Sunday, 12 May 2013
Originally, pinafores were a decorative and protective apron-type thing, with an open back. Literally, pinned to the front of a dress - 'pin' and 'afore', meaning 'front'. I remember reading really old-fashioned children's books by Enid Blyton in which little girls got told off for not wearing a pinafore when playing with paints, so for me, there's something intrinsically playful about pinafore dresses.
The other reason they appeal to me is because of the layering opportunities pinafore dresses present. Whether it's with casual t-shirt or a collared blouse, the mixing and matching sounds like so much fun to style. You could also tie ribbons to the bottom of the straps, or pin a brooch onto the button there, to personalise it a little.