Christopher Kimball's Milk Street for KAF French Stripe Apron

Sometimes the simplest kitchen tasks are the hardest. Like boiling an egg. I’ve also found that the simplest tools—such as aprons—are equally confusing. Aprons that are too short. (I like them to reach just above the knee.) Or aprons that are made of fabric that is too light or, on the other hand, too heavy. You feel like you’re in a woodworking shop. I like function in my kitchen with clean designs—no wild colors or cutesy printed messages. Our elegant French Stripe apron, patterned after those worn by European shopkeepers, is not a gauzy fashion accessory but rather built to last for real cooks, substantial in terms of fabric weight but not overwhelming. Its wider-than-standard bib provides maximum protection from splatters, and the apron itself is the proper length—just above the knee for me. Some aprons are so short that you end up with flour or hot oil on your pants if you’re not careful! The two wide pockets are great for an instant-read thermometer, a cellphone, a timer, a peeler or even a small kitchen towel. We also love the design of the adjustable neckstrap, which uses a metal buckle (similar to a guitar strap) and avoids the issue of loose ends.

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold with like colors. Use non-chlorine bleach only. Tumble dry on low setting. Remove promptly.