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First Came Little Red Riding Hood, Then Lady Gaga, And Now, BAM: The Unnecessary Hood Is Officially A Trend

June 2, 2011 by Charlotte Steinway
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From left: American Apparel’s $48 Hooded Swimsuit and Nanarami’s $149 Hooded Shrug

I will be the first to say that I actually own this American Apparel Hooded Swimsuit (pictured left). And while I initially purchased it for my Lady Gaga Halloween costume, I decided to test out the waters—literally—by wearing it in Las Vegas last year (c’mon, it was Wet Republic, I expected things to get weird). The result was precisely as awkward as I expected: I didn’t want to leave the hood down for fear of the creepy wet upper back feeling and weird tan lines, but yet I didn’t want to put it on because, well, it made my hair both wet and seemingly dreadlocked. But then again, the whole experience did make me look at the bigger picture, in pondering one of the great life questions: what purpose do hoods really even serve? They hardly protect your ‘do from the elements—as any girl will know, hood hair is right up there with hat hair. So in the spirit of futility, I present to you a collection of completely unnecessary hoods:

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