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Linen is one of the noblest and more sustainable fabrics there is. Whether you’re looking for a high-quality and long-lasting chef piece or a beautiful, sustainable, and conscious gift for women and men who cook, linen aprons check all the boxes. According to the website specialized in sustainable fashion goodonyou.eco “Linen is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics in fashion history. It is strong, naturally moth resistant, and made from flax plant fibers, so when untreated (i.e. not dyed) it is fully biodegradable”. Because linen is a natural material, it stands with grace all the heat and washing abuse typical of the kitchen, making it a durable material. Linen aprons are the perfect gift for a minimalist who loves cooking because it’s sustainable, eco-friendly, and will last for decades, avoiding fabric waste in the landfills. Also, it looks effortlessly cool, even just hanging on the wall!
However, what I like most about linen, is its durability. When compared to cotton, the most common fabric used in kitchen aprons, linen can last up to 30 years, while the cotton will be in the landfill in 5. And if it wasn’t enough because linen is a strong fiber, it’s highly heat resistant (what can be better around the oven?) and the more you wash it, the softer it gets! So, if you’re trying to move towards minimalism, adopt a slow-living lifestyle, choose quality over quantity, lower your footprint, support a circular economy, or simply want something that matches your rustic-chic kitchen , here are the best linen aprons you can find!
Feel-Good Linen Aprons
Cross Back Kitchen Linen Aprons Made in USA, Studiopatró
Photo by Ty Mecham, Rocky Luten, Ty Mecham & James Ransom for Food52
Made in San Francisco, these colorful linen aprons are practical, comfortable, and beautifully designed!
The straps are about 60″ long and completely adjustable. They cross-back and tie around the waist through nickel-plated grommets, which makes it a good option for a plus-size apron.
It has a deep front pocket for the cooking tools and a tie to affix the kitchen towel. I love this feature because I’m a Monica so I only cook with a kitchen towel hanging!
It’s available in 9 different colors.
Measurements: 35″ L x 30″ W at hips, 10″ W at bib, adjustable straps about 60″ L
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Crossback Linen Apron With Pockets, Linenia
Photo from Etsy
This European linen cross-back apron is a bestseller at Etsy. First, it’s available in 5 different sizes, from S to 2XL, so it’s one of the few plus-size aprons I found.
As if it wasn’t enough you can also choose if you want it reversible in 2 colors or not. They offer 36 colors to choose from!
Measurements: varies according to the size
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Natural Linen Apron
Photo from Terrain
This apron is handmade in Lithuania (Western Europe is famous for having the best linen in the world) by a family-run company.
Their manufacturing process honors traditional weaving techniques and sustainable dying methods.
Measurements: 22″W, 31″L
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Cross-Back No Tie Linen Aprons, Saro Lifestyle
Photo from Macy’s
This loose-fit cross-back apron has a very practical design. You throw it and you’re ready! An absolute favorite among people who don’t want anything around the waistline or hanging. Toddlers and cats’ parents love it!
It’s available in 4 different colors!
Measurements: 35″ L x 28″ W, 15″ chest and 25″ crisscross straps
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Agrarian Linen Apron, Farmhouse Pottery
Photo from Farmhouse Pottery
I am a big fan of Farmhouse Pottery work. They create special heirloom dinnerware, ceramic and wooden pieces in Vermont, supporting local business families, artisan traditions, and encouraging sustainable processes.
This heavy weave linen apron is ethically hand-sewn in India and honors the honest hard work from old-time farms. The light blues stripes and the chest pocket add the design factor. And the adjustable neck strap closes ties with a harmonious beige button.
Measurements: 36″L x 24″W
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Washed Linen Apron, Farmhouse Pottery
Photo from Rocky Luten for Food52
This soft yarn-dyed linen apron is another feel-good piece from Farmhouse Pottery.
It’s the perfect summer apron because it’s breathable and lightweight. The blue checkered pattern is gender-neutral and gives me some strong beach house vibes
Measurements: 36″ L x 24″ W
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Indigo Embroidered Linen Aprons, Serena & Lily
Photo from Serena & Lily
Casual elegance is the last name for this linen apron. The same color embroidered medallion on the left pocket cuts the mustard for sophistication. To top it off, the adjustable neck strap is tied up in a beautiful antique brass buckle.
Also available in the color natural.
Measurements: Hip Strap Length: 60″.
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Cute Floral Linen Aprons, Shabby Chic
Photo from Shabby Chic Couture
Like everything curated by Rachel Ashwell, this adorable apron is high-quality! It’s 100% linen, made in the USA, and has useful pockets for your tools, iPhone, hand sanitizer… Also, it’s machine washable, so you can bake or take care of your flower garden with the peace of mind you deserve!
Most Shabby Chic products are made locally, by small producers, so the inventory is never large.
Measurements: 32”L x 26”W (additional 52″ to tie.)
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And if you’re in a girly mood, the apron is available in dusty rose too!
Charcoal Linen Aprons, Sur la Table
Photo from Sur la Table
Every time I enter the Sur la Table store around the Pike Market, I travel to the bucolic European summer. Their aprons couldn’t be different. Simple and functional, they are handcrafted in India from 100% premium linen with exclusivity for Sur la Table.
The aprons have 2 large front pockets, adjustable straps around the waist, and are pre-washed for softness. This is the color charcoal, but you can choose from 3 other shades.
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