How to Choose the Right Apron Color (Part 2)

Hedley & Bennett

When it comes to outfitting yourself or your team with aprons, choosing the right color is more important than you might think! The color of your apron can not only enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen or event – but can also also convey a specific mood or message to everyone around you. Sometimes the color can even give the wearer a little pick-me-up. So, it's crucial to pick the perfect color that aligns with your brand's identity and the vibe you want to create.

We get it – there’s so much to choose from, so which one? We want to help narrow it down by offering some pros and cons of five popular apron colors: white, black, red, blue and green. 

By understanding the uniqueness of these colors, you'll be better equipped to make a decision that suits your (or your team’s) style and preferences. So, let's dive in.

The Power of Perception and First Impressions

Colors can evoke strong emotions; and it can mean so many things. The colors we choose for our closets, including aprons, can strongly influence the perceptions of those around us. 

Are you aiming for a professional and polished vibe or a more relaxed and playful atmosphere? Your apron color can make all the difference in setting the tone for your environment.

The right apron color can help establish a positive connection with your clients or customers from the get-go. And, the right color can also boost self-confidence and empowerment.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Apron Color

Take some time to consider the following –

Environment: Are you wearing the apron in a formal or informal setting? Different colors may be more appropriate depending on the atmosphere.

Stain Resistance: Some colors, like dark shades, can make stains less noticeable than lighter hues.

Personal Style and Branding: Who are you? Choose a color that aligns with your brand's identity.

With that as our foundation, next, let’s get into the colors! 

White Aprons

Pros: Clean and professional.

This color is great for a variety of workplaces and industries. From restaurants and bakeries to galleries and retail stores, a crisp white apron creates an air of professionalism and sophistication. Additionally, the neutral tone and simplicity of a white apron make it suitable for various settings, as it easily complements a wide range of clothing and color schemes.

Another advantage of white aprons is their ease of personalization – to REALLY make it yours. Customizing your apron with your logo, design, or monogram is pretty easy on a white canvas. The bright and neutral background allows for colors and designs to stand out, making your branding more visible and distinctive.

Cons: Prone to visible stains.

Despite their clean appearance, any stain will be extremely visible. White aprons may not be the best choice for individuals working in environments with heavy staining potential. However, this drawback can be counteracted with regular washing and diligent stain treatment practices.

White aprons require regular maintenance to keep their bright and clean appearance. However, over time, white aprons may appear dull due to exposure to stains, sunlight, and frequent washing. This can detract from the desired professional appearance, and may require more frequent apron replacements compared to aprons of darker or more vibrant colors.

In some cases, white aprons may demand a higher level of upkeep compared to other apron colors, making them a less convenient choice for those working in fast-paced or busy environment. 

Black Aprons

Pros: Classic and professional.

Black aprons are timeless with an air of sophistication. They hide stains really well and they go well with most outfits – making them a popular choice for fine-dining restaurants, upscale hotels, and other settings with a high risk of spillage. Due to their dark color, stains from spills (think wine!), grease, and other splishes and splashes, are easily camouflaged. This ensures that you maintain a clean appearance throughout your day in an apron. 

Cons: Too formal.

Black aprons can be too formal for casual settings such as cafes, bistros, and food trucks. In these cases, a more laid-back apron color might better fit the relaxed vibe you're aiming for.

Over time, black aprons may fade and have more of a worn-in look from regular washings. 

Red Aprons

Pros: Energetic and attention-grabbing.

Red is a powerful color! Red is passionate and high energy. A red apron can make you stand out in any setting, making it a great choice for those who want to make an impact on their guests. The vibrant nature of red can also help create a lively and exciting atmosphere, which can positively impact those around you.

Wearing a red apron can convey a sense of passion for your job, service, or dish, showing your customers that you are dedicated and committed. It can also create a friendly and inviting vibe, making your establishment more welcoming to guests.

Cons: Can be overpowering.

Although red can be attention-grabbing and appealing, it may come off as too bold, distracting, and unprofessional; so this really depends on your brand identity. Since red is such a vibrant color, it may limit your options when choosing an outfit underneath it.

Blue Aprons

Pros: Calming and inspiring.

Blue aprons evoke feelings of calm, inspiration, trust and stability. They are a popular choice for creating a welcoming atmosphere. Blue aprons work well in various environments (seaside cafes or nautical themed restaurants). Their versatility allows them to blend seamlessly into different settings, making them an ideal choice for those who value flexibility in their apron choices.

This ease of coordination makes blue aprons a practical choice for those looking to match their apron with their work attire or the overall décor of their establishment. Another advantage of blue aprons is their ability to coordinate with many colors. Blue complements neutral tones like black and white or more vibrant shades like red and yellow. 

Cons: Not very impactful.

For those who want to make a bold statement with their apron, a blue apron might be too conventional; and not very impactful. 

It is worth noting that blue aprons can fade over time, particularly with frequent washing. This fading can diminish the calming and professional appearance that initially made the apron attractive. To extend the life and vibrancy of your blue apron, make sure to follow proper care instructions and consider choosing a higher-quality fabric that is more resistant to fading.

Green Aprons

Pros: Refreshing and relaxing.

Green symbolizes luck, prosperity, peace, and many other things – it is refreshing! If you're looking for a color that stands out and brings a fresh, natural vibe to your work environment, green aprons are an excellent choice. 

The color green is often associated with nature, making it a symbol of eco-friendliness – perfect for businesses that prioritize sustainability! From lime green to deep forest tones, there are plenty of shades to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect shade that suits your taste and branding. 

Cons: Might not suit every workplace.

While green aprons certainly have their appeal, they might not suit every workplace. Some environments, especially those with a more formal or conservative atmosphere, may find green aprons to be too casual or out of place. In some cases, a more neutral or traditional color, like black or white, may be a better fit. 


Choosing the right apron color is an important aspect of maintaining a professional image and making sure your brand truly stands out. Each color has its own pros and cons, as well as specific contexts and environments in which it is most suitable - and even their own maintenance protocols. To make the best choice for your needs, consider all the things we’ve called out. By taking time to evaluate your needs and preferences, you can ensure that your apron choice will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and complementary to your overall workspace or event setting.