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What Are the Best Face Masks for Kids Right Now?

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As fall settles in, studies resume and flu season rears its ugly head, it’s time to ensure that the little ones in our lives are well-protected from coronavirus. Which means social distancing, good personal hygiene – and face masks. Finding a mask for your child that fits properly, is comfortable, and also jaunty enough to keep everyone’s spirits up, is no small task. So, what are the best face masks for kids right now? Our correspondent (and mom of three) Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best face masks to buy for kids right now.  

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With schools across the nation reopening for full-time or partial in-classroom learning this fall, face masks have become the #1 item on every back-to-school shopping list.  And while we adults have become relatively acclimated to mask wearing and in some cases even embracing the increasingly chic styles now available, many kids have been spared from wearing them.

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But as the calendar closes in on the first day of school, it’s time to get the kiddos on board with mask wearing if you haven’t already. 

where to buy the best face child-sized face masks for kids

Where to buy the best face child-sized face masks for kids.

The easiest way to do that?  Letting them select their own.  To help you find face masks both you and your children will like, we rounded up 16 retailers selling and/or making cute and comfortable kids’ masks to keep little ones safe.

Whether they love super heroes, rainbows, tie dye or just a simple solid, there’s something for every kid – even the hard to please teens too.  And with summer rapidly drawing to a close, there’s no better time than now to try out a few different styles to see which suits your kiddo best.

Without further delay, here’s where to head for cute, comfortable and safe children’s face masks:

The Best Face Masks for kids Right Now

1. royal jelly harlem

Royal Jelly Harlem is an African-inspired clothing and home line from mother-daughter duo Teta and Maya Gorgoni.  Their colorful clothes help contribute to the growth and prosperity of Africa’s beautiful cultures and are made by African-born dressmakers and tailors in NYC.

luxury face masks kids

Royal Jelly Harlem. Courtesy Photo.

Yellow Toile – $15; Blue Seersucker$15; Tic-Tac-Toe – $15

2. maisonette

One of our favorite spots for sustainable and stylish clothing for kids and toddlers, Maisonette, is offering tons of kids masks options from brands like Paige Lauren, Andy & Evan, Busy Bees and Cubcoats.  Our pick is the minimalist chic masks from LA indy brand Port 213 made from washable organic cotton, that come in muted but still child friendly patterns.

luxury face masks kids

Maisonette. Courtesy Photo.

Triangles – $15; Crowns – $15; Blue Deers$15

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3. vistaprint

Vistaprint is normally where companies go to print business cards and get their logos put on bags and T-shirts, but now the brand has begun offering adjustable masks for kids and adults that feature a replaceable filter.  For kids you will find a wide selection featuring everything from Hearts ($13) to Dinosaurs ($13) to our personal favorite, Strawberries ($13). And if none of those options suits your little one, the company also does custom runs – so you can make a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, or design a whole matching set for your family.

luxury face masks kids

Vistaprint. Courtesy Photo.

Hearts – $13; Dinosaurs – $13; Strawberries – $13

4. uncommon goods

The Rainbow Masks ($25) from Uncommon Goods were designed by kids, for kids, and were inspired by the kid-made rainbows displayed in windows throughout the world.  The masks are made in New York City and 100% of profits from sales are being donated to NYC Health + Hospitals.

luxury face masks kids

The face masks to buy for kids: Uncommon Goods. Courtesy Photo.

Rainbow Set of Two – $25

5. joah love

The kid-sized cotton masks from Joah Love have adjustable straps that are easy for kids to tighten themselves.  Simply pull down on the strap below your ears and voila.  They’re made of two layers of soft, colorful T-shirt cotton that’s knitted in Los Angeles.  You’ll find Splatter Paint ($20) patterns, Camouflage ($20) and even Neon Tie Dye ($20) options that match the brand’s cool t-shirts and sweatsuits.

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Joah Love. Courtesy Photo.

Splatter Paint – $20; Camouflage – $20; Neon Tie Dye – $20

6. paige lauren

We all know that the best way to get kids to wear their masks is to model wearing one for them. So why not buy a matching Adult/Child Better Than Nothing Mask Set ($22) from Paige Lauren. For every set sold, they are donating the proceeds to the Frontline Responders FUND.

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Paige Lauren. Courtesy Photo.

