Burberry Snood courtesy of www.polyvore.com

Burberry Snood courtesy of www.polyvore.com

To snood or not to snood?  And, what exactly is a snood?  It is an accessory that I promise I have picked up and put back down and never put it on correctly,  or perhaps just never realized all the possibilities….  A snood is a circular scarf for your neck and it can also envelope your head and neck at the same time.  A snood is also known as an infinity scarf.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the snood is one of Burberry’s top selling accessories this season.  Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales, Net-A-Porter….they all love the Snood.  WSJ quotes Burberry’s CFO attributing “the snood’s rise to consumers’ desire for safety in tumultuous times.”  Translation: it makes you feel protected to have  your head and neck swaddled.  Hmmmm, really?  Protection?  I think it’s just that you can throw on a hat and a scarf with just one piece–or not fuss with wrapping your scarf–thus convenience and novelty are at play here.  And, really, perhaps novel is the wrong word.  This basic look has been embraced for a very long time…think Mary mother of Jesus–but in knit and with Burberry plaid.  Would a Burberry Snood be as outlawed in a French school as a cloth Muslim hair wrap?  Just wondering.  Click her to see Burberry snood.

An online search for snoods produces ones just for hair wrapping and modesty, ones made of denim (please don’t wear one made of denim), loose ones just for the neck, and ones made to to obviously be the hat/scarf combo.  I have even found one with sleeves…which is bordering on just being called “the torso-missing hoodie”….

I do like an accessory called a Turtle when I ski….and they keep my neck soooo warm.  Perhaps all the resorts this year will sell these as Ski Snoods?

What I love about the snood is that it makes my cowl-neck obsessed self able to make most anything attain that cowl-neck look.  If you are someone who loves a cowl neck as much as I do, consider this look.  In fact, local author and avid knitter Ann Shayne (co-author of Mason Dixon Knitting) insists that all knitters LOVE cowl-necks.  Ann credits Cat Bordhi as a longtime champion of the snood.  Ann says,

“We in the knitting world have been interested to learn that Seventh Avenue and the Wall Street Journal have just discovered snoods.  Over here–where people knit through childbirth, weddings, funerals, and interstate traffic at 80 mph–snoods have been coming off the needles for quite a while.  We call them cowls, usually.  A snood is a tube, that’s all–one of the simplest kinds of knitting.  We heartily recommend that people knit themselves a snood–it’ll cost a lot less than one from Burberry, and it’s an easy project that will get you through a boxed set of Mad Men.”  If you want to knit one, here is a free pattern from Bordhi’s site.

Here are Some Snood Examples

You decide, is this something you will wear?  There are so many styles, my guess is that there may be one calling your name.

Snood, or tublular scarf, Bloomingdales:

Magaschoni Snood, or tublular scarf, Bloomingdales: $210

Snood with sleeves. Kai-aakmann, RevolveClothing.com $186

Snood with sleeves. Kai-aakmann, RevolveClothing.com $186

Snood, available in 3 colors from Vivre.

Snood, by Lutz and Patmos, available in 3 colors from Vivre: $225

Eugina Kim snood $209

Eugenia Kim snood, revolveclothing.com $209

The Limited: $39.50

The Limited: $39.50