In days of austerity such as these we tend to make our fashion purchases sparingly on traditional items that will last a life-time (or at least see the year out). A classic cashmere or fitted tweed will never look dated if pared with the correct accessories. It may pull momentarily on the purse strings but can be justified as ‘built to last’ if given the proper care and attention.
With that in mind I want to build a case for the apron in an age where a ferocious microwave and a tub of soup can really run amok with your staples. We expect our clothes to last a life-time while eating at the computer, phone in one hand, spoon in the other.
The apron came about through necessity preserving a ladies’ limited supply of clothes pre a throw away Primark culture (and never has it been more necessary to resurrect it). The humble apron gained fashion credentials in 1950s when decorative housewives sported them, cinched at the waist, trimmed with ruffles and lace. See some of our retro examples for ideas!
So, when the pennies get low here is my advice, buy that classic that will last a life-time and throw in a £7.99 retro pinafore to ensure that it does!