What do men wear at Oktoberfest?

lederhosen costume

Lederhosen come in a variety of styles. Although they often have a flap over the flies and the customary matching braces attached at the chest by a strap, they may also appear quite different. 

Almost all traditional lederhosen include intricate Bavarian embroidery. They range in length from short to over-knee to full-length.The long trachten dresses are known as Bundhosen. Bavarians dress up during celebