Technically, the word "snood" originally meant a type of hair covering that has been popular for centuries, from the renaissance to the civil war era and back again in the 20th century. However, these days the word "snood" is also used to describe a type of scarf. It's a British word and apparently U.S. retailers aren't enamored with it, which is why in the U.S. you will find snoods called a variety of other terms. Snood = urban cowl, tube scarf, infinity scarf, circle scarf
Oh yes, and google "snood" and you'll invariably come across some sites pedding things like this Black Tapestry Snood for dogs- apparently a snood is used to keep the long ears of large dogs clean- out of their food and off the ground. Who knew?
Now this is the type of snood we're talking about- Burberry's Snood which has really brought the trend to center stage. On its own is looks like a funnel neck...
But on it has the most wonderful and cozy drape! Burberry's novacheck snood only comes in cashmere, to the price is a little steep.
Missoni was another major designer to show snoods on its fall runway- apparently this Missoni Snood is sold out at several retailers.
It's only fitting that British company Topshop would make a great snood- and we love the relaxed, casual stripes on this Topshop Knitted Striped Snood.
For a pop of color, try the Echo Single Infinity Scarf, and the Limited is also in on the action with its Chunky Infinity Scarf.
The Vince Ribbed Cotton Circle Scarf isn't flashy but it would definitely go with most any outfit.
We have a feeling the Banana Republic Cashmere Infinity Scarf is super-cozy. Maybe a snood for staying in?
Etsy is a source for a variety of well-priced snoods; search both under snood and cowl. Some are a little crafty for our taste, but others, like this Lillyandlulu Urban Cowl, are positively chic.
Fur snoods are also quite popular this fall on the runway- photo via fashiontime.com
Burberry's Rabbit Snood is terribly stylish but the pricetag is invariably high. As an alternative, we love the look of this Nancygamon Faux Fur Tube Scarf from Etsy (but you have to get past the creepy mannequin...we don't blame you if you can't).
American Apparel makes a Unisex Circle Scarf in a rainbow of colors that can do just about anything short of washing the dishes. Wear it as a cozy snood...
Use it as a head covering to stay warm, or as a dress or skirt if you're really adventurous.
Our favorite snood in terms of style and price is the Roxy "Mysterious" Infinity Scarf. We are loving the modified leopard print, and the fab idea of wearing this as a type of shrug.
Is there a snood in your future this fall?