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Dirndl and Lederhosen - the Austrian way to dress

The Dirndl is fun, feminine and flirty. With these attributes, the Dirndl has evolved from its humble origins as the work-garb of farmers to a modern-day fashion superstar. Find out about Dirndl and Lederhosen styles, where to buy them and, most importantly, where to wear them.

The essential Dirndl (and Lederhosen) guide

Salzburger Traditionen © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Salzburger Traditionen © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Dirndl Basics

What is a Dirndl? If you have seen the movie “The Sound of Music,” you already know the basic elements that make up a Dirndl: skirt, bodice, apron and blouse. Simple, right? Far from it! There is a veritable science to Dirndl cuts, fabric patterns, colors and embroidery.
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Salzburger Trachten © Salzburg Tourismus Salzburger Trachten © Salzburg Tourismus

Where to buy a Dirndl?

With so many different styles to choose from, where do you start your own quest for the perfect Dirndl? Where to find authentic, traditional styles, and which Dirndl designers are known for fun and tasteful modern versions? Here is a list of our favorite Dirndl stores in Salzburg, the nearby Lake District and Vienna:
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Old Town of Innsbruck © Tirol Werbung Old Town of Innsbruck © Tirol Werbung

Where to wear your Dirndl

Whether you want to know where you can wear your newly acquired Dirndl, or just want to experience this unique Austrian tradition first-hand, we have put together a list of events where Dirndl and Lederhosen are practically required attire.
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Lederhosen in Bad Aussee © Österreich Werbung, H.Wiesenhofe Lederhosen in Bad Aussee © Österreich Werbung, H.Wiesenhofe

Lake District: Dirndl and Lederhosen Country

The Salzkammergut, or Lake District, is famous for its unparalleled natural beauty. Seven thousand years of cultural history add to the mystical aura exuded by the region’s pristine lakes and majestic mountains. It is also a region where traditions are held high and the Dirndl still represents a unique way of life.
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Grundlsee, steirisches Salzkammergut © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller Grundlsee, steirisches Salzkammergut © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller

Hand block printing from Aussee

Ausseerland lies in the heart of the Salzkammergut. With its scenic lakes, meadows and mountain massifs it is the embodiment of a harmonious landscape. And this picturesque beauty is reflected in the colours of Aussee’s traditional costume.
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Lena Hoschek Show © Lupi Spuma Fine Photography/Lena Hoschek Lena Hoschek Show © Lupi Spuma Fine Photography/Lena Hoschek

Lena Hoschek: Dirndl goes High Fashion

With her fresh, flirtatious interpretation of retro looks, young Austrian designer Lena Hoschek has ruled the Fashion Week runways in recent years. With her devotion to flattering the female form, Lena is a huge fan of the dirndl and includes her dazzling take on the traditional dress in her cutting-edge collections.
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