There’s only one downside of going on holidays in September: I’ll be missing out on my beloved Rupertikirtag in Salzburg and Oktoberfest in Munich this year. As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of wearing a Dirndl and do so whenever I can. Of course this is even more fun when at events or special occasions that require traditional clothes – the more the merrier! For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to look at all the beautiful women in their colorful Dirndl dresses. The way everyone styles their Dirndl differently and chooses different colors and patterns for it has always fascinated me.
Ever since moving to Salzburg a couple of years ago, my love and admiration for Austria’s traditional clothes has grown. People here very likely to be wearing a Dirndl on “normal days”, too. Especially during summer you’ll see lots of gorgeous women in Dirndl and men in Lederhosen in the old town of Salzburg. By now I own quite a lovely collection of different Dirndl dresses, matching aprons and various styles of blouses, and still – I can’t get enough of them! When I saw this dark blue dream of a Dirndl the other day at Trachten Forstenlechner it was love at first sight again. You know how they say “the heart wants what the heart wants”? Well, in my case, my heart said “dark blue Dirndl” loud and clear.
Dirndl come in all different kind of styles, patterns and fabrics. If you’ve ever been to Oktoberfest in Munich you probably might have seen them all. Some of them are far away from the traditional cuts they origin from, and not seldom you’ll see lots of glitter and other applications on them. As far as I am concerned, I think a Dirndl is most beautiful when it’s very plain. The simpler, the better. Just as beautiful things don’t have to ask for attention, I think a Dirndl is so special, it doesn’t need lots of bling to stand out of the crowd. Also, another big advantage of a neutral Dirndl is that it gives you lots of space to get creative with your accessories. My preferred choice of shoes to go with a Dirndl are all sorts of boots. Reason enough to take out the grey Givenchy boots I got myself for my upcoming birthday (which is not until mid September). I didn’t plan to wear them before my birthday and was quite proud of myself for being able to resist up until then, but paired with the light grey wool jacket it was just the perfect combination and I couldn’t hold myself back anymore.
This season, I absolutely adore closed blouses that don’t reveal too much and leave some parts to imagination. With some delicate lace details they are an eye-catcher without being obtrusive. As for aprons, I usually love to go wild and mix and match different fabrics and colors with my Dirndls. For this particular outfit I decided to keep it monotonous and chose a matching dark blue apron with a silk bow that gives the whole look a special touch. Talking about the bow: This is the last time I’m wearing the bow on the left side. I’ll be wearing my Dirndl at our wedding brunch on Sunday after the wedding, and by that time the bow will be on the right side already (someone pinch me please!!).
*special thanks to Trachten Forstenlechner for sponsoring this blogpost!