Dress in a traditional ‘Dirndl’ for women and ‘Lederhosen’ for men
These traditional costumes are proudly worn by locals and tourists alike to experience Oktoberfest as authentically as possible. A Dirndl consists of a wide skirt attached to a fitted bodice, a short blouse, and an apron. Traditionally, you’d pair your Dirndl with Cuban-heeled shoes, or you can wear Ballerina pumps or loafers.
Lederhosen are breeches or knickerbockers made of deer leather or other soft leather types fitted with suspenders and braces, a crotch flap (yes, really!) and a knife pocket on the sides. If you decide to go head-to-toe traditional, you’ll pair your Lederhosen with calf warmers, so-called Loferls, and Haferl shoes.
In 1887, the organisers of Oktoberfest announced that Lederhosen and Dirndl would be the official outfit for attendees. It has remained like this until today, and these garbs have become a much-loved tradition over the years. Please note: If you wear a Dirndl and tie your apron on the right side, you show that you’re in a relationship. Tie it on the left, you’re signalling that you’re single.