For some reason it took me ages to figure out the importance of aprons in domestic life (both in the kitchen and the garden). Now I have a couple on hand at all times; here are some stylish possibilities.
Above: Brown Cotton Canvas Apron; £22 from Labour and Wait in London. According to the owners, "So many people asked about the original Labour and Wait apron, as worn by everyone working at the shop, that we decided to put them into production; made of robust cotton canvas with brass eyelets and herringbone tape ties."
Above: Stanley & Sons sells a line of handmade aprons; the White Oak Selvage Denim Apron is $118.
Above: Williams-Sonoma Heavyweight Canvas Apron; available in nine colors; $19 or $24 (depending on the color) at Williams-Sonoma.
Above: Stonehenge Heavyweight Linen Apron from Belgian company Libeco; available in five colors for $147 at Didriks.
Above: No-nonsense Canvas Butcher's Apron; available in 11 colors for $48 from Utility Canvas.
Above: Chef's Classic Apron; available in khaki, black, or white; $19.99 at Chef's Catalog.
Above: Le Creuset Hi-Tech Chef's Apron in black (also available in white, red, and blue); $39.99 at Amazon.
Above: Argagnon Adjustable Apron; made from 100 percent cotton Basque striped Artiga fabric; €39 from Maison Artiga.
Above: Cotton Vintage Stripe Apron, available with red or blue stripes; $39 at Restoration Hardware.