But all that said, we've been finding the fashion here so funny (and surreal) we had to post something. Almost everyone is decked out in either hardcore outdoor sports gear (think unholy amounts of Lycra, hiking boots and sandals with thick socks, backpacks, crinkly waterproof jackets...), even if they're just going for a gentle stroll around the lake, or in variations of traditional Austrian dress with lederhosen for the men and dirndl dresses for the women, seemingly worn non-ironically and, for the most part, not just for the benefit of tourists. We've noticed quite a few men with shaved legs, perhaps because guys here don't shy away from the dreaded micro shorts (typically worn with a t-shirt tucked in, along with the ubiquitous hiking boots with pulled-up socks, backpack and big belt with a camera bag attached). At times, it's not difficult to see where the inspiration for some of Brüno's more stereotypical kitschy-camp looks came from. All this is excluding the wealthy Arab tourists (who also seem keen on the place, along with Munich) who add another style dimension. The women work a look which will be familiar to anyone who has frequented Harrods on a weekday afternoon, which consists of full, black religious covering, accessorised with huge designer sunglasses, the latest logo-ed Fendi, Gucci or Louis Vuitton bag, and sparkly shoes peeping out at the bottom.
Think of these as the Jak & Jil shots of the great outdoors...
Adding to this bizarre fashion mix, and making it even weirder, is the fact that the clothes shops which don't sell outdoors or traditonal clothes seem to favour a sort of 90s Moschino / Absolutely Fabulous meets Euro tacky look:
If only we'd brought these with us..!