I recently read somewhere that ‘aprons are a symbol of female oppression’. I find that statement completely ridiculous, but I won’t delve into that. I see absolutely nothing wrong with wearing an apron whether it’s for housework, cooking – or fashion!
As the title of today’s post suggests, I love vintage aprons. I collect and wear vintage aprons and even design my own vintage-inspired ones. Vintage aprons are pretty and feminine and can really add something special to your outfit.
There are many different types and styles of vintage aprons. My favourite kinds are full bib ‘hostess’ aprons and half or ‘skirt’ aprons. To clarify, a bib apron is the kind where you do not have to tie it around your next. Called a bib apron after babies bibs, I imagine. Sometimes bib aprons also criss-cross in the back.
Hostess aprons refer to full-length 50s aprons that are colourful, ruffly, ornate and sometimes over-the-top.
A half (or skirt apron) is half of a full size apron and covers the bottom of your dress or skirt.
I am particularly fond of ‘personality’ aprons as they were called in the 1950s. Personality aprons are simply novelty print aprons, worn to suit ones mood or personality. I love this type of apron in particular, as they are very unique and cheerful. There is nothing more fun, colourful and eye-catching than a vintage apron made from floursack fabric.
Aprons for Fashion
In the 1950s aprons became more popular, but were not just worn to keep clothes clean of dust and cooking debris. Aprons were worn for fashion and seen as an accessory to an outfit. Elaborate and embellished half aprons were created to complement evening dresses, deemed ‘glamour’ or ‘dress’ aprons.
These aprons are more ornate than day aprons and feature intricate embroidery, beading, stencils, tassles – you name it! See below one of my dress aprons, worn last year as part of my Christmas eve outfit.
Remember ladies: glamour aprons turn day dresses into date dresses!
Vintage-inspired Apron Lines:
Some of these aprons are so lovely I want to buy them, sew them up the back and wear them as a dress!