The Dirndl Blouse is typically a crop top worn under sleeveless dirndls, the shorter hem length eliminates the bulk of a blouse tucked into the waist of the dirndl.
- It is typically white, but can be any color.
- It can have an elastic (casual) neckline, or a button front.
- Often trimmed with some sort of lace.
- Sleeves range from short and poufy to long and fitted - and just about anything in between!
- It should compliment the style of the dirndl.
- Is most often laced top down, with the bow tucked behind the apron.
- The hooks can have closed loops for laces that aren't intended to be removed, or open if the dirndl has a center zipper and needs to be re-laced every time you zip it up.
- Should not be used to pull the dirndl tight - this is not a bar wench costume! Pulling the ribbon tight will only crumple the front panel under it, and if the dress has a side zipper the stress will eventually damage the zipper.
The Apron Bow has some commonly accepted connotations. You may find other variations on these rules, but these are the most common:
- Bow on the left is for a single maiden.
- Bow tied on the right indicates she is married or taken.
- Bow in the center front is for children.
- Bow in the center back is for widows.
The Apron should compliment the style of the dirndl, but can also help to dress it up or down as the occasion dictates.
- Can be pleated, smocked, or gathered into the waist.
- Has long ties intended to cross in back and tie in the front.
- Can be shorter or equal to the hem of the dirndl (but never longer).
- Can be printed cotton, lacy, or satin.
- White is very traditional, but most modern versions are designed to coordinate with the dirndl's color.
The Dirndl Length is often an issue of personal taste and type of occasion.
- The most traditional styles are typically T-length (mid calf). You will typically see this length on festival performers.
- Should not be above the knee (again, you're not a bar wench). There has been considerable backlash in Bavaria regarding the uber-short costumes being seen as disrespectful to the historical nature of the garments.
- Is ankle length for formal occasions (such as a wedding) or a more conservative look.