We’re attending an Oktoberfest themed party in September which unfortunately isn’t based in Munich. I’m very much looking forward to it mainly because I’ll get to wear the traditional Bavarian dress known as the dirndl.
It is commonly worn by older women in the rural areas. These days women wear them mainly to Oktoberfest in Munich or if they work in the tourism industry. I’ve not really seen women in a dirndl in Frankfurt unless we’re eating at a Bavarian restaurant.
I was worried about looking silly in a dirndl and so I went to try them out at Galeria to see if I was going to become a laughing-stock. First, I tried on the women’s lederhosen. Apart from the fine stitches, how silly can I look from wearing trousers eh?
With mixed feelings of fear and anticipation, I tried on the dirndl.
This is what happens when you’re not an expert at taking OOTD (outfit of the day). You’ll inevitably crop off your own head. But never mind, the focus is on the dirndl.
It was such a pretty dirndl with a heavy price tag. I love the combination of navy blue and red. As I admired the dirndl in front of the mirror, I thought of making a crochet flower headband to go with it.
And then reality struck me. Something didn’t look right.
I couldn’t “fill” the dirndl. That explained why there were push up bras next to the dirndl. My German friend and I had a long discussion about what girls do in Munich. There must be girls with normal size boobs out there! Or do they make dirndls for flat chested women? It just wasn’t flattering. The dirndl is capable of making one feel small even when you’re normal. That evil dirndl!
I came home wondering if I could ever find a dirndl that wouldn’t have folds at my chest. If you’re wondering what the big deal is, google “dirndl” images and you’ll get what I mean. I don’t want to create a fake image of what I don’t have but all I ask for is that the dirndl doesn’t look “empty”.
And so, the search for a suitable dirndl continues…