West meets East

over 50 years old style blogger wearing a traditional dress as skirt with an ethnic belt

When you are an imigrant traditional clothing is a party Must-have

When I came to Alaska my friends told other guests at parties that I grew up in Germany. Then these people always asked why I would not wear a dirndl. I then had to explaine that I grew up in a region where women would not wear dirndls. Dirndls are only worn in Bavaria which is the southern part of Germany. Germany is not Bavaria. After explaining this for the tens time or so I was tired of it. I felt like I sound like a broken record. Thus, I decided to just get a Karl Jäger dirndl and wear it to parties so I do not get these questions anymore. It actually worked and my friends stopped to introduce me as Nicole who grew up in Germany.

fashion blogger over 40 in a Dirndl styled for work
GNW cardigan worn as top over a Karl Jaeger dirndl with nude cork plateau sandals, ethnic metal belt, and 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own)

Party guests expect you to have more than one heritage outfit

Well dirndls are very expansive. Thus, wearing them only for parties would be a high cost per wear. Here I am wearing the dirndl as a skirt and paired it with a GNW cardigan as a top. The cardigan has a paisley print. This print is also known as Persian pickles. Its origin is in the Persian Indian area. Speaking of Indian to add some shape I belted the cardigan with a metal belt made by a Native American artist. To add a pop of color to the blue, black, beige and white outfit I added my Philip Lim 3.1 Pashli bag, a gift from my husband.

Further reading

When you are interested in reading more about how style heritage clothing you may be interested in reading about History of the janker, the unexpected roots of the lice jacket, or the history of the fairy tale about the Irish cable knit sweater. And, of course, these post have lots of styling tips and ideas too. When you are interested in another example on how a great dress makes an awesome skirt look see this post.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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