How to Wear your Dirndl on Halloween like a Boss!

I love Halloween! Mostly because I LOVE dressing up in costume. But one of the things I dislike about Halloween are those dreadful “beer wench” costumes. (I suppose if you are going to wear one of those, Halloween is a better time than Oktoberfest… but they still make me vomit in my mouth a little bit.)

So to stop this madness, I’ve come up with a bunch of easy and creative costume ideas so you can wear your dirndl on Halloween like a Boss!


First… the In Bloom Dirndl makes a great starting point for so many costumes! I wore it last year when I dressed as a marionette! It can also be used for: Queen of Hearts, a Witch, & Snow White, just to name a few.marionette dirndl

Secondly… on the same note… The In Bloom Vest would be perfect to be the Joker, Red Riding Hood, or a Circus Ring Master. Both of these items can be used for so many great costumes, it’s really just a matter of thinking outside the box!

joker in bloom vest

If you want to go as a Disney Princess, The Day Break Dirndl would be a great option if you wanted to go as Anna from Frozen. You could also use the Royal Treatment Dirndl and go as Belle from Beauty and the Beast.



Royal Elegance

The Tea Party Dirndl could be modified a bit with a light pink apron and pink puff-sleeve blouse to be Princess Peach from Mario Brothers.

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If you want to be a pirate the options are endless! You could again use the In Bloom dirndl or vest, but you could also use the “Smells Like Teen Spirit Dirndl” 

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And lastly… you could always wear your more traditional dirndl and be Maria von Trapp from the Sound of Music.

The bottom line is… don’t wear a teeny tiny costume that’s not a dirndl and instead get creative with your favorite Rare Dirndl pieces and win “Best Costume” at your Halloween party this year!

Not a Dirndl

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How to Make Your Bavarian Hat Fit Better or Make a Hat Smaller

how to make your dirndl hat fit better

All of the hats on the Rare Dirndl website are a size 57 or 58 because it is the most common hat size. It is simply not practical for me to carry a large variety of sizes since they are so detailed and labor intensive. However, I got a great tip from my bff Ingrid on how to make a big hat “smaller” or make your hat fit more snuggly (so it won’t blow off your head should a big gust of wind come by).

Here are the things you’ll need.maing your hat smaller

Your hat

  1. First cut a piece of elastic approximately 6-7 inches in length.
  2. Pin one end of the elastic to the inner ribbon of the hat towards the middle/back.maing your hat smaller2
  3. Pin the other end of the elastic to the other side and try the hat on. You may need to move the ends of the elastic around once or twice to ensure that the fit is good for your head.maing your hat smaller1
  4. Then hand sew the elastic in place.maing your hat smaller3

That’s it! That was easy!!! When Ingrid told me about this trick I thought, “Genius!” She said that she does it to many of her hats even if they fit because then she is more comfortable wearing them on a windy day.c1a6d-jill

Click here to shop our hats and try this trick yourself if it doesn’t fit 100% perfect.

Do you have any tips or tricks for making your hats fit better? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!

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Oktoberfest Guy Code – How to Wear Lederhosen

Dressing for Oktoberfest isn’t super complicated, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind if you’re a guy and you want to look well dressed. We’ve put together a quick list of things to keep in mind when getting dressed for Oktoberfest.

oktoberfest guy code

Your options include: Lederhosen (with or without suspenders… assuming they don’t fall down), a trachtenshirt, a Loden Jacket, your Bayern Füsball jersey, jeans, khakis, a plaid shirt, a Bavarian style vest, Bavarian wool hat.

Your options do NOT include: Lederhosen swim trunks, a lederhosen Halloween costume, a novelty t-shirt with a dirndl or lederhosen on it, a cooking apron with lederhosen on it, any ridiculous hats. (Lederhosen literally means leather pants. So if they’re not made of leather… then they’re not lederhosen and it will look silly at Oktoberfest.)

