✯ Day 219 of Vintage 365 ✯
It's summer, you're feeling so hot you wouldn't surprised if eggs could fry on your forehead, and anything that can possibly shave a few degrees off seems like a godsend. Enter the snood.
I know, I know, I see your right eyebrow darting upwards, but hear me out. As gal whose had medium or long hair pretty much all her life, I know firsthand the notable difference in temperature one can feel when their hair is worn up out of their face and not matted to their shoulders.
I love (pin) curled locks cascading down my back as much as the next gal, but sometimes you want a hairstyle that's clearly vintage, yet is able to be put together quickly and that allows your hair to be worn up, and that is precisely where the snood comes in.
Snoods are unique in many ways. They're both practical (women who went off to work in the factories of WW2 commonly sported snoods), yet can be surprisingly elegant, too.
You can wear your hair as fancily or plainly in the front as you like (I like a small victory roll or two nestled against the top edge of the snood; curled bangs are another favourite), and sweep the rest (whether you have a few inches or your hair grazes your belt) up into the snood, where it will be kept neat and tidy, resting against the base of your neck.
If you're a fan of snoods, too, then you'll jump for joy over the bevy of lovely snoods I spotted recently over at vintage reproduction seller Red Dress Shoppe.
These wonderful, very vintage inspired snoods are available in a delightful range of 18 different hues (six of which can be seen in the image below), meaning you can find one to go with just about any garment in your wardrobe.
Retailing at the very reasonable rate of $5.00 (US) each, these crochet snoods are also easy on the pocketbook. If you're new to wearing snoods, I suggest you pick up a couple in more neutral hues like black and white or grey, and see how you like the look of them paired with your favourite 1940s and 50 outfits.
If you enjoy sporting a snood, especially during these sweltering days of summer when you want a lovely vintage updo that gets your hair out of your face, then branch out and add more colours to your snood collection.
Snoods are a lot of fun, quick to attach (a few bobby pins or hair clips should do the trick), add instant old school charm to any ensemble, and are an affordable fashion accessory that, in my opinion, will never lose its feminine elegance, classic beauty or practical handiness as way of corralling and chicly styling your hair.