It's easy to admire a vintage accessory or clothing style, but sometimes harder to imagine how to actually find a place for it in your wardrobe. One of the lovely things about the online vintage community, is getting to see how other people are dressing, and get ideas for the pieces you want to wear yourself. And although vintage images are great, highly-styled magazine images and fashion sketches dominate over photos of everyday people, and seeing clothing worn by a real person is a lot more helpful.
In the first Snoodtember post, I shared some links to advice on how to wear a snood and how to style your hair with them. Today we're going further with our inspiration, to look at whole outfits styled beautifully with a snood. I've tried to include a picture of the whole outfit, and often a close up or two so that you can see the hair details too.
There are outfits for any season, from a range of colour palettes, so that whatever hemisphere you are in, you can find something to work for you right now.
Many thanks to the lovely bloggers who agreed to let me share their images in this post. I've shared their blog links in the text so that you can check them out, and each individual photo is linked to the blog post for that particular outfit.
I'd like to start with Christine, from the blog Chronically Overdressed, otherwise known as The Glambassador. Christine is a frequent snood wearer, and always styles them beautifully with her outfits and with perfect hair! I also really love this dress silhouette with the snood.
I love the way the red in the snood and her brooch (and lipstick) add bright spots to the otherwise darker outfit.
Here is the same flower, but with a different snood and different outfit. Now it's the white of the flower that matches the necklace and the details of the dress, while the blue of the snood coordinates with the dress. It's worth checking out the other photos from the post to see this look with a coat too.
Vintage fashion blogs do tend to show a lot more dresses than pants, and when it comes to snoods that seems to be even more the case than usual! This play suit that Christine is wearing here is a lovely compromise, I feel.
Look at those rolls! I desperately need to work on my hair skills.
This next one is a lovely bright summer outfit, but my favourite thing about it is seeing one of those half-snoods in action.
How cute is it? This style works beautifully with the cute rolls in front, and you can see why snoods were such a big thing for women with long hair, getting it off your neck and out of the wind, while looking as chic as can be.
Next up is Bianca, from the blog The Closet Historian. I knew I had to include Bianca in this post, and one of the reasons is that she has worn snoods in such a variety of ways, and with outfits inspired by more than just 1940s looks.
Let's start with mid-century vintage looks and go from there. The snood is subtle here, matching Bianca's hair colour closely, but it provides an added extra to the look (and I can imagine it might have been windy up on that mountain, so practical too!).
I love all the colours that are going on here, tied together in a sleek, uber-cool silhouette
This snood is also subtle, especially in a look that is already in black-and-white, but the fact that it is worn with a hat makes it so extra special! As you know, I've made "with a hat" one of the Snoodtember weekly themes, so I was excited to find a good example to inspire you all!
Snoods with hats are such a common look in the fashion magazines in the 1940s, but one that is rarely being worn these days by vintage fans. Bianca shows it is not only possible, but downright stunning!
I remember when Bianca first shared her sketches for a series of outfits planned with a renaissance inspiration brought into a more modern outfit, and the results were fantastic. Snoods these days are most often worn with a 1940s-inspired look, they were around a long time before then, and I encourage you to explore those other eras for ideas.
You don't have to design and make your own historically-inspired dresses as Bianca has done, (although, by all means do, because I'd love to drool over some more) but some details could be introduced in smaller ways. I love the look of the snood itself too, with the band at the front giving a nice detail.
This outfit, another of Bianca's renaissance-inspired looks, is also not out of the question for those looking to express their love for gothic hints or Halloween vibes. The snood is barely noticeable from the front, but makes a lovely detail in the all-black ensemble. This, and all Bianca's looks, also show that you don't have to do victory rolls or have a fringe to wear a snood.
Next we have Jessica, of Chronically Vintage. Jessica is a big snood fan, and I delved right back into her blog archives to find my favourite outfits to share with you.
I love this pink and green combination, with just the kind of "It's spring but I still need a cardigan" feel to suit the weather in my part of the world right now!
And this one, despite the more Autumnal tones, had me immediately contemplating where I could get a pinafore dress. Even though Jessica's hair isn't that dark, the black snood is still on the subtle end of the spectrum and pairs nicely with the crisp clean lines of the outfit.
And they kindly took a photo from the back. Take note, fashion bloggers, more of this please, especially when hats and other headwear are involved!
I love the sweet oatmeal colour of this snood with the soft charming colours in the dress. This seems like the kind of outfit that once you had it, you could just throw it on: dress, snood, bangles, done. I'm not sure this level elegance is really that effortless, but I like to imagine it is.
Just as I was announcing Snoodtember, I saw this outfit post on Jessica's blog, and I knew I would be including it. Such a lovely combination of colours, and showing that the simple snood with a bow can be the perfect way to top off a vintage look.
And last by not least, we have Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage, who is another long-time fan of snoods, and also a maker and seller of them (if you follow me on Instagram you'll soon be hearing some news from us!).
I love these stunning greens on Brittany, and if you go through to her post she has a link to a video tutorial for the hairstyle too. I particularly love that she is wearing, as far as I can tell, a regular snood low down as a half-snood? I was wondering about trying this, and now I feel confident to give it a go!
A classic Autumn look with plaid, dark blue, and a spot of red in the snood is hard not to love. Red snoods are so versatile and classic - I think I need to get one!
Jeans at last! I adore this look. Fancy fair and a snood, with a more casual outfit that is still full of vintage vibes, from the turned-up jean cuffs to the plaid jacket.
Once again, thank you to these lovely ladies who allowed me to share their images to inspire us all today and in our Snoodtember journey.
If you are feeling inspired but are short on snoods, don't forget that there are links to crochet patterns in the resource post and the special guest post reviewing free vintage Australian patterns. Or if sewing is more your thing, the fabric snood-along is starting later this week. (Or you can buy one from Brittany's Etsy shop, Tinsel Town Accessories.) Stay tuned!