Choosing the perfect bra for your dirndl is absolutely essential. As the founder of Rare Dirndl, I can tell you that the right bra can make all the difference in how your traditional German Dirndl looks and feels.

The type of undergarments you wear with your dirndl are a big part of how comfortable you're going to be in a dirndl dress. And there is a pretty important "Dirndl Do" that's related to a part of the body that people quickly associate with dirndl dresses; the boobs! When wearing a dirndl, it's important to make sure that you are wearing the right type of bra.

Black Womens Dirndl

Here at Rare Dirndl we understand how annoying and uncomfortable wearing the wrong type of bra can be (especially after 2020 am I right?!).

To help, we've put together a video to demonstrate the importance of a good dirndl bra as opposed to my big "Dirndl Don't," a sports bra! 

Dirndl Bra Do's and Don'ts Video

If you're dancing with your dance group, and you have a really big boobs, then you're going to want to wear a sports bra under your German dirndl blouse. This will help keep the girls from bouncing around too much. You can also opt to wear a tight, body-hugging blouse that won't move around as much during your dance moves. If you're going for a more traditional look then an underwire bra is ideal for making sure everything stays in place.

Our Dirndl Bra Recommendations 

The Balconette or 'Dirndl' bra

For the more flattering, lifted look, I always recommend a balconette bra. This is the most popular bra shape that offers a rounded look and great support with less coverage than a full cup style. The straps tend to be a little wider-set that won't peek out from under the dirndl's wider neckline. The lower-cut center of a balconette bra is also perfect for the square or heart-shaped neckline of a dirndl.

Pink Womens Dirndl Outfit Inspiration

Depending on the style and coverage you choose, this bra style helps create the desired silhouette and also helps reduce any unnecessary bouncing when you dance around at Oktoberfest or other German festivals. It doesn't need to be a super humongous padded bra (like mine lol), but it does need to provide the right shape and the right size that you're looking for. I have asked some of my big-busted friends and they all say that they always wear either a slightly padded or a pushup bra because the last thing you want is a uni-boob.

Strapless Bras

Let's talk about strapless bras. Mostly about how much I hate them. LOL. But seriously, I can't think of a more uncomfortable thing to wear with a dirndl. Lot's of folks bring up strapless bras when they are trying on an off-the-shoulder blouse, because without the dirndl on, you'd think you need a strapless bra. NOPE! The straps of the dirndl dress will cover the bra straps, and if they peek out a little, you can use a bra clip or strap perfect to create a razor-back and thus hide your bra straps. 

For those who want a more natural look, a wireless or bralette-style bra can provide light support and shaping without adding bulk or creating visible lines under the dress. This is not my personal recommendation, but it's an option. 

Womens Dirndl Dress

Dirndl Bras for the Busty Ladies

When it comes to finding the right bra, large busted women often face unique challenges. Not only do they need ample support, but they also want to avoid any unsightly bulges or gaps that can occur with ill-fitting bras. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when shopping for bras for larger busts:

woman in a blue high neckline dirndl holding a liter stein in a field at a german festival

First and foremost, get properly measured. Many women are wearing the wrong bra size, which can lead to discomfort, sagging, and unflattering fit. A professional bra fitting can help you determine your true size and shape, which can make all the difference in finding a bra that works for you... and thus the right dirndl bra for you. 

Look for bras with wider straps and a wider back band. These distribute the weight of the bust more evenly, providing greater support and reducing any pain or discomfort. Adjustable straps can also help find the perfect fit and level of support.

Woman wearing a grey dirndl with purple apron and white blouse

Consider bras with enough lift and support but not full coverage since many dirndl blouses tend to be a sweetheart style and have a wider neckline shape. 

Avoid bras with too much padding or push-up. While these styles can be tempting, they often create unnatural or uncomfortable shapes for larger busts. At Oktoberfest, we don't want any beer spillage or boob spillage! Instead, opt for bras with minimal padding or contouring, which can provide shaping and support without adding bulk.

Finally, don't be afraid to try different styles and brands. Every woman's body is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Take the time to explore different options and find the bras that make you feel confident, comfortable, and supported.

Black Outfit Inspiration

At any bust size, it's crucial to ensure you get the most from your dirndl bra by making sure to measure yourself correctly and try on a few different styles before you settle on one. You can also ask for help in the lingerie stores or find some helpful reviews online so that you get the right fit for your body shape. The last thing you want is for your boobs to be spilling out of the dirndl dress, or for them to look squished up together. With the right dirndl bra you can have a beautiful silhouette that looks great and feels comfortable all day!​

Couple in German Dirndl and Lederhosen

No matter which bra style you choose, proper fit is crucial. The right size will ensure maximum comfort and support, while preventing any unsightly bulges or gaps. Trust me, choosing the right bra for your dirndl is a small but important step in achieving the perfect traditional German look.

If you have any suggestions, tips or tricks regarding which bra you like to wear with your German dirndl dress, put them in the comments!

Red Womens Dirndl Outfit Inspiration

Also check out this post that has more information about undergarments for your German dirndl dress and my favorite dirndl bra brand.

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April 18, 2017 — Erika Neumayer

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