If you’d told us nine months ago that we’d be spending our free time these days Googling face shields to wear (on top our favorite face masks), we’d have looked at you like you had five heads. But alas, this is our new normal current reality. Per the CDC, face shields shouldn’t be worn in place of face masks, but they can provide additional protection when worn on top of one. And it just so happens that over the past few months, designers and Etsy sellers alike have been developing styles that feel a lot more approachable than the heavy-duty PPE versions we’ve seen in pictures. Here, 7 face shields you won’t mind wearing in public, we promise.
You Won’t Mind Wearing These 7 Face Shields in Public
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1. polaroid Adult Clear Face Shield
Best Basic Face Shield
This style from Polaroid features a simple clear shield and a black band that’ll go with just about any outfit and mask combo. The brand designed the band to be comfortable and adjustable, while the curved visor sits far enough away from your face to reduce fogging. “This face shield has very clear vision, it’s manufactured with excellent materials, comfortable to wear and really easy to clean: All you need is soap and water,” writes one reviewer.
2. astonlink Reusable Face Shields (pack Of 6)
Best Face Shield with Glasses
Hate wearing headbands? Then you might want to opt for one of these shields, which stays in place thanks to the glasses-like nosepiece and arms. Yup, just slip it on like you would your favorite pair of sunglasses and boom, you have an extra layer of protection that’s actually comfortable to wear. Just remember to remove the protective film off both sides, otherwise you won’t be able to see clearly, reviewers note.
3. christmas By Krebs Reusable Face Shields (pack Of 6)
Best Foam-Lined Face Shield
Rather than going the glasses route, this brand decided to make their face shields a little more comfortable by attaching foam padding to the band, so that it doesn’t dig into your forehead. The included elastic band can stretch to fit most kids and adults—and you can trim the plastic shield part if it’s too long. The shield itself has a special anti-fog coating, which reviewers say makes a huge difference for days when you might have to wear it for hours. No wonder it’s racked up almost 3,000 five-star ratings.
4. gemelli Pink Hat With Face Cover
Best Hat Face Shield
TBH, we didn’t know that hat/face shield hybrids were a thing, but after seeing this one we’re seriously considering getting our own. The baseball cap is easy to throw on as you head out the door, which means we’ll be way more likely to actually wear it. Plus, this baby pink shade is really pretty. The PVC shield is removable too, so you can just unsnap it when there’s no one around.
5. illesteva Face Shield
Best Designer Face Shield
Leave it to this luxe Italian eyewear brand to create a face shield that looks like it belongs on the runway. Since it looks like we’ll be rocking PPE for the foreseeable future, we don’t mind paying a little extra for one that feels a little chicer than most.
6. noli Iridescent Face Shield
Best Holographic Face Mask
This iridescent design from Noli Yoga is proof that your face shield doesn’t have to be boring and clear. We’ve seen influencers like Katia Pryce, Qiana Martin and Kerry Daniels rocking it on our Instagram feed. Reviewers say the tinted plastic actually solves the glare issue that some clear shields have. Oh, and it provides 35+ UPF protection, too.