Friday, 3 December 2010

In Praise of the Snood…………………………

The dictionary defines the word ‘snood’ as follows:


1.the distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.
2.a headband for the hair.
3.a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
4.the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey.

So how we have got from the above to a kind of circular scarf that you wear round your neck I have no idea and I’m not going to even try and go there. Interestingly the Americans call it a ‘circle scarf’, ‘endless scarf’, or ‘infinity scarf’, which I have to say makes more sense. However, onwards with the ‘snood’ we will go………………

Snoods work particularly well at this time of year on several levels………………….

They keep your neck warm
They’re in fashion
They can look good
They’re less expensive than a scarf, most of the time.

Having failed to buy a particularly lovely, warm and textured cashmere snood ‘circle scarf’ at Ann Taylor when last in NY, which I regret, as it would have been a perfect birthday present for my daughter, I decided to have a browse here and see what was available. These are my six favourite discoveries.

Snood Pure Collection Aubin and Wills Snood Rick Owens Snood

French Connection Snood Jigsaw cableknit snood Madeleine Thompson Snood

So you see there’s now now excuse not to own your very own snood. I don’t, yet, I have to say, but no doubt I will soon.