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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feelin' Snoody

One of our favorite accessories to emerge for the fall/winter season is the snood. Aside from being a word we just like saying, a snood is a type of modified scarf that is basically one continuous piece of fabric. Some are shorter like a cowl, some are longer and meant to be wrapped around your neck a few times, but either way, we are becoming big fans. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, so is the rest of the country.

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?

Black Tapestry Snood

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.

Missoni Rib-knit wool-blend snood

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.
Echo Single Infinity Scarf  

The Vince Ribbed Cotton Circle Scarf isn't flashy but it would definitely go with most any outfit.

Vince Ribbed Circle Cotton Scarf

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.

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Fur snoods are also quite popular this fall on the runway- photo via

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).

 Burberry Rabbit snood  Luxuriously Soft Faux Fur Tube Scarf

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...

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Use it as a head covering to stay warm, or as a dress or skirt if you're really adventurous.

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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.

 Mysterious Scarf - Roxy  Mysterious Scarf - Roxy

Is there a snood in your future this fall?


Erin said...

I adore snoods (maybe not the dog ones...). I actually bought that teal one from Limited that you show...haven't worn it yet. I REALLY REALLY want that black and white striped one from Top Shop though. Must have it now!

central bark designs said...

Must find a snood! Love the look - and thinking it would be nice and toasty for the winter romps in Central Park - and NO - Abbey the amazing Golden Retriever will NOT be participating in snood craze.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I have been wanting one of these for a while! They are so cute and such a fun way to keep warm this winter!

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