Creating a Retro Kitchen: Vintage Aprons

by lakeerieartists

One of the simplest retro additions to any kitchen is a retro apron or two for the cook.

When creating a retro kitchen, adding retro elements a bit at a time as you need them or are ready to buy them makes it easier on your budget. One of the simplest retro additions to any kitchen is a retro apron or two for the cook.

Retro aprons come in both half and full aprons, and there are two companies that specialize in retro aprons that are very beautiful, come in dozens of styles and colors, and are very affordable.

Retro Aprons to Match Your Kitchen

Retro kitchen half apronI have listed several of the retro aprons on this page, and you can see even more by clicking through the links provided here.

Depending on your preference, you can choose either a full length apron which covers your shirt, and ties around your neck and back, or a half apron which ties around your waist and just covers your lap. 

If you are a messy person like I am, you will want the full aprons especially for baking, and cooking with sauces.

Retro Aprons by DII

The retro aprons by DII are available for children and adults, and generally have a very feminine style to them. Many of the designs are pink, floral, and have ruffles on them. DII aprons are retro vintage style, but are brand new, and are made for washing and wearing over and over. DII has many lovely designs that will look great in your retro kitchen.  The retro half apron pictured to the right is called the Blueberry Half Apron.

DII Vintage Half Apron

Rugged Apron - Leather - Cognac

• 4 oz. oil-tanned leather • 7 oz. leather straps • Copper rivets • Utility ring for hand towel • Snap hook for easy fastening • Adjustable to fit 30" - 40" waists • Apron measu...

Only $375.00
Rugged Apron - Waxed Canvas - Charcoal

• 10.10 oz. army duck waxed canvas • 11.5 oz. cotton canvas backing • 7 oz. hand-dyed leather • Copper rivets • Utility ring for hand towel or tool • Snap hook for easy fastenin...

Only $235.00

DII Vintage Full Apron

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Holiday Theme Ruffle Apron, Kitchen Basic, Cooking, Baking, Cr...

DII's Vintage Christmas ruffle apron is 100% cotton, machine washable and one size fits most. These fashionable yet functional aprons have extra-long ties that allow for a wrap ...

Only $18.99
DII 100% Cotton, Trendy, Fashion, Daisy Skirt Ladies Women Apron, Kitchen Chef Adult Apron, Adjus...

100% Cotton Daisy Apron is Functional and Flattering DII Daisy Aprons are 100% cotton and machine washable. The cute daisy prints add a fresh vibe in your home and kitchen, tren...

Only $15.99

DII Hostess Aprons

DII carries a line of hostess aprons that would be a lot of fun wearing to your next party at home.  They look just like the aprons your mother or grandmother would have worn over her clothes about 50 or more years ago.

The hostess aprons are full length, retro in style, very frilly, and full of colors.  DII also carries a full line of tablecloths, napkins, pot holders, and other retro style linens to match the aprons that would add to the style of your retro kitchen.

These aprons are currently on sale at Amazon, so it is a great time for you to stock up.  They are primarily made from cotton, and all of them are washable.

DII Hostess Aprons

DII Ric-Rac Botanical Vintage Half Apron

A the full, gathered skirt of bright and cheerful botanical print apron is accented with red rickrack and & finished with an over sized scalloped hem. 19-inch length by 42 ...

Only $24.00
DII Chefs Full Apron with Pockets, Red

DII solid Red Chefs full Apron is cheerful and functional. Features 2 roomy front pockets. 32-Inch length, 28-inch width with adjustable neck and side straps. Perfect for home ...

Only $9.99

Jessie Steele Aprons

Jessie Steele Bib Josephine Café Toile Apron

Heirloom quality Designer Hostess Apron constructed from a fine Linen/Cotton Blend. Ties at neck and waist for easy adjusting. Contrast Ties with an attached ruffle Skirt. One d...

$39.00  $11.50
Jessie Steele Kitchen Cherry Courtney Apron

Heirloom quality Designer Hostess Apron. Constructed of fine cotton. Ties at waist and neck for easy adjusting. Ruffle hem and removable flower accent make this apron both fun a...

$31.95  $12.09

Jessie Steele Half Aprons

Jessie Steele Bubbly Celebration Border Tie Front Caroline Half Apron

Cook in style with the Bubbly Celebration Border Tie Front Caroline Half Apron from Jessie Steele that has a side pocket, wide waistband, adjustable front tie and straight cut b...

$26.00  $24.97
Jessie Steele Cutie Pops Bib Josephine Apron

Cross Stitch Hearts Half June Apron : 100% durable cotton ensures a long lasting addition to your kitchen. Bring Happy Home.

$33.90  $22.95

Jessie Steele Retro Vintage Aprons

Jessie Steele is the other quality line of retro vintage aprons. Jessie Steele also carries both half and full style aprons in several retro styles and colors. Many of the retro aprons have pockets, bows, and some have towels attached.

Jessie Steele also has other retro kitchen items including oven mitts, pot holders, and separate towels with retro patterns and designs.

Most of the Jessie Steel retro full and half aprons are red, pink, black, or white with a few exceptions.  Child size aprons are also available from the Jessie Steele line of aprons.

Jessie Steele Children's Aprons

Jessie Steele Audrey Children's Bib Apron, Cupcakes

Especially for kids, an heirloom quality designer hostess apron constructed from fine cotton. Ties at neck and waist for easy adjusting. Contrast Bias-trimmed at edges. Two roun...

$23.00  $19.99
Jessie Steele Children's Easter Ribbon Egg Bib Josephine Apron

Heirloom quality Designer Hostess Apron constructed of fine cotton, especially for kids. Ties at waist and neck for easy adjusting. Waist pocket and removable grosgrain bow give...

$21.95  $21.01

Authentic Vintage Aprons

If you are looking for authentic vintage aprons, then Ebay is the best place to search.  You can find some great bargains on used and new vintage aprons on Ebay.  You will have to search carefully for actual vintage aprons as opposed to retro "look like" vintage aprons.  If you are not sure from the listing on Ebay, you can check with the seller by contacting them.

It is also a lot of fun to find vintage or retro holiday aprons for Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day or Halloween.  Jessie Steele has a very cute candy cane apron for both children and adults that would be great for a Christmas party or just to wear around the house during the Christmas season.

Whatever you find that fits your retro kitchen, it will be an inexpensive, affordable addition to the retro look you are going for.

More Retro Kitchen Ideas

Every retro kitchen needs the perfect retro wall clock or retro counter clock.
Retro is very hot, and you can find lots of very interesting retro kitchen furniture, small appliances, and accessories for affordable prices.
Updated: 10/01/2014, lakeerieartists
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sheilamarie on 10/23/2011

Nice aprons! It would almost be a shame to mess one up with sloppy spills, but I guess they could handle it as that's what they're made for.

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