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As face masks become an ever-present part of our lives, there’s no reason to not make the most of it — namely, by finding ways to dress them up. Sure, a disposable mask or a basic cloth style does the trick, but why not get fancy? Better yet, why not accessorize your mask?
Face mask chains are trending on Instagram, and for good reason. The style has been popularized by influencers, fashionistas and celebs alike. Even politicians are getting in on the trend: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez recently toured the headquarters of the brands that originated the trend, Second Wind, wearing the label’s now-iconic chain face mask.
While some masks have chains attached, others can just clip on to the ear loops. If you need to take the mask off, the chain keeps you from having to hold the mask (which might potentially contaminate it) or stuffing it in your bag.
As long as the chain doesn’t inhibit the function of your mask — which, if it clips in to the elastic ear loops, it won’t — it’s not doing you any harm. As always, make sure the mask is covering your nose and mouth, and that the chain isn’t so heavy that it weighs the mask down.
Looking to try out the trend yourself? Check out seven of our favorites below:
This 24” chain has two small yet sturdy clasps that you clip in to your mask’s ear loops. It’s available in nine different styles, including tortoiseshell, black leather and rose gold.
“Just because I have to wear a mask these days doesn't mean I can't make it a stylish venture,” one shopper noted. “After procuring a fun, vibrant pineapple mask for my daily outings, I decided I needed some kind of lanyard to make mask-wearing more efficient. I headed online and found this very cute, stylish rose gold number. I am a fan of all things rose gold so I took a chance and ordered it. It arrived today and was perfect! Very feminine but still functional!”
If you’re a fan of beaded necklaces, you’ll love this mask strap! Made in the USA, it comes in three different varieties and colors of beads. The bulldog clips are safe and secure, too.
“This is a perfect way to keep my face mask handy so I can remove it when in my private office, but have it at the ready when I need to step outside my office,” one shopper shared. “The length is perfect, the clips work well and the design is pretty without being gaudy.”
This whimsical strap has adorable stars and moons, which makes it a great gift for kiddos or even astronomy-loving adults. The gold-plated chain is sturdy, yet lightweight.
“Super cute and I get lots of compliments on this daily!” one shopper raved.
These multicolored straps are one of Amazon’s top new releases, and we’re not surprised: The straps are anti-skid, sturdy and work on both masks and glasses.
This dainty chain is comprised of a string of cultured pearls. It’s dainty, feminine and looks so cute, you’ll want to wear it as a necklace.
Colorful beads give this strap a playful touch. Plus, at 27 inches, it’s a great length for kids and grown-ups too. It’s in stock on September 1, but trust us: It’s worth the wait.
This chunky chain has acetate links, so it’s lightweight yet super sturdy. It’s available in 10 colorways, too.
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