Savoir faire – shopping for Dirndl

A Dirndl is a traditional dress (or as they say ‘trachten’) worn in southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Very recently I had an opportunity to wear a Dirndl to one of the Volksfests in Germany, the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart.

at Cannstatter Wasen
at Cannstatter Wasen

My excitement (of wearing a Dirndl) knew no bounds when a friend asked us to join in for the Cannstatter Volksfest. The very next day, after we got our table confirmed for the same, my search for a perfect chic Dirndl started.

a traditional dirndl
a traditional dirndl

The whole ensemble of a dirndl could be incredibly expensive. So setting a budget at the starting itself is the best decision. A dirndl consists of a bodice with an attached skirt, a blouse and an apron. Most of the shops offer a dirndl bodice with an attached skirt and apron only. So a blouse (cropped blouses in white or black, with full sleeves, half sleeves, off-shoulder, or made of lace) has to bought additionally.

One also has a choice of getting the whole ensemble tailored to measurements.

a dirndl- ensemble
a dirndl- ensemble

Depending upon the season and the weather, the fabrics like silk, thick cotton, linen, velvet, or wool are used to make a Dirndl. Dirndls are available in many colors, from rich to vibrant tones. Also, the lengths vary from full length to knee to above knee.

My tip is to always try on a few dirndls in different fabrics, colors and of varied lengths before zeroing in on one.

accessories with a dirndl
accessories with a dirndl

Once the choice for a Dirndl is made, the next step is accessorise it using necklaces, earrings, or brooches, shoes, bags and the hair-do. A necklace with a pendant, made of silver, in different shapes and forms like antlers of a deer, hearts or cupid pair the best with a Dirndl. Cross-body heart-shaped purses and comfortable shoes or ballerinas without or with kitten heels are the best choice. High heels are an absolute no-no, as you would be drinking and dancing for almost 8 hours and there are chances that your best pair of heels may get ruined due to beer spills.

the masses
the masses

An important part of wearing a dirndl is the position of the knot on your apron. The knot on the apron indicates a woman’s marital status. When tied on left – it indicates the woman being single, on the right – indicates the woman being engaged or married, on the front centre – is the indicator of being a virgin and at the back – indicates a woman being widowed.

at Cannstatter Wasen
fun at Cannstatter Wasen

A nice braided hair-do completes the whole look.

 

 

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