Frequently Asked Dirndl Questions

What is a dirndl and how do I wear one? That's a great question and we've put together an entire blog post about it. Click here to read it!

Got Sizing Questions? In order to find the size that will best fit you, measure yourself at your bust and waist and refer to the Rare Size Chart and choose the size that matches your largest measurement, OR you can click here to watch our video that answers all your sizing questions!

Do you have more dirndls in your store or are they all online? Everything that is available is online. You won't find any secret dirndl or extra sizes here in the Design Studio. Dirndls are made in small quantities so if your size has been sold... we're very sorry, but there aren't any hiding in the Design Studio. 

When will the In Bloom Dirndl be back in stock? The In Bloom Dirndl will be back in stock in the Spring. If you would like to special order one, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks and there is a special order fee of $49. E-mail designer, Erika Neumayer at for more information.

Can I place a custom dirndls order?
YES! If you have an idea for a custom dirndl, Click here to see the Custom Dirndl Design Process. Once you know what you’d like, e-mail designer, Erika Neumayer at for more information.

What lengths are the dirndls?
Rare dirndls come in 2 lengths: Mini and Medi. Mini dirndls measure approx 20 in from the waist and Medi approx 26. The Medi length is about mid-calf length unless you are super tall. There is also typically extra seam allowance in the hem, so it could be made longer if necessary. If you have length questions about a specific dirndl give us a call and anyone on the team will be happy to answer your question. 

When will I receive my Rare dirndl?
Some Rare dirndls are made to order and may take up to 4 weeks to ship and 6-8 weeks during the busy season (July-Nov), otherwise everything is in stock and can ship out within 1 week! **Make sure you check the garment description, some items are made to order and may take 2-4 weeks, but it will always specify in the description**

How do I care for my Rare dirndl?
Rare Dirndls are primarily Hand Wash Only and some are Dry Clean Only. We do not suggest putting your Rare Dirndl in the washing machine. Some aprons are machine washable. All Rare blouses are machine washable. It is strongly suggested that you hang dry the aprons and blouses.

Can I return my Rare dirndl?
Of course! If you are unsatisfied in any way you can return your purchase (in its original condition) within 10 days for a full refund, and within 30 days for store credit. Email to get a Return Authorization Number (RA#) and we'll send you a FREE return shipping label as well. 

Where are Rare Dirndls made?
In the USA baby! The first samples are made by Erika Neumayer in the Rare Dirndl Design Studio in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. From there, the inventory is patterned, cut and sewn within 15 miles of the studio. If you ever have any concerns about the quality of the garments or the ethical treatment of those who create Rare Dirndl products, please feel free to contact us. 

Are the blouses and aprons included in the price of the dirndl?
All Rare dirndls consist of the dirndl and the apron (or belt). The blouse is separate.

Do I have to order the blouse that is pictured with the dirndl?
Some blouses are made specifically to match a certain dirndl and others can be mixed and matched with other dirndls. Double check to see if there is a direct correlation, like the use of the specific print, between the blouse and the dirndl before mixing the styles.

Can I try on my dirndl if I come to the Design Studio?
Of Course! You are more than welcome to come in and try on the dirndls if you are in the area. Be sure to make an appointment before you come so we can be sure the be there ;-) Feel free to call or e-mail to set up an appointment to come on in. 

What are the guidelines for bulk orders?
Groups of 3-5 get 5% off the initial order and re-orders for that same piece. 6+ recieve 10% off the initial order and re-orders. Not all dirndls are available for purchase in large numbers, e-mail for more information. 

Can I order custom dirndls for my dance group?
Yes! You can e-mail to talk about a dirndl for your dance group, but keep in mind that Rare Dirndl specializes in modern and edgy designs. We do not make traditional or historically accurate garments of any kind. 

Do you make any children's dirndls? Nope... sorry. 

Can I order a Custom Trachtenshirt? Unfortunately, we are not making anymore Men's Trachtenshirts. 

Do you make Donauschwaben Leiwls? Unfortunately, we are not making anymore Men's Leiwls.

For any other questions feel free to e-mail at or call us at (312) 806-5099 with any further questions.