Anthropologie Botanist Knoll Apron
This light cotton sheath is cool in the kitchen, and its pattern conceals culinary wear and tear, remaining vibrant after many hot-water wash cycles. Dozens of other styles are available online.
To buy: $28, anthropologie.com.
Heirloomed Rollings of Cinnamon Full Sash Apron
With a billowy linen body, a fitted V-neck bust, and a wraparound linen sash that ties into a big bow, this winner is beautiful enough to wear during a dinner party. Bonus: It comes ready to gift—packed with blank recipe cards in a preserve jar.
To buy: $85, heirloomedcollection.com.
Red House The Half Apron
A simple pick for times you want minimal protection (washing dishes against a wet counter edge, say) or if halter necks are uncomfortable. This apron is made from sturdy French ticking, hits at the knee, and has two deep pockets in front.
To buy: $88, redhousevt.com.
Stanley & Sons Cloth Strap Apron
The best for messy tasks (or if homemade marinara is on weekly rotation), this apron has a heavy-duty, waxy canvas surface that’s easy to wipe down. Falls below the knee for full coverage.
To buy: $97, apronandbag.com.
Original Blunt Roll in Grey Denim
Sharp and practical, this denim smock, designed for professional chefs, will last for a lifetime of pancake flipping. The leather pocket has sections to hold knives or transport tools to the grill.
To buy: $150, thebluntroll.com.