Know what the Wroot Wore Wednesday? This vintage apron that was once my great-aunt Eunice’s!
This Mussallem apron by Fifth Avenue is in pristine condition and actually still feels starchy…I’m pretty sure that my Aunt Eunice never even wore it, which is no surprise, since she really didn’t spend much time in the kitchen or doing housework.
Perhaps unlike my Aunt Eunice, I’ve always loved the way I feel when I put on an apron. It’s an outward way of telling my inward consciousness that it’s time to focus and get to the task at hand. And I liked this ad about aprons by Progressive Insurance the first time I saw it:
Starting in the 60s, aprons fell out of favor, but today, aprons, both modern and vintage, seem to have resurfaced as cherished pieces of clothing that not only are practical, but are also, in their peculiar way, fashionable.
I also found my aunt’s old Simplicity sewing pattern for making an apron and, yes, if you feel so inclined, a matching pot holder. Note the price of the pattern: 45 cents! These days, a Simplicity pattern for aprons costs around nine dollars…
I love the details of this sweet apron, like the pink button on the back, and the big pockets.
This “bib” apron fits like a dream, and I think looks pretty darn cute when paired with my jeggings and new Sam Edelman pumps.
I decided on these dangle turquoise earrings, to complement the turquoise, pink and brown tones of the fabric pattern.
You might want to check out “The Apron Book“, “The Kitchen Linens Book” or “Apronisms,” all books written in the last ten years by EllynAnne Geisel, sort of an apron anthropologist who happens to have a heavy Southern accent. Geisel started and runs a touring national exhibit about aprons, and you can listen to the short interview of her on NPR here:
If you plan to spend more time in the kitchen during the holiday months coming up, then you might want to consider putting a pretty apron to use, vintage or not. Not only is an apron practical, keeping your underneath clothes cleaner, but the apron itself can be a striking fashion piece. You can check out Pinterest boards like this and this that highlight some wonderful apron examples.
Vintage Mussallem apron by Fifth Avenue, jeggings by June and Daisy, Zola black suede pumps by Sam Edelman, turquoise earrings are an older gift (similar), long-sleeved black t-shirt by Merona (similar).
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