I have to take the kids to school and then pick one up at 11:30 and the other two up at 3:15. Plus, there's no telling when someone will drop in (I HATE it when people do that). So I don't like to change into my "bum clothes" until after dinner. So using an apron is easier to protect my clothes so I can make lunch, do dishes and start dinner. It may look old-school, but it does the job!