Aprons are generally available in two basic styles, which are bib aprons and waist aprons. Bib aprons are also known as pinafores and are generally full-length aprons which are designed to cover both the upper and lower portions of the body as they fit just below your neck down to the knees. These types of aprons are made offer more protection to the wearer compared to waist aprons.
Aprons are worn by people in various types of industries, especially the medical, restaurant, food processing, and food preparation sectors. These articles of outerwear are generally worn over top of your house clothes or work clothes to protect them from becoming stained and dirty while you are working or cooking, etc. The bib apron is also designed to help prevent the wearer from possibly contaminating the food during the preparation and cooking of it.
The types of people in varied professions who often need special protection with bib aprons include cooks, chefs, sous chefs, dishwashers, butchers, waiters, waitresses, assembly line workers, carpenters, grocery clerks, and gardeners, etc. In the past, the bib portion of the apron was held in place with the help of pins that were cumbersome. Today, most types of bib aprons usually offer two tie-up options either through a neck strap joined around the neck or through shoulder straps that are attached at the waistband and crisscross at the back. The neck straps are very easy to wear and are popular with clients today, though in terms of comfort the shoulder strap options are preferable.
Like most types of aprons, bib aprons are available in a wide variety of designs, colors, sizes and materials. You can find bib aprons that are made out of materials such as cotton, polyester, and linen blends, canvas, lead, leather and rubber. Rubber bib aprons are often worn by people who are dealing with liquids such as chemicals and water, as they are water repellant. Dishwashers and science laboratory workers often wear this type of apron. A lead bib apron is commonly used by x-ray technicians and x-ray patients to protect them from radiation. Many people are also custom designing bib aprons by embroidering phrases and graphics on them.