Where to stock up on reusable fabric face masks

three women wearing face masks in the street, reusable face masks
(Image credit: 2020 Christian Vierig)

Reusable face masks have become the norm, and no, and although restrictions will be lifted in June, it's likely we will still need to wear face coverings for the foreseeable.

While surgical face masks are no longer just reserved for healthcare workers, most people are turning to reusable fabric face masks as a more practical and less wasteful solution. With that in mind, we've rounded up a few options you can buy online now.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

At the moment, we're still required to wear face coverings indoors and on public transport, to avoid inadvertently spread germs. The government hasn't yet announced when this rule will be scrapped, so for the moment it's the one essential item you need to take with you everywhere, alongside some antibac of course.

Do face masks work?

Face masks are mainly to protect others rather than the wearer, and fabric face masks won't be as efficient as medical grade ones, but they are better than nothing, especially if you can wash and reuse them. The fabric used also makes a difference, as it should be able to filter particles, for example, silk doesn't according to studies, so make sure you do your research.

Please note you should wash your reusable face mask after every wearing, so it's worth stocking up if you don't want to end up with all of them in the wash at once.

Where to buy face masks

If you're not a dab hand at sewing, fear not, you don't have to make your own (though if you do, here are the guidelines) as loads of fashion brands have jumped on the bandwagon. Here are a few options you can buy now, including some stylish ones, because it can't hurt to match your mask to your outfit.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.