fashion dictionary: SNOOD
- a distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland.
- a netlike hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
- the flap of skin over the beak of a turkey--yes, you finally know what that's called!
Our first ever Fashion Dictionary instalment is dedicated to the snood! Snoods have been on the scene for years but most recently became popular in the 1940's when women took jobs in factories during WWII. They were a necessary fashion that prevented loose hair from getting tangled in machinery (not to get too graphic but being scalped by machinery was not unheard of), yet snoods allowed victory rolls, pompadours, and curls to remain intact.
Just last week we stumbled across an alleged "snood" on Club Monaco's website and we were all, Good grief, Club, THAT, my friend, is a neck warmer. We smugly looked up the definition only to discover that people are totally calling neck warmers & circle scarves snoods! What the what? We knew that we must speak our piece and let the people know the truth. Sure, sure, you can go ahead and call your neck warmer a snood, even TopShop is doing it (we think the Brits started it), but it's like when a popular new band covers an old classic and all the kids are like, OMVG, this singer/musician/band is like a total genius, I love this song! And you have to be like, Yah, it's super great, but you should know that it was originally perfected by this singer/musician/band…you feel us? It's so important to know your roots! Like this little gem from Feist that was originally a Bee Gee's hit!
Feeling any wiser? Here are some more great examples of snoods...