I spent years of my cooking life rarely using aprons. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I was to host a large Easter meal, dressed to the nine’s that I overtly bought an apron to protect and compliment my ensemble. I pictured myself over my Martha Stewart worthy table, smiling with grease splatters on my black and white polka dot dress making a toast. Definitely not chic.
Boojiboo is based in Los Angeles (5747 sales with 100% positive feedback) and has 263 handmade items in their Etsy store. I love the styling of their aprons and they span every color combination and theme all being current in tone and darling. This apron called The CHLOE Vintage Inspired Market Fresh Pears in Red Yellow and Green Full Apron and sells for $28.75. A close up of the fabric below:
For a more sophisticated choice decorativeinstincts (200 sales with 100% satisfaction) in Chicago offers a number of options. They have chic aprons, some paired with matching pot holders, and that really look like dresses. Great hostess aprons. Also you’ll find in their store a number of other coordinating items like clipboards, magazine boxes and more. Below is their Flower and Dot Apron which is on the more festive side of their creations and sells for $35.00.
Here is another style from them, the Concentric Circle apron, which also sells for $35.00.
I DO hear the Austin Power’s theme song in head when I look at this next pattern; and there’s nothing wrong with that! This designer’s prints evoke the height of the mini skirt cocktail era of the ‘60’s for me. Swizwhiz (3 sales with 100% satisfaction) is based in San Francisco; quelle supris! This White Cocktail Long Apron is absolutely darling in my book and sells for $30.00:
The aprons by simplyaprons (126 sales with 100% positive feedback) are girly all the way. Having said that however this was one of the few designers that carried some aprons for men. The full apron is called Strawberry Sherbet in feminine shades of all pink and sells for $32.00.
I’m personally mad for this print! This half apron, Sunny Side Up, is $28.00:
Here is another ’50’s vintage reproduction that is really sweet. Not sure if I love the apron or the seller’s name better. This apron is by SugarPieChic (342 sales with 100% positive feedback) in Austin Texas. It is the Retro Chic Apron – Michael Miller Fifties Kitchen and sells for $33.00. I love the vintage print, the fat brick-a-brack and the full coverage (figure-flattering too)!
If you go to Boojiboo’s site (which you really must) , you’ll note each apron name (e.g. Bella, Chloe, etc) is a specific style and there are several fabric styles to choose from within a given style. If you find you become sweet on a particular style, you can merely select that style from their main page to see the fabric choices.
This is The BELLA Vintage Inspired Retro Christmas Shopper on Blue Full Apron and it sells for $28.75. It features prim vintage ladies holiday shopping:
I did note that most if not all of these designers will ship internationally and have shipping costs posted on their Etsy store site.
Lastly, NO I did not forget men also cook and don’t want to emerge stained like slobs. I overtly looked for men’s chef aprons and disappointingly did not find many nor were those that I found worth a peek. Maybe a future post after more sleuthing!
Happy and cute cooking to you!