July 16, 2018
Last Updated on September 8, 2023 by Dominique de Merteuil
Vintage hair snood ideas! The wonderful snood is not only a real lifesaver keeping the curls in place when the weather is not vintage-hair friendly, but it also looks spectacular giving a finishing touch to any vintage ensemble!
In this post, I will show you examples of how I accessorise my vintage outfits with the fabulous hair snood and hair net.
1. Hair Snood in the Spring
In the “Spring” series of pictures taken by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing a 1950s dress (read my article about how to date vintage clothing!) paired with a 1950s bag, a porcelain necklace from POPORCELAIN, my favourite Megumi-O- sunglasses and my new obsession, the 1950s hair snood adorned with a velvet bow, bought from Shazam Hair Flowers on Etsy.
Vintage Hair Snood Ideas!
Detail of my vintage hair snood adorned with a velvet bow.
Definition of Snood
Period: 20th century onwards. In much earlier usage, a ribbon or hair-band, but now generally associated with the fine cord or mesh net retaining a chignon or other styles of rolled-up hair. Worn outdoors with or without a hat. Also made of fabric and attached to a hat.The Dictionary Of Fashion History: Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington
2. Hair Snood in the Summer
For the “Summer” look No.1, I opted for my favourite 1940s DuBarry dress and late 1950s Koret wicker purse.
For this look, I opted for the 1940s Du Barry dress, 1950s hair snood and French Sole velvet slippers.
I despise simplicity; it is the negation of all that is beautiful.Norman Hartnell
The “Summer” look No.2 is my everyday outfit consisting of a 1952 Handmacher skirt, a House of Foxy top adorned with 1930s buttons and the SPITZ saddle shoes.
The vintage hair net is a lifesaver during humid summer days.
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3. Hair Snood in the Autumn
And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.Oscar Wilde
Autumn is undoubtedly my favourite time of the year, as it’s the most vintage-friendly season.
For the “Autumn” look No.1 I chose an all-1950s ensemble.
The Wolford tights and boots are, of course, contemporary.
Vintage hair snood is always a good idea.
The “Autumn” look No.2 is all about the 1940s, although I’m sure you spotted the beauteous Wolford tights that are not vintage but compliment the true vintage attire rather nicely.
I purchased my favourite 1950s hair snood from Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers.
4. Vintage Snood in Winter
I can’t imagine a winter look without a hair snood or hair net, like the one in the photograph below.
Detail shot of Helen Moore’s faux fur pillbox hat, vintage collar and a 1940s hair net from Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers.
The Hair Snoods in the 1940s
Snoods were very popular in the 1940s, they helped to keep the hair neat, away from the face, and made it a convenient accessory at work in particular for women who worked in war industry factories and could have easily gotten their hair tangled and caught in machinery.
The most popular snoods were knit or crocheted, pretty much out of any material and in various colours, quite often the same as the dress.
Beautiful examples of snood by Lilly Dache were found in an advertisement in 1944. The picture below is from one of my favourite films of all time, The Women, 1939.