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The Evolution of Aprons

Aprons are our cooking buddy.  You’ve already put on your $300 suit and are getting ready for work, but your 3 year-old daughter requests a pancake for breakfast.  You can oblige her with it by putting on your apron and cook one.  That way, you were able to indulge your little angel and at the same time protect the value of your office suit.

That’s very well one of apron’s many uses – to protect our clothes from food or oil spatters when cooking.  Another purpose of aprons is to use it to prevent contaminants from our clothes to reach the food that we are cooking. Human-borne pathogens can cause diseases and harm the people that we are cooking for.  That is mainly the reason why food servers are required to use aprons, hairnets or even goggles– to avert the spread of these agents to our food.

Another known function of apron is to protect the outfit worn inside from gathering dirt when doing household chores.  There were no washing machines in those days, and there were no advance cloth materials that were easy to wash.  Washing clothes was considered a tedious chore back then that shielding clothing from stains while working is of utmost importance.  Aprons were a necessity.  Cheaper clothes and washing machines made aprons less common in the 1960s, but the tradition of wearing this garment remain strong in many places.

Back then, aprons for sale were designed to be longer, almost like an extra garment worn above the dress.  As time passed by, the length shortened and knee length aprons came into existence.  There were two types of aprons for sale at that time: one that begins just a little below the waist, while the other begins from the neck down to the knee.  This latter type is called bib apron now, and has a strap at the neck, and two ribbons near the waistline that could be tied behind the waist.

In years past, cotton was the preferred material, but in recent years, spun poly has proven the better choice of fabric. Spun Poly is more durable, does not require ironing, doesn’t shrink and is more color-fast than Cotton or Poly/Cotton blends. It also looks, breathes, and feels better than Poly Cotton.

Today, the functionality of apron is still widely recognized, although the concept of fashion is often attached to it.  Apron makers have come up with different kinds of working aprons — waist aprons, bistro aprons, bib aprons, no-pocket bib aprons, waterproof aprons, shop aprons, chef-bib aprons, tuxedo aprons, cobbler aprons, and many others.  They have also come up with aprons for sale that are fashionable and appealing to people.  There are now various designs, colors and cuts of apron that one can look for in the market.  Vintage aprons rode with the popularity of vintage clothing and sexy aprons have emerged, treating it now like lingerie that’s perfect to give as gift during bridal showers.  Bridal aprons, teen aprons, mother-daughter apron sets, barbeque aprons, and many, many others.

The conventional, functional, somber identity of the apron has now become stylish, alluring, cheerful and bright.   For whatever reason that one has in wearing an apron—be it because of work or to make one’s household chores more interesting, or just simply because one wants to make a fashion statement, the fact remains that nowadays, you’re chic and trendy if you wear an apron.