Bows and Bandits

For my latest post on World Ugly I'm investigating the dirndl dress. When I was little my family lived in Germany for a few years and for some reason or another my mother thought it fit to dress us all in dirndl dresses, complete with frilled white blouses and socks. With runways from Miu Miu to Anna Sui taking inspiration from the dirndl I decided to get my hands on one.
The vintage originals can be hard to track down, but are worth the hunt with their beautiful embroidered details and quality fabric. Thankfully, Bows and Bandits is fully stocked with gorgeous dirndl dresses in a variety of colors and sizes, which takes a lot of drama out of the hunt.
For its first outing I donned the dirndl dress backwards, which takes out the Oktoberfest vibe of the dress.

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Outfit details: dress- vintage courtesy of Bows and Bandits, belt- secondhand, shoes- Urban Outfitters
I pulled out one of my coziest sweaters for a cooler day and headed down to the closest seashore for a bit of release. The rhythmic sound of the waves lapping against the rocky shore is the most soothing one I know and while it isn't the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, I am so grateful to live near the water...
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Outfit details: cardigan- Urban Outfitters, necklace- Stadium Swapmeet, dress- Urban Outfitters, shoes- Bona Drag, nail polish- Sephora

CONVERSATION

97 comments:

  1. I really love your dress with the belt and flats. It's so beautiful and the background makes it even more so!

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  2. awesome sweater. not to mention dress:) but actually, it's getting colder in my country so i'd rather stick to sweaters now.

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  3. That dress is gorgeous, the detailing on the bottom is lovely! Your shoes look so comfy. Ahh, that cardigan of yours is amazing. I'd desperate to find a cardigan similar, in a dark colour :)

    xxxx

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  4. Oh cool! I didn't know that shop..
    I'm Austrian and used to wear Dirndl a lot as a kid..but kind of hated in it my teenage years. Now I'm older and again in love with traditional clothes.

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  5. i have always wanted to hava a dirndl, even when i was a little girl, but my mum never let me wear one. quite sad considering i live only 3 hours away from munich:D

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  6. When you first said "dirndl dress" I thought of something totally extravagant and over the top frilly, but this is really elegant and totally wearable.
    I love going to the beach at wintertime too, its so peaceful.

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  7. beautiful dress - love the way you're wearing it the wrong way round!! xxx

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  8. wow
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    great shots.
    and i really like your outfit and the tattoos you've gor:>

    xoxo.

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  9. The detailing on that dress is beautiful and i like how you wore it backwards for a different look. Also i'm loving your red sweater, it looks so cozy!

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  10. awww.I love that dirndl dress of yours gotta look for one....

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  11. Lovely dress! I wish our ocean was as pretty as yours! It's freezing year round at the beach here...

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  12. The dirndl dress looks terrific backwards; it looks as though it's just meant to be worn like that, plus the low back shows off your tattoos. Nicely done.

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  13. Normally I don't like dirdls but this looks really nice!

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  14. I adore Bows and Bandits! I have one of their dresses and I wear it all the time!

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  15. i love how you wore the dress backwards! that neckline's so low! lol. beautiful dress!

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  16. great dress and I love that sweater. I'm in a sweater mood myself at the moment.

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  17. you are very lucky to live by the sea!! such beautiful pictures!

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  18. you are so lucky! I would love to live by the shore. I really like how you styled the dressx

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  19. You wear a dirndl well! It looks awesome on backwards, particularly with your tattoos. When I was in Munich I came across massive shops selling traditional dress to the tourists...alot of the stuff was really pretty! I swore I'd go back one day when I wasn't so poor.

    I'm also becoming increasingly jealous of your hair colour! It always looks lovely against colours. I may have to attempt to dye my mousey mop a similar shade..

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  20. Can I just thank you for introducing Bows and Bandits?? I am loving the garments on their site.

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  21. Beautiful dress!! This has probably been mentioned before, but your hair colour is exquisite :)

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  22. Wearing the dress backwards was a clever idea, I would never have known.

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  23. I want a teleporter so I can go to that pebbled beach, it looks so incredibly serene!!!
    xx

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  24. Gorgeous!! ...and I adore it with that pretty red cardigan too - perfect! Will go check out your post!

