Being a master in the kitchen is about more than just being able to make a flavorful dish, it’s about style and flair.
One of the most important fashion accessories to have in the kitchen is an apron. Traditionally aprons have been marketed towards women; considering the strict gender roles society adhered to, this isn’t very surprising. Older styles of kitchen aprons were decked out in florals and lace, and most often made in pink or red. Any aprons targeted to men were mostly gag gifts, the kind you’d be embarrassed to be seen next to.
As times progress, kitchen aprons are being frequently used by both men and women. Many brands have released contemporary styles and designs that are intended to be unisex; look at us breaking down gender norms, one pink frilly apron at a time! New designs incorporate leather and minimalist colours that match contemporary kitchen trends. Find an apron that not only compliments your kitchen space but also your personal style.
It is time to step up your apron game. These are some of our favourite apron styles available at your local retailer or online.
Williams Sonoma has a wide selection of both modern and novelty aprons for the whole family. Their Open Kitchen apron caught our eye; available in multiple neutral colours, this cotton apron is adjustable, easy to wash and most importantly, stylish.
Zara is renowned for carrying some of the trendiest gender-neutral clothing pieces. This continues into their Zara Home collection which also include stylish, minimalist aprons. While they do carry novelty aprons for Christmas or the grill master in your life, we love the Green Canvas Aprons. You’ll look like a professional chef in your kitchen wearing this one.
Simons has been a leading Canadian fashion retailer since 1840, so it’s a safe bet that they will have some apron options. They carry many styles in the Simons Maison line ranging from denim, to leather, to even classic florals. Their genuine leather apron is our top pick for a unisex option. Simon’s also carries set pieces that are more gender-neutral like the Masculine stripe accessories which includes aprons, oven mitts and a potholder.
Bed Bath and Beyond
Bed Bath and Beyond is a great place to check out if you are looking for a simple, classic apron. There are many quirky and charming options to choose from, you can even get a personalized apron for you and your loved ones. We recommend the Artisanal Kitchen Supply Apron. It’s neutral, adjustable, and has pockets!
Hudson’s Bay Company
Chef Jamie Oliver has released his own line of kitchen accessories at Hudson’s Bay Company and they are a big jump from the traditional HBC stripes. Oliver’s line includes gender-neutral colors – grey, red and blue – that are simple and classic. Being a more affordable option, this apron would make a great stocking stuffer for the chef in the family.