Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Dirndl talk - Look below for pictures!

These were the 4 dirndls I tried on. I sent the pics to my parents and my dad liked the way number 2 looked on me and I agree. But if you look closely, you'll also see the angle I'm standing at is a bit more flattering and it has more to do with that than the dirndl itself. The winning dirndl is much nicer looking too, the first two are sort of "every day" dresses. I'm sure to anyone from outside of Germany, no, make that Bavaria, would think that it's not every day you wear a dirndl. But to be honest, although it might be slightly unusual to wear one just around town, no local would really bat an eye at it. People do wear them all the time, to church, to a special party, to the opera, to the beergarden. Candidates 3 and 4 are a little more special, something more what you would wear to the opera or to... hmm... what's another good special occasion? Oh yeah, a wedding. Hah!

I was talking to my mom (who was being very good about not pressuring for specific dates of where and when to be) and she pointed out that the Chinese think that red (like my apron) is a lucky colour, and is often used for weddings. So we got that going for us as well. I'm happy.

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Candidate number 1 at Zee Dirndl Try-Outs
Candidate number 2 at Zee Dirndl Try-Outs
Candidate number 4 at Zee Dirndl Try-Outs

This is it, Zee Winning Dirndl, candidate number 3

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Zee Dress! Now bought!

So I now have it. It is the dress I tried on last week with G. in tow. I put it on and Dee immediately said it looked good and I should get it. I tried on a few different blouses with it as I wasn't 100% on the first "trial" blouse I had used. I tell you, it's hard work doing all those buttons up and undoing them again. Along with the dirndl (and the apron that came with it) and blouse, I also bought a lovely silk scarf to go with it. Did I mention that this was at the outlet shop for Loden-Frey? So the scarf that normally cost around 80 Euros was marked down to 30. A good reduction on the dirndl and blouse too.

While there, Dee also tried on a few dirdls. It was fun, as I'd never seen her in anything like a dirndl and she's never had one. It took a while to find one that fit and looked nice, but when we did find it, it was really good. She looks fab in it. So if she has a dirndl now, we'll have to get G's best man some lederhosen for the big day too, ha hah. Since he doesn't live in Munich or even Germany, we'll probably try and borrow a pair for him instead.

Anyways, it's late now, so I'll post pictures of the dirndl later this week.