Face Mask Chains are Trending, Because It’s 2020 and the World Is Weird

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I’ve got the whole keys, wallet, phone thing down, but remembering my face mask? That’s not quite second nature yet. Which is why I’ve started seeking out ways to not forget my mask, by all counts. Because once you’ve driven halfway to the grocery store only to have to turn back around to grab a bandana-sized piece of fabric that attaches to your ears, it’s clear that something has to change.

And I’m not the only one seeking a solution. The search term “face mask chain” has been spiking on Google Trends, making this one of the most unlikely fashion trends of the moment.

Originally, I simply tied some elastic string ($3) through the earholes of my mask, so I could create an impromptu necklace. This hack has proven particularly helpful while I’m on hikes or nature walks that are mostly empty—it allows me just enough time to slip the mask loops over my ears when I see another person approaching. It also makes it easy to physically keep my mask on while I’m getting ready to leave the house, so I have it with me when I need it.

Not into the DIY look? Prefer a more S&M vibe, like the gal above? You could always invest in a proper face mask chain, that’s usually fashioned out of a sunglass chain. They seriously come in every style imaginable, from rainbow beads to simple gold and even large acetate links. Just make sure the one you’ve chosen has clips on either end, that way you’ll be able to attach and detach it from your mask as needed.

Here, 10 face mask chains with clips, to herald in one of the oddest fashion trends to come out this moment in history.

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1. Baublebar Convertible Pearl Sunglass Chain And Necklace

Pretty faux pearls, for the classic gal.

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2. Eliou Arezzo Sunglasses Chain

The unexpected combo of beads and chains turns the DIY camp vibe into a grown-up accoutrement.

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3. Atlanyards Solid Heart Clip Eyeglass Holder Chain

Add a little cheer to your mask, with teeny heart charms.

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4. Inter-chain-able Original

This mask comes with a chain attached. Simply slide the toggle tight behind your head when you’re ready to wear, or sling it around your neck loose when driving between destinations. (Plus, the chain is detachable, for easy cleaning.)

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5. Prettyconnectedshop Face Mask Chain Straps

This chunky chain can be wrapped around your neck twice, serving as a necklace whether your mask is on or off.

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6. Atlanyards Light Pink Beaded Eyeglass Holder

This affordable style comes in any color (or pattern) beads that you could imagine.

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7. Maskamaska Removable Mask Chain

If function is most important for you, this under $10 option has it all. The short calfskin strap won’t get tangled in your hair and is super easy to maneuver.

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8. Donni Bead Pearl Mask/sunny Chain

Hot tip: Wrap this pearl-adorned number around your neck and wear it as a necklace, once masks are a thing of the past.

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9. Donni Metal Mask/sunny Chain

Simple, classic and totally timeless.

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10. Donni Acetate Mask/sunny Chain

Make a statement with this pale acetate detail.

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From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.
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