Before the pandemic hit, face masks were mainly only for doctors and ravers. Then there was that awkward (but sweet!) month when everybody tried to get crafty and make their own. Now, the rest of the world has caught up, and it seems like you can buy masks almost anywhere.
Since it’s front and center on your face, this needed accessory is a veritable blank canvas for personal expression. Generally in the $10-$20 price range, cloth masks are affordable and collectible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing one to protect yourself and those around you—remember, COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic. Here are some great options for a variety of tastes.
Jammin on Vegas: Get in the groove with unique, handmade tie-dye and printed face masks in a range of styles. $10-$25, 1401 S. Main St., 702-207-0694, jammintiedye.com.
Majestic Repertory Theater: Be “#MajesticAF” with a mask supporting the Downtown theater troupe. $15, majesticrepertory.com/shop.
ReBar: How do you get your drink on while wearing a face mask? This Main Street bar has a clever answer: branded masks with a flap and straw hole. $15-$20, rebarlv.com.
Las Vegas Aces: The WNBA is pre-selling face masks emblazoned with the Aces logo, with proceeds going to food charities. $25 for 3 or $15 for 1, wnbastore.nba.com/las-vegas-aces.
Las Vegas Raiders: Support the new home team by preordering a trio of Raiders-branded masks, proceeds from which go to the All In Challenge Foundation. $25 for 3, nflshop.com.
Vegas Golden Knights: The NHL offers a variety of VGK-themed face coverings, so you can show your local love. Royalties go to food charities. $25 for 3, shop.nhl.com.
Dachshund Print: Animal-themed masks could be their own category, but we particularly enjoy Bean Goods’ weiner dog fabric patterns. $15, beangoods.com.
Golden Girls: Brighten the pandemic with this homage to sassy women and retro sitcoms. Our favorite: “Bea Safe.” $15-$20, beautifulpeaceshop.com.
Mad Mask: The bright, playful designs are actually artwork by Madison Prince, a 30-year-old with autism. $15, shopthreepears.com/collections/masks.
Casetify: In addition to trendy phone cases and watch bands, Casetify offers cloth masks in black, white, pink and navy. $15 includes two filter inserts, casetify.com.
Gir: Instead of a cloth, this mask combines a medical-grade silicone exterior with disposable filters. Think Hannibal Lecter, but in fun colors. $30 with five filters, gir.co.
Hedley & Bennett: This brand, known for kitchen and chef gear, makes elegant, no-fuss masks. $22, hedleyandbennett.com.
Candy Kid: It’s no huge surprise Raver Wonderland has a huge selection of face coverings, including masks with sequins, holographics, candy colors and chains. $10-$15, ravewonderland.com.
HRC Rainbow: Show your Pride with masks by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ civil rights organization. Choose from a variety of rainbow patterns, and one that exhorts viewers to “VOTE.” $16, shop.hrc.org/face-masks.
We’ve Got You Covered: Rep for a favorite band or artist—from Imagine Dragons and Frank Sinatra to The Rolling Stones, 2Pac and Black Sabbath, with proceeds going to MusiCares. $15, wegotyoucoverednow.com.
Wicked Clothes: This clothier describes its style as “goth meets dad jokes,” and its high-quality face masks feature adjustable ear straps and aluminum nose strip and include carbon filters. $25, wickedclothes.com.
Cosabella: The Italian luxury lingerie brand has created lacy masks in a rainbow of colors. $18, cosabella.com.
Kim Kardashian Skims: The reality star and fashion maven has put forth understated seamless masks in a variety of skin tones. $8, skims.com.
Disney: Our faves are the ones that look like cartoon mouths, so you can walk into the store with a Mickey Mouse smile. $20 for 4, shopdisney.com/face-masks.