The ribbon of a Dirndl is more than mere decoration. It tells a lot about the marital status of the girl or woman wearing the Dirndl. To avoid problems, you should carefully check the ribbon before your first advances.
Is the ribbon tied at the left side, everything is fine: The woman is single and might not be adverse to a flirt.
However, if the ribbon is to be found on the right side, you should be careful. The boyfriend, fiancé or husband might be just around the corner.
Of course, those two are not the only options how to tie a ribbon. Worn in the middle of the front side, you are looking at a virgin. If the ribbon is tied in the middle of the back side, the woman is a widow – or a waitress, because those like to bind their ribbons like this as well.
As you can see, the ribbon does not give you a 100% certainty. But still, it’s better than nothing, don’t you think?