastrada.com
11. Butterfly face mask
How gorgeous is this? These stunning crystal rhinestone face masks are handmade to order and will definitely ensure you stand out from the crowd. Boasting five-star reviews, the face coverings are made of breathable material and embroidered with sparkling rhinestones and beautiful butterflies.
Crystal Rhinestone Butterfly Face Mask, £120, Etsy
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