Apron FAQs:

Q: Is an apron a garment that is worn over other clothing and covers mainly the front of the body?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron "enjoying a renaissance as a retro-chic fashion accessory" in the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons used by both the Native Indians and the pilgrims when America was first colonized—and have been well worn in America ever since?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an apron popular into the 1920s when fancy half-aprons became fashionable?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons a way of indicating the difference in status between the employer and the employee?

A: Yes, and the uniform of the staff was strictly regulated.

Q: Were aprons worn by blacksmiths?

A: Yes, and armor and weapon makers, gardeners, carvers, furniture makers, leather smiths, cobblers, tailors, jewelers, metal forgers, fishmongers, clock makers, homemakers, tradesmen, artisans and masons.

Q: Is an apron in effect like a vest and is more commonly sold for domestic rather than occupational use?

A: Yes.

Q: Are aprons nowadays considered equally appropriate for both women and men by most people?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons long?

A: Yes, and coming down to below the knees, with a flap or bib to protect the chest.

Q: Was an apron typically made of leather?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron a top layer?

A: Yes, and the apron will continue to be worn as a fashion accessory both inside—and outside—the home.

Q: Is an apron also worn as a uniform?

A: Yes, and adornment, ceremonial garb or fashion statement.

Q: Were aprons already a staple by the time the Pilgrims docked on the shore of Plymouth Rock?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons extremely simple garments?

A: Yes, and often with kimono sleeves , little or no trim, and the fewest possible fasteners.

Q: Is an apron usually held in place by two ribbon-like strips of cloth that are tied at the back?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron worn with black breeches?

A: Yes, and reaching to just below the knee, and knee-length gaiters.

Q: Were aprons so common that several trades boasted distinguishing styles?

A: Yes.

Q: Was an apron traditionally viewed as an essential garment for anyone doing housework?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons a selling feature for irons?

A: Yes, and kitchen appliances, food products and more.

Q: Are aprons worn for hygienic as well as for identification purposes?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron the traditional clothing for cooking and washing dishes?

A: Yes, and usually done by women.

Q: Is an apron an item of women's at-home clothing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron enjoying a resurgence thanks to a few modern cultural factors?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an apron often included?

A: Yes.

Q: Were aprons also worn as a work uniform and by people who worked in the food trades—butchers?

A: Yes, and waitresses and chefs as well as hairdressers and barbers.