You can have Dirndls which are complete in one piece or
which come with a blouse and the typical aprons. And finally
the biggest difference - the specific characteristics in every
region, which comes through certain colours, hats and embroideries
on the apron. This principle can be transfered on the Lederhosen
as well. The best place for a man to express his background
or your membership is the embroidery on the suspenders.
Historicalyl the Dirndl was the typical dress of the female
peasantry, like the peasant's wives, the farm girls and the
dairymaids as work clothes. The apron of the Dirndl was designed
mostly practical and suitable for everyday life. Formerly,
the Dirndl was called "G'wand" (don´t try
to pronounce it, sometimes it´s even hard for natives).
The Lederhosen was on the other side simply the working trouser
for the male peasantry and underwent nearly the same development
like the Blue jeans in the USA.