Pretty is as pretty does and a flirty apron worn over jeans and a sheer top coyly whispers: "I've got both covered."
Similar to the dress with pants trend of the last few years, a smart apron develops the look a step further, exhibiting DIY confidence while maintaining a view of those apple bottom jeans - practical femininity at its finest.
We aren't suggesting you channel Donna Reed brand feminism here, or evoke Ma Ingalls pioneer grit, nor do you have to match your style with your cooking ability. Wearing an apron can cover winter belly flaws, prolong the life of your day-to-day clothes by protecting them during day-to-day errands, and wide pockets can save room in the cute clutch you carry with you. It's a look that's both functional and achievable, and well tested over the years.
When picking an apron, go for mod or pretty floral designs, fresh colors, or tiny vertical stripes. Avoid anything with peppers, obviously labeled fruit, or text like "kiss the cook." An apron can be frilly and full, or trim and subtle, accenting any mood from flamboyant and bohemian to sweetly girlish. Think of your apron of choice as your next favorite scarf and look for something that can multi-task. Half aprons can accessorize keenly with dresses as well as jeans, but a full bib over a sleek dress may have to be more intentionally chosen. True vintage is best, of course, but if your gram's aprons have stains or burns that can't be covered by patches, then save these for when you're actually in the kitchen or the garden. The key in wearing an apron is all about not looking sloppy, so unless you're an artist or an artisan pastry chef, keep it tidy.
Online, Anthropologie has a fine array, but of course, it isn't local. High-end designers such as Elizabeth Scolkin of Haute Hostess Aprons have interpreted the look glamorously, but since this is Bend and not New York, you may be waiting for that very special occasion. Newport Market has an adorable collection, many hand-made, that would look sassy on a springtime walk through Drake Park.
And men, while you may not be able to pull off this look out on the town, there is something about seeing a man at the stove with a well-fitted apron, whipping up some marinara from scratch. Go for a solid color, basic bib style with sharp lines that hits near the knee and you'll look smoldering.
Editors: Catch the rest of the Source's Spring Style issue on stands this week.