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6 striking designer face masks for 2020

From bows and silk to crystals, we found six face mask styles that are anything but ordinary.

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The pandemic face mask industry now includes high-end fashion designers and luxury brands with chic styles. The designer face masks highlighted below aren't suitable for health-care workers or other front-line situations, but they could be fun and functional choices for people who are social distancing in public (here's how to make masks more comfortable). 

Face masks are likely to be prevalent for some time. One pandemic expert told CNET, "we'll be living with face masks for years."

If you feel like splurging or you're just browsing for luxurious designer masks, these six fashion brands are selling fancy face coverings that cost more than the average cotton ones. Keep reading for our best mask-buying tips. This story is updated regularly.

Read more: 7 face mask myths debunked: What to know about coverings, COVID-19 and your health

What you need to know about face masks and coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of two wear a face covering when in public or around people they don't live with. Here are some face mask styles designed for kids.

  • Some experts claim that the coronavirus is airborne, although the science hasn't officially been settled yet.
  • Masks with multiple layers may trap larger respiratory droplets ejected by sneezing, coughing or talking.
  • You should wash the mask before and after wearing it.
  • The mask should cover your nose and chin, and be snug enough to prevent gaps.
Michael Ngo

Michael Ngo, a designer who creates looks for celebrities, is selling face masks to the public. The prices of his luxurious face masks range from $110 for a vinyl mask to $500 for a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted mask. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the LA Food Bank.

xSuit

xSuit, a men's suit company, has designed face masks for men and women. You can choose from masks with flowers, 3D wings and more. The masks cost $120.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler, a New York-based women's clothing and accessories brand, is offering a reusable face mask for a limited time from the brand's collection fabric for $100. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the New York City Mayor's Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Collina Strada

Collina Strada's cloth face mask styles are made from deadstock materials and are considered unique due to limited fabric. Each reusable mask features bows and will cost you $100. 

Akris

Akris has face masks in multiple colors for $100 each. 50% of the proceeds from each mask sale will be donated to The Children's Defense Fund.

VPL

VPL is a swimwear and home goods company that's now designing face masks. One of its Japanese silk masks will cost you $125. Note that since the stylish face mask styles are 100% silk, they're dry clean only.

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