From a working dress to a stylish outfit – The story of the Dirndl
In the 19th century the popular traditional dress from today, was an insignificant piece of clothing that the country service girls in Bavaria and Austria wore. Young ladies, so-called ‘Dirnen’, which is where the name Dirndl comes from, wore the dress while working in the house or out in the courtyard. The Dirndl had to be practical and had to be sustainable enough for dusting as well as in the raw mountain wind and weather. For this reason the ‘Laiblgwand’ – the upper dress, which was worn over the long-sleeved blouse, was sown out of robust bed sheets. The first movement of the country fashion began in the 20th century, when city ladies liked the style of the traditional Dirndl dresses. The traditional dresses became trendier and ladies from all walks of life saw in this work outfit, suddenly a smart alternative to the expensive designer pieces of foreign seamstresses. The Dirndl – as we know and love it – developed for the first time during the Second World War. The Nazis confiscated the traditional outfits and removed the high-necked collar and long sleeves in order to provoke the church. The new waist ties and the cut out neckline made the Dirndl erotic and modern. After a short traditional lull in the 80’s and 90’s, the Dirndl from today is a classic stylish choice and is worn to various different occasions. The traditional outfit fashion area is in the 21st century full of patterns, colours and styles.
The three parts of a Dirndl
A perfect Dirndl outfit consists of 3 components – a dress, an apron and a blouse. All of these elements are a traditional components of the Bavarian outfit and can be altered at any time. The right base for the Dirndl is of course the Dirndl blouse. If you like the girly look then you should get a blouse with ruffled long sleeves. If you prefer a sexy Oktoberfest outfit, then you should stick with short sleeves and lace. There is something for everyone, even if you like the blouse closed with buttons. It’s trendy as well to wear no blouse underneath your Dirndl – new styles make it possible to wear the traditional dress without a blouse, still looking glamorous! The most important part of the traditional outfit, with or without a blouse, is of course the dress itself. Back in the day the Dirndl was made out of heavy material, so it was appropriate for work. These days the country dress was sewn out of various materials such as linen, cotton and silk. The top part of the Dirndl normally has a square cut cleavage which emphasizes your bust. Piping made out of shimmery material or embroidery make the transition to the bodice. There you have corset hooks or ribbon which make every lady, regardless of height or weight, have a neat waist and female curves. You can also decorate your Dirndl corset with sparkly Charivari – normally there are different pendants from pretzels to hearts or to deer horns. Below the lacing is where the Dirndl apron begins, the end of the bow is hidden under the apron. There are so many aprons to choose from as there are visitors to the Oktoberfest - each one different – either made out of lace or silk, one colour or patterned, decorated with detail or just simple. With the apron there are no limits in regards to fashion. What is important is that the Dirndl apron sits a few centimeters above the skirt – that is what tradition says. Hidden, but practical are the small pockets, which are hidden with most Dirndls under the apron of the skirt. You can put small important items in these pockets to protect them during various festivities. Our secret trick – wear a petticoat underneath your Dirndl – this adds to the Dirndl skirt and apron and gives you a great swing when dancing and swaying!
Medium length Dirndl – a must have for stylish traditional outfit lovers
The Dirndl has been loved for centuries! Quite rightly so. It conceals problem zones and helps to create curves, where there are actually no curves. Traditional dresses in the popular medium length are especially loved by younger ladies. The knee-length Dirndl suits every figure and is not only worn at festivities. With a Dirndl you are in great style and dressed properly for the Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest, Starkbierfest, your grandma’s birthday or just a Sunday family dinner. Beautiful Dirndls are available in all colours of the rainbow and with the numerous types of aprons, corset lacing, chokers and Charivaris you can create your favourite traditional outfit look. To achieve the perfect Dirndl look, a modern blouse belongs alongside a beautiful medium lengthed Dirndl. White and cream are the standard choice, but a black blouse is a trendy variation to the classic Oktoberfest look. Unique Dirndls with a black blouse have a sexy look and guarantee a lot of admirers and most definitely result in a free beer! Julia Trentini Dirndl or a Dirndl from Cocovero look great with a long sleeved Dirndl blouse – try it! Wearing a Dirndl without an apron is our tip for the Oktoberfest coming up – sometimes less is more.
Playful mini country outfits for the girly Dirndl look
Country outfits is adaptable and offers an Oktoberfest outfit for everyone. For those of you who find sexy Dirndls and proud to be seen cleavages all a bit too much, you can also choose a girly traditional outfit from the brands like Krüger or Spieth & Wensky. The pastel coloured Dirndls are available in all lengths and sizes. Detailed flower embroidery and silk piping suit the short Mini Dirndl models, which stop just above the knee. The shorter the Dirndl, the more the focus is on the small details. Classic patterns like flower tendrils and checks are being created again by the designers and the Mini Dirndls are being created by brands such as Almsach and Marjo. A flower headband adds to every delicate Dirndl and makes you into a flower girl. Add to that a silky shimmery Dirndl apron with laced edging and sequins and your magical feminine Oktoberfest outfit is complete.
How do you tie your apron?
Traditional outfit fans know: If you want to try and flirt with someone it makes sense to look at how the apron is tied. This lets you know the relationship status of the person wearing it and prevents any embarrassments in front of your friends if you get turned down. If the Oktoberfest girl has tied the apron on the right hand side then don’t even try – the lady is in a serious relationship – either engaged or married. If you try anyway then you have to expect you might get in trouble, if her partner happens to be with her at the Oktoberfest. If the apron is tied to the left then you are out of danger – the girl is single. Waitresses or widows tie the apron at the back – so just smile politely. Especially confident Oktoberfest goers tie the apron in the middle at the front and risk the chance of having lots of men flirting with them – this position of the tie means they are still a virgin!
From a working dress to a stylish outfit – The story of the Dirndl
In the 19th century the popular traditional dress from today, was an insignificant piece of clothing that the country service...
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