This past week, a friend and I went trachten shopping. Trachten means “costume” in German and typically refers to the dirndl for ladies and leiderhosen for the gentlemen. When we first came to Germany, I thought wearing a dirndl was one of the most “tourist” things someone could do; and, you wouldn’t catch me sporting the outfit. Funny how being around others who are wearing them convinces you it’s a fashion must-have. I bought one last year from the Moser Outlet in Regensburg. I loved the red and brown pattern as well as the nice tight fit. But, the last time I wore my dirndl, I guess it was a little too tight and Tim broke the zipper pull when he tried to shoe-horn me into the dress. Not one to be caught without the latest fashion at the next fest, I returned to the Moser Outlet for an updated version (and a larger size) for this year’s parties.
Originally, each village had their own style and crest. Today, dirndls vary from simple, “I’m going out for fish and chips” styles to expensive wedding models. Prices range from 99 euro for the most basic, short (above the knees) version to 199 euro for the fancier models. My sales assistant chided me for trying on a dirndl that was above the knee. Apparently, my height, coupled with my age (read that older) appeals to the below-the-knee models. And, I have to agree. My new dirndl is a red and green pattern and Tim declared: you’re ready for Christmas! Well, that and a few more fests before then.