Better Than Nothing Mask Set – $22

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7. hatch

Littles Face Masks ($20) are made from beautiful upcycled fabrics from the maternity clothing line Hatch. The sets come with one triple-layer cotton mask (for extra protection) and one double layer chambray mask.  And with each set sold, Hatch is donating a pack of surgical masks directly to healthcare workers on the frontline.

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Hatch. Courtesy Photo

Littles Face Mask Set – $20

8. serena

The small Serena Masks ($15) fit kids quite well, as Olympia Ohanian recently demonstrated on Instagram.  And since they’re made of denim on the outside and lined with T-shirt cotton on the inside not only are they comfortable but they will go with absolutely everything.  Perfect for style conscious teens and tweens.

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Serena. Courtesy Photo.

Serena Small Mask – $15

9. honest

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is not just for delicious-smelling baby shampoo and cute printed diapers. They are now making adjustable Kids Cotton Face Masks ($23) featuring an adjustable nose bridge perfect that’s for kids wearing eyeglasses.

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The face masks to buy for kids. Honest. Courtesy Photo.

Set of Two Kids Cotton Face Masks – $23

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10. tsk

Let their creativity shine with a Color Me Kids Mask ($12) from The Sis Kiss.  Little ones will love coloring in cheetahs, rainbows, hearts and bolts then showing them off to their classmates and teachers.

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TSK. Courtesy Photo.

Color Me Mask -$12

11. janie and jack

Pint size prepsters might enjoy the sweet collection filled with oxford ($12), checks ($12), and florals ($12) from Janie and Jack.  Plus, for every mask purchased before September 30th, the clothing brand is donating $5 to Baby2Baby.

Janie and Jack. Courtesy Photo.

Oxford – $12; Checks – $12; Florals – $12

12. mask club

For the widest selection of officially licensed kid friendly characters, try Mask Club.  You’ll find everything from superheroes like Wonder Woman ($14) to the wizards of Harry Potter ($14) to Hello Kitty ($14) and Looney Tunes ($14).  And even if they’re not so into characters, there’s masks for them too – including Tie Dye ($14), Paisley and solid Black ($14).

The face masks to buy for kids: Mask Club. Courtesy Photo.

Wonder Woman – $14;  Tie Dye – $14; Harry Potter – $14

13. athleta girls

Pick up this Pack of 5 Pleated Masks ($30) from Athleta.  Made of one layer polyester/spandex on the outside and two layers of cotton, they are lightweight and breathable against your child’s face.  They also feature ear loops and come with clips for better fit and to take the pressure off little ears.

Athleta Girls. Courtesy Photo.

Pleated Mask Set – $30

14. jeune otte

It’s hard to tell which kind of mask will fit your kids best.  Special occasion tween brand Jeune Otte’s Handmade Face Masks ($20) take out the guesswork with a pleated front and two elastic bands that go around the entire head instead of just at the ears.

Jeune Otte. Courtesy Photo.

Blue and White – $20; Swiss Dot – $20; Liberty of London – $20

15. onzie

Los Angeles based yoga-clothing brand Onzie is making quick drying, stretchy and breathable Mindful Masks ($20) for kids using upcycled fabrics from their yoga collections.  Handmade in LA, a portion of proceeds from each mask purchase goes directly to health-care workers through a donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Onzie. Courtesy Photo.

Mindful Masks – $20

16. Steele Canvas @ Food52

Steele Canvas makes chic laundry bins and tote bags, and now they’re also crafting cloth face masks. They’ve created a set of five especially for kids, each one with a different pattern. Every mask is made from two layers of breathable cotton, with adjustable ear loops for a comfortable fit. (They’re sized for children in pre-K through elementary school.) And they’re completely machine washable.

Steele Canvas kids’ face masks – $55 for a set of 5.

17. little lives pedia shield

Many kids can’t keep masks on (most young kids to be sure), and they touch their masks and then their faces and the gig is up.  Enter Little Lives PPE from Dr. Samira Brown and Dr. Gabrielle Page-Wilson.  Designed to fit children as young as 2, the Little Lives Pedia Shield ($7) will give younger children protection and old kids an extra layer with two sizes available, The Mini ($7) and The Mega ($7).

The Best Luxury Face Masks for kids Right Now

There you have it, 16 great options for where to find a kid friendly face mask that you will both love.  Just don’t forget that once you’ve sold your little one on the importance of wearing face coverings, you should also encourage them to practice wearing them before the start of school.  And the best way to do that is to model good mask wearing behavior yourself.

Good luck and stay safe, dear readers.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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