The 5 best Lederhosen Outfits:
What is a Lederhosen Outfit?
A Lederhosen Outfit is a traditional German Clothing that men (and some women) wear on the yearly Oktoberfest and Springfest. The basic components of this costume are a Trachtenlederhose (traditional leather pants) and a Trachtenhemd (plaid or white shirt). Additional you can also wear Trachtenschuhe (traditional buckskin shoes), Trachtenstrümpfe (stockings for men),a Trachtenhut (felt hat) and a Strickjacke (velvet vest or classical cardigan).
Costs for a Lederhosen Costume?
An original Oktoberfest costume could be very expansive. Bavarian people spend hundreds of Euros to buy a Lederhose with a high quality so that they can use them a life long. Some Bavarians even inherit their Lederhosn to the younger generation. The high price is caused by the material, namely tanned deer leather. It makes the pants soft and light but still very tearproof. The leather is tailored and decoraded in an extensive handmade process which makes every single pants unique. If you are interested in buying one of these Lederhosen Costumes you should expect to pay more than 800€.
Of course there're alternative price classes which allow also tourists to wear a Bavarian Clothing at the Wiesn. Those costumes are industrial products and availabe for a significantly lower price but still have a reliable quality.
Types of Lederhosen
Basically we differentiate between Kniebundhosen (knee breeches) and kurze Bundhosen (shorts). In 2016 the trend went towards the short version but it depends on your personal preferance which type you choose. Kurze Bundhosen have more legroom and are used for working. Kniebundhosen are more comfortable for the chilly festival weather in autumn. Also our female friends believe they look much more attractive for more men than the short version. You usually wear them with long grey stockings so that your whole legs are covered together with the pants.
Features of a Lederhosen Outfit
All Lederhosen costumes have suspenders, two side pockets, one hip pocket and one so called knife pocket. Side pockets and hip pocket are useful to carry your smartphone and wallet. The knife pocket was traditionally made for hunting knives - today some people insert money into it. Another feature is the Hostentürl (Engl: pants door) which is a codpiece on your Lederhosen Costume. If you go to the restroom you can just open the codpiece and avoid open the whole pants including the suspenders (huge advantage after 2 liter of beer...)
High budget Lederhosn (>800€) are handmade products and usually made in traditional tailor shops in Germany. They only use best quality deer leather that lasts for a lifetime or even several generations. Deer leather has the advantage that it is light and soft but still very tearproof, which make it quite comfortable to wear.
A medium budget Lederhose (>100€) is an industrial product usually made in Asia. Although it is not handmade they used high quality leather for example buckskin that has a good comfort, stability and is breathable. The inner material is made of 100% cotton which has the advantage that it avoids sweat and rub in the pants.
Low budget Lederhosen (35€ - 80€) are also industrial products from Asia. They are made of 100% velour leather from a cow or a pig. Compared to a higher budget lederhosen outfit this type of leather is heavier (~1kg / 2,2 Pounds) and has less legroom. The inner material is 100% polyester which is of course not as comfortable as cotton. Despite those points these pants are still robust and look valuable.
Which Oktoberfest Outfit should I choose?
We recommend you a high budget oktoberfest outfit when you want to wear it very often even out of festivals. They last for a lifetime so you probably buy the outfit just once in your life.
A medium budget lederhosen outfit makes sense to buy when you wear it just for festivals like the Oktoberfest or Springfest. They have a very good leather quality which makes them comfortable and last for several years.
A low budget lederhosen costume is only recommended when you visit the Oktoberfest or other festivals just once in the year. Although they look valuable it might be that the seams will torn in a short time.
We defentely not recommend to choose a lederhosen outfit for less than 35€ because the leather would have a low quality that would result in a bad smell or bleed.
Lederhosen Costume Fitting
When you buy your Lederhosen Outfit make sure it is close-fitting because the leather stretches after wearing them several times. Always check the size table of the vendor. Usually they recommend to order one size smaller but you can also wear a belt if the pants are too big for you. If Octoberfest is coming soon and you quickly need your Lederhosen Outfit you should order several dress sizes to ensure you'll receive your Bavarian Clothing on time.
Please don't put any Bavarian Clothing into the washing machine!
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The 5 best Oktoberfest Shirts
An Oktoberfest shirt also called Trachtenhemd is a component of a Lederhosen Outfit. Usually it is classic white or plaid shirt in different colors. In contrast to the Lederhosn it's fortunately not very expansive and is already available for about 20€. The only things you have to decide for the shirt are the color, the cut and the quality:
The quality usually depends on the material and the manufacturer. A high degree of cotton is a signal of good quality and comfort.
The cut is either regular fit or slim fit. Regular fit is more classical / traditional rather prefered by older or bigger people, whereas slim fit is modern and prefered by younger or slm people. Make sure the shirt is comfortable and that you tuck it in your pants.
The color of the shirt depends your personal preferences. All combinations of shirt colors should fit together with brown or black Lederhosen. The most common colors are red / white and blue / white checked. So if you want to stand out a little bit we recommend unsual shirt colors like pink or green.
Complete Oktoberfest Outfit
Finally we found a well-priced complete Oktoberfest Costume on Amazon for all people who don't want to order every single Bavarian clothing seperately:
This Lederhosen Outfit includes leather pants, a plaid shirt, Octoberfest shoes and Bavarian stockings.
The Lederhosen is a Kniebundhose and available in dark brown. The material consists of velour leather (cowskin) and Polyester. As usual the Bavarian Dress has two side pockets, one hip pocket and one knife pocket. The included suspenders could be adjusted for your size or could be removed. It also allows to adjust the size on the hip and on the legs.
The Oktoberfest Shirt is casual fit and available in red, black, blue. The material is made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester.
The Oktoberfest shoes are so called Haferl Schuhe. These are classic hiking shoes for hunters and mountain farmers made of velour leather. They are distinguished by their high wearing comfort and stability.
The Bavarian stockings are knee-length socks made of 60% Polyacryl, 30% wool and 10% Polyamid. The color is natural melange (something between white and beige).
This very popular Octoberfest set has an unbeatable review of 4,5 of 5 stars on Amazon! The customers noticed a good quality in every peace of this outfit. The no-iron Bavarian Shirt is thoroughly sewed and has intense colors. The Lederhosen look very valuable and tearproof. Also the shoes and the stockings make an impression of high quality to the customers. Altogether this is a great price-performance ratio as you would probably pay more than 300€ for a complete Octoberfest Costume in a fashion store. The complete Lederhosen Outfit is suitable for people who just wear the clothings few times a year for the festivals.
Size and Color:
Order the product first and tell the vendor which sizes and colors you prefer. Check the size chart on the product page to order the correct size. The german "Bundumfang" corresponds to your hip measurement. Also the customer service is very supportive so that they'll help you to find the correct size.