The Best Aprons For At-Home Cooking, According to Food People
Making a mess doesn’t have to be disastrous.
Written byEmma Orlow
Historically speaking, we haven’t been known to wear aprons. But now we’re juggling more cooking projects than ever and there are only so many times you feel like hand washing your favorite stained t-shirt. We figured it’s time to invest in some proper coverage.
That’s why we asked some of our favorite food people about the aprons they wear when they’re getting down to business. Whether you’re looking for something with deep pockets to keep your spatula near and dear, or a fun pattern that won’t show stains from your fermenting kimchi, here are your best options.
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Mutual aid meal provider and pop-up chef
“At a past job, I had to wear this really heavy butcher-style apron that was hot and slowed me down. I like this one by Tilit in the dark gray color because it’s lightweight and hides stains well.”
Owner of the condiments company, Thommy’s Toddy Shop
“This classic chef apron has a clean design, and the fabric is produced on a handloom which gives it a really unique and durable feel.”
Owner of the pop-up Sofrito y Salsa
“I’m obsessed with my Hedley & Bennett Carryall apron. Not only does it have pockets and adjustable straps, but you can also choose from a variety of fun colors and custom embroidery options. It’s ultra practical and stylish!”
Ray Anthony Barrett
Co-owner/chef at Cinqué, @rayanthonybarrett
“My apron of choice is indicative of my style, in the sense that I steer away from trends and toward the classic white, minimalist (yet entirely functional and affordable) $5 Update International cotton-twill apron. I buy them from the friendly folks at Bargain Fair on Beverly & Fairfax in LA. These are a similar version.”
Cookbook author, @lukasvolger
“My newest apron is a hand-dyed one made by FungusAmongus, a new creative studio from food stylist/culinary producer/food person, Erin Barnhart. I love the color and am generally not yet tired of the tie-dye look - but what I really like about this one is that it’s so soft and lightweight. It fits right in with my Covid wardrobe.”
Editor’s note: The current one is currently on backorder and they expect to restock in the next few weeks. If you’re looking for a similar tie-dye option, try this one, below.
Baker at Tandem Coffee and Bakery, @brianaschino_cherry
“Handyma’am is a workwear brand helmed by my pal Bella. Based in Virginia, and USA made, it’s rugged-but-cute workwear, and the aprons are as hard-working as the coveralls. With big pockets, and a classic pattern, they’re cool and simple, and they can withstand all the butter and flour I throw at them. And, if you’re doing something slightly more rugged than baking, there’s overalls and draprons (a heavy duty smock-type scenario), too!”
Co-founder of the Asian-American food collective Gan Bei Gals
“I’ve been wearing this Dusen Dusen apron for all of our food prep and virtual cooking classes/shows. I love everything about the brand, but this pattern is especially fun and colorful, and I appreciate all of the different pockets.”
Editor’s note—While the Dusen Dusen apron is currently sold-out, we love these similarly colorful and geometric versions.