Aprons date to the twelfth century (the name derives from the French word napperon)—and surprisingly, men were the first to adopt the practice of wearing them. Here’s a roundup of some favorites, including half aprons, full aprons, and aprons with tool pockets sized just right for pruners:
Above: A Denim Cross-Back Apron is $109 from Kaufmann Mercantile.
Above: Janet’s favorite, the Eena Work Apron by Beckel Canvas Products of Portland, Oregon, “is a hardworking basic that hides stains”; $38 at Canoe.
Above: From Yield, a duck canvas Work Apron made in the US has natural leather straps and is $185.
Above: Handmade by local craftsmen in Shropshire, England, the Full Leather Apron from Hibbitt is £60.
Above: The Bib Apron made from cotton duck fabric is £42 from Labour and Wait.
Above: A Short Jute Apron has two deep pockets and an adjustable neck strap; £45 from Carrier Company.
Above: Made of linen, a white Stuga Apron has a large utility pocket. One size fits all; $50 from Teroforma.
Above: Machine washable, the LC King Waist Apron In White Drill is made of 100 percent cotton and has four pockets for tools; $38 from LC King.
Above: Studio Patro offers a Cafe Apron in oatmeal linen; $76.
Above: Made in the US, a hickory-stripe Waist Apron with two pockets is $38 from Hand Eye Supply.
Above: Sewn in Alabama, an organic cotton jersey Short Apron is $30 from Alabama Chanin.