Some of my favorite kitchen items are the aprons my mom has made for me over the years. I use them all the time, and whenever I pick one up to put it on, it makes me smile. Sure, a plain white chef's apron would do the job of keeping my clothes clean, but cooking is more fun when you're wearing a cute apron.
Go cute or go home. Come to think of it, that's kind of the motto of the women in our family.