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.

We’ve been checking out some modern braiding tutorials on YouTube and here are our favorites that you should totally try with your dirndl. 

#1 The Basics

This is a great video that demonstrates a classic braid, French braid and Dutch Braid

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#2 Classic

Here is a great video that shows how to make simple and quick side Dutch braid. This is super popular right now and excellent for long and medium hair.

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#3 Crown Twist Braid

This one is really cute and so different! This hairstyle is a must for hot weather and totally works with a dirndl. 

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#4 10 Super Easy Hairstyles

I don't know how you will choose among these stylish hairdos! This video is really a treasure and most importantly - all of these can be easily done even if you've already had a pre-game schnapps. 

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#5 Braids for Short Hair

I didn't forget about you! If you're thinking "Ah Schnitzel! How do you think I can do all these on my short hair?" - this one is for you! I already tried it and it literally took 2 minutes. Now it's your turn. And this Oktoberfest hairstyle tutorial is from German girl… so you know it’s good!

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#6 GOT-Inspired

Just like winter… Oktoberfest is coming! Already miss GOT? Then you’d better try these hairstyles inspired by the best show ever (who will argue?). They're all great to wear with a dirndl!

dirndl hairstyle for oktoberfest

#7 Double Dutch Braid

This is a cool look and a really fun take on the traditional 2 French Braids that lots of girls wear with their dirndls.

#8 Faux Mohawk Pull-Apart Braid

My sister rocked this braid before and I'm not going to lie... she looked like a badass! Not really a look you can do yourself, but I think it's super cool and would look really sweet with a dirndl.

#9 Braid into a Ponytail

I love this look and it's easy enough to do yourself. This video is a sideways Dutch braid into a big ponytail, but you can modify this look to fit your your style and it's a super easy way to wear a braid with your dirndl without the full commitment.

#10 Fishtail Braid

I love the way fishtail braids look, but I think they are hard to do with thin hair. There are so many variations on the fishtail braid, but this video is a great basic tutorial.

BONUS! - German Flag Themed Makeup

This is a super fun look that would be so fun for Germanfest Milwaukee or to show your support for the German National Team in this years Euro Cup!


Another popular and traditonal style is the chignon, which involves twisting the hair into a bun at the nape of the neck and securing it with hairpins.

A third common Dirndl hairstyle is the half-up half-down style, which involves pulling the top half of the hair back and securing it with a clip or hair tie, while leaving the bottom half loose. This style is simple and versatile, and can be worn with curly or straight hair.

woman wearing a plus size grey dirndl dress with a purple floral apron with roses in the background

All that being said, there are no rules when it comes to how you wear your hair for an Oktoberfest. If your look is more casual, you can absolutely wear your hair like you usually do. Your everyday hairstyle can certainly be your Dirndl hairstyle.

Want more? Follow our Dirndl Hairstyles board on Pinterest! What is your favorite braid style to wear with your dirndl? Do you have super short hair like me and have to forego the braids? Or do you like to stick to the classics? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

It's so easy to look fabulous in a Rare Dirndl!

From the dirndl to the blouse, bloomers and accessories, we've got you girl.

Ever wonder which dirndl style you are? Click here to take our quiz and find out now! 

June 09, 2015 — Erika Ehrat

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