questionswhere should i buy an apron?

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I recommend finding one at a restaurant supply store. They're normally made of heavy duty material and will last quite a while. My wife actually found a really nice one recently at TJ Maxx so you could check there or Ross for a decent deal as well

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First, do what capguncowboy suggested. Then, for fun designs you can look at some sort of iron on, or go the more professional-looking route and visit your local small business embroidery person. Mine happens to be across the street, and offers a surprising array of patterns and designs you can customize to your heart's content.

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good thinkin. thanks you two :)

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We need more info. Is this a cooking apron? handyman apron? farrier apron? welding apron? for a man or woman? A quick Bing/Google search finds gazzillions of apron vendors. If you need something really personalized, consider some generic apron and adding an iron-on or some embroidery. I'm a guy and I frequently wear aprons in a veterinary setting. Most of mine are handyman's aprons from hardware stores. Some are animal grooming aprons from grooming suppliers. Some were free from dog food vendors. I frequently switch aprons during the day for utility or soiling reasons. I do find that when wearing an apron people think I look thinner. The only Woot apron I have is the kitchen utensil that looks like a rifle one and the quality seems fine to me (I bought 3).

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Restaurant-grade aprons are kinda chintzy, they just have lots of them and a laundry service.
My heaviest weight apron came from William's Sonoma.
Woot aprons are novelty items.

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@nortonsark: I'm a guy and I'm cooking at a pub. It's a very laid back place (I bring the food out to customers and my uniform is a pair of jeans and a tshirt that I don't mind getting greasy and dirty) so I was just looking for something more fun than a plain white/black apron.

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@panthiest: Well, your situation opens up a wealth of possibilities. I would suggest a variety of novelty aprons with varying themes. This way you can sort of do an "apron of the day (or hour)" theme. You probably want to go for more of a barbecue apron for extra protection, but mostly I would get things that are interesting. In my quick Bing search, I saw a camoflage apron with a beer can bandolier on it: http://www.bing.com/shopping/big-mouth-toys-the-grill-sergeant-bbq-apron/p/4B17E751187D4DE35012?q=aprons+for+men&lpq=aprons%20for%20men&FORM=HURE

Depending on the customer base, you might consider the racier ones that show a depiction of a buff body. The Woot rifle one would be good too, but it is sold out: http://shirt.woot.com/offers/kitchen-warfare-apron-1

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@nortonsark: yah, i actually really liked the kitchen warfare one and was considering waiting until it came around again, but I keep hearing the woot aprons are very flimsy- happen to know if that is just the regular complaining or are they actually not worth buying?

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Not sure what part of the country you are in, but accordingly I would check at Atwood's, Menard's or Tractor Supply Co. Most of them have Carhartt clothing, and their stuff is tough! The next step would be to visit a graphic shop and have whatever you want printed. Good luck!

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Go for a Chef's coat instead of an Apron.

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@mattysc: Classy idea, but it's a small kitchen and gets very hot- I wouldn't want to wear another layer with long sleeves.

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Aprons come in many fabric weights and fibers. If your cooking environment isn't terribly messy, you could consider a denim or duck type fabric for your aprons. Both of these weaves are available in different fabric weights also. If you want to add a little humor to the aprons to entertain customers or promote smiles, there are also many theme aprons/

Weights and weaves aside, other considerations for commercial kitchen use are comfort, apron care, color dyes etc. Cotton is the most comfortable, some of the synthetics and of course vinyl etc are the most abuse resistant. If you choose cotton, go with a heavy grade / denser weave, such as a cotton duck or denim. If buying online, you can get an idea of the weight of the fabric used by looking at the manufacturers specs for shipping weight. If it is 8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz etc., you are better off. Additionally, if you choose cotton, apply three treatments of a good fabric guard treatment for extra stain and moisture resistence. Good luck!

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Got my random apron today and it was kitchen warfare :D I love it. It isn't particularly thick, but it's not shoddy construction and for the price it's great.

The design is the exact one I wanted too

@thunderthighs thank whoever was responsible for me pleeeeaase :)