A Brief History Of the Apron:
The origin of the kitchen aprons was practicality - in years gone by, people
didn't have the luxury of owning extensive wardrobes, and washing of clothing was not
done on a frequent basis. Even in the 1940's and 1950's many folks used wringer
washers, hung clothing on the line to dry, and every piece had to be ironed.
Aprons served a practical purpose - they covered up the dress underneath and
protected it from soiling, and made washing easier - you could wash the apron or
smock every couple of days, but wore the dress underneath 4-5 days or a week.
As well as being practical, aprons served a decorative purpose, and could
be themed to the seasons. Aprons were used outside of the kitchen or house by
school teachers, children, shop-keepers, even secretaries who wore various styles
of aprons over their clothing daily.