Snoods – do we love them?

If you are anything like me your first reaction to reading the title of this post was to giggle at the word snood. Your second reaction was to ask “what the hell is a snood?”

Well according to J Crew, this is a snood:

But according to, a snood is:

1. the distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.

2. a headband for the hair

3. a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman’s head.

4. the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey.

Call me crazy, but this doesn’t look anything like a headband or the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey. (How’s that for a visual?? Happy Early Thanksgiving kids!!)

What I think we have here is a failure to communicate. This is clearly just a fat, neverending scarf. And they’re popping up at retailers all over the place this winter.

Anthro calls them “loops”:


Old Navy is calling them “infinity scarves”:

Old Navy infinity scarves

And the Gap is apparently going with “cowlneck scarf”

Now while I think we can all agree that ‘”loop”, “infinity scarf” and “cowlneck scarf” are more descriptive terms for what is actually happening here, I’m hoping we can also all agree that those terms aren’t nearly as much fun to say as “snood.”

But is it equally as fun to wear a snood? Or should we all just stick with our good, old-fashioned scarves?



About Shea Brakefield

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