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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5 Things to Try for the Oktoberfest Newbie!

Things to try if your new to Oktoberfest

#5: Learn a some German phrasesgerman-language-15_l_7a873dad21a0de96German is actually not as hard to learn as people may think! Many words are very similar to English words. Many words are just a combination of 2-5 words put together and when reading, you simply sound it out… very very few silent consonants. Here are some fun phrases to get you started.

  • Hello! My name is Ingeborg. – Hallo! Ich heisse Ingeborg.
  • The weather is very nice today. – Das Wetter ist sehr schön Heute.
  • Where is the nearest beer garden? – Wo ist der nächste Biergarten?
  • Ah Shit! – Ach scheiße!
  • Would you like to dance with me? – Wollen Sie mit mir tanzen?
  • Goodbye! – Auf Wiedersehen!

#4: Taste a Bavarian Favorite

SchweinshaxeYou’ve probably had a pretzel and a bratwurst a time or two, but how about a Leberkäse, Spätzle or a Schweinshaxe? All of these are favorites among locals and are simply delicious. You can try to make them yourself, or find a German restaurant in your area and try theirs!

#3: Learning to Polka

rare dirndl polka

A polka is a fast-paced tune with 4 counts to the measure or also referred to as a 1,2,3 step. It’s not the easiest to master if you’re a beginner, but it’s worth a try. Once you’ve got the steps down, you’ll be hoping for every band to be playing a polka so you can show off your new dance moves! (for a bit more visual help, check out some of the fun… and sometimes funny YouTube tutorials)

#2: Drink Oktoberfest Beers!


Pretty much every Bavarian brewery and many US craft breweries have special Oktoberfest beers. These are usually amber in color, pack a bit more of a punch than your standard lager, and are perfect for the season! Head on over to your local German bar and start trying some new things like the Hacker Pschorr, Spaten, Weihenstephan, or Ayinger.

#1: Get an Oktoberfest outfit

Packers Dirndl

For men, a plaid trachten shirt and Lederhosen (leather pants) are the standard ensemble. For women, there is a bit more variety! Most women stick with the traditional Bavarian style dress, the dirndl, but some like to wear a blouse and shorter fitted lederhosen, maybe just jeans, a cute jacket and a hat, or perhaps a maxi skirt with a sweater and some fun Oktoberfest inspired jewelry. But no matter what you choose, Oktoberfest (whether in Munich, at a local brewery’s Oktoberfest, or your own themed party) it’s always more fun to dress up! And I know where you can get theses items… (cough*cough*wink*wink*)

However you decide to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, whether it be in Munich, at the local German bar or in your own backyard, be sure to include a few of these fun and funky things to try for Oktoberfest. It only comes once a year, so let’s make this season one to remember!

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The Cure for Cold Hands: The Official Beer Drinking Gloves

cure for cold hands- beer drinking gloves

Oktoberfest season is upon us and with that comes cooler weather. And with cooler weather comes cold hands! I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan. Cold hands are the worst! And the biggest culprit of making cold hands colder… cold drinks.

But not to fear.. the cure is here! I made some new gloves for that exact purpose. Sure, you can use them all winter long, but with the little beer steins and edelweiss on the trim, they are just the cutest gloves for cool Oktoberfest evenings.

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Now, I know what your going to say, “But Erika… that light grey is going to get so dirty. What if I spill my beer on my new gloves?” No worries! They’re machine washable.

Quick story: Last year my sister Monika says, “Hey… my gloves are nasty… can I wash them?” I say, “I don’t see why not.” “Ok cool!” Next day… Monika calls, “Hey… guess what?” I say, “What?!” “I washed my gloves in one of those mesh bags and put them in the dryer and they’re perfect! And they even shrunk back to their original size!” “Sweet!” – so there you have it. You can wash them 🙂

Click here to order yours today. They are a limited edition and once I run out of the trim… that’s the end of the Beer Drinking Gloves. So if you love them, get your’s while they last.

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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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Munich Oktoberfest FAQs

Munich Oktoberfest FAQ

I get questions about Oktoberfest in Munich all the time, and while I’ve been to Munich several times… I’ve never had the privilege of going to Oktoberfest! [insert very sad face] But, that doesn’t mean I can’t help answer your questions!

custom-dirndlOne of the questions I get asked is about what to wear. Dirndls and Lederhosen!!! Absolutely! In the past 5 years there has been a huge resurgence of wearing the traditional dress to the Oktoberfest and if you want to fit in with the locals, then you need to get yourself a fabulous outfit, like Chantel did!! She’s from Munich and goes to the Oktoberfest every year and this is what I made for her in 2012 to fit in, yet stand out! If you need something for Oktoberfest, click this link to shop all of the Rare Dirndls that are in stock and ready to ship out to you -> 

Here are the Most Frequently Asked Questions according to the official Oktoberfest website, 

When will the Oktoberfest 2015 take place?
On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be, if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to come around 9 am to secure good seats. The festival will last until October 4th.What are the opening hours?
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am – 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 11.30 pm ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am

Opening hours of stalls
Opening day 10.00 noon – midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 11.30 pm
Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 midnight
Saturday 9 am – midnight
Sunday 9 am – 11.30 pm

Fairground attractions & sideshows
Opening day 12.00 noon – midnight
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 11.30 pm
Friday, Saturday 10.00 am – midnight
Sunday 10 am – 11.30 pm

End of Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 11.30 pm

When is Oktoberfest scheduled for 2016?
2016: September 17th – October 3rd

Do I have to pay an entrance fee?
No, the entry to the area and all beer-tents is free.

