With the party season upon us, I thought you might like to have a taste of the Dirndl fashions that the well-dressed Bavarian lady is wearing this season. On my recent visit to Munich, I was intrigued by the number of classy shops showing evening dress in traditional Bavarian style in their shop windows.
Where you or I might choose a little something by Valentino or Versace for our big night out, the ladies of Munich clearly enjoy sporting their Bavarian traditional dress in gorgeous silks and velvets. Apparently, the dirndl is the outfit of choice for any formal evening events, a visit to the Opera or any social event with a traditional flavour.
I can’t say I’m a Dirndl expert, but a spot of googling enlightened me on a few dirndl factoids;
- The Dirndl consists of a skirt, apron, tight bodice and short sleeved blouse worn underneath and perhaps a shawl or scarf at the neck.
- The Dirndl is the typical dress for waitresses and barmaids in pubs and beer gardens in Southern Germany
- The placement of the knot of the apron denotes your marital status – on the left means you’re single and available, on the right means you’re married, engaged or taken, and at the back means you’re a widow.
- The Oktoberfest, the famous beer and folk festival held in Munich (in October since you ask) is a favourite place to wear your dirndl for tourists as well as locals – even Paris Hilton wore one when she was at the Oktoberfest and Salma Hayek nearly popped out of hers on German TV.
- This is not just a fashion your Mum would wear – the teenagers really get into it as well and the fashions change every year.
If you’re in Munich for the Oktoberfest and want to know where to buy a dirndl, new or second-hand, it will probably cost you from €100 up to hundreds or thousands for a top end or bespoke Dirndl – these are the places I found suggested on my internet trawl to buy one;
Lola Paltinger/Lollipop and Alpenrock – high fashion by former Vivienne Westwood designer (where Paris & Salma like to shop)
Trachten Peterandl – Custom made, high end dirndls
Angermaier – Well established Bavarian outfitter, with plenty of trendy dirndls
Loden-Fry – Top Munich Department Store with a dirndl department
Weisn, Tracht & Mehr – new and second hand for the younger, trendy end.
Kleidermarkt – A big selection of second hand dirndls
Other Munich articles to enjoy
- We stayed in Munich at Hotel Falkenturm, a comfortable, 2 star hotel which is well-located for sightseeing – read my review of Hotel Falkenturm here
- The guidebook I used on this trip was the pocket sized Dorling Kindersley, Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Munich, which I found ideal for sightseeing if you are there for a short time.
- Official Munich Tourism Website