Will it surprise any of you to learn that I have accumulated a bumper crop of face coverings since March? Part of this has to do with my general and ongoing compulsion to acquire things, but I also care a lot about finding the most highly functional ones. My specs are as follows: they must have both a nose wire and filter pocket, for starters. And I also read that a good mask is one you can hold up to a light and not see anything shining through, and it must pass this test too. This one is from an Etsy dealer who uses lots of pretty great Liberty prints like this one, and its only drawback is that the ear elastic is kind of thin, making it not the most comfortable choice if you’re going to be wearing it for a long while.
This one from M. Patmos is probably my favorite: it covers a good portion of your face, and the fabric around the ears is nice and soft.
This hemp mask does not have a nose wire, but it is stitched in a way that hugs the nose, as you can see here. It’s soft and stretchy, like the M. Patmos one, and you can adjust the ear loops to fit your face more snugly.