A snood was a netted, tatted, knitted, or crocheted hairnet used to enclose hair at the back of the head, close to the nape. Though the term “snood” was used in the Middle Ages to refer to a wide variety of net or cloth head coverings, it wasn’t until the 1860s in Europe that the snood as we know it became all the rage (in America, the same item was referred to as a hairnet). Since elastic was not yet invented, this item was held in place with pins, and often matched the wearer’s hair color.
In 1935, Elsa Schiaparelli introduced a Victorian revival in the form of a snood, which quickly became a method of keeping hair free from machinery in Britain during WWII. Although hats weren’t rationed during the war, snoods were favored to demonstrate commitment to the war effort. These “modern” snoods were often crocheted, and easy to copy from the abundance of patterns in magazines.
What do you think, dear readers? Are snoods a good way to deal with a bad hair day? To make a fashion statement? Cast your vote, and/or leave a comment below!
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