Creativity can flourish under even the most adverse of circumstances, as we have learned over the course of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Wearing face masks has become second-nature, and with most people spending more time at home than ever, it can feel like fashion has taken a seat in the back row of our daily lives. That being said, self-care has never been more important – and looking good can help you feel good! Here is our line-up of 10 beautiful, luxurious, and just plain fun face masks. Wearing these, you’ll be sure to turn heads – even if it’s just on a trip to the grocery store!
Tantalizing Tie-Dye by Bene Caribe
These fabulous masks are made by Bene Caribe, out of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. Their ethos is Slow Made fashion for the Vibrant, Passionate and Conscious. We love the bold colors in their hand-dyed masks, and they are even more striking when paired with one of the brand’s Caribbean-inspired dresses! Shop Bene Caribe at shopcaribe.com/store/benecaribe
Positively Regal prints from Royal Iza Designs
These graphic African-inspired prints are gorgeous enough to make you want to wear your mask even by yourself at home! The patterns look even better when paired with their matching head wraps – a look fit for a queen. The face masks are 100% cotton with an interior filter pocket, and the head wraps and bonnets feature a satin lining for extra protection.
Let the World Know where your Happy Place is
The photographers behind Photo-Synthesis Designs blended their stunning photography with their love for fashion, and create striking printed designs. Their face mask collection, available at Kuttage Artisan Boutique in Trinidad and Tobago, features some of the most beautiful natural locations in T&T. Prints are also available as Saris and shirtdresses. This particular design features an image of the “Caroni Bird Sanctuary in Central Trinidad, just before sunset when the national bird, the Scarlet Ibis fills the sky over the swamp as they come in to roost.” Available on ShopCaribe.com.
Go for the Big Bows
Sustainably made by the NY based designer Collina Strada, these masks are ready to party (in your living room). The mix of colors and prints makes the oversized-bow design all the more impactful. Each mask is unique, since they are made of deadstock materials from previous Collina Strada collections. Plus, with every face mask purchased, 3 are donated to the organization Seeding Sovereignty to help Indigenous-owned businesses. Available for purchase on CollinaStrada.com, where instructions are also posted to alternatively DIY!
Feel Light on your feet with Land of the Hummingbirds
Land of the Hummingbirds, run by local artist Rachel Lee Young and based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is known for their crystal-clear nature prints, especially action shots of hummingbirds. The jewel-toned feathers of the beautiful birds pair fabulously with the bold, solid toned backgrounds, making for a uniquely lovely face mask. With two layers of 100% cotton, these masks are as light and comfortable as they are pretty. Shop at www.landofthehummingbird.com.
Traditional Embroidery for the Modern Era
Otomichic designs high-end hand-embroidered products created and produced in a fair-trade partnership with Mexican embroidery artists. The traditional hand-embroidery is typically seen on skirts and dresses as well as home-décor items like tapestries and pillows, but also looks incredible on face-masks. The bright colors and floral and bird motifs are the perfect way to bring a bit of Mexican beauty into your daily life.
Wearable Modern Art
Carolina Pinilla creates flirty and romantic designs made in her home country Colombia. The designer has an eye for prints, using modern florals, abstract line drawings and updated tropical scenes as the base patterns for her feminine silhouettes. The limited-edition line of face masks she created are no different, available in a wide range of fresh-feeling styles. Available via Instagram @CarolinaPinilla_.
Party of One
These embroidered masks from Swatch Hub, founded by Cuban-American designer Brianna Fano. Her masks are pure fun, with wonderfully excessive embroidery taking them over-the-top in the best possible way. Fano grew up making jewelry with her mother, and these masks are a sweet and sparkly homage. Available at swatchhub.com.
Supple and Soft with Silks by Miche
The hand-dyed khaftans and dresses crafted at Silks by Miche are completely drool-worthy – and luckily for us, the Caribbean brand now offers that level of luxury in a mask. Their Trinidad-made masks are comprised of two layers of antibacterial silk with an inner layer of cotton for extra protection, plus come with a hidden nose wire and adjustable elastic for assured comfort. Perhaps best of all, they come with an optional delicate gold chain – perfect for keeping your mask close at hand! Available by Direct Message @silksbymiche
Lightweight, stretchy, durable and moisture-wicking: things you want in an athletic face mask. Made of up-cycled athletic materials, the Mindful Masks collection by Onzie has all of that covered and more. Designed and made in LA, these sustainable masks will look just as good on your daily errands as they will for a hike, bike ride, or walk on the beach. Bonus points for the cute patterns and comfortable fit!