Monday, March 24, 2014

Best Dirndl Hairstyles: Then and Now

Hairstyles go in an out of fashion just like anything else, but when it comes to dirndls it seems there are some that just pop out as typical dirndl hairstyles. Check out my video describing these styles, or if you'd rather read about it… keep in scrollin' down!

Here is a look at some traditional hairstyles and their modern renditions.

Here is a traditional Bavarian woman wearing her hair in a low bun. This is a very typical hairstyle and you can see in the next photo how this elegant look an be easily modernized and worn not only with a dirndl but with any outfit!

The braid crown was definitely the most popular traditional hairstyle that I found during my research. Many different areas in Germany used this look to go with their traditional dress. In recent years, the crown braid has made a comeback! I've seen it not only in the dirndl world, but on the streets as well. This is a great hairstyle to go with your dirndl. 

Here is another version of the braid crown and I love this contemporary take on the braid crown going underneath the head and ending in a messy bun.

It was actually difficult to find vintage and traditional hairstyles because in most photographs, like the one on the left, the women were wearing hats! The modern hat is a fedora adorned with ribbon, feathers, flowers and other details. I did some of my own hat designs using a straw hat. Click here to see them for yourself.

Ok… so the most common hairstyle I see at local Oktoberfests is… braided pigtails. I had a very hard time finding evidence of this style being a traditional hairstyle to wear with a dirndl. The photo on the left is a Swiss woman in her traditional dirndl and it's honestly one of the only pics I could find and as you can see by the picture on the left, even Kim Kardashian thinks that this is a typical German hairstyle.

My thinking is this… maybe once you take down your braid crown, it then becomes braided pigtails and there are not a lot of photos of ladies lettin' their hair hang wild. Either way, I love this modern, loose side braid that is very popular and looks great with a dirndl and is a great alternative to the pigtail look. 


This image from the early 1800s as well as the picture of the beautiful ladies from the late 1950s… Its clear to me that the hairstyle that you wear with your dirndl is just a reflection of your personal style. If you want to wear your hair long and curly, short and straight, braided, unbraided… it's up to you!

So rock whatever hairstyle you like!!

Do you have great picture of you in your dirndl with a great dirndl hairstyle? Maybe it's one I mentioned, maybe it's not… either way I'd love to see it, so post your pics on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #dirndlhairstyle and #raredirndl, so we can check out your look!!

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  3. The regular braids on both sides is certainly historically German and of course may have been used by other ethnic Europeans too. Although wearing them for Octoberfest with that dress might be hard to find but it was a common historical German hairstyle. Check this photo out for a different festival but apparently traditional dress.

  4. Also, the Wikipedia page for Dirndl shows a girl with braided "pig tails". It must have been a popular style in the 30's and amongst young girls in Germany.,_M%C3%A4dchen_mit_spielenden_Kindern.jpg