Monday, May 4, 2009

Where have all the aprons gone?

For hundreds of years, homemakers have used aprons to keep their clothing clean and carry items when doing chores such as gathering eggs or for collecting kindling wood.

In the 1940s and 1950s the apron took on a new roll as that of a stereotype for the "perfect mother" or grandmother who always wore an apron. Prior to that aprons were more of a functional piece of a woman's wardrobe, meant to keep your dress clean in a time when people did not have the size wardrobes we sport now. As time went on aprons became more fashionable and used as accessories as evidenced by "cocktail aprons" which were worn when entertaining at home. It kept your dressier dress clean but at the same time helped you maintain that image of the stylish homemaker who knew how to throw a great party and still look wonderful doing it.

Homemakers were not the only ones that used aprons. School teachers, children, shop-keepers, and secretaries wore different styles of aprons over their clothing every day. In the 1920's and '30's aprons followed the silhouette of the dress - long, with no waist line. By the 1940's, aprons gained a cinched waistline, and were often gaily trimmed with rick-rack, buttons, and pockets of contrasting color. Many aprons were made from feed cloth. Feed cloth was a heavier fabric and was used as a sack to put seed or four in that farmers used. There was no wasting back then.

The 1950's brought out the half-aprons of highly starched cotton and sheer fabric trimmed with lace for special occasions. Also two-piece aprons and short smocks of bright cotton prints for every day use were popular. At one point, Aprons were a serious fashion element, not just a way to keep the dress underneath clean.

So today for your viewing pleasure we have these aprons available at Born Too Late Vintage. Whether you're looking to make a fashion statement or just enjoy some baking or cooking while keeping that great vintage dress underneath clean we have what you're looking for.

Vintage 1950s NWT Paisley Fruit of the Loom Full Apron Plus Size

Vintage 1950s Sheer Sexy Black Apron w Roses

Vintage 1950s Sheer Sexy Yellow Apron w Red Roses

Don't forget to check out Born Too Late Vintage for more new items every week.


DaisyToad said...

I love aprons! I always think I should start wearing one : )

purplestevie said...

Interesting blog, what a good use for feed cloth.

Carol@Dandelion Vintage said...

I love aprons too. I wish there was a way to wear them without them looking too aprony. I would never wear one while I'm cooking though because I'd be afraid of ruining it!

Anonymous said...

I wear an apron every day. I love pretty aprons of the past the ones now are soooo boring. I work as a maid, unfortunatly my aprons are made to be functional not fashionable. I would love to be able to wear a vintage apron like the ones you have but they are not suitable as a uniform are they. I do have one vintage style floral pinafore apron I wear to Childrens Church morning.