Bavarian hats, also known as a "Tirolerhüte," "Gamsbart-Hüte, "
tyrolean hat," or "alpine hat" have a rich history deeply rooted in the culture of southern Germany.
Originating from the Alpine regions of Bavaria, these iconic hats have become synonymous with Oktoberfest and traditional Bavarian attire like dirndls and lederhosen.
The unique shape of the felt hat, with its wide brim and distinct indented crown, serves both functional and aesthetic purposes.
The brim provides shade from the sun during outdoor activities, while the crown's shape allows for better stability and a distinctive appearance.
Feathers, particularly those of the capercaillie bird, adorn these traditional German hats and carry symbolic meaning. In the past, hunters would wear the feathers to showcase their skills and accomplishments.
Today, feathers serve as decorative elements, with different colors and lengths representing specific meanings or personal preferences.
The feathers, along with other embellishments like badges or pins, add flair and individuality to these cherished Bavarian accessories, making them an integral part of the region's cultural heritage.
This green felt hat comes in various styles and we love to adorn our hats with feathers, flowers, ribbons, pins, charms and more!
There is no one size fits all - all of the traditional German hats on the Rare Dirndl website are a size 57 or 58 because it is the most common hat size.
While we don't carry an large range of sizes, I got a great tip from my bff Ingrid on how to make a big hat "smaller" or make your hat fit more snuggly (so it won't blow off your head should a big gust of wind come by).
Here are the things you'll need:
First cut a piece of elastic approximately 6-7 inches in length.
Pin one end of the elastic to the inner ribbon of the hat towards the middle/back.
Pin the other end of the elastic to the other side and try the hat on. You may need to move the ends of the elastic around once or twice to ensure that the fit is good for your head.
Then hand sew the elastic in place.
That's it! That was easy!!! When Ingrid told me about this trick I thought, "Genius!"
She said that she does it to many of her hats even if they fit because then she is more comfortable wearing them on a windy day.
Rare Dirndl is here to help you connect with your German heritage without sacrificing your personal style.
We are committed to bringing you high-quality dirndls, blouses, bloomers and accessories that break the 'rules', yet honor traditions. Run by a small group of women, the Rare Dirndl Team is truly dedicated to your happiness and look forward to helping you make your trip to Oktoberfest or the next German Club Picnic one to remember!