These Aprons Will Make You Feel 1000x Cooler In The Kitchen

Contributing Food Editor By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.

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Maybe it was the rise of the celebrity chef, or the countless Netflix shows that made cooking feel less like a chore for homemakers and more like an exciting, enviable, everyday activity. Whatever happened, aprons have suddenly shifted from flower-patterned fussy garments your grandma would love to the hyper-functional equivalent of a rock 'n' roll leather jacket designed for the kitchen. The new breed of aprons are bright, colorful, flattering, and will take your cooking game to the next level while keeping your clothes clean. Here are our top picks.

Buenlimón Rosa Apron

Designed by celebrity food stylist and tastemaker Mariana Velasquez, these chic aprons slip over your head and wrap completely around your body, serving as more of a new clothing layer (akin to a dress) than a mere apron. The fabric drapes beautifully and elegantly, and the ample fabric means no drop of food shall ever come near your clothing. They come in beautiful patterns and fabrics (bonus points if you can get your hands on one of the limited edition leather ones), but we love the beautiful pink Rosa, which was inspired by a Mexican architect and would make any chef feel beautiful. Rosa Apron, Buenlimón ($98)

Tilit Contra Chef Apron

Tilit is known for being the apron of choice for chefs like Missy Robbins, Jeremiah Stone, and more, and this model is actually designed with the chefs at Contra, Stone's high-end NYC restaurant. The aprons are made from washable waxed cotton and are riddled with thoughtful touches, like slit pockets to keep rogue food debris out. The leather detailing (which snaps off for washing) offers a fun, cool touch. If you're looking to spice up your kitchen attire even more, the brand just launched a line of limited edition bright, pastel-colored jumpsuits that will be the envy of everyone you know, whether worn prepping food or simply strolling around town. Contra Chef Apron, Tilit ($85)

Hedley & Bennett Sea Wave Classic Apron

Hedley & Bennett is arguably responsible for the modern chic apron trend, having launched in 2012, when Michelin-restaurant line cook Ellen Bennett grew frustrated with the drab options available on the market. Now, the line boasts plenty of brightly colored options and a rotating assortment of boldly patterned limited editions (like this fun Sea Wave print). All aprons featuring Hedley & Bennett signature touches, like a front chest pocket for storing smartphones. Sea Wave Classic Apron, Hedley & Bennett ($84)

Portland Apron Company Japanese Smock

The Japanese smock apron doesn't tie, instead slipping over your head for an easy-on, easy-off fit. This version comes in organic linen, cotton, and hemp versions with beautiful, serene hues that will make your kitchen feel like a minimalist retreat. The two large pockets are big enough for wooden spoons and towels, and the pretty square neckline is incredibly flattering on all figures. This is the type of apron you could wear on a last-minute grocery trip and feel stunning the entire time. Japanese Smock, Portland Apron Company ($77)

Muji Denim Cotton Shoulder Strap Apron

This incredibly affordable option from Japanese brand Muji is another smock-style apron, slipping over your head rather than tying along the waist. It has a slightly roomier, more boxy fit than other options, and the fun denim fabrication also adds to the strongly unisex element of this piece. Two big pockets hold any kitchen sundries you need, and a fairly high back protects your clothes from splatters, no matter which way you're facing. Best of all though? At $39, this is a fashion-forward apron anyone can add to their wardrobe. Denim Cotton Shoulder Strap Apron, Muji ($39)

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