When it comes to choosing an apron for dirndl dress, the options can be overwhelming. From fabrics and designs to colors and trims, there is truly an endless array of possibilities. For me, the key to finding the perfect dirndl apron is making sure that it matches the rest of your ensemble.

Comprehensive guide to dirndl aprons - dirndls for oktoberfest

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you select the perfect Dirndl apron for your next event:

  • A Dirndl Apron and its Backstory

  • Stylish Components of an Apron

  • The Perfect Bow for the Perfect Apron

  • Properly Care for your Apron and Dirndl Dress

  • Properly Store your Apron

A Dirndl Apron and its Backstory

A traditional dirndl apron is a piece of clothing that covers the front part of your torso from chest to hip and covers the dirndl skirt. It's usually made from cotton, linen, or silk and can be styled with traditional dresses like dirndls.

German women have worn the Dirndl apron for centuries, and its origin dates back to the Middle Ages. It was used in work environments such as the kitchen, bakery or laundry room. Originally, the dirndl apron used to be a long apron that was draped around the waist and had a tie at the back. However, over time, it has become more of an accessory than an article of clothing and is now often used to complete a traditional look when wearing a Dirndl dress. To learn more about the meaning behind this beautiful traditional dress check out this blog.

Dirndl Apron

Stylish Components of an Apron


The fabric you choose for your Dirndl apron makes all the difference. Popular materials include silk, lace and cotton. Depending on the look you’re going for, a heavier fabric such as velvet or flannel will give you a more traditional feel while lighter fabrics are better suited to a modern effect. Investing in quality fabric such as silk, lace, embroidered, or jacquard can give your apron an extra special touch and make it look more exquisite.

Dirndl Apron

Here are some fantastic starter aprons!

Grey Dirndl Dress


There are many traditional designs to choose from for dirndl aprons, ranging from floral patterns to geometric shapes. You can also find modern takes on the classic styles, like polka dot and gingham prints.

When selecting an apron, think of the overall look you’re trying to achieve. If you want something that provides more coverage, opt for a longer length and fuller skirt. For those looking to create a more daring look, consider a shorter style with intricate detailing or embellishments. If you want something unique and eye-catching, consider combining two different fabrics or embellishing the apron with trims.

Also, think about how it will match your dirndl skirt. Will it stand out? Or blend in? Is it a monochromatic look? Or a statement piece?


While black and white are seen as the traditional color of choice for dirndl aprons, you don’t have to stick to the classic look. Dirndls started out as a traditional German outfit, and today come in an array of colors, from bold reds to rich purples. You can also find Dirndl aprons in more muted colors, such as beige and gray, if you’re looking for something subtle. Try adding a pop of color with a bright yellow or vibrant blue, or opt for something timeless and neutral.

Beaded Lace Dirndl Apron


Trims can really elevate an apron and add a little extra flair to your overall ensemble. Popular trims include lace, ribbons, and frills. If you’re looking for a more subtle touch, try adding some small pearl or crystal beads to the edges of your apron. Beads, sequins, ribbons, and lace are all great options for giving your Dirndl apron that extra special touch. Choose trims in colors that complement the fabric and design of your apron for the best result.

Dirndl Outfit for all ages

The Perfect Bow for the Perfect Apron

I'm constantly asked about tying the perfect bow for a Dirndl apron. And isn't it always the same? You find an apron you love, but can't get the bow right? It's actually a lot more simple than you might think. With a little guidance and practice, you'll be able to master the art of tying the perfect Dirndl bow in no time. To help - here's my tutorial on how to tie the perfect dirndl apron bow. Be sure to check out the video tutorial for extra help!

What's Your Relationship Status?

The way you tie your apron can tell you a lot about your relationship status. In the traditional German culture, unmarried women will tie their aprons on the left side while married women tie it on the right side. Many still follow this tradition today as a sign of respect for their cultural roots and to recognize different marital statuses. Single and ready to mingle?? Read our "Where to Tie your Dirndl Apron" blog today!

Dirndl Apron Bow

Properly Care for your Apron and Dirndl Dress

To keep your dirndl and dirndl apron in tip-top condition, be sure to follow the care instructions that come with your item. Depending on the type of fabric, you may need to dry clean or hand wash your apron to keep it looking its best. Once dry, store away from direct sunlight, dust and moisture for longevity. To learn more about caring for your dirndl post-festival or Oktoberfest check out this blog.

Dirndl Apron Oktoberfest

Properly Store your Apron

When you’re not wearing your dirndl apron, it’s best to store it in its original packaging or hung up in a cool, dry place. To keep the shape intact and avoid wrinkles, you can use either an AIRFORM dress form or hanger with clips. Be sure to only wear jewelry that doesn’t snag on fabric and refrain from catching the skirt of your apron on any objects. This could cause small tears which may be difficult to repair. Taking proper care of your Dirndl apron will ensure you’re wearing it for many Oktoberfests to come.

Dirndl at Oktoberfest

Dirndl Apron length

People often ask how long the apron for a dirndl should be. While certain parts of Germany and specific styles of dirndls have varying lengths, a good rule of thumb is that it should never be longer than the hem for the dirndl skirt or shorter than 3 inches from the hemline. Again, there are no hard rules, but best to stay within a few inches of the skirt hem.

Whether you’re attending an Oktoberfest event or just looking to add some flair to your wardrobe, choosing the perfect Dirndl apron is essential. We hope this comprehensive guide has given you all the information you need about Dirndl aprons! Whether you’re going for a classic look or something more modern, investing in a quality piece is key. With so many beautiful designs out there, we’re sure you’ll find an apron perfect for completing your traditional ensemble.

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dirndl apron guide
February 24, 2023 — Erika Neumayer


Anya said:

Love the article – and love the last picture of the African print dirndl!! Is this something that can be done in your shop?!?!! I’ve been in search of one for a while.

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