Thursday, 22 September 2011

Oktoberfest 2011: Black Girls in Dirndls

Nicole is the New black dirndl
My first trip to Oktoberfest was in 2007. Me being me, I decided to go in style and invested in a traditional Bavarian dress called a dirndl.
Once in Munich, the dirndl made me instantly popular. I can honestly say I was the ONLY woman of color with one on that day. People were pointing and staring and some even got aggresive. (dudes and booze, meh) Luckily, my attention-whoredness paid off and I was pulled up on stage to lead the band.

Fast forward to the first day of Oktoberfest 2011, last weekend, and I saw dozens of women of color in dirndls. I even met a few black American expats! I stalked a few and asked for a picture. Check them out, they looked great!! 

Dirndls are historically Bavarian and Austrian so seeing them on women of color is a treat

The dirdnl usually consists of a blouse, the bodice with a full skirt and an apron

The apron can be used as an indicator of a woman's marital status
Black girl in dirndl unmarriedIf the apron is tied on the woman's right, it means that she is taken (in a relationship or married)

Black girl in dirndl oktoberfestIf the apron is tied on the left side, she is single (didn't see many single ladies that day)

black girl in dirndl bavaria
Ladies and gentlemen, if you want to get an authentic dirndl, lederhosen and/or Bavarian accesories check out Kertins Landhausmode.
They have an amazing selection of colors, types and sizes. They ship all over the world and have great customer service. I can't recommend them enough.
Warning they can get a bit pricey but the real stuff rarely come cheap. Enjoy!

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  1. Oh my goodness, I want one soo badly! You look great and oh so festive! I'm really intimidated by large events with the consumption of booze but I really liked seeing this year's array of gals sporting the dirndl! I got a history lesson just now....and it was fun!

  2. @the retro natural
    haha. i want a new one but i totally should not spend money on one right now. maybe next year or if they have a sale. i love the dirndl. oktoberfest can get iffy. i would never go on my own, ever. especially here. people drink until failure. that is why tamer people and families head for the after 6. cause that is when stuff can get loopy. people are drinking since 10 and stuff gets out of hand.

  3. So cool!!! I am in the U.S., but I am looking forward to celebrating Oktoberfest for the first time this year...I wonder if women where dirndls here during the celebrations...

  4. I love it! When I was in Austria, I really contemplated getting a dirindl but thought it might be too weird for a black girl to wear one, how wrong I was!

  5. Hey that look absolutely cool, I should get one of those. I'm a dress up kind of gal. Glad to see lots of 'taken' ladies of color. Yea us!

  6. @flaming_star you totally should!! I love to dress up all the time. It's like christmas for me

    @geotraveler thanks girl! your tweet sent a lot of new readers my way. thanks!

  7. San Francisco had their version of Oktoberfest this year and I saw an adorable pink and green dirndls that had me drooling! Might need to re-visit buying one for next year :)

  8. One of my best friends just sent me her bucket list, and attending Oktoberfest is on it! Totally sending her a link to this post. :)

  9. Oh my gosh, I love this entry!!! I went to Oktoberfest in 2010, but I didn't have a dirndl... and that's one of my biggest regrets!!! I definitely want to get one and go back -- it's such a fun atmosphere! And look at you being the star of the show! Awesome!

  10. former soldier visiting the city for the first it has reading your blog...keep doing what you do