Dirndl for the small ones
Dirndls: A Symbol of Celebration and Pride
Oktoberfest is celebrated by Germans and foreigners alike in nearly every pocket of the globe. It’s become so popular that Munich’s festival is the largest in the world, drawing 6.2 million guests. It was launched by King Ludwig I in 1810 as a salute to his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Today, it celebrates German tradition, culture, and food, and it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up in your dirndl or lederhosen.
History of the Dirndl Dress and Oktoberfest
Traditional Bavarian clothing is probably the most well known country-specific attire on the planet, but it became a local custom quite by accident. Lederhosen and dirndls were once worn by peasants. Their heavy workdays demanded long-lasting clothing that could withstand a little rough and tumble and keep them protected, making them perfect for the rough-and-tumble girl in your life. Tough leather breeches could tolerate everyday life in the Alps, with its energetic hunts and horseback rides. Dirndls evolved in tandem, emerging among peasant workers in the 18th century. The trachten was first used as a maid’s dress, but it attracted plenty of jealous attention from the nobles, who soon began to wear the attire, too. This is how luscious fabrics and soft layers became a part of their aesthetic. Silk and satin might not serve a housemaid, but they certainly clothed the upper classes exquisitely.
The girl dirndl and baby dirndl became universal sights among the nobles, but fashion is fickle. The centuries passed, and with them went the dirndl set. Oktoberfest brought the trachten back into fashion as a costume that can now be seen at a number of festivals throughout the year. To suit evolving trends, the skirt became shorter and bolder. The apron knot was shifted to the right as a sign that the wearer was romantically attached or the left if she was unmarried. Every year, the tracht reflects new trends through variable fabrics, lengths, and palettes. You’ll even it on ready to wear shelves, so you needn’t wait for the next traditional festival to show off your trachten.
Kruger Dirndl is one of the most innovative designers of traditional attire. Its collection is contemporary, inspired, and varied enough to serve every little fashionista. The brand adores the interplay of tradition and fashion, and 2019 is arguably one of its most celebrated collections. This year’s gold, pink, and red palettes are enhanced by luxurious wide ribbons. Satin apron dresses are treated to fine needlework and the creative use of layering. Eveningwear’s palettes transform to suit a more sedate atmosphere in midnight blue, red, and purple. If you’re planning your wedding day, Kruger has you covered, bringing subtle traditional details to your flower girls' frocks on the most romantic day of your life.
Young Fashion and the Girl Dirndl
Country-inspired costumes lend themselves particularly well to youthful wearers. The style is fresh and girlish. It has all the ruffles and pretty details a little girl could wish for, so children's dirndls are the perfect outfits for little princesses. A baby dirndl with fabric lederhosen will give your infant a formal, yet delicate aesthetic, ideal for special occasions. Kruger Kids’ collections are blossoming boldly in florals and checks this year. Formalwear hues are lightly layered in lavender, white, and rose. This year’s evening apron dresses are bold, in deep red and navy blue. Cotton brings a necessary youthful edge to satin apron skirts while simultaneously making the costume easier to care for.
The Revamp of Bavarian Attire
Oktoberfest is an opportunity to stand out, so today’s adult attendees are showing off their apron dresses in grand style, with all their characteristic conservativeness erased. You can expect to see delicately laced frocks in bright, lively hues. The girl dirndl is a symbol of joyful times, so it’s the perfect dress for youthful wearers. Germany’s latest generation celebrates its history and place of birth far more than its previous generation, so traditional dress can be found in almost every closet, with retailers experiencing a 750% increase in sales since 2002.
Children's Dirndl - Caring for your Apron Dress
Your blouse and bloomers are usually easy on your laundry day. Most are made from polycotton, which can simply be thrown in the machine and put through a gentle, cold cycle. The fabric of your girl dirndl might tolerate machine washing, but its delicate detailing might not. To preserve the handiwork and prevent fraying at the front, dry cleaning or spot cleaning are best. Aprons are the great sufferers of the Bavarian world, absorbing most of the wear and dirt. For that reason, many are machine washable, but assumption is not your dirndl’s friend. Check the care label before you treat it too harshly. It might require dry cleaning. Formal girls’ apron dresses frequently include lace and cotton ruffles that require a light touch, but Kruger’s daywear versions are designed to keep mothers’ laundry needs in mind. Bias cuts replace ruffles and cotton replaces satin. Gingham aprons are ideal for tomboys and busy players.
Bavarian Accessories and Wear Instructions
Fashion is, by nature, creative, so don’t be afraid to treat your costume as you would any other outfit. Bring a sense of your own taste to the outfit. Add a blend of contemporary accessories to the traditional costume. Tights and ankle socks should be unpatterned if your apron and skirts are detailed. Try mixing and matching your blouses and aprons for a unique look.
Apron dresses are traditionally worn with bloomers, which are generally shorter than the skirt. Children’s dirndl trends would have the bloomers peeking out from under the skirt - a perfect look for trendy toddlers and babies. The blouse can be worn off the shoulder. Dirndls are zipped or laced with a matching ribbon, which you’ll find in the pocket. Begin by threading it through the top hooks and criss cross it downward towards the waist. The apron is tied in the waistline and secured with a bow.
Traditional clothing isn’t merely a style or a part of history. It’s a symbol of cultural identity, but today, it’s also become a revamped part of the fashion world. When you wear it, you wear joy, cultural pride, and beauty.