Modern Dirndls

Let your personality and fashion sense shine!

from the alps to the streets

Evolution of the Dirndl Dress

The dirndl dress has a long and interesting history. It originated in the Alpine regions of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland as a traditional dress for women, typically Alpine peasants. The style is believed to have existed since the 19th century, but it gained more widespread popularity during the 1960s. Since then, it has become a popular fashion trend and expression of cultural heritage all over the world.

The Dirndl is a calf-length traditional dress with a natural waistline and full skirt. It usually has distinctive features such as buttons, bows, ribbons and other decorative elements. The traditional Bavarian costume also includes an apron that is often ornately decorated. Today, you can find contemporary variations of the Dirndl in many styles and fabrics, making it a great choice for any occasion. From everyday wear to special events, a modern dirndl is always a fashionable and fun choice!

In addition to its history, Dirndls have a really deep and personal meaning for those who wear them. Sure, you may wear a dirndl dress to dance, go to a traditional German festival, and more - but there's an added layer of meaning. By wearing a dirndl dress, you are representing and displaying your appreciation for history and culture - a special tribute to the past. If you're wearing a traditional Dirndl, you're showing your personal style while also honoring the long-standing traditions and culture that inspired it. Contemporary Dirndls didn't just appear - its roots are in the centuries of heritage and customs that have come before. And now we have a variety of special occasions to wear these traditional garments to!

Channel your our vibe into your Oktoberfest Look

Embrace the versatility of the dirndl by styling it to reflect your unique personality and fashion preferences. Whether you lean towards a gothic aesthetic or embody a bohemian vibe, there are endless ways to make the dirndl your own.

For a gothic twist, pair your traditional dirndl with a sleek black blouse and accessorize with bold, statement jewelry. Opt for darker hues and edgy details to create a striking and dramatic look that's all you.

On the other hand, if you resonate with a bohemian style, wearing your hair down in loose waves and adding a touch of whimsy with soft knee socks or lace stockings is a fantastic choice. Incorporate floral prints, earthy tones, and natural textures to your dirndl dresses for a relaxed and free-spirited vibe that complements your boho personality.

If you are going for a modern chic vibe try adding a wide-brimmed hat and delicate jewelry for subtle elegance for your dirndl dresses. Opt for a sleek, structured hat design that complements your outfit and choose dainty necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to add a touch of sparkle without overwhelming your look. This combination of accessories instantly transforms your dirndl into a fashion-forward statement, blending traditional elements with contemporary style for a chic and confident ensemble.

Ultimately, the dirndl is a canvas for self-expression, allowing you to infuse your unique style into this traditional garment. Experiment, have fun, add a modern twist and let your personality shine through in every outfit you create!

Find which dirndl style fits your personality

Dirndl Style Quiz

Who doesn't love a good quiz? Our "Which Dirndl Style Are You?" quiz will help you unlock your perfect dirndl dress style and inspire you to embrace your unique flair.

Regardless of your style preferences, our quiz will guide you on a journey of self-discovery when it comes to your Oktoberfest outfit


Did you know that where you tie your apron bow on your traditional German attire... even if its' a more modern design, can tell people about your relationship status? True story.

Dirndl aprons are full-length aprons that are traditionally worn in Germany. They feature a skirt-like shape and often have intricate detailing such as pleats, ruffles, lace or even embroidery. Dirndl aprons can be tied at the waist with either a bow or a knot. The type of knot or bow you use can indicate your relationship status, so that potential partners can know whether or not they can approach you!

Bow on the Right Side

According to tradition, a dirndl apron bow tied on the right means that you are taken... so in a serious relationship or married. 

Bow on the Left Side

Tied on the left means that you are single and ready to mingle babay! 

Bow Tied in the Center

Dirndl dresses with the apron tied in the center front means that you are a virgin. (Typically where you children tie their bows.)

