Face coverings have taken over daily attire globally. At the beginning of the outbreak, we experienced a huge inflation in anti-bacterial products and surgical face masks. Months into the pandemic, face coverings have become more accessible than ever, at any price point, anywhere. From fashionable statement-making pieces to DIY projects, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.
The traditional surgical face masks are known to be very fitted and waterproof. Wearing one for a long period of time means the portion of skin which is covered is exposed to a humid, warm and suffocating environment, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Unless you are professionally required to wear one, there are more breathable options to choose from. Unfortunately, not all breathable face masks are made equal.
As a silk ambassador and silk shirt brand, Julie Townend London recommends wearing a silk or a silk-lined face mask to minimise friction and irritation when covering your face. Known for its smooth luxurious feel and temperature regulating properties, the natural material's skincare benefits promoted via pillowcases and sleepwear in recent years have helped the well-loved fabric gain ever more recognition. As a bonus, you won't need to constantly worry about running low in stock with this reusable and washable solution. What is not to like about a silk face mask and a silk shirt coordination moment?
As of tomorrow (with exceptions for people with medical conditions and children aged 11 or under) face coverings are now mandatory in all shops, including supermarkets, in England. Therefore we want to make sure that you have all of your choices in one place. Here's our edit for silk face masks.
[ COCOROSE LONDON ]
Foldable-shoe pioneer Cocorose London has again proven that comfort doesn't have to compromise on style with their double-layered silk face masks with filter pockets. The mask follows the contours of your nose to provide a snug fit, ideal for preventing your glasses to get blurry from your breathing. All the proceeds from their face masks will be donated to The Honeypot Children's Charity.
Available at Cocorose London, Â£14.99.
[ WOLF & BADGER ]
Online retailer for ethical and sustainable brand Wolf & Badger's alternative is perfect for those with a more active lifestyle and more environmentally-conscious customers. Contemporary womenswear designer Adelina Rusu's works are breathable, fast-drying and ultra lightweight.
Available at Wolf & Badger, Â£20.
[ GINGER LILY ]
Silk bedding connoisseur Ginger Lily's silk face masks are crafted with three layers of pure mulberry silk (the same material they use for their bedding) for odourless and hypoallergenic protection. They even offer a monogramming service on their face masks, perfect for protecting your entire family without confusion.
Available at Ginger Lily, Â£25.
[ SLIP ]
"Beauty, not bedding" mantra-sporting Slip's silk face masks are just as elegant as their existing range of silk products. The combination of a mulberry silk outer shell and 100% cotton lining, built-in nose wire and adjustable ear loops offers optimal breathability and a well-rounded design for long-term wear. Each purchase comes with spare nose wires and silicone stoppers for the ear loops. For added convenience, these masks are also machine washable.
Available at SpaceNK, Â£39.
[ VALLE & VIK ]
Definition of relaxed Scandinavian glamour Valle & Vik's well-considered double-layered face masks also consist of a silk outside and cotton inside, with the addition of silk covered ear loops subtracting a huge amount of pressure from the back of your ears. Their silk face masks also come with a matching drawstring bag and a percentage of the profits will be donated to selected NHS charities.
Available at Valle & Vik, Â£35.
Julie Townend believes that style will always come before trends. As an entrepreneur, mother, designer and stylist, Julie understands that owning a well-crafted piece of clothing on which you can rely for any occasion enables you to feel and look like the better version of yourself effortlessly at anytime. That's why any Julie Townend London shirt can bring out any woman's personal style and become one of her wardrobe staples for many years to come.
Check out our website to discover the full range.