Through the years, aprons have changed, but the purpose remains the same. You wear them to protect your everyday clothing from being soiled while you cook. Some aprons cover from just below the neck down to just above the knees. While others only cover from the waist down. Choosing an apron style is a matter of preference.
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The most common apron today is the butcher-style apron. This is an easy apron to construct and wear and can be a one-size-fits-all item. Both men and women can wear butcher aprons, as they don't have fancy frills or ruffles on them. From the kitchen to the barbecue, the butcher-style apron keeps food and grease off clothing, and some even have pockets to help keep small items handy for cooking.
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Suzy Homemaker Apron
The Suzy Homemaker style apron was popular in the 1950s and is still sought after by some women today. These aprons were characterised by a small bib front that tied at the neck which was attached to a bottom gathered skirt pattern which tied at the waist. These aprons were usually made in feminine patterns and decorated with lace or ruffles. Some were so beautiful that it was almost a shame to get them dirty.
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The smock apron is a practical style apron that provides the most coverage for the messy cook. These aprons come in a number of different shapes and sizes. The common characteristic of this type of apron is that it has fabric that partially covers the back of the cook. Some smock aprons have large pockets sewn on the front and fasten in the back with strings, buttons or snaps.
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Although some people would argue that wearing a half apron didn't offer much protection to a cook's clothing, they were still extremely popular during the 1950s. Most half aprons looked like the Suzy Homemaker apron that was popular during the same era -- only they were missing the top bib and neck tie. Tied at the waist, the bottom skirt was sometimes gathered or looked like a semicircle pattern (similar to a poodle skirt).