Oktoberfest Tips, Tricks & Hacks– Rare Dirndl
How to Store Your Dirndl Apron

How to Store Your Dirndl Apron

Recently one of my clients, Cathy, asked a great question in our Facebook Group. She posted, “How does everybody store the apron of their Dirndls?”

The amazing community shared their ways of storing their dirndl aprons and the same 5 ways kept popping up!

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Tips, Tricks & Hacks for Growing Edelweiss at Home

Tips, Tricks & Hacks for Growing Edelweiss at Home

In the past year, many folks have taken up gardening and being a houseplant mom (myself included). This got me thinking “I wonder if I can grow my own edelweiss here at home?” I am probably the farthest from a plant expert as it comes, so I reached out to my pal Farmer Dan for advice. We grew up together in the American Aid Society of German Descendents German Club, and he is a WEALTH of knowledge when it comes to anything that has to do with plants, dirt and veggies. I asked him if he had some tips, tricks and hacks for growing edelweiss at home. Will this Alpine beauty even grow here? Let’s find out!
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How to Have a Mini Landestrachtenfest at Home!

How to Have a Mini Landestrachtenfest at Home!

I don’t know about you Erika, but I’m a little bummed about the upcoming weekend. We were supposed to be together in Cleveland for the Landestrachtenfest, but… leider nicht. #thanks2020

My favorite part of the weekend is seeing my friends from all over the country, listening to German music, polkaing with my husband and wearing my dirndl all weekend.

But you know what?! Let’s not let this pandemic get us down, we Schwobs are as resilient as it gets! 

Below are some easy ideas you can use to have your own DIY Trachtenfest!

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7 Hacks for Wearing Your Dirndl in the Heat of Summer

7 Hacks for Wearing Your Dirndl in the Heat of Summer

For most of us, the “Dirndl wearing season” starts up as the weather warms up. In the south, you may find yourself wearing your dirndl in the summer… but then it’s REAL hot! And that’s why I’ve put together my best tips for wearing your Dirndl in the heat of the summer. With these hacks, you’ll no longer fear 90+ degrees (even though we do not guarantee you won’t get any boob sweat… no getting away from that). 

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Top 30 German Beers of 2021

Top 30 German Beers of 2021

April 23rd is National German Beer Day!! That is the day that in 1516 the country’s famous “Reinheitsgebot” or “beer purity law” was enacted.   This law restricts what ingredients can be used to make a German beer. Historically, the restriction on ingredients led to the extinction of many brewing traditions and local beer specialties, such as North German spiced beer and cherry beer. Only a few regional beer varieties, such as Kölner Kölsch, Gosler Gose, and Düsseldorfer Altbier, survived through the implementation of this law. And in late 2015, Bavarian brewers took a vote to amend this law to stay competitive with work beer trends such as Belgian lambics and American craft styles.
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5 Things to Try for the Oktoberfest Newbie!

5 Things to Try for the Oktoberfest Newbie!

#5: Learn a some German phrases

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How to Clean your Dirndl Post-Oktoberfest

How to Clean your Dirndl Post-Oktoberfest

The best part of Oktoberfest is the food, drink, Gemütlichkeit and, of course, wearing dirndls! The not so fun part is the mustard dripping on your apron, that drunk guy behind you spilling his Jägermeister on your blouse and just that overall stale beer smell your dirndl has because you may or may not have sat in a puddle of Spaten Oktoberfest. However, there is an easy way to solve this problem… a nice post Wiesn’ Dirndl cleaning.

In this article I will go over each item piece by piece and the best practices for cleaning and caring for the items. 

Blouses

Off-the-Shoulder Blouses: These are a 65% cotton 35% polyester blend which is fabulous because you can toss that puppy in the washer and dryer and it’ll come out like a dream! 

Sweetheart Blouses: I like to wash them on a gentle or hand wash cycle and line dry. You can use a bit of bleach if you’d like on the solid white blouses. 

Sparkle Blouse: Gentle or hand wash cycle in a delicates bag and line dry. DO NOT BLEACH.

Lace Blouses (Marjo Brand): Gentle or hand wash cycle in a delicates bag and line dry. DO NOT BLEACH (it’ll start to eat away at the lace… and we don’t want that). Washing it in a lingerie or delicates bag helps it from snagging on other items that might be in the machine.  

Bloomers and Petticoats 

Bloomers: Machine wash and dry

Petticoats: Hand wash and line/drip dry

Apron

Since the apron is what usually gets dirty the fastest, I try to choose washable fabrics for the aprons, but if it is dry clean only, the tag will say so. Check the care label on your apron for washing instructions.

Beaded Lace Aprons (or anything that says spot clean only): Take a bit of detergent on a damp wash cloth to clean off any spots. You can also try hanging it in the sun for about 1-2 hours to help get rid of any stale odor.  

Dirndls

Your best bet with the dirndl is to have it dry cleaned or spot clean it yourself with a damp wash cloth and some detergent. The fabrics used to make the dirndls are typically machine washable. However, the hooks and trimming that goes on by hand is the reason you don’t really want to toss it in the washer. The trim may start to fray and the front hooks and hardware may start to come loose.

Dirndls without hooks or trim: You could wash it in the washer on a gentle/hand wash cycle and line dry. 

PRO-TIP: Take the chain or ribbon out of your pocket when you take the dirndl to the dry cleaners! They tend to magically disappear after a visit to the cleaners… ask me how I know zis.    

If you ever have any concerns about caring for your dirndl, you can either e-mail me or take it to the cleaners and ask their opinion. Or… just give it to Oma and give her a big hug… she’ll probably take care of it for you {wink, wink}.

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

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Should I buy a Dirndl before I go to Germany, or get it there?

Should I buy a Dirndl before I go to Germany, or get it there?

So, you're going to Oktoberfest in Munich and you find yourself in need of a dirndl. Now the question is, do you buy before you go there or buy it in Munich? This is a question that I have seen asked many times in different online Oktoberfest Travel forums and the suggestions are mixed. 
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10 Things you probably didn't know about Oktoberfest

10 Things you probably didn't know about Oktoberfest

While I personally have never been to Oktoberfest in Munich, I have done extensive research, talked to many folks who go every year and I was STILL so surprised to learn some of these stats. I can't wait to share them with you! 
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Ultimate Packing List for Oktoberfest Munich

Ultimate Packing List for Oktoberfest Munich

By Ashley Smith of My Wanderlusty Life

It’s finally my favorite season of the year—no, not spring—I’m talking about really-should-start-planning-for-Oktoberfest season! It’s the time of year when I start streaming oompah music and really working on my upper body strength. (Fun fact: a full maß weighs 5.5 pounds.) ‘Tis also the season when I start making sure I have everything I need for Oktoberfest. (Sadly, bulging beer-lifting biceps isn’t enough.) If you’re like me, it’s time to get your act-oberfest together. Here’s a list of what you need to bring to pack for Oktoberfest in Munich:

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Best Undergarments to Wear with a Dirndl

Best Undergarments to Wear with a Dirndl

Underneath every great dirndl is a great set of underwear. Sometimes the perfect bra can make or break your Oktoberfest look. So let’s start at the top and work our way down, finding out which undergarments work best for your dirndl and what to avoid.
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Ultimate Packing List for Oktoberfest Munich

Ultimate Packing List for Oktoberfest Munich

‘Tis also the season when you need to start making sure that you have everything you need for Oktoberfest. (Sadly, bulging beer-lifting biceps isn’t enough.) If you’re like me, it’s time to get your act-oberfest together. Here’s a list of what you need to bring to pack for Oktoberfest in Munich: 
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