Get in the mood for a snood: For the fashionista who has everything (else)

Bonnie McCarthy

The Lorax said, "Sir, you are crazy with greed. There is no one on earth who would buy that fool Thneed!" Dr. Seuss had the Thneed; we are being asked to consider the snood (like: s-nude). The snood is also a "fine-something that all people need." It's a scarf, it's a hat, it's a hood, it's a muff, and there are other great uses if that's not enough.

Designers and retailers alike appear to be romancing the snood this holiday season in a desperate attempt to sell us something we don't already own. Dictionary.com defines the snood as either a small, net-like cap that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair; or as the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey (who knew!).

Needless to say, we're talking here about the first definition.

A fashion trend that began as a hot style for unmarried women in 8th century Scotland and Northern England -- it symbolized chastity -- the snood was also wildly popular in the 1940s when women wore it in factories to prevent hair from getting caught in machinery. Today's snoods are not limited to virgins and line workers, thank goodness.