What is a Dirndl Skirt?
A dirndl skirt is a traditional German and Austrian folk dress which is worn by all types of women in Germany, Austria and Alps region. Dirndl (pronounce as dirndel) skirt or dress is derived from a word dirndl which means a young woman or a girl. When you hear somebody mentioning dirndl, he or she either refers to the girl or to the dress.
Dirndl consists of a full tight bodice, an integrated blouse which has a very low neckline, a short, 3/4 or long sleeves and a skirt. An apron is attached to the skirt which can either be short or long.
Everyday dirndl is usually made of cotton and simple in design. This is usually used for women who are working and living in the countrysides like in Tirol and in Bavaria, Germany. Modern fashionable dirndl is made of cotton, velvet or linen with lace and in creative embroidered design.
Dirndl was originated in Austria and was used as a uniform for a servant in the 19th century. In the south of Germany, which is the Bavarian region, older women who live in the countrysides wear dirndln (plural of dirndl) as an everyday dresses.
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Types of Dirndl
- Summer Dirndl
Summer dirndl is made of light cotton, linen or velvet and it is short or just below the knees. Embroidered or not, it is typically used during festivities like town festival or Oktoberfest in the last 2 weeks of September. Oktoberfest is a beer garden festival traditionally located in Munich, Bavaria, Germany .
- Winter Dirndl
Winter dirndl is made of thick and warm cotton or wool and has long sleeves, long skirt and long apron. The neckline is high. It is usually in dark and in rich color.
The Knots on the Apron:
As what the local people said, the knot of the apron on the skirt indicates the status of a woman wearing the dirndl. The knot which is situated on the left side of the apron means the woman is single. The right side knot means married or engaged, the front side knot means virgin and the back side knot means widowed.
Dirndln Knots Messages
What to wear with dirndl
Dirndl can be worn with many different accessories depending on the occasions you are going to attend. You can wear it with:
- Shawl, embroidered or not. It depends on how warm or cold the weather is.
- Embroidered silk scarf for a special day.
- Boots in winter and sandals or ballerina shoes for summer.
- Sports jewelry
- Silver earrings
- White socks
- Dirndl Purse
Dirndln for Work
Women who are working in tourism branches in Germany and Austria are wearing dirndln to show their traditional folks wear to the tourists. Some waitresses in the restaurants wear dirndln as their working uniforms. German folks theater actresses are wearing these clothes too, during their plays.
Dirndl is a sexy dress to wear specially those embroidered ones. I have worn one when we had an Oktoberfest in the restaurant where I worked before. I was thrilled and delighted to have worn the dirndl as it was a beautiful dress which I got from my lady boss. She bought for us women employees, dirndln to wear just for that special occasion, the Oktoberfest in our restaurant.
How much a dirndl costs?
The prices of dirndln ranges from €100 to more or less € 1,000. It depends on what kind of material it is made of. The more embroidered it is, the more it costs you a lot. However, if you buy dirndl out of season in the Trachtenhaus ( costume shops), you might have the chance to buy it lesser than it was before the Oktoberfest.
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Where To Wear Dirndl
Dirndl is not an everyday casual dress except when it is required at your work. It is a comfortable dress to wear but for me, it is only good for a special occasion like Oktoberfest and German folks party. Don't get me wrong but I will only use this dress when everybody else do. I don't want to be stared at in the streets where I walk.
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