The other day, one of those really sunny ones, I was out searching for my cat, Mo Tenzing. Since Spring has arrived he’s been wandering off a lot. I don’t blame him, the world is an exciting place and there are things to see and do and pounce on and friends to make and dogs to bother. But we miss him as he’s so handsome and friendly and when he’s been gone for a long time we usually take a turn around the neighbourhood to see if he’s got trapped somewhere or is just plain lost.
Anyway there I was, walking down a very sunny crescent in Tufnell Park and a door opened and out came a woman wearing clogs and this magnificent blue cross-back apron. She had done that thing that some people manage to do with their London houses, which is to give it the faint air of a smallholding. In my brief glance across her small front garden and through her house I could see out the back of the French doors a deep, green bower-like garden. I suddenly really, really wanted her apron. I already had the clogs.
So when I came across something very similar in Toast I snapped it up. H&M Home is also doing one. Or, look, there are tons on Etsy.
I really love mine and like the element of it being an item of clothing in itself, plus the functionality of having full neck-to-knee coverage to make sure absolutely no fat or bolognese splatters reach my New Look white ruffled Isabel Marant knock-off top.
I love stalking other peoples houses too 🤭 and that certainly sounds like a good one. Maybe she would do an outdoor house tour for The Spike?!
The apron is very chic. It is so damn hot here in summer that I would not be able to wear it but maybe for winter cooking!
I have a hunter green one, I feel very capable in it.
I adore the apron. Tell me, is this strictly for cooking or would you chance it for the school run? Asking for a friend.
A very long time ago when I was very,very young (under 20!) and just married someone gave me an awful Christian book entitled Total Marriage. One of the chapters in the book was “how to make your husband feel like a groom again”. Among the suggestions was when your husband comes home from a hard day in the office offer him a drink dressed in your pinny and nothing else. I dont think your apron was the sort intended in that book…..😂
I have been without an apron for ages and it does make cooking very stressful. My last one had the bloody pie from Titus Andronicus dripping on the front and the consensus among dinner guests was that it was off-putting. I’ve always seen it as one of those grudge purchases, like tyres, but that does look quite strangely chic and Swedish frontier woman. Total Marriage sounds like it’s presented by Ross Kemp on ITV. If I wanted my husband to feel like a groom again I’d have to enlist all of our friends and family to ask him over and over if he’s sure he’s not too young.
It looks lovely and I’ve been tempted before. I got an obsession with linen last summer. But the neck is not adjustable and it’s quite low? Plenty of room for spag Bol to hit your shirt?
Emma Page says
I wear these for work. Muji do one as well.
Laura Welsh says
I saw you in yours on Instagram and have already been to Toast and got one as I thought it looked simply fantastic! This and some Birkenstocks and some old Levis is just my kind of fantasy dressing that you talked about in your recent posts. I wear an apron most of the day as I’m very clumsy and get all sorts of things down me so a chic one is essential. I do have to remember to whip it off just before I go on my work Zooms though as they’ll think I am beyond the pale. This sort of look is not very ‘Jersey’ if you know what I mean (unless I mean Jersey during the Occupation).
My grandma always wore an apron. My dad called it her fartuch. Whenever I went over he would get cross she was wearing it when she opened the door. X
Louise B says
Love that Toast apron – wish it was a dress. Have you seen the ones on the Muji website. I tried to paste in a link to it, but it wouldn’t let me. Just search apron on the muji site…. L x
I have been lusting after the toast one for years. Best friend bought one in the toast outlet shop so now I feel like I’d be a mug to pay full price. Has anyone bought one from muji – are they as nice?