Most people connect aprons to their 85-year-old grandmothers or the strings that connect boyfriends to their doting mothers, but a cute apron can make prevent last minute outfit changes (especially if you're frying something) and be a cute conversation piece for friends and family.
No matter the occasion, an apron is a functional and fashionable accessory that might someday save your silk t-shirt.
A few I like are:
Fluttered chambray apron, Anthropologie, $19.95
Funky Chicken Kitchen Accessory, World Market, $9.95 (store-to-store availability)
And if it's a sexy party...
Kitchen Threadz (endorsed by RHONY Sonja Morgan), kitchenthreadz.com, $100