How to Wear a Dirndl

Well, I am back in Germany and trying to get back in the swing of things so I figured that I would take this week to talk about my awesome Dirndl that I bought back during my little trip to Eichstätt with Nicola.

Dirndls were originally more traditional daywear in Austria, Bavaria, and Switzerland as far back as the 19th Century.  Eventually the Austrian upper class started wearing Dirndls as high fashion in the 1870s and eventually became a must-have item.

Today Dirndls are still worn at traditional Volksfest and can still catch a high price based on the fabric used.  

Of course I had to have one!

Also one does not simply buy a Dirndl….especially when one of your friends is from Bavaria.  The ones you get outside of Bavaria (whilst in Germany) are not considered authentic.  So for the sake of authenticity, we went to Nico’s favorite “Tracht-Shop” (Tracht meaning “Traditional Garments”) in Eichstätt to do some shopping.  We ended up visiting two, but I must say I am still happy with my purchase.

The first part of the Dirndl is the blouse.  This isn’t a normal blouse as it’s sole purpose is to cover the boobs and present them in an alluring way (some women pay big money for a good push-up bra – but I have never needed help in that department)

I opted for a lovely lace blouse

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The next part is the bodice.  I fell in love with this Dirndl not only for the color but also the porcelain buttons and beautiful rose embroidery

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The third part is the apron.  Traditionally, where the knot sits tells the world a woman’s marital status:

Left: unmarried

Right: married, engaged, otherwise taken

Middle: Virgin

Back: Widow

Of course, I wear mine to the right

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Don’t forget adding some killer shoes and cute “Tracht-inspired” jewelry (meaning with Edelweißes, Antlers, and the occasional Pretzel)

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And you have a complete outfit

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Abner wanted to get in on the action, too.

Suffice it to say, I am in love! It certainly cost a pretty penny, but damn do I look good! It was worth every bit of it 😀

Do any other expats wear traditional clothing from their new country? Or even from their old country? If so, then which ones!

Bis nächste Woche!

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