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Not Lederhosen… NOT for Oktoberfest (or any event for that matter)

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Lederhosen with a Soccer Jersey

Lederhosen Code: Wearing traditional lederhosen to Oktoberfest is perfect, but don’t make the mistake of pairing it with your white tube socks and a dirty fraternity t-shirt. Make sure you have nice shoes (not necessarily dress shoes… you can wear your Doc Martins), but be sure to have the right socks. You can pick some up in Germany or pre-order them from Ernst Licht ( Shirt wise, you can go casual by wearing a Bayern soccer jersey or go a bit more formal/traditional with a nice plaid trachtenshirt. (Check out the available Rare Trachtenshirts by clicking here). The biggest thing to keep in mind when wearing lederhosen is just to look nice. You don’t want to disrespect the local traditions by looking schlampich. (Where do you buy lederhosen? Click Here!)


Lookin’ Good Guys!

No... Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

No… Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

T-shirt code: You can most certainly wear jeans and a t-shirt to Okotberfest, but don’t wear a t-shirt with a girl’s chest in a dirndl screen-printed on it… that’s just tacky, the end.

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Hat Code: A classic wool hat or fun Bavarian Spitzhut is perfect, so there is no need to make a fool of yourself by wearing a chicken hat or a cheapo peter-pan hat. Those might be fun souvenirs for your buddies, but not classy enough for Oktoberfest.


Vest Code: There are not too many vest styles that wouldn’t work for Oktoberfest. There are Austrian-style vests, Bavarian-style vests, classic vests, modern vests… simply pair it with a nice pair of jeans, khakis, or dress pants, a matching shirt and your good to go!

Did we miss something? Comment below! Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas about Guy Code for Oktoberfest.

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German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

German Fest Milwaukee is a weekend that many people look forward to all year! This is a 3 day long festival that attracts thousands of people from all over the globe. Are you ready? After years of attending the fest myself, here is my German Fest Milwaukee Checklist!

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I’ve checked the forecast and have packed appropriately. Pack a sunscreen with a higher SPF because a blouse burn is like a farmers-tan hopped up on schnapps! Nobody likes that sweetheart neckline for the rest of the summer! On the flip side… the open air Summer Fest grounds have plenty of tents, but if you want to grab some food, or another beer you may need to venture out from under the shelter, so don’t forget an umbrella.

◊   I’ve committed to staying hydrated. Having a water in between beers is key to keeping hydrated during the usually super hot fest. There are drinking fountains (or bubblers as the Wisconsinites call it) outside each of the bathrooms throughout the fest where you can re-fill any of your cups with some fresh Wasser!

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I’ve checked the schedule and know which stages my favorite bands are playing on. My favorite is Chickeria, but they don’t come every year! Click here to see the full list of bands to see if your favorite is playing at German Fest.

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I have my dirndl (or lederhosen) ready! I have a dirndl for each day ready to go because German Fest is one of the summer festivals where you will not feel out of place in your dirndl. However, the $40 beer wench costume you got at Halloween Headquarters… not appropriate. Save that for another day (like never).

◊   I have a spare pair of shoes. Those strange foot massagers only go so far. I highly recommend bringing along a second pair of shoes because when you have a huge throbbing blister, nothing feels better!

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I am ready to get my polka on! Don’t just loiter around the dance floor… get out there!! If you don’t know how, there are plenty of dance groups performing all day long on the stages, so you can watch and learn. Plus, how are you going to become a pro if you don’t practice?

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I’m mentally prepared to try new foods! Yes, the corn is good… but try some Spanferkel, Knoedel, Kasseler Rippchen, or Goulash. Those are just some of my favorites that this festival has to offer, but click here to see the entire list of foods.

◊   I’m aware that excessive amounts of German beer, wine and schnapps may result in a little hangover… but I have Advil at the ready. Sometimes we get a case of the “hanging Sundays”, but that’s nothing a good ol’ kartofflepuffer (potato pancake), 2 Advil and some water can’t fix!

German Fest Milwaukee Checklist

◊   I know that Rare Dirndl has their pop-up boutique at the south east corner of the Marktplatz. Not only do we have 3 collections that have never graced the grounds of German Fest, but we also have new jewelry, accessories and team members! So come say “Hi” to Sam & Olivia and check out all our new stuff!

◊   I have checked off everything on the German Fest Checklist and I’m ready BABY!!!!

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The German Girl’s Summer Festival Checklist

The summer is full of sunshine, warm weather and German Festivals galore! Before you get dressed in your dirndl, here is the quick, must have list to get the most out of whichever fest you are going to!

