This post: Love vintage-style aprons? Here’s your guide to shopping for the very best retro aprons for women (+ kids too!).
I love wearing aprons. In fact, most days I slip one on when I’m working in the kitchen or around the house. There’s a practical side to wearing an apron. Aside from keeping my outfit from getting dirty while I’m working, tying an apron around my waist signals to my brain that I am now in productive mode.
It’s so much easier to stay focused on a meal or a housecleaning task when you’re clad in a pretty 1950s apron. Am I right?
But honestly, the real reason I wear an apron is because of the nostalgic, cottagecore vibe it gives me. It sort of cues my inner domestic goddess and just feels delightfully feminine.
I own several aprons, and find more that I love in all sorts of cute boutiques + online shops. In fact, I did a bit of research + collected a round-up of some of the best vintage-inspired linen + cotton aprons available online.
If you’re looking for a new apron for yourself or for a gift, save this post!
Here’s a quick peek at what you’ll find in this handy apron guide:
- cotton kitchen aprons
- the 1950s apron
- cleaning aprons
- gardening aprons
- half aprons
- gathering aprons (I had never heard of these before but I love them!)
- craft aprons
- kids aprons
I’m an affiliate for many of the shops featured in this guide, which means I make a small percentage of the sale when you click through a link + make a purchase. Thanks for supporting this site + small businesses! xo
I included lots of old fashioned cotton aprons in this post, but I couldn’t exclude the iconic linen apron, could I? It’s hard for me to say which one I love best!
You’ll find price points for every budget, + favorites from some of the most unique online small businesses + Etsy shops.
Take a look + let me know your favorite.
Are you a shop owner? Email me @ [email protected] + we’ll talk about adding your shop to this guide.
Botanic Print Cotton Apron // The Antique Farmhouse // This pretty cotton apron by The Antique Farmhouse will keep you covered on those busy baking or cleaning days! The generous pockets are deep enough for toting around recipes, utensils, your phone, or anything else you need to stash while you work.
Canvas Print Apron // Bellaivel (Etsy) // If you’re looking for a truly practical-but-pretty kitchen apron, take a look right here. This 100% canvas cotton apron is durable and unbelievably chic. In fact, this Etsy shop offers an eye-catching variety of aprons in lots of retro + vintage inspired prints + colors.
Customized Floral Apron // Personlized by Queen (Etsy) // Need a personalized apron for someone special? Here’s an extra sweet thing you can customize with the name, initial, or text of your choice. For more apron options, check out Personlized by Queen’s Etsy shop.
Crossback Linen Apron // Heirloomed // Want something that’s just a bit different but incredibly soft + domestic? Check out the Crossback Linen Apron by Heirloomed. This 100% pre-washed, pre-shrunked linen masterpiece is available in a soft, vintage blue or neutral oatmeal.
Linen Apron Dress // Stacy Kitchen Decor (Etsy) // Is the old fashioned apron your jam? I’m pretty sure you’ll adore this linen apron dress from Stacy Kitchen Decor. It’s crafted of the most subdued green in a soft cotton/linen blend, and boasts the most generous pockets ever. And who can beat the price? This shop boasts 80+ handmade aprons for women, men, and kids; over 28K five-star reviews. Take a look.
Mommy and Me Farmhouse Aprons // White Birch Grove (Etsy) // Farmhouse style is definitely on trend, and these mommy + me aprons are hard to beat! Each apron features your choice of striped ticking (available in black, gray, blue, olive or brown stripes). You can also choose from adult or kids sizes, and even purchase a customized name personalization. Truly an affordable + unique gift idea!
Red and White Buffalo Check Apron // The Antique Farmhouse // Have a thing for red aprons? You’re in luck! You’ll get lots of retro vibes in the kitchen with this cheery apron by The Antique Farmhouse. One size fits most; adjustable neck and waist ties. Made of 100% cotton.
Retro Apron // Lover Dovers Clothing (Etsy) // Looking for a playful vintage style apron? You’re in luck! This adorable red-white-and-teal retro apron just screams the 1950s! The great news? There’s more where this one came from. Check out Lover Dovers Clothing Etsy shop for tons of retrol aprons, costume aprons, kids aprons, and more.
