Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Aprons?

I like aprons. I think they add something to an outfit. I don't know, is that a weird thing to say or think? I think it might be. The thing is, I always have. Aprons, besides their innate knack for being twee and quaint, are one of those strange garments that kids like. I mean, I remember that aprons were somehow cool as a child, for part of dressing up, one of those mysterious garments like night gowns that are practical and weirdly romantic. That's not the right word, but I assume you know what I mean (I also don't particularly want to deal with any kind of arguments here about domestic spheres and patriarchy and whatnot—it's there in some ways, and I know that talking about the aesthetics of something like an apron is representative of certain other things and values, and of course it can't be separated from that, but I'm also thinking about it purely from a practical point of view. Or something, I don't know, this is all a very poorly constructed line of thought).

Like slips and dainty vintage lingerie, aprons are one of those things that I always wanted to have as a kid when I found them at garage sales and thrift stores but usually never bought (especially as I got older, stopped literally playing dress-up) because why? We had a few at home, mostly neat ones that my mom made and a few white ones with lace that I used to abscond with to my room and try to fit into some kind of outfit, because it had lace on the edge and was pretty and there had to be a way to make it work. Most of the time I just used cheesecloth dishtowels or tablecloths in an effort to be more French.

These days I have to wear an apron at work. They aren't particularly adorable—functional and certainly nicer than the average—but it becomes a weird part of the outfit. I rather like it. It works for me because I have a nice little waist (if I do say so myself) that such an item works to show off. It sort of encapsulates an outfit, like a little shell, snugly keeping everything in place. I like them. They keep skirts from flying all over the place and make jeans and a t-shirt mildly precious.

I guess the point is, even though there isn't really a point that I'm working towards in any defined and planned manner, I like aprons. I'm not entirely comfortable wearing them with normal outfits—although why would anyone ever say anything about it anyway—but there has to be a way to do it. I have a pretty, delicate one I got at a garage sale two weekends ago. It's totally impractical—why would anyone make a sheer apron out of a delicate linen-type fabric? They wouldn't. Not if they were going to use it in any real sense of the practical anyway (how many times can she use the word practical in one entry?). I thought I would wear it over other sheer things, other sheer dresses. It's nice, and quite pretty and ethereal in its own way, but it's still an apron and everybody knows it. I will find a way to disguise it, I think. The key to it, perhaps, is in two ways: either figure out a way to make it less obvious, so that it is simply another layer in an effortlessly perfect outfit (as though that's achievable), so that it's hidden and a surprise, or to be perfectly obvious about it and wear it in the most obvious apron-y way.



I always think of this post on livejournal. It's so inspirational, and she integrates the aprons and things so seamlessly (weird choice of word there) and effortlessly into an aesthetic I so badly love and attempt to emulate in a weird little way.

(The word apron gets weirder and weirder the more you think about it and type it, or say it over in your head.)

31 comments:

  1. yours fits the outfit wonderfully, i like it a lot. definitely an addition I wouldn't think of

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  2. I totally agree. I have a nice vintage apron that I sometimes want to wear out, because it is too delicate for actual use.

    Maybe tying it in the front, rather than the back, will confuse people about its true nature.

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  3. Hi there...totally not weird to think aprons add something to an outfit... I love layering and I really like the idea of wearing them... but I haven't yet had the courage to step out the house with one!
    btw, i see on the internets that lots of feminist types are embracing the apron ;o)

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  4. Your apron is so pretty! It fits so perfectly with your outfit.
    I love wearing aprons when I bake pie. It makes baking so much more fun!
    x
    Saorise

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  5. you look so fresh/dewy/youthful here! i think i'm digging the apron. do you work in a kitchen of some kind where you are required to wear one? i worked in a candy shop once where we were required to wear skirts, but that's a little different i guess :P

    anyway, i say yes to the apron!

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  6. I love this post! I just bought some lovely fabric to make an apron out of, and have been romanticizing the idea of aprons ever since. I definitely remember them being something extra-special when I was little; I was always excited to wear them. Anyway, I am hopelessly jealous of how good you look in yours, and I hope mine will look half as good!

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  7. this post was really inspiring! i never really knew what to do with aprons, so i never bought them, though i should love to use them.. now i guess i'll go and buy loads of them... this is a happy thought!

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  8. Thanks all! It's so nice to see that loads of people love aprons and want to find ways to wear them too!

    Mars: I work in a Bakery, so yes aprons are a must! We wear full-length ones if we're cleaning in the back, and little half ones for being up front.

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  9. i like this look! i have been thinking about buying vintage aprons and sewing them together to make curtains! wouldnt that be neat?

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  10. I like aprons and totally believe that they can be worn outside of the kitchen. You look so damn good, as always Kater. :P

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  11. The sheerness of the apron is great and I love the sideways pocket!

    I have a little off topic question. I saw that you went to the Conor Oberst & Mystic Valley Band concert. I'm going with my SO (who is obsessed with CO) and I was wondering did they only play songs from that album or also Bright Eyes songs. Any response is great. Thank you!

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  12. It looks adorable on you, but I don't think I can pull off on apron!

    My mom brought me back an adorable apron form italy with a little handtowel attached to it with my name embroidered. Maybe I'll wear that out, haha.

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  13. I have never thought about aprons this way, they were always just a plain thing you use in the kitchen. Hmmm, makes you think what else we can find to complete an outfit :)

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  14. I need to get a cute apron someday, just hasn't happened yet.

    Your outfit is very cute!

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  15. You sure make an apron look cute!! :0 I haven't really worn one before but have a couple sweet ones in storage....

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  16. I like the outfit, very cute!
    The apron is really pretty, I was thinking of something more like you would wear with like a bib and everything when baking bread or something. But yours is very cute.
    belle

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  17. Aprons really do need more love. Dena gave me an adorable little vintage flowered one for Christmas this past December, and oh how I adore it XD Of course, if I wore it with regular clothes here, I'd likely get written of as yet ANOTHER Lolita girl.

    Which is awesome :D

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  18. aprons are something i've always wanted to work into an outfit too.
    My mom made me a couple for halloween costumes and i adored them. Yours is so pretty and delicate, great find. Maybe with a really long cardigan, people will think it's a skirt that goes all the way around?
    -indigo

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  19. This was really interesting to read. I'd never really thought of aprons as clothes before. I think you pulled it off really well!

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  20. I've wondered why there are so many dainty non-practical aprons out there too... and I was recently told why! Women would wear their practical aprons to get prepared...and put on their pretty hostess apron when the guests would arrive. So I'm pretty sure your cute little apron is of the hostess variety.

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  21. i would never think to use the apron like this. i love what you did to it!

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  22. I was just thinking about this the other day, how aprons are really quite adorable, but awkward to wear in real life. I think if I found a really cute one I'd just bite the bullet though!

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  23. I don't know if it really counts as an apron, but I like those halter dresses with big pockets on the front. I guess it's not an apron if it covers the bum automatically...


    Justine Loves!

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  24. Why have I been wanting an apron since forever? very strange. I like this look.

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  25. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool..
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    參觀,Thanks

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