Smocks! Far better than aprons, smocks are due for some time in the limelight. They’ll keep you cleaner in a wider array of jobs and situations than that once-trusty apron of yours, which you stopped using anyways (*cough* no sleeve coverage *cough*). Plus, they look great as a hard-worn garment all on its own.
Gamine Workwear’s smock is based on the French fisherman varietals, with the fingerprints of its inspiration visible via the chore coat-style pockets up front and the classically oversized boat-neck opening up top. While the styling references France, however, this one’s definitely an all-American affair: not only was the item assembled in the USA, but the 10oz. brushed 100% cotton twill was sourced from a family-run mill in Missouri.
Cut for a drapey, mobility-encouraging fit, the rugged piece has an open split back that keeps things out of your way in the front. And seriously though, that’s a nice price for a piece like this.
$79 at Gamine Workwear.