As soon as the temperature starts to drop, you will start to see snoods popping up on every fashionable woman’s head and neck.  A snood is a functional, elegant, and versatile accessory that works with different looks and changing weather.  I must get my hands on one as soon as possible…

Image: Net-A-Porter

Image: Net-A-Porter

Missoni Rib-Knit Wool-Blend Snood $205

What is a snood? Traditionally, dating back to the 1860’s, a snood was a hairpiece that wrapped around the top of the head and under the hair to the nape of the neck.  This circular wrap contained a netted or cloth sack that held the hair.  The shape of the piece was similar to the nets that are worn in the food service industry for sanitary purposes.  Today the modern snood is a tube-shaped thick piece, oftentimes made of wool, that is worn scrunched up around the neck like a gator or pulled over the head like a hood.

Image: flickr - michal hadassah

Image: flickr - michal hadassah

I have seen snoods worn by models on the runway, but this is the first time that I think the style will make it to the general public.  Net-A-Porter currently has a collection of gorgeous wool and cashmere snoods by Burberry and Missoni.  If these two trend-setting fashion houses are designing snood styles for Fall 2009, then I predict that many other designers will soon follow.

Image: Net-A-Porter

Image: Net-A-Porter

Burberry Giant Check Snood $295

I love the snood because of its versatility and style.  It looks fabulous and elegant as a bunched up looped scarf or a loose-hanging hood.  When worn as a hood it provides warmth for the neck, ears and top of the head and protection from rain or snow.  I get really excited about new fashion terminology so the snood is definitely going to my obsession this Fall and Winter!

Image: Net-A-Porter

Image: Net-A-Porter

Burberry Wool and Cashmere Blend Snood $225

I have only been able to find luxury designer snoods, but I will be posting all season about different variations as they pop up from other designers.  I also think I might take a stab at knitting one for myself…