I love aprons. I started a collection of them before I even started this project, so I guess that should have been a heads up that I really belonged in another decade. Most women today use aprons for decoration rather than function, but I really like them. I read an article on the history of aprons, and I liked this quote from it:
"Magazines from the 1940s and 50s feature apron-adorned women in nearly every advertisement that is related to housework or cooking. It was a standard uniform that, at the time, was not frowned upon. Aprons were a selling feature for irons, kitchen appliances, food products and more.
The 1950's brought out the half-aprons of highly starched cotton,
feedsack and sheer fabric trimmed with lace for special occasions. Two piece aprons and short smocks of bright cotton prints for every day use were popular."
So the half-apron started in the 1950's. Who knew? It made me happy to read that because I just got my first ever half-apron for my birthday! My in-laws gave it to me. I figure I will put a couple of pictures of it in this blog for you to see since it's so cute. For those of you who care about brands, it's Vera Bradley. The acquisition of this half-apron makes me one step closer to being an official fifties housewife. I'm not a forties or thirties housewife....don't you see my half-apron?! That was popular in the FIFTIES. It wasn't even around before then. Now I can have the functionality of an apron in the kitchen but still be able to sit at the table and look sophisticated and put together from the waist up. What a good invention. Apron makers everywhere were probably so excited about that trend. They got to use less material and still make the same amount of money. Someone certainly had their thinking cap on.
If I ever find a time machine, I'm zipping back to 1953 and donning my new apron so that I will be the most fashionable girl in town. My in-laws rock.
Here is a picture of the apron. The picture below it is the box it came in. The box was shaped like a small oven, and when you opened the oven door you could pull out the apron. How awesome is that?!