My mother in law sent me a forward about aprons recently; perhaps you've received one like it. I must confess that although I love my aprons, being very much a lazy city girl I had no idea how many uses this kitchen staple actually had. Wiping a kid's face? Carrying in produce or eggs? Dusting? (Hopefully in that order...)
Today, the forward notes, we are far less likely to use aprons for all these practical purposes. I know quite a few people who don't even wear aprons, and I didn't until I started wondering why I was spending what seemed like an inordinate amount of time stain treating. I love to stir fry, and grease marks are the worst. Whenever I try to cut corners by not putting on an apron, I inevitably end up with permanent splashes and splatters across my front. Boo.
Which is why I don't really understand half aprons. But they sure are cute and domestic-y. And I guess they probably still could carry quite a few tomatoes.
I feel like I've said this a surprising number of times this past month, which is rather refreshing, but here is another example of an accessory that is as practical as it is decorative. Perhaps we don't need it now to protect our one or two dresses that have to last us years of everyday wear, but now for some of us it adds some frills to make up for the fact that we hardly ever have occasion to wear dresses at all. Ironic?
Yes, an apron can express personality as much as it protects, and it can do so without giant letters reading GRILL MASTER or KISS THE COOK.
Hooray for aprons! If you don't have one, scrap one together, search out a WAHM, or please please tell me your secrets to clean cooking!
(All these gorgeous aprons are from The Bohemian Cook.)