Being Austrian, there’s no way to escape traditional clothing – called “Tracht”. Be it at Oktoberfest, Bauernbundball, Kirchtag or at weddings. There’s always an occasion to bring out your Dirndl and Lederhosen. In Graz, one of the biggest events for Tracht is the Bauernbundball at the end of February. My friend Lisa and I used this occasion to shoot a fun Dirndl editorial with clothing from Seidl and a gorgeous hairstyle by Intercoiffeur Mayer.
The Big Trachten Guide
For men, the most important element of Tracht is the lederhosen. They are usually made of goat or buckskin and feature delicate patterning and over-shoulder braces, characteristically joined across the chest by a decorative panel. For women, the dirndl is the most typical piece. However, women are also prone to wear lederhosen and cute, dainty blouses if they feel like.
The Keypiece – the Dindl
A dirndl is a traditional dress dating back to the 19th century. It usually consists of two pieces – the dress itself and an apron. In most cases, a cropped dirndl blouse is worn under the bodice and covers shoulders and upper arms. As a general rule of thumb, the Dirndl needs to be one size smaller than you usually wear in order to be really tight around the chest. In terms of fabric, most dirndl are made of cotton, linen or velvet. However, there are also some designer pieces made of silk. The apron is usually made of silk and finished with lace trimming.
HOW TO: TYING YOUR APRON
The most important part about the dindl for other people is the way you tie your apron. How you tie the knot on the waistband of your apron says more about you than you might think!
- Knot on the right: married, engaged to be married, in a relationship
- On the left: single
- In the middle: virgin
- In the back: widow or waitress
For our editorial, we each styled three entirely different looks. One classy, with an expensive silk dirndl and beautiful embroidery. One traditional and one consisting of skirt and blouse/shirt, rather than dress only.
Look 1: The traditional one
This look is probably the most traditional one. A dark green traditional dirndl with a long sleeve underneath. High heels, a hat and the boyfriend’s jacket over my shoulders. I have absolutely fallen in love with the colour of this dirndl and love how closed up it is, as opposed to the very chest-focused variants that people like to show off on Oktoberfest. Lisa is wearing a short-sleeve blue dirndl with a pink apron and an over-the-shoulder-bag. It’s a very feminine and girly look.
Look 2: The skirt
This variant of traditional clothing is much more modern and cool. I am wearing a traditional skirt in green with black high heeled boots and a casual t-shirt. Then we added a cozy cardigan and a silk scarf around the neck to finish up the look. To complement the cool look I decided to pull my hair into a ponytail.
Look 3: The luxury version
This look is more suitable for a traditional wedding than Oktoberfest I would say. The delicate lace, the beautiful silk, and the gorgeous embroidery – they all add up and create this beautiful, sophisticated dirndl style. I decided to get my hair braided to one said and leave it open and curly on the other side. It’s my favourite hairstyle as it looks sophisticated but also playful.
Hair: Intercoiffeur Mayer Outfit: Seidl Trachten Photography: Lena Luisa Fuchs, Lisa Reiter
Disclaimer: Hairstyle and Outfits were kindly provided to us for the shooting.