How to Pick Lederhosen for Oktoberfest
While most men don’t really care about their outfits and would even be weirded out by calling whatever they wear an outfit; Oktoberfest is definitely an exception. Men, you need the perfect Bavarian outfit. Learn about what you need to wear and how to wear it right here.
By The Beer Community on Sep. 10, 2017
Okay, so first things first — if you don’t know what the heck “OKTOBERFEST” is…read more about Oktoberfest here. Then check out our list of Oktoberfests around the world and decide which ones you’ll be attending.
Now we can focus on the perfect wiesn outfit for the men. Women check out our article about picking out dirndls.
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FYI–traditional garments are not required, but a classic lederhosen or dirndl improves the taste of the beer.
*Lederhosen/dirndls not included; costumes may not actually improve the taste of beer.
Lederhosen literally means leather pants in German. Contrary to common belief, they are no longer the everyday pants that most Bavarian Germans wear, but as part of a rich, cultural tradition, they are still a common sight at traditional events like Oktoberfest.
You may be tempted to buy the cheap, touristy knock-offs, but we highly recommend if you’re going to do something then do it right. Germans are really serious about their cultural heritage and often see the cheap ones as a mockery. The real thing may be expensive, but they are excellent quality and will last you for several Oktoberfests. They are usually such good quality that your children and their children could probably wear them as well.
We are beer experts, not Lederhosen experts, so we decided to defer to some expats living in Germany to help us guide you:
California Globetrotter: Understanding the Lederhosen Culture
Kaffee under Kuchen: Guide to Buying and Wearing Lederhosen
How to Wear Lederhosen for the Non-German from a Non-German
And an added bonus because we thought this video was really cool.
How Good Quality Lederhosen Are Made
Whether you decide on long or short lederhosen, hat or no hat we hope you enjoy your Oktoberfest.
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