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  25. Great work with the dirndl, I tried one on recently in a vintage shop but ultimately didn't take it home. :-(

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  26. what a gorgeous dress, i never know their name! and your little red sweater is the bees knees!

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  27. Haha, I giggled at your Oktoberfest comment. Kitchener-Waterloo (where I live) has the biggest Oktoberfest in North America, I think and it's starting this weekend!

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  28. The dirndl is sooo gorgeous. I like that you wore is backwards (:

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  29. aww i love both outfits. so cute. you can pull off the dirndl very well!

    and the black dress looks so versatile and nice.

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  30. mm, so beautiful. i love the scenery around where you live. you're right! definitely lucky =)

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  31. Your tattoos match the dress so perfectly! I love the color and the embroidery.

    I kind of like the dirndl shape--as long as it's not too busty...

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  32. Gah, what a pretty dress! I really really want a drindl now.

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  33. lovely dress, and lovely story, you have such an interesting life

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  34. the dress is sooooo pretty! and i love how you wore it the other way around. sigh! fall is pretty

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  35. love your navy blue dresses and happy to see someone else can embrace flats
    gorgeous! love the sweater

    -cma
    check out my blog @
    cosmicaroline.blogspot.com

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  36. I love how your style is just folksy enough, understated and totally spot on. Great blog!

    Check mine out? missmaterialist.blogspot.com

    -Allie!

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  37. I absolutely love how you turned the dress around!
    and those flats.

    <3 the girl.

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  38. Your dirndl dress is lovely. As is that UO cardigan. It does look supremely cozy :)

    I agree with you. The sound of lapping waves is very soothing. Its calming effect is just as strong for me as is the sound of wind rustling through tall grasses or tree tops.

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  39. i really enjoy your red sweater. also you seem to live in the most scenic of places, lovely photos

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  40. I like the folky feel both the dress and sweater has. I really like how you turned the dress around to give it the low back. And I want to steal that sweater and hide out in a snowy woods. It reminds me of that childrens book "The Mitten" by Jan Brett.
    -indigo

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  41. I love eveything about that dress from the v back and delicate cut and back & bottom accents. super adorable, and yes I'm another one who love to have sweater like yours, stay warm in your beautiful cardigan! it is getting cold in Tennessee as well.

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  42. Love that blue/white dress. Thanks for the sweet comment about your/my dress!

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  43. gorgeous sweater! and i love when you wear tattoo dresses. every time i see yours i am more and more tempted to get one of my own - i even think i know what i want!

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  44. beautiful outfits the dress is adorable and the sweater looks oh so cozy

    i'm jealous you live near water

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  45. OMG! The dress looks so gorgeous and it looks amazing worn backwards (showing your wings)! Love the emboidery!

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  46. thanks for telling us about the dirndl dresses! i dont know about others but ive never heard of it before today

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  47. Oh so clever to wear the dress backwards- and it looks great. I always love a dress with a lower back, and now I'm sitting here thinking about which dresses in my own closet I can flip around!

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  48. The drindl dress worn backwards works surprisingly well! It's very cute. And the decoration isn't too over the top so I bet it looks great right way round as well.

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  49. I love how to wore the dress backwards to give it a different look! Living near the water looks amazing and really calming!

    I'll be sure to check out the shop right after this

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  50. The dress is so gorgeous !! The low back and the details at the bottom of your dress is so beautiful:)

    And those tattoos on your back I do remember them,are you going to get anymore done?

    Your cardigan does look really so comfy and cozy. I'm jealous,you live so near to the sea <3 <3

    Stunning photos

    xoxo

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  51. the dress is gorgeous. elegant and totally wearable. i really like the black studded pumps as well!!!

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  52. Oh my, I actually like the Dirndl on you (I don't like them very much....). You should come back to germany and tell all the Bavarians at the Oktoberfest (which is actually going on right at this moment) to put all their Dirndls on backwards or wear them with cozy sweaters ;)

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  53. i love your cardigan, it's so christmas like :)

    leen

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  54. Wow, cool photos. You get some nice dress, lovin it!

    http://hiddenstylish.blogspot.com/

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  55. I love the pictures!especially those by the sea!
    Good luck with your exams!