How can I make a reservation for beer tents? 
For making a reservation in a beer tent you have to contact the respective beer tent. You can find the contact dates of the tents on our tent-overview.

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Can I enter the beer tents without a reservation?
Of course you can also enter the tents without any reservation. But please consider to come early, because the tents fill up very quickly! When the tents are overfilled, you cannot enter anymore. On weekends the tents often close before 11 am. because of overfilling. During the week the tents are normally open until afternoon.

Why is Oktoberfest called “Oktoberfest” when it actually begins in September?
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.Are children allowed to visit the beer tents?
It depends on the age: Children under the age of six must leave the tents at 8pm even if they are in the company of their parents. A crowded tent wouldn’t be much fun for either the childern or the parents.

Is smoking allowed in the beer tents?
No. Since August 2010 there is a new no-smoking law in Bavaria which interdicts smoking in all kind of bars, pubs and restaurants including beer tents. Contravention is punished by not being served or from 2011 on also by a fine.

What is “Die Wiesn”?
The locals in Munich fondly refer to Oktoberfest as “die Wiesn” because of its location, Theresienwiese, which was named after Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.Is there a program of events to observe during this folk’s festival?
The main highlight of the Wiesn events and an important must-see is the Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen’s Parade. The parade happens every year on the first Wiesn Sunday.

Other important events are the Parade of Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Official Tapping of the Keg, the Oktoberfest Mass , “Böllerschießen” (handheld canon salute) in front of the Bavaria statue and – this year- an agricultural festival.

For more information about the Oktoberfest in Munich visit

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The 9 Ways You Know It’s Gaufest

This coming weekend is one of the most highly anticipated weekends of the year: Gaufest! Whether you have been practicing  for the past 6 months for the Gruppenpreisplatteln or just coming to represent your club and reunite with old friends, there are 9 ways you know that it’s Gaufest. 9 ways you know it's gaufest #9- Your putting the final touches on your outfit for Sunday’s Abschiedsfeier – This year’s theme is: Milwaukee Theme With a Harley Emphasis, so you’ve got your leather vest, Harley-Davidson T-shirt, biker bandada ready to go… maybe a temporary tattoo to really bring it all together?

#8- You can do your competition dance in your sleep – Even your dreams are about Gaufest. By now you can close your eyes and do the dances without even hearing the music… that’s how ready you are! Gaufest-Rare Dirndl #7- You have a list of things you need to replace, repair, or wash – Does that feather need to be refreshed? Hat too small? Should you bring your old stein or get a new one? Hole in your sock… replace or repair? When was the last time your Schal was cleaned? All these things and more are jotted down on a list and now it’s crunch time!

#6- You have your dirndl ready to debut at the Welcome Dance – Is it a new dirndl that you picked up in Munich? Your favorite vintage dirndl that your Oma had? Maybe a Rare Dirndl? Whatever it is, you’ve got it packed and ready to show it off on Thursday’s Welcome Dance Rare Dirndl #5- Your iron has been running a marathon – Wrinkles beware… your Bügeln skills have been honed, and every blouse and every apron is pressed to perfection! 4998653839_110accbd42_m #4- You have a Bavarian Mall shopping list – Does someone need new lederhosen from Licht? Had your eye on our new Apron Purse? Most people have a grocery list on their fridge, but not you… you’ve got a list of all the things you need to see at the Bavarian Mall (we’re in Executive Ballroom D, wink wink) rare-Dirndl-apron-purse #3- You’re attempting to stock pile sleep in anticipation for 12:01– You know that the hospitality rooms are going to be home base for party central come 12:01 on Saturday, so you’re going to bed early all week in anticipation of Saturday night’s epic party!

#2- Your silver and shoe polish haven’t seen this much use since… well last Gau – People can start calling you the polish master because your jewelry and your shoes are glistening like new. Oma would not approve of tarnished silver or scuffed shoes!

#1- You already have butterflies in your stomach because you get to see all your Trachtler friends and spend 3 full days with them! – Seeing your friends from around the country again is a feeling you can’t describe. Yes, there is Facebook so we can creep on what they’re doing and see how they’ve grown, but nothing is better than seeing them again at Gaufest! Rare Dirndl Gaufest

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Modern Dirndl Hairstyles: 8 Braids to Avoid that Cliche, “St. Pauli Girl” Look

When most people hear German girl in a dirndl they immediately think of the St. Pauli Girl with her pigtail braids, big ta-tas and blue & white dirndl. But those of us who wear dirndls all the time, know that pigtail braids are a little too cliche for our taste. Here are some fabulous modern braids that would look fabulous with your dirndl to avoid that “St. Pauli Girl” look. dirndl braids #1- Full French Braid Crown oktoberfest hairstyle #2- Braid Crown  dirndl hairstyle - braid crown #3- Single French Fishtail Braid fishtail-braid-oktoberfest-hairstyles-for-long-hair-tutorial_zps82fcf2b6 #4- Fishtail Pigtails fishtail oktoberfest pigtails #5- Crossover French Braid with Braid Buntop-10-oktoberfest-braid-tutorials #6 – French Half Braid with Messy Bun oktoberfest hairsyle-messy braid #7- Dutch Braid with Messy Bunmessy oktoberfest braid #8- Four Braid Updo oktoberfest braid Want more? Follow our Dirndl Hairstyles board on Pinterest ->