Jul 1, 2013

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Oktoberfest Dirndl outfits

Oktoberfest Dirndl outfits

Ladies headed for the Oktoberfest are lucky ladies: why? Because they get to wear dirndls! There’s nothing more flattering, more feminine, and more fun than the Bavarian girls’ national dress. You’ll love feeling special in your very own dirndl: whatever your shape and size, whatever colours suit you best, and whatever your favourite patterns are, there’s a dirndl costume for you out there that will make you look a million Euros – and distract the boys from their beer!

Traditional Dirndl costume

If you’re wondering precisely what a dirndl is – and how to go about wearing it – here’s the lowdown.

1. Dirndl dress – traditionally ankle-length, nowadays usually around or just over the knee; composed of a lace-up or zip-up bodice and a flowing skirt.

2. Blouse – a cut-off blouse takes over where the low-cut bodice finishes, usually featuring a décolleté and generally reaching half-way to the elbow, although longer sleeves are also available.

3. Apron – the apron is important to finish the look and is  colour-coded with the dirndl dress. The aprons reach to just above the hem of the skirt.

4. Shoes – there’s a range of popular footwear for dirndl outfits. If you’re planning to dance on a lot of beer-tent benches, you might want to look at suede ballerinas with decorative buckle; or there are pumps and higher-heels for the more adventurous. Matching colour is crucial here!


She’s got everything right: her apron picks out the ribbon in her bodice beautifully, and she’s got cute little ballerinas to match!

5. Accessories – this is where the more creative among you can really have fun: necklaces, handbags, hats – there’s nothing that can’t be bought or made in Bavarian style to really set your dirndl outfit off.

There are a few things to look out for when composing and buying your dirndl costume. First off, you have to think carefully about the core three-piece set: dress, blouse, apron. If your apron is too long or too short for your dress, it’ll look a bit forlorn; similarly, a badly-fitting blouse could leave you exposed. There are lots of sellers out there offering three-piece sets that are guaranteed to fit together, and so especially for your first dirndl, you’ll probably want to buy one of those. After that, though, you can vary your blouses and aprons to pick out different shades in your dress and start to experiment a bit.

Also, you might want to invest in some suitable underwear. A dirndl skirt is quite flimsy as it is intended to be worn over a petticoat, so if you don’t have an underskirt, you might find the fit a little flatter than you’d expected. And remember: lots of crazy stuff can happen at the Oktoberfest, and you may well find yourself standing on a bench or sitting in a gondel on a fairground ride – at which point an extra layer of underwear may well be to your advantage…

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