19 Girls In The Last 67 Years Have Worn The Same Handmade Dress On The 1st Day Of Kindergarten

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

It’s back-to-school season for many kids, and there’s nothing more exciting than buying all your supplies and a whole new closet. When I was younger, like many girls, I spent hours trying on clothes to find the perfect outfit for the first day of school. It’s very important! This is how you make a great first impression.

But in one family, the first back-to-school outfit is a no-brainer. Since 1950, all the girls in Jenny Hirt’s family have worn the same yellow and purple ruffled dress.

The adorable frock was handmade by Jenny’s great-grandmother and grandmother for her aunt, and ever since, it’s been a tradition for all the girls to wear it once. It’s lasted 67 years so far and shows no signs of being retired anytime soon!

Jenny was the fifth girl to wear the dress. Her daughter Caroline, who just started kindergarten, was the 18th person to put it on!

The proud mom snapped a cute photo of her little girl on her first day of school, and the dress shows little sign of wear and tear — just a few holes were patched and a sleeve was reattached.

The dress has been worn in 1950, 1952, 1960, 1969, 1981, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, and now 2017.

It’s currently in Oregon, where Caroline’s cousin Sylvie will wear it on her first day of kindergarten too!

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Footage provided by KUSA Denver

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