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As the face mask becomes the must-wear trend of 2020, we check out the best options from Irish designers

As we emerge from lockdown, it's more important than ever to wear a face mask. Here are some stylish Irish-made options

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Olivia in Stitches

Olivia in Stitches

Mairead Whisker

Mairead Whisker

BÉBHÍNN linen mask

BÉBHÍNN linen mask

Masks by Miriam

Masks by Miriam

Natalie B Coleman

Natalie B Coleman

Gabrielle Malone

Gabrielle Malone

Reuben Avenue

Reuben Avenue

Irish Sock Company

Irish Sock Company

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Irish Linen Company

Irish Linen Company

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Helen Steele

Helen Steele

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Floral slip dresses, chunky 'Dad' sandals, bucket hats… face masks? Of all the things to be filling our summer wardrobes, the face mask as fashion accessory is the most unexpected. But, as phase 3 of lockdown gets into full swing and we return to cafes, restaurants, salons and shops, it's more important than ever that we wear face masks to protect those around us. And there's no shortage of colourful masks made in natural breathable fabrics being produced by Irish brands.

Designers and makers around the country began producing face masks while out of regular work and found that demand has surged. Many makers are also donating a percentage of their sales to various charities and aid groups - check out their individual websites for more details.

So while the face mask is a must wear, we might as well have some fun with it. For a jolt of colour, Jennifer Rothwell (jenniferrothwell.com), Helen Steele and Niamh McCabe (nimcake.com) are all producing masks in vibrant prints. For a touch of luxe it has to be a mask by Mairead Whisker or Reuben Avenue, designed by Dubliner Eoin Dillon. Those ready to embrace Y2K style should check out Donegal-based fashion student Mariusz Malon, who is selling matching mask and bucket hat sets via his Depop (depop.com/mariuszmalon).

It is important to remember that while wearing a mask can help stop the spread of Covid-19, these cloth masks are not medical grade. Social distancing and hygiene measures should still be followed. For more information and guidelines for wearing a facemask, visit gov.ie or hpsc.ie.

1. Linen mask, €16, irishlinenhouse.com

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Irish Linen Company

Irish Linen Company

Irish Linen Company

2. Printed cotton mask, €25, nataliebcoleman.com

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Natalie B Coleman

Natalie B Coleman

Natalie B Coleman

3. Cotton mask, €8.50, etsy.com/uk/shop/FaceMasksbyMiriam

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Masks by Miriam

Masks by Miriam

Masks by Miriam

4. Linen mask with velvet trim, €30, dominowhisker.com;

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Mairead Whisker

Mairead Whisker

Mairead Whisker

5. Cotton mask, €12, moonmood.ie

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MoonMood.ie

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6. Silk mask lined with linen, €55, reubenavenue.com

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Reuben Avenue

Reuben Avenue

Reuben Avenue

7. Cotton mask, €16.00, gabriellemalonedesign.com

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Gabrielle Malone

Gabrielle Malone

Gabrielle Malone

8. Cotton print mask, €16, oliviainstitches.com

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Olivia in Stitches

Olivia in Stitches

Olivia in Stitches

9. Linen mask, €10, bebhinn.ie

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BÉBHÍNN linen mask

BÉBHÍNN linen mask

BÉBHÍNN linen mask

10. Print mask, €25, helensteele.com

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Helen Steele

Helen Steele

Helen Steele

11. Stretch cotton mask, from €4, irishsocksciety.com

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Irish Sock Company

Irish Sock Company

Irish Sock Company

12. Cotton masks, from €13 each, faceit.ie

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FaceIt.ie

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