If you're preparing for Oktoberfest or simply love the charm of traditional Bavarian attire, getting the right fit for your dirndl blouse is crucial. In this guide, we'll explore the ins and outs of dirndl blouses including choosing the perfect blouse size to ensure you look and feel your best. From understanding measurements to considering style preferences, we've got you covered with expert tips and advice.

This question comes up all the time and so I thought I would try to walk you through some best practices for picking a blouse size and some case studies. Let's dive in and find your perfect blouse size!

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What is a Dirndl Blouse?

Dirndl blouses are the quintessential companions to the iconic dirndl dresses, embodying the essence of Bavarian charm and tradition. These dirndl blouses are worn underneath the dirndl and come in a variety of styles, from classic white to vibrant colors, and often feature delicate lace trims, puffy sleeves, or intricate embroidery. The blouse's fit can vary, ranging from snug and tailored to loose and relaxed, catering to different preferences and body types.

Whether adorned with traditional floral patterns or modern embellishments, dirndl blouses are the easiest way to mix-up the styling of the dirndl and they can even change the whole look entirely! They serve as a canvas for personal expression, allowing you to showcase your unique style while honoring centuries-old German traditions.

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The Basics for dirndl blouse sizing.

In geeeeeneral....

  • Sizes 2, 4, 6 = Small
  • Sizes 8, 10 = Medium
  • Sizes 12, 14 = Large
  • Sizes 16, 18 = XL
  • Sizes 20, 22, 24 = 2XL
  • Sizes 24, 26, 28 = 3XL

But this is very general and there are some other factors that play into this like shoulder and bust size. Here is a flow chart that I made up to help you decide which size would be the best choice for you. Start with what size your dirndl is and work your way down. (This flow chart is based on Rare Dirndl sizing.)   

Dirndl blouse size chart flow chart - help find your best fit for german clothes

What's the deal with German sizes? Here is the quick rundown on those:

  • Size 32 = really freakin small.
  • Size 34 = XS maybe a small... for a Rare Dirndl size 2
  • Size 36 = basically a size Small
  • Size 38, 40 = pretty much a size Medium
  • Size 42, 44, 46 = most like a size Large
  • Size 48, 50, = XL ish
  • Size 52, 54 = basically a size XXL

You can kinda sorta take your American dirndl size + 31 to get your German blouse/dirndl size... for the most part. Again, every brand has their own sizing. Choosing a dirndl blouse that fits well is important since it will be worn underneath the dirndl.

Below are a few case studies of actual customers (whose names I've changed) and how they came to choose their dirndl blouse size.  

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Case study #1 - April:

  • April is a size 6 Rare Dirndl.
  • She wears a size Medium blouse.
  • Why is zis? While April has a small waist, she has relatively broad shoulders and a fuller bust, so she fits more comfortably in a Medium. She can wear a small, but "feels a little squished".
    • The bust fit of a dirndl and dirndl blouse is important. If it is too tight, that uni-boob is going to a damper on that beautiful traditional look you're going for. That's why in this case, April wear a medium in dirndl blouses. 

Case study #2 - Sara: 

  • Sara is a size 18 Rare Dirndl.
  • She wears a size XL blouse.
  • Why is zis? She thinks it's a perfect fit! Not too tight and not too loose. Typically she wears XL or XXL tops, but since she likes her dirndls and blouses to be more fitted the XL is her perfect fit.

Case study #3 - Marie: 

  • Marie is a size 14 Rare Dirndl.
  • She wears a size XL blouse.
  • Why is zis? Marie prefers a blouse with a loose fit in general and hates tight elastic on her arms. While she can wear a Large, she prefers the fit on the XL because of her aversion to tight elastic.
    • Traditional dirndl blouses often have a sweetheart neckline and puffed sleeves which will have the elastic at the bicep. Even off the shoulder blouses have that elastic. So if you are not a fan of this... we recommend choosing a style with straight sleeves that will still give you that traditional look.
woman wearing an oktoberfest ladies costumes with a while dirndl blouse

    Case study #4 - Uli:

    • Uli is a size 10/12 Rare Dirndl.
    • She wears a size Medium blouse.
    • Why is zis? Uli can pull off both a 10 and a 12 Rare Dirndl depending on the style. She is a pear body shape and so the size Large blouse is a bit baggy on her petite bustline.
    woman wearing german womens clothing with an off the shoulder dirndl blouse

    So there you go… a basic overview on dirndl blouse sizing that I hope has left you with more answers than questions.

    Remember, understanding your measurements and considering your style preferences are essential steps in selecting dirndl blouses. Whether you're attending Oktoberfest, embracing traditional women's German clothing, or simply appreciating the timeless charm of dirndls, a well-fitted dirndl blouse can elevate your look and boost your confidence. With these expert tips in mind, you're now equipped to embark on your dirndl journey with grace and style.

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    If you are still unsure of what size to get… go for your best guess and if you don’t like the fit you can always return it for FREE! 

    You are also welcome to email info@raredirndl.com or call the studio anytime.

    Prost to a fabulous Oktoberfest season ahead! 

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    Sally said:

    I appreciate the Case Studies for the blouse sizing because it gives a little bit of insight. It would help to also include measurements in these case studies. Like bust, underbust, bicep, and sleeve opening.

    I am most like Case Study 3 Marie in that I don’t like tight elastic on my arms. But I have narrow shoulders, am average busty, have a narrow underbust, and high narrow waist. I literally have every size top in my daily wear wardrobe from Small to Extra Large. It is highly dependant on cut, stretch, and fabric.

    And yet, for dresses I can wear a 12, 14, or 16. Being this level of pear shaped is a huge challenge.

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