Ruffled Basic Apron // Chris and Choe Family (Etsy) // This apron really is anything but basic! Handcrafted in a soft 100% cotton in the most muted beige, the Ruffled Basic will raise your homemaking or crafting experience to the next level. Features a flattering square neckline, a feminine ruffled design, and two deep pockets. This shop has lots of five-start reviews from over 600 happy customers. Take a look at the online shop for more romantic-inspired aprons and other home goods.
The Baker Apron // Virginia Dare Co // The feminine Baker Apron, by Virginia Dare Co, is as pretty as it is practical! Made from quality cotton (with a bit of stretch); adjustable neck + waist ties; includes pockets. This one has 100% five-star reviews!
Villeroy and Boch French Garden Apron // The Antique Farmhouse // Whether you’re peeling veggies or pulling weeds, this French Garden Apron will keep you feeling domestically inspired! Includes kangaroo-style front pockets and adjustable neck and waist ties.
The Half Apron
Cafe Half Apron (in Mustard) // Wonder Linen (Etsy) // Here’s a chic cafe apron for women (or men) who enjoy the kitchen. This item is made of softened linen that will wear and wash well for years. According to reviews left by lots of happy customers, the quality + color of this apron are absolutely stunning. Take a look.
Harvest Apron // Wilshire Goods Shop (Etsy) // Calling all gardeners! Have you ever dreampt of an apron that was created just for collecting your fresh veggies? Or wished you had an egg collecting apron to slip on? Meet the Harvest Gathering Apron. This unique item is handcrafted of lightweight but durable cotton; perfect for your next trek to the garden. Confidently shop this five-star seller’s Etsy shop.
Midi Half Apron // Atlinia (Etsy) // For those who prefer a slightly longer half apron, here’s the midi version of the Cafe Half Apron (listed above). Available in oatmeal natural, sandbar, tobacco (shown), and brick red. Thousands of five-star reviewers say that this item is soft, high quality, and stylish.
The Maker Apron // Virginia Dare Co // The Maker Apron is the adorable little sister of the beautiful Baker Apron (featured above). Perfect for cleaning or cooking, or any time you want to look chic but stay practical. Includes those must-have pockets.
1950s Seersucker Half Apron // Grannie Annie Kids (Etsy) // You had me at seersucker! This is seriously a must-have for every little girl with a play kitchen. These pint-sized half aprons are available in sizes 18 months – 4/5 years. Want a different color? Check out the shop.
Gender Neutral Apron for Kids // Artifact Bags (Etsy) // My three sons have been known to grab an apron when they’re baking with me, and why not? Here’s the perfect little apron for your man child (or daughter), made of brushed cotton, twill, or denim. Lots of colors available!
Mommy and Me Farmhouse Aprons // White Birch Grove (Etsy) // These pint-size farmhouse aprons are just too cute! Choose your favorite striped ticking (available in black, gray, blue, olive or brown stripes); customized personalization is available if you want to add your child’s name. These aprons match the Mommy and Me Farmhouse aprons featured earlier in this guide.
Picnic Gingham Child Apron // Heirloomed // The playful Picnic Gingham apron is one of many quality kid’s aprons at Heirloomed, a family-owned company in the business of creating vintage-inspired home goods. The Picnic features a classic black-and-white checked pattern on 100% vintage wash linen. Soft, practical, and timeless. Check out more Kids Aprons and Mom and Me Aprons.
Pinafore Apron // DL Awsome Living (Etsy) // Don’t you just love these old fashioned kids pinafore aprons? They come in a variety of muted color and are made from the softest cotton/linen blend.
White Kitchen or Craft Apron // Sweet Hooligan Apparell (Etsy) // If you’re looking to buy matching aprons for siblings or cousins, these simple cotton aprons definitely fit the bill. They’re available in several colors + sizes. Perfect for crafting for baking days!
Do you wear aprons? Is there one you especially love from this guide? Drop me a comment + let’s chat.
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