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The Retro Housewife ... You Need an Apron!

By Getgoretro

The Retro Housewife ... You Need an Apron!

Sabine Kelly in our
Sweetheart Apron

Like to mix things up? You need to wear a retro apron.  Whether you are an apron aficionado, like to cook or are new to the idea of wearing an apron, just know that vintage aprons have tremendous sex appeal all the whilst having a "use".  We always say that our aprons are for the girl who likes to stir things up in the kitchen.  Wear it with clothes (or not); with pearls (or not) ... depending on just what you plan on cooking up.

On a serious note ... vintage-inspired aprons are great for every type of mess, from flour showers to oil splashes and stains.  In addition, you can just grab a handful of apron when reaching for a hot dish, rather than hunting for those potholders yet again.  And, everyone still remembers the wonderful Donna Reed who is the epitome of the gorgeous housewife along with Barbara Billingsley of "Leave it to Beaver fame."

Looking for a great gift for the teacher, your daughter, a bride or even yourself ... check out the various aprons we have at Get Go Retro.
The Retro Housewife ... You Need an Apron!
And to get you in the mood for cooking . . . check out this fabulous blog "Glamourous Housewife." They have a great no bake Thanksgiving desert that is easy to make; and I remember having as a kid.  Brought back a lot of memories.  "The filled" angel food cake (recipe is on her blog.)   This is a great site with tips on dressing, entertaining and inspiration (which we all can use a little of from time to time.)
The Retro Housewife ... You Need an Apron!
For fun, check out the the May 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly, they published this list of how to be a good housewife:
  • Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
  • During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
  • Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
  • Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.

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