5 Reasons to Wear an Apron Today.

Wearing an apron is useful for so many reasons, not just cooking. Read below to find out some of my favorite uses and reasons for wearing an apron in a modern day home.

For many, aprons conjure up black and white memories of your grandmother in the kitchen. For me though, aprons are the ultimate accessory for almost every situation. They come in handy for much more than just preventing food and grease stains while cooking. Here are some of my top reasons to wear an apron in the home these days.


While this one is pretty obvious, I still had to note it. No matter what I am cooking it is always my first step to put on an apron because I’m what you’d call a messy cook. Some of the most important times to wear an apron while cooking is when using a mixer or food processor that can cause splattering, or cooking something in a pan like bacon or fried chicken that can cause a lot of grease to splatter (I’m looking at you Southern cooks).

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I always wear an apron when cleaning to protect my clothes, and keep something handy in case I need to wipe my hands. Cleaning with products such as bleach or household sprays can also be a dangerous game. I always make sure to wear my waist apron when doing some spring cleaning to prevent my favorite clothing items from getting stained or ruined with those tiny little stains bleach can cause. And the pockets are perfect for stashing rubber gloves, a dust rag or your cell phone while your hands are otherwise occupied tidying up.

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If you have a baseball or softball player in your home than you already know reason #1 - bleach! Protect the clothes you’re wearing from the stains + splatters of bleach and other soaps + water while you’re pre-rinsing or soaking, it’s a great way to keep you covered.

Most all of our aprons also have pockets, which are great for stashing clothes pins (if you’re still a laundry line kind of gal, which you know I love) but again if you have little kiddos the pockets are also great for catching miscellaneous items you might find in pockets like coins, crayons or chapstick (among other insane things I’ve found …), dryer sheets or one-off socks. It also helps to keep lint at bay when you’re fluffing + folding.

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I have a big farmhouse sink in my kitchen, which I love because it catches all those big pots + pans I love to cook with. But after I’m done whipping up a homemade meal for family supper I always have quite a sink full of dishes to rinse + wash. . I will tell myself each time to be careful, but somehow my shirt ends up covered in soapy dishwater. I keep an apron in my kitchen just for this reason. I love wearing our Railroad Stripe bistro because it covers everything, and the material is so sturdy keeping the water off of your clothes.

This one is also helpful when you’re doing less cooking and more hosting. You don’t want to be splashing or spilling on your little black dress so a pretty little hostess apron will keep your beautiful cocktail dress in perfect order for the night ahead and you’ll look as though you’ve been slaving in the kitchen for hours when your guests arrive.

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I love putting on a durable apron such as this olive crossback apron or our waxed canvas garden apron before I go outside to work in my garden. When you have a green thumb and like to play in the dirt, having a garden apron is to me just as important as slipping on those garden gloves. It helps keep you a lot more fresh and free from dirt, fertilizer, the water hose, pests and other things you pick up while working in the flower or vegetable garden. It also nice to have a few pockets to store things if my hands are full.

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I hope this gave you a few new ideas for wearing an apron. From cross backs to waist, each apron has a special place for its use. I’d love to know when your favorite times to wear an apron are. Let me know in the comments below!


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the lovely new Cottage Hill Magazine.

When Cottage Hill Magazine reached out to me about sending some samples for a shoot in their new publication, I could tell they had a little something special going over there.  And, BOY was I right. When you bring together super talented, creative minds the outcome is explosive {which in this case translates to serene}. When I received these images I was so smitten. The way in which they told the story spoke straight to my heart, and here's why.

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The apron was styled, for the most part, outside of the kitchen. Which truly is how I loved to use my pieces. I remember when I first started out,  I would wear these waist aprons with a simple jean and ribbed tank and go out on the town to do what I needed to do. Somehow it just worked and I love how it does here as well.


I also love the way they portray the made-from-scratch concept of cooking. With mom in the kitchen cooking and teaching to cook. AND, with boys no less. So sweet and so important for all young ones to learn and embrace these techniques.



To see the full story & shoot over at Cottage Hill, click here.

To click to see the full image gallery, click here.


Thanks again to Cottage Hill & the team for including us!

Images via Cottage Hill. Creative Direction by Cottage Hill :: Story by Kaitlin Holland + Katie Selvidge :: Design by Kaitlin Holland :: Photography by Sawyer Baird :: Hair + Makeup by Hannah Bolton :: Sponsors: IceMilk Aprons