Whether you’re a fan of the Uniqlo AIRism face mask, swear by silk masks such as these ones shortlisted by our fashion team, or still not done with disposable surgical masks, the reality is none of us are stepping out of the house without one.
Which is good because it helps keep community cases low. But donning a mask from day to night also makes simple things a hassle, such as eating out or checking your face in the bathroom, especially when your hands are busy—to say nothing yet of the dreaded rise of maskne.
Which is why it’s such a great idea to invest in a nice mask chain—make that a few—so you can always remove your mask safely, conveniently and stylishly, without any risk of losing it or dropping it onto the floor (eww!)
Think of it as a brand new category of accessories to indulge in that will elevate your everyday looks. And with such a wide gamut of options available now, you could go full-on Iris Apfel with ropes of pearls, or stay timeless with a sleek gold chain like US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did.
If you already wear one with your glasses, feel free to repurpose it for your mask. Otherwise, here are 12 Vogue-approved mask chains to for the fashion-loving crowd.
Frame Chain tricolour gold-plated glasses chain
So you don’t have to choose between one of three tones of gold, this London-based label lets you wear all three at once. As a bonus, you could remove the rubber loops and wear it as a necklace.
Linda Farrow logo-charm acetate glasses chain
Already love her eyewear? Great news, this glossy Italian tortoiseshell-effect acetate chain will be right up your alley. Made in Japan with golden accents and flexible rubber loops.
Carolina Bucci Forte 18k gold and Lurex multi-stone sunglasses chain
Way to wear gold Lurex as a cord with your mask. This one comes with 18K gold screws and detachable rubber loops, so you can complete the look with rainbow-hued beads.
Roxanne Assoulin daisy mask chain
Here’s one that’ll literally add a spring to your step and a smile to your face: A beaded daisy chain that’s delicate yet stylish, and comes in either black or blue.
Frame Chain 18kt gold plated pearly princess chain
Designed with mismatched freshwater pearls contrasting with a polished gold tone chain, wear this nifty piece to channel your inner Iris Apfel.
Neon Hope Sunglasses and mask link chain
This extra long 100cm brass coated chain lets you twirl it around the neck, and comes in three colour tones: gold, rose gold, or silver.
Lele Sadoughi Golden Snake sunglass chain
A slinky 14K gold plated snake chain at 26 inches (66cm) with detachable rubber loops so you can wear it as a necklace and string on some extra charms if you wish.
Second Wind detachable 10mm Cuban link chain in gold
This classic chain with chunky, oversized but lightweight links is made by hand and measures 23-inches in total length.
Miss Modern handmade beads mask strap
Also strung by band, beads in black and gold make this piece extra glamorous and perfect for elegant evenings.
Billie Simone Jewelry Gemini mask chain – medium link
A timeless design available in either gold-filled or sterling silver, this is a convertible chain that fits your mask or eyewear, and can transform into a lariat necklace or simple chain by adding a pendant.
Pretty Connected Nikki mermaid face mask chain strap
We love the iridescent Mermaid effect of this bold metallic chain which comes with silver hardware and in two sizes: mini and long.
Maskela Eliza mask chain – jade
This extra long extra chunky chain in dark green on silver is perfect for summer-loving tropical wardrobes.