German Girls Summer Festival Checklist

◊ 1- Hydrate – Bring a bottle of water with you or a bottle that you can refill! I wish good German beer was as hydrating as the good ol’ wasser, but it’s not [sad face]. So to get the most out of the weekend, be sure to keep yourself hydrated!

◊ 2- Sunscreen – You know what’s not cute on Monday morning at work… a wicked dirndl blouse burn! Be sure to slather up before you get dressed so you don’t miss any spots and then you won’t have a sweetheart neckline for the rest of the week.

◊ 3- Comfortable shoes – I know those new mary-jane heels look adorable with your dirndl, but if you are spending a whole day at a fest, I would go for the comfortable flats. Also, if you know your going to be on the grass… prepare to walk on uneven ground. You don’t want to sink in and aerate the grass.

◊ 4- Check the weather – If you know there is a good chance of rain you may want to wear your cute rain boots with your dirndl. Don’t have rain boots… maybe now is the time to get some 😉

◊ 5- The right purse – If you are going to be in big crowds, be sure to have a purse that zips closed and that you can keep a close eye on to avoid any pick-pocketers. If you are going to be doing a lot of dancing, I recommend our new Apron Purse! It attaches right to your apron so all your most important things are right at your hip and won’t be flying all over. Here is a quick video to show you how they work.

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How to Make Dumplings – Quick German

Oma Gerhild

Oma Gerhild

German Dumplings are one of my favorite things to eat. I’ve never met a Knödel I didn’t like. From Semmel to Potato, Zwetschgen to Liver… I seriously love them all and today I’m sharing an article by Oma Gerhild author of Quick German about how to make dumplings. I am going to have to give this a try this week! Also be sure to follow Oma Gerhild and Quick German Recipes on Facebook for more recipes, suggestions, cooking tips and fun german things! She’s simply fabulous! to make Dumplings

 How to Make Dumplings

Want to learn how to make dumplings (“Klöße und Knödel“) including the famous and very traditional potato dumplings? You’ll find various recipes for those, plus some VERY strange ones in the list below as well.

German Potato Dumplings with turkey

My very favorite ones are theThüringer Klösse. These are not only time consuming to make, but also quite a bit of work. Easier are thepotato dumplings made from cooked potatoes. Served with my rouladen alternative, flatladen, and sweet and sour red cabbage — this is a favorite meal at our house. These dumplings were one of my Mutti’s favourite’s as well, because they were so quick to make. Of course, the homemade croutons in the middle add the extra touch of “delicious-ness”.

How to make Dumplings …

If you want to try something a bit different, there are the traditional bread dumplingsGerman bread dumplings that are so common in the Bavarian area of Germany.

It has an interesting method of making dumplings using leftover bread. The results are delicious. Great “soaker-uppers” of gravy!

These bread dumplings were something I discovered on my first trip back to Germany after having left as a little girl. For me, dumplings ALWAYS meant potatoes. And, I really, really enjoyed my potato ones. It really took a step of faith to try these made with bread. Guess what? I got hooked! What a fabulous way to use up stale buns and bread. The only requirement was that one needs to have gravy 🙂 Something I’ve learned when making dumplings, especially if you don’t make them too often, is to make a “trial” one first.


Make a Trial Dumpling First!

When I first started, and not knowing for sure if the dough would hold together, I’d just make all the dumplings at once and put them in the pot of gently boiling water. After my first flop when they all fell apart, I learned to always try one dumpling first. If it held together, I’d form the rest and cook them then.

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Ironing your Dirndl

Recently I wrote a blog post about caring for your dirndl and this week, I thought I would do a quick follow-up video about how to iron your dirndl. Most Rare Dirndls are designed for easy care and little to no ironing needed, because let’s face it… who likes ironing!? I specifically choose synthetic fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily or need much ironing, however… there are a few that are made of cotton because I thought the design called for a cotton fabric. Those particular dirndls will need some ironing, so here is a quick video about ironing your dirndl.

If you have questions about what your dirndl is made of and whether or not your should use a hot iron, low iron, or steam feel free to give us a call or shoot me an e-mail and we will try to answer your questions as best as possible.

Do you have any dirndl ironing tricks? We’d love to hear them! Put them in the comments below or tell us about them on Facebook!

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