Party chat on dirndls
The Fairbanks community is very welcome. When someone new arrives, the neighbors invite the newcomers to their next party. At these parties, the guests are excited to see a new face and try immediately to find out where you came from. When you tell them that you immigrated from Germany to Alaska, their next question will be
Then why don’t you wear a dirndl?
I always explained that in the area I come from, nobody wears dirndls. I also told them that dirndls are worn in the Alpine regions of Germany, Austria, Italy (South Tirol), and in Switzerland, but not allover Germany.
Peer-pressure in fashion and style
There are many Indians in Fairbanks. The women show up at parties always in saris, no matter how cold it is outside. Thus, people just expect female immigrants to wear ethnic clothes. This expectation is not about singling immigrants out, but about being curious about traditional clothes, cultural diversity, and interest in non-western fashion.
After a while, I got tired about always having to explain the same thing over and over again. I first thought that the question and curiosity would just go away, but I misjudged or better did not know that parties may have guests from as far s Juneau in the south to Barrow in the North with respect to family and friends from all over the Interior including Anchorage. I also felt like I have to excuse myself for not meeting their expectation of wearing ethnic clothes.
Getting a dirndl didn’t do the trick
Thus, the next time I visited my parents in Germany, I made a trip to Bavaria and bought a dirndl, the one shown in this post. When I started wearing it at parties and wore the same dirndl the second time around, two ladies got upset that I wore the same dress again. Why? Because Indian women never ever do that, and hence, guests were expecting that I would not do it either. If I only had know that before, I would have stayed with educating about dirndls.
Clothes tell people who you are without you having to say a word, but sometimes they can’t get it right.
Whoever visited the Münchner Oktoberfest, knows that dirndls are expensive. To get the price-per-wear down to below a dollar I decided to find ways to wear the dirndl beyond parties as summer weekend looks.
Have you once worn the “wrong” outfit to a party? Do you wear the same dress to different parties? Do you repeat your outfits? Let me know, I am curious.
Top of the World Style linkup-party
Welcome to the 73rd Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. Thanks to all you stylish ladies who linked up last week. Your lovely outfits were so exciting and inspiring.
Jennie became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav, as you clicked her post the most. She is the blogger at A Pocketful of Polkadots.
I loved the three looks Terrie showed in her post, especially the one with the black cropped pants. She became Top of the World OOTD My Fav, and is the blogger at Meadow Tree.
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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)
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