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The barrel is tapped: Dirndl Styles with How-to Guide

Dirndl Styles
Entwining the traditional and modern: a coiled braid interwoven with colourful ribbons is a fashionable Dirndl style
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When the Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich, many women find themselves wondering which hairstyle goes best with their costume. So let us inspire you with our chic and charming Dirndl styles

  • Braids, crown braid, braid feature… There are plenty of variants on the traditional Dirndl style. The only element that can’t be skipped is the braid! Whether sophisticated or undone, maturely feminine or girly, or with or without accessories… it’s totally up to you!

  • Take a look at the most beautiful Dirndl styles in our picture gallery.

  • Gallery: Chic Dirndl Styles

    Dirndl Styles with Braid and Side Parting

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    Dirndl Styles with Braid and Side Parting

    Simple, but effective! You can’t go wrong with this casually plaited braid with side parting. The look is particularly pretty when the hair is long enough to fall over the shoulder.

     

    Get the look: Put some styling mousse into your hair and gently tease it through. Create a deep side parting and sweep the hair over your shoulder. Start the plait at the nape of your neck and fix the braid in place with a hair band

    Dirndl Styles with Waves and Braid Feature

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    Dirndl Styles with Waves and Braid Feature

    You don’t need to keep everything tied up: a loose mane of hair at the Oktoberfest is also possible - two small braids at the front will give your face some structure. Soft waves add a touch of simplicity to the look.

     

    Get the look: Create a centre parting and take two twists of hair from the left and right side respectively (at the front). Plait the strands from the hairline and fix into place with a thin hair band. Use a curling iron on the ends of the remaining hair for an understated wavy style. Hold the style in place with hairspray

    Dirndl Styles with Headscarf

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    Dirndl Styles with Headscarf

    A floral headscarf goes beautifully with a Dirndl style; as a feminine accessory, it offers a wonderful contrast to the boyish Lederhosen look. The style is extremely versatile: perhaps loose hair with a braid feature, or how about a chignon or ponytail? The choice is all yours

     

    Get the look: Style your hair as desired. Fold your headscarf into a narrow strip and wind it centrally around your head. Fix with pins to prevent it from slipping

    Dirndl Styles with Alice Band

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    Dirndl Styles with Alice Band

    A tight braid with centre parting is as classic as the costume itself. An Alice band adds a certain something to the style.

     

    Get the look: Create a precise centre parting and smooth your hair out for a sleek look. Arrange the hair over your left shoulder and plait tightly. Place the Alice band over the finished style

    Dirndl Styles with Ponytail and Braid Feature

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    Dirndl Styles with Ponytail and Braid Feature

    Oktoberfest is the perfect invitation for a bit of playful romance – romantic braids are therefore entirely fitting! A casual ponytail with braid feature is both understated and very feminine.

     

    Get the look: Sweep your hair into a quick side parting and take a small twist from the front. Plait into a French braid from the hairline. Gather all your hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck

  • Dirndl Styles: Coiled plait with Accessories

    Want to look good even as you stroll through the festival grounds, sway merrily to the music on benches, or ride on the carousel? Then try a coiled plait intertwined with colourful ribbons (see above); perfect for playful fun!

  • Step-by-Step Guide:

    1. Pull your hair back and divide it into two large bunches of equal thickness.

    2. Tie each bunch into a ponytail at ear height.

    3. Fix two ribbons into each ponytail by winding them around your hair band and knotting them.

    4. Plait each ponytail into a braid. Plait the ribbons into the braid as you do so.

    5. Arrange the braid from right to left over the top of your head like an Alice band, and fix into place with pins.

    6. Do the same with the braid on the other side (left to right).

    7. Conceal the ends of the braids underneath your new coiled plait and fix the style into place with hairspray.

  • Tip: If your hair is too short for a sophisticated Dirndl style, don’t worry: you can lengthen your hair using a hairpiece and adjust any style in next to no time.

    By the way, Dirndl styles won’t just catch the eye at the Oktoberfest: they are also an extremely attractive look at your best friend’s wedding, a loved one’s birthday celebration, or a trendy cocktail party.