Updating the Dirndl for Fashion Week

gina zammit dirndl

This post originally appeared on Dirndl Temptation website. I was chosen by Austria Tourism to act as a dirndl ambassador in New York City to spread awareness and interest in visiting Austria. All opinions are my own.

“There would be no ugliness in the world if every woman wore a dirndl.” Vivienne Westwood

In honor of Fashion Week, I decided to “upgrade” my dirndl and make it more fashion forward for our outing in The Village during Fashion’s Night Out. 

I swapped out the original blouse for a more contemporary sleeveless shirt, added a pair of Chuck Taylors and wore my hair in a classic high bun. 

I also added some sparkle with a fun headband, and a pair of Warby Parker glasses.
gina zammit dirndl
I topped the whole look off with elbow length black gloves, as a nod to the famous Viennese balls.
While I love the traditional look of the dirndl, I think this was an interesting twist on a classic look and something that young Austrians might want to try to spice up their wardrobes. 
You can even tone the look down by adding one avant-garde accessory and keeping the rest of your outfit simple and conventional.
Playing dressup doesn’t have to end once you are grown, and I think it’s one of the easiest, and most rewarding ways of expressing yourself.
So, remember to just have fun with your looks and try something new. And with the wise words from Tim Gunn – “Make it work”!
  1. OMG! How funny. I dug my dirndl out this week because I thought my fella might, ahem, find it interesting, which he did. But then I was looking at the little undershirt that came with it, and I was like, “Uh, can we say crop top?” So I wore it out with a pair of high-waisted shorts, and I got so many compliments! It’s so crazy you just wore your dirndl out too! Great minds. 😉

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