The Best Aprons

Smart people never spill or splatter. For mere mortal cooks, there are these smart, sturdy—and stylish—safeguards.


Best Bargain


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,

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Most Flattering


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,

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Best Half


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,

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Most Stain-Resistant


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,

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Best Splurge


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,

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