It keeps your dress clean, It dries your hands, The pockets hold spoons, tissues and whatever else you need to quickly stash away when grabbing a roast from the oven. The apron is a seemingly long forgotten garment among most modern housewives and domestic goddesses. So why is it, That I; Sweet Baby Cadillac preach so heavily that every good woman who bakes, cooks cleans and chases the dog who has stolen her panties- wear an apron?
One simple reason:
It is armor.
We talk all the time in Christianity about the armor of righteousness and truth. Or even when we’re feeling a little downtrodden on a particular day, we paint up our faces and spray that hair into a helmet. Our lives are full of so much armor to protect ourselves that somehow this one little thing that is held on by ribbon ties is seemingly useless now to the modern woman. the ladies that do get caught wearing aprons today usually have the witty “Wine is my kitchen companion” taglines, or completely tacky “Kiss the cook.” I’m asking you, if you have any sense within you, Buy yourself a beautiful apron and you won’t regret it. Heck, buy 2-3 or even 4.
As early as the colonial period, aprons were used to keep dresses clean for the working class. They were highly valuable and made of sturdy easily cleaned cloth. Women needed a garment to keep their day clothes clean because washing your clothing was a rare and highly coveted event. Women did not get to run to the laundry room and toss in their t-shirt, and find a clean one just in time before their husband came home when the tomato sauce back blew all over their frame. So aprons were used in order to help the longevity of clothing.
As time went on, the styles changed but the basic value was still the same. Half aprons for cleaning, full aprons for cooking, and even lace and silk aprons for hosting and fashion broke onto the scene. Although impractical, these aprons are gorgeous, and your husband will surely appreciate them if you know just how to wear it.
So why exactly have we dismissed the use of aprons? I believe that the ease of washing our clothes have left us with no need for a layer of protection. As well as the entry of women into the work force. Less time to cook= less cooking in general. As well as the simple fact that it seems to resemble one thing that most modern women seem to cringe at he thought of.
THE SLAVERY OF THE 1950’S HOUSEWIFE.
I actually enjoy being as close to the traditional 1950’s housewife as possible. I wear aprons, to cook, to clean, and sometimes, just because I love them. Some men even wear aprons, and I feel as though we should stop cycling the use of these garments in with the stereotypical enslaved woman. If you don’t want to wear one, don’t. But in the same respect, allow those who do wish to flaunt their half apron ruffled hips, live out their flouncing in peace.
If you’re chasing that dream of being the perfect Domestic 1950’s Housewife. Invest in some aprons. It does wonders for your attitude, inspiration and mood when doing the chores.
I purchase mine from a myriad of places, most are antiques but my favorite modern kitchen attire brand is Jessie Steele. You can purchase them through Amazon.
They also have matching oven mitts.
So if you feel like your daily duties need some spicing up. Purchase an apron. Let your husband notice. Most are open in the back for a reason, Ladies.
XOXO Sweet Baby Cadillac