In this issue, with our mind on festive, wintry things, we love the snood: a cross between a circular scarf with no end and a hood, which first appeared on the catwalks of major fashion houses such as Burberry, YSL, Donna Karan and Missoni last year. It is fast becoming an “It” accessory for the winter season, spotted on Lady Gaga, Rihanna and various other high profile celebrities. This season, the snood has gone mainstream but most people don’t know that this trend has been creeping up on us for a while.
The snood (pronunciation: ‘snüd) was historically a type of fillet or band, closely resembling a hairnet, worn over the head by women from the early Middle Ages onwards. From these humble origins the snood has evolved into a glamorous cover-up distinct from its original form. This development has been accompanied by a change of name as well. It is now often referred to as a ‘circular’ or ‘infinity scarf’ or ‘neck tube’ making it slightly more accessible. It can be worn as a scarf wrapped loosely around the neck or simply pulled over the head like a regular hood for a more dramatic look.
The snood is a chic alternative to the scarf and there are a multitude of different colours and materials on the High Street. The most prevalent colours are on trend neutral shades of grey, white and black and the most popular material is cosy wool or a wool substitute such as acrylic. The snood is a versatile accessory that enhances current trends. For example a chunky snood can add to a quirky look combined with a leather or military jacket and an oversized jumper. A fine knit snood can compliment a feminine ensemble and light materials.
This season don’t ruin your party dress with a tired, overworn scarf; instead opt for the chicest winter warmer around.