People think of the word "lederhosen" when they think of old-fashioned German garb, but that particular fashion cliche has more to do with the alpine-hiker-meets-lonely-goatherd look. The stylings that have made New Britain's East Side Restaurant famous are called a dirndl. These are the Bavarian beer-hall fashions can only be found online.
Elizabeth Kubelnick, 23 and Jessica Kizilski, 24 both had their dirndl on when CTNow came calling at the East Side. Besides the dirndl itself, which can run between $50 and $100, according to Kizilski, the staff has established a culture of lending and trading to accessorize their outfits.
CTNow: Where did you get the sweater?
Jessica Kizilski: Another girl who works here.
CTNow: She lent it to you?
JK: Yes, we do that here.
CTNow: Where are the stockings from?
JK: TJ Maxx!
When CTNow asked about her stockings, Kubelnick said, "You can get them at any store, but I got them at Rainbow, downtown at NewBright Plaza here in New Britain."
CTNow: Is it easy to find a dirndl on eBay?
Elizabeth Kubelnick: There's a lot of it out there, but it took me a long time to find something that I like.
CTNow: And this outfit that you are wearing actually came from Germany?
EK: That's what it said on eBay. I'm not sure what town, though.