“Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.”
According to this website, work uniforms, instill a sense of pride and responsibility and can convert employees into “brand ambassadors” outside the actual workplace. Schools also report favorable statistics when switching to uniforms. There is a connection in how we are dressed and how we feel. This is why we tell ladies to ditch the pants and wear skirts and dresses for a whole month before they try on a pair of pants again. As much as people don’t want to hear it, dressing like a lady does make you feel like a lady.
When I worked before I had children, I was a flight attendant. In between trips, when I would lounge in the lobby and stuff my face at all the free hotel buffets, I didn’t really feel put together to say the least. However when I put on my uniform, tied that scarf around my neck and put on my pumps, I did feel different. I did take pride in my job, even if I only greeted people and picked up their empty food trays.
So what is the homemaking uniform? I guess there is no wrong answer as long as you are keeping the home, however I find putting on this simple article of clothing has transformative powers. Exit tired mom, enter domestic super hero.
My apron is basically a cape worn backwards.
Long ago an apron was necessary to protect clothing, in a time where not everybody had washing machines and thrift stores. There are many other benefits to wearing one besides protecting clothing such as drying hands and tears from a crying child, you also won’t feel lazy wearing an apron. An apron is a working article of clothing.
An apron gently guides you back to the task at hand when you are likely to get distracted. Wearing an apron doesn’t just send a message that you are embracing homemaking, but that you are actually busy at work.
If you are not in the habit of wearing an apron, I encourage you to try it! It single-handedly HAS improved my cooking and mood in the kitchen. I read somehwere else of another mom buying a new one every year, and that sounds like a fun tradition. I would like to start that for my birthday every year…reminding me that I am older and still very much needed, and “employed.” Ha!
The one I am wearing is currently on sale at Anthropologie. They have a lot of summer stuff for sale with an extra 25% at the store so I scored a cute mug with it for the same price it is online.
I wish I could have bought them all and displayed them like this picture I found online!
I did find some pretty cute ones on Amazon with prime shipping, so you won’t give the store associates a heart attack with all your small children touching all the breakable stuff.
Do you wear an apron regularly? Let me know in the comments below!
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