Tied in the Back

Tied in the center back means that you are waitressing or windowed. This one I don't really know about though because sometimes those apron ties are just not long enough to tie in a nice bow in the front... so... ya...  

Whichever way you choose to tie your bow or knot, it’s important to remember that tradition still holds strong at a folk festival in Germany.

How Should a Dirndl Fit? 

Finding the perfect fit for your modern dirndl is key to creating a stunning look. The blouse should be snug and secure, but not too tight or too loose. Make sure it fits comfortably without feeling too constricted when you move around. Dirndls have nice firm bodices that should fit snugly around the bust and waist. It should just skim your body in a flattering way. The best fit will help create a beautiful silhouette that looks effortless yet stunning! The skirt should fall to your knees, or mid-calf length. The fit of the apron is also important – it needs to be tight enough to stay in place but loose enough that you can move around freely when walking or dancing.

Fashion Dirndls have more styling range than their more traditional counterpart, however, the fit of this Oktoberfest outfits for ladies is the same



It's not your ethnicity that matters here, what matters is that you are respecting the culture, not appropriating it. Dressing in a way that celebrates a culture is fun! Wearing a dirndl makes you feel like you belong to something greater than yourself... and a modern dirndl is an ideal way to showcase your style!


Shopping for modern dirndls at any size starts the same way, finding the right size. The key is to start with body measurements and reviewing the sizing chart. It's also important to measure yourself wearing the undergarments you intend to wear with your Dirndl: bra, shapewear etc.

If you know that you prefer to wear clothes that really hold their shape, look for Dirndls with bodices made of suede, brocade or cotton.

At Rare Dirndl, we add a layer of interfacing to the bodice pieces for sizes 18 and up. This creates a stronger foundation to keep curvy women feeling more comfortable and confident while tearing it up on the dance floor. You can rest assured that even our satin and poplin Dirndls hold their own and you don't need to worry about the bodice fiber content.

We've also worked closely with customers to tweak and make edits to our 18+ patterns to ensure that you have coverage where you want it without losing the flattering curves that Dirndls are known for.

While many Dirndl stores and sites do not carry extended sizes or only offer a limited selection of styles, that is not true for Rare Dirndl. We have a range of sizes up to 26 and offer a "made-to-measurements" option for anyone who would prefer to have a size customized. All body types deserve to have a garment that celebrates not only German heritage but their figure as well.

modern dirndl styling hack

Dirndl Dresses + Trendy Footwear = 💜

One of the most common questions around here is: what kind of shoes should I wear with my Dirndl? And my answer is simple - whatever shoes make you feel comfortable and confident! So, if you're looking for something a little different when it comes to shoes to pair with your Dirndl, I've got some ideas that might just spark your inspiration.

Easy Ways to make it your own

Aprons, Blouses & Accesories

The most popular way to take any dirndl and make it your own and more modern is to change the blouse, apron and add accessories! By simply changing from a white sweetheart dirndl blouse to a black blouse or from a floral apron to a bold pattern, you can change the entire vibe of your dirndl outfit.

Add socks or a hat! Wear your bold statement jewelry or a quirky bag. They way you style your dirndl dress is all YOU!!

Buying a Dirndl Online - FAQs

How do I know what size dirndl to buy?

The best way to make sure a traditional dirndl dress will fit when buying online is to take your body measurements wearing the bra you plan on wearing with it and compare it to the dirndl size chart.

Why are some dirndls sizes 6, 8, 10 etc and others are 38, 40, 42?

Dirndls made in the US are going to be sized in US sizes 2-30 whereas dirndls imported from Germany will have European sizes 32-54.

How long does it take to ship?

Depends on the company, but here at Rare Dirndl, if a dirndl dress is not labeled as MADE-TO-ORDER or a PRE-ORDER then it can ship within a day or two of being ordered.

Can a Dirndl be returned if it doesn't fit?

A Rare Dirndl can! We offer free returns and exchanges on all our dirndl dresses. Other companies, we couldn't tell ya