GERMAN DIRNDL: Is any other traditional dress as feminine, elegant and downright sexy as the Bavarian Dirndl?
Any man or woman alive who has visited the Munich Oktoberfest would have to answer with a resounding no!
There’s even a song about the dress with the line "Whether he’s a doctor, farmer or a Sheikh – Dirndls can make any man turn weak".
So what's the real story behind the dress that launched a thousand ships?
DIRNDLMANIA: Is there any dress as beautiful as the Dirndl? Pic: Florian Schott
A woman in traditional German Dirndl dress. This style is called Isarwinkler Tracht, after an area in Upper Bavaria from where it originates. Pic: Florian Schott
ELEGANCE: A young woman in a modern, beautiful Dirndl in Munich. Pic: grafzahlmd
THE BALCONY: A cleavage-magnifying bra is part of the "Dirndl-effect". Pic: DMWyllie
A fascinating video on what the Dirndl has become in today's Germany.
ACCESSORIZE: A woman
wearing a choker with her
Pic: nicholas macgowan
Jewellery– Necklaces, earrings and chains all commonly accompany the Dirndl.
Shoes and socks – Dirndls can be worn with pumps or flat, ballerina-type shoes.
Knee-length socks are common, but socks are often skipped altogether in favour of tights.
Coats – Women’s Trachten jackets (called Janker) are long-sleeved woollen numbers, usually without a collar.
Knitted shawls are another option if it’s a bit on the chilly side.
To get more of an idea about how German Dirndls can look, scroll through the galleries below.
• See more pictures of beautiful women in German Dindls on the pages Oktoberfest Dirndl photos, Dirndl Girls and More Dirndl pics.
• Leather shorts more your thing? See the story on Traditional German Lederhosen.
• Getting ready for the Oktoberfest? You'l find a slew of other stories here at the Oktoberfest Index. • Learn more about Bavaria's heritage at Munich Backstory. • Jump from German Dirndl back to Destination Munich Home.
Oktoberfest Dirndl photos
Traditional German Lederhosen