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12 best gardening aprons for durability, protection and style

Published: July 18, 2022 at 7:00 am
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Our pick of long aprons for extra protection in the garden

Whether you're potting up plants in the greenhouse, cutting back over-grown shrubs or splitting logs, these gardening aprons offer extra protection when it's needed most.

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If you’re looking to invest in maximum pocket space to hold onto your tools, a flexible fit to keep you mobile, or simply a heavyweight material to keep stains at bay, there are a variety of options to fit your specific gardening needs.

Best gardening aprons in 2022

Esschert Design Long Garden Apron

Esschert Design Long Garden Apron on a white background

Made from canvas and polyester, this robust apron has plenty of pocket compartments so you can hold onto a number of tools at once. Due to the extra long, divided apron your knees will also be protected from muddy and wet patches, with adjustable straps at the neck and waist to ensure a comfortable fit.

LeerKing Cross Back Linen Apron

Linen cross back apron

This stylish linen apron has a cross-back style so you can just pull it on over your head and not have to tie any strings. It has large double pockets for tool storage, a split-hem design for ease of movement and comes in a choice of earthy colours.

TOURBON Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas

TOURBON Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas on a white background

Useful for a variety of household tasks, this waxed canvas apron will hold up in the garden thanks to its thick split cowhide material, which is particularly durable. With full coverage down past the knees and a variety of pockets, you’ll be able to tend to tough garden tasks, with your tools within reach.

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Discoball Oxford Cloth Garden Apron

Discoball Oxford Cloth Garden Apron on a white background

With 14 pockets in total you can go into the garden fully equipped. There are 5 big pockets, 4 medium sized and 4 small, with a top pocket to keep track of all your gardening basics. Made from high quality Oxford cloth, it’s both waterproof and wear-resistant so you can really put it through its paces.

ANPPEX Durable Tool Apron with Pocket

HAPPYVX Durable Tool Apron on a white background

Finely stitched with reinforced double stitching, this apron is built to last. It’s water-resistant, stain resistant, tear resistant and abrasion resistant, and will hold onto your tools without them moving easily while you work. If 10 pockets aren’t enough there are also additional loops for extra storage.

Burgon & Ball Gardener's Apron

BURGON & BALL SOPHIE CONRAN COLLECTION - GARDENER'S APRON on white background

This apron from the Sophie Conran collection is proof you don’t need to compromise on style while kneeling in soil. Made from 100% heavyweight cotton it’s a durable piece, with two deep pockets and a hanging, leather loop where you can store your secateurs or snips. There’s even a small pocket specifically designed to keep your phone or keys close by.

Carhartt Duck Apron

Carhartt Cotton Duck Apron on white background

Cut from Carhartt’s strongest cotton duck, this tough apron brings plenty of pocket space. As well as the four large pockets and two smaller pockets, there’s a multi-compartment bib with a secure zipper closure, which means you won't lose any tools while leaning over and tending to your borders.

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Risdon & Risdon Denim Apron

Risdon & Risdon denim apron

This gardening apron features five generous pockets suitable for carrying all your gardening necessities. We love the pocket with a handy eyelet guide especially for your garden twine. Risdon & Risdon, based in Shropshire, offer free repairs for life for all of their products, so this is fantastic buy for sustainability and longevity.

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Labour & Wait Bib Apron

With an adjustable neck strap, this one-size-fits all apron is a practical option for the minimalist gardener. Featuring a large, gusseted pocket on the front and a small pocket at the top, this 100% cotton duck fabric has been hand-washed which means the material will fade and weather with age for an authentic look.

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Bovine Leather Apron

Leather apron in Florida grey

Handmade in the Netherlands, the Bovine leather apron is formed from high quality Italian material, noted for its suppleness which wraps around the wearer to create a snug and fitted feel. Attached to the notably strong leather are oiled and buffed leather straps that can be adjusted to provide additional comfort.

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Waterproof Oilskin Apron

Waterproof oilskin apron

The best option for protecting your clothes from adverse weather, or just the hose, this waterproof oilskin apron has two large pockets which are ideal for storing tools during soggy chores such as washing down vegetables or watering the plants.

Buy now from Carrier Company

Japanese Selvedge Denim Apron

Japanese Denim Apron

Handcrafted by Edward de Lacy, this apron features a large waist pocket with tool pockets, and a chest pocket to fit pens and small tools. The vegetable-tanned leather detailing will darken to a tan-brown patina over time.

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