Safe and hygienic, but make it fashion. 

We kind of love the random trends no one could have predicted yet have still suddenly cropped up throughout this pandemic. We randomly got really into banana bread. We did home workouts and started investing in face shields for events. And we were pouring Korean whipped Dalgona coffee onto our bodies like there was no tomorrow. 

That last one is a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist. 

COVID-19 sure has left its mark on trends, and even moreso on fashion trends. 

Yet whilst fashionable face masks have cropped up a few months ago, we’ve started spotting a new hot item we kind of love and are obsessed with. Mask chains: can you even say you’re doing quarantine fashion right if you aren’t sporting one?

Image Credit: Pretty Connected Shop

Jokes aside, the rise of the mask chain is an example of where fashion has kind of followed function. Picture this: you’re heading out to meet the gals or the bros for dinner, and you’re wearing your mask like you should. You get to the restaurant, and because small groups are allowed to sit together, you take off your mask to eat and vibe. But before you bring out the champers, rewind a little and think about this: where do you put your mask? 

Where you put your mask during its down time is actually quite a vital thing to think about. If you place it onto a contaminated surface, you run the risk of picking up bacteria — or worse, a dreaded virus. Thereby, a safe mask storage box or bag is a good thing to carry with you. Or — lightbulb moment — a mask chain or strap to safely let your mask dangle from your neck when not in use. Genius. 

Often merely recycled from glasses or sunglass chains, we’re really loving the rising mask chain trend of the minute. Here, we’ve put together a few spots where you can easily order them online. If you’re one for trends and always want to be ahead of them, here’s your calling. See you (safely and securely) out there.

[Hero Image Credit: Lady Grey Jewellery; Featured Image Credit: Pretty Connected Shop/Instagram]

 

1
Donni 

Starting our list with possibly the classiest of the lot, this Donni mask chain (approx. THB 2745) keeps it timeless yet cool with an acetate chain link and removable gold hardware. Very polished, and very apt for many occasions, it goes well with sunglasses to match, too. Summer 2020, we hear you.

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2
Human Strap 

Was this mask chain by Human Strap (THB 69) inspired by the LA Lakers? We’re not so sure. Sturdy and well-suited to the sporty types amongst us, we love the colour pop of this rope-like strap for a look that is sure to hold no matter the weather.

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3
Take a Bead

It’s no secret that we love a good bead around here. Featuring designs in many different colours, this Take a Bead mask chain boasts a playful and light-hearted aura, adding a sweet charm to any any odd outfit. The pop of colour your otherwise perhaps rather vanilla mask may be lacking. 

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4
Twist Mask

Here’s something in the place for ladies with style and grace. For a bit of 1920s flair, opt for a pearl mask chain. Twist Mask makes them in either white or dark pearls (THB 200) at a very friendly price tag for a very snazzy look. Granted, they aren’t real pearls, but that also means they can suffer ample wear and tear when you’re out and about. A glamorous look for less. 

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5
Some Miles

If you’re feeling down because your smile needs to hide behind a mask, do not fear, this Some Miles mask chain (THB 170) is here. Playful, colourful, and very suited to the person who is sunshine personified.

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6
Lady Grey Jewellery

Here’s one that made the sartorial rounds abroad, too. This Lady Grey Jewellery mask chain (approx. THB 3370) consists of a 17” brass chain with 14k gold plating. Simple and sophisticated, it’s an accessory that goes with any look (and any mask, really) and is suited to both casual and formal events. The absolute no-brainer, especially if you’re just getting into the mask chain game.

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7
Quater BKK

Lastly, a little something for our crystal and gemstone lovers. Inspired by the amethyst, this Quarter BKK mask chain (THB 129) is said to bring about good Feng Shui and vibes with its calming purple hues. A great way to soothe your day no matter where you are, and no matter where you head — with your mask safely and securely hanging on.

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.