In Celebration of Pippa Middleton’s Oktoberfest Dirndl

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For her latest column in the Telegraph, Pippa Middleton documented her trip to the Austrian Alps, which involved hiking, beer drinking, and this outfit, which merits a flowery, alliterative description:

It was only after I’d finished my kaiserschmarrn (pieces of light caramelised pancake filled with raisins and served with fruit compote) that I remembered what I’d be wearing that evening: a dashing dirndl with a bust-boosting blouse and a pinny to give an approachable, girl-next-door look that Austrians like.

You can also read all about her hiking, eating, and alcohol-consuming activities, but let's talk more about her ensemble (we're unable to post the pictures for copyright reasons, but you can see them here). As dirndls go, it's very by-the-book, and does a good job toeing the line between sexy in a "cute" way and sexy in an "I stood in line for an hour at Ricky's to buy this for Slut-O-Ween" way. It's low-cut, but there's no cleavage, nor is there much frilly embellishment. It's a traditional red, with a single white ruffle at the neckline, and while the bodice is very fitted, it does not feature a breast-propping corset or bustier. As for the plain floral skirt — she could probably even re-wear it for a teatime event or something next spring.

As Oktoberfest costumes go, Pippa's is on-theme but tasteful. Not all celebrities have demonstrated such restraint. Click through to see various famous people in dirndls, and may your steins runneth over this weekend.