Do you wish that your friends and family would invite you over for dinner more often? Don’t just show up to their houses around mealtime hoping they will feed you. Take a subtler approach; for their next birthday, give them a reason to spend more time in the kitchen. How, you ask? Give them an apron that will be sure to make them feel special, and they will be sure to return the favor.
It’s OK that none of your friends act, look, or think like June Cleaver. The apron is no longer a symbol of the 1950s archetypal housewife, criticized by feminists of the 1970s. In recent years, we have seen a resurgence of the apron, and these aprons aren’t just for housewives anymore. Since 2010, aprons have not only been making their way back into everyday kitchens, but have been making appearances in several runway shows and on customizable T-shirt websites.
While aprons continue to protect clothes from kitchen splatters, provide cooks with a convenient napkin, and separate the chef from the rest of the people in the kitchen, they have transformed beyond these basic functions. As grandmothers pass along their aprons to their daughters and granddaughters, aprons represent a beloved piece of family history. Traveling exhibits, like "Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections," use the aprons as tools to connect museum visitors with the past. And sites like Zazzle and Café Press offer a wide selection of aprons that have humorous sayings and cartoons printed on them, providing a way for all sorts of chefs to show off their funny side. As stores like Anthropologie start selling vintage aprons on their clothing racks, aprons become a way for chefs to stay fashionable. So go ahead, take a look, and find an apron that best expresses who you are.
And don’t forget to check out our collection of hilarious aprons for parents.