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  56. same as penny, i especially love the last shot looking out to sea

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  57. I love Bow & Bandits, the dress you choose is gorgeous, I really like the picture with your cute tatoos :p As always the scenery is gorgeous !

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  58. what a lovely sweater :)

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  59. love the floral detailing on the dress, and of course the effortless accessorizing x

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  60. Me encantaron las bailarinas!! y el vestido es precioso

    besos

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  61. what a beautiful dress! love how you're wearing it and that tattoo in your back is adorable!

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  62. such a cute blogggggg

    following :)

    myglitteringcreation.blogspot.com

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  63. love the outfits and the photos.
    you are sooo lucky you live next to the sea.i am really missing the sea..

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  64. cute dress! I wanna get my hands on one...if only d prices were more wallet-friendly... ;)

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  65. I really like the red cardigan you're wearing in the second look :).

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  66. darling darling you are rocking the drindle. and i like the shoes you paired it with also xx

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  67. nice dress :D love it with the sweater.

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  68. beautiful pictures & i love that red cardi :)

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  69. Loving the dirndl dress, backwards <3 You look beautiful, sweetheart!

    I too live near the sea; wouldn't have it any other way!

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  70. Wow, both outfits are gorgeous. The dirndl dress is just lovely and I loveeeee that black dress; so simple! Jen xx

    www.primupnorth.blogspot.com

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  71. super super cute dress! love love.

    I adore long sweaters like that. They're so cozy and loving.

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  72. v pretty-that scenery is amazing

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  73. You looked absolutely fantastic! I love that gorgeous vintage dress from Bows and Bandits and to top it off with that belt, is a beauty touch! And that sweater looked all cozy and added a sweet touch to your black dress. Very nice.

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  74. i've never heard of that dirdl term before, but no matter what you call those dresses you look really pretty. love the tattoos too!

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  75. Hahah yes i do wonder what those little kids will turn out when they've grown up! Maybe some of them would probably wonder "Why on earth did my mom dress me in this!"

    Your dress is gorgeous, i really love the first one! Everything about it is really nice. So is the cardigan :)

    Gosh i wanna experience living near the water, i bet it's great. Having the chance to play near the water everyday. We live near the dessert...it's not as exciting.

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  76. I love that dress! Your cardigan is adorable too. I've been looking for one like that for quite a while now, but alas no luck. I will definitely check out UO.

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  77. this is fantastic! it looks amazing on you.

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  78. I am so loving that sexy back shot! Gorgeous!

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  79. I love the cardigan. Its very pretty and I love how your tattoos are framed in that dress!

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  80. Wow, so pretty!!!

    I really like the second outfit, it is so perfect for fall.

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  81. Where are you in the pics with the red sweater? Did you stud your flats yourself? Really enjoying the outfit posts! Keep it up!

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  82. ahhh, I have a dirndl dress too! my mother grew up in Germany and used to dress me in the German national costume more frequently than was necessary! This also included a large closet full of Leiderhosen. yep. I was rocking leather shorts at the ripe old age of six.


    Beautiful outfits, I like that you took something so traditional and made it work to todays standards.

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  83. Haha I wouldn't never thought to wear a dirndl dress that way!

    And that looks like such a peaceful, quiet place.

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  84. The Bows&Bandits girls have the loveliest Austrian dresses. And I'm a huge fan of their shop myself!

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  85. thank you for the bows and bandits link- i've never seen the site before and i like a lot of things there! your dress from them is adorable. i also like your cardigan in the 2nd set of photos. ~joelle

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  86. I love that dress!!it looks great on you

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  87. oh sweetie how cute r u !! love your outfits dear !!

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  88. gorgeous embroidery on the dress! xxxc

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  89. I love that dress! Such a great idea to wear it backwards, it looks great on you.

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  90. Both dresses are positively adorable! The embroidery on the vintage dress is so becoming.

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  91. Great offer bcoz yukka discount where I bought its products with online discounts.

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  92. i love your dirndl dress!! good call on wearing it backwards, too. also, the red cardigan with the fair isle patterning... wonderful!

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