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Locally made and sold aprons are perfect for keeping your cool in the kitchen

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If the idea of wearing an apron evokes an eye-roll, it’s no wonder. For years, the garment has represented drudgery or at least the dated idea of being tied to the kitchen – and not in a foodie kind of way. From Cinderella to sitcom moms, pop culture is filled with characters swathed at the waist in no-frills white cotton. Today’s apron makers and sellers are challenging that notion by offering styles and designs that signal you are cooking up a storm and looking cool as a cucumber doing so. Here we share a sampling of aprons from around the state. From no-fuss to fabulous, for the serious cook or playful host, you’re sure to find one that suits your style (and keeps you clean).

Coastal Cool
Look effortlessly chic while keeping your clothes clean in an indigo kelp-patterned apron. So decorative, you’ll want to display it on a hook when not in use. Christina’s Ltd., Westerly

Kelp print, $28.

Chef Mate
From colorful to classic, find a range of hard-working aprons at this shop long renowned for providing cooks with just what they need. Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet, 21 W. Main Street, Wickford

Blue fish, $28.
Suede, $55.
Veggies, $14.95.

Make it Yourself
Put your stamp on a meal even before starting to simmer by creating your own apron with a kit from this inspiring fabric shop. Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington

Shabby Oiseaux Apron Project, $13.95.

Reversible Retro
Megan Labrecque creates reversible aprons for kids and adults under her Apiary Designs label. Look for mod patterns in her charming but oh-so durable handmade line. Apiary Designs, also available at Rhody Craft in Providence

Campers, $34
Martini glasses, $34.
Sailboats, $34.

Vintage Vavoom
Find flirty styles like your cool great aunt used to wear at the treasure trove of all things vintage located within the Arcade. Carmen & Ginger, Providence

Cross-stitched, $20.
Floral feedsack, $20.