Anthropologie Cuisine Couture Apron
This light cotton sheath will keep you cool in the kitchen. With its graphic color block pattern, tailored waste, and flared skirt, it’s practically like wearing a fashionable dress while you’re cooking. It’s a fantastic garment to wear during a dinner party to feel put together. The adult and kid versions are identical except for their size.
To buy: $32 for Cuisine Couture Apron, anthropologie.com; $18 for Cuisine Couture Kid’s Apron, anthropologie.com.
Hedley & Bennet Canary Apron
Founder, Ellen Bennett, launched Hedley & Bennet when she was working as a chef and realized how bland and generic professional kitchen clothing was. Her gorgeous, high-quality aprons are now as popular in restaurant kitchens as they are with home cooks. The sunny yellow Canary apron comes in adult and kid sizes and is as functional as it is pretty. Made from sturdy twill, with adjustable cotton straps, and brass hardware, each apron has lap pockets for stashing tools like teaspoons or pens. The adult version also has a cell phone-sized breast pocket. They’re an investment, but yours will last a lifetime and you can hand down Jr. sizes to all of your little ones.
To buy: $95 for the Canary 2.0 Apron, hedleyandbennett.com; $49 for the Canary Jr. Apron, hedleyandbennett.com.
Williams Sonoma Stripe Apron
Great for everyday wear and tear, this apron is made from thick cotton. Unlike many aprons on the market, this one can be machine washed in hot water, so it’s a great option for little cooks you know will make a big mess. Each apron can be embroidered with your name or initials and comes in black or red.
To buy: $30 for the Personalized Stripe Adult Apron, williams-sonoma.com; $20 for the Striped Kids Apron, williams-sonoma.com.
Skinny la Minx Woodpile Pinny
These bright aprons come in a cute matching pattern that looks like stacked logs. The adult version, available in green or bright yellow, slips on over the head and has a crossed back. Looser than a traditional apron that ties in the back, it fits all shapes and sizes. Its mini-skirt length stylishly offsets the boxy shape. The kid version ties in the back but has an adjustable neck strap to fit kids from three to seven years old.
To buy: $50 for the Woodpile Pinny, skinnylaminx.com; $20 for the Woodpile Mini Apron, skinnylaminx.com.
Fog Linen Check Apron
Made entirely from linen, these breathable aprons are quite durable. Their Japanese design is minimalist and they’re printed with a fashion-forward wide gingham pattern. Both the full-sized apron and kids version have large front pockets, ideal for tools, utensils, tired hands, or even building blocks.
To buy: $58 for the Daily Apron: Black Natural Check, shop-foglinen.com; $44 for the Kids Cross Apron: Navy White Check, shop-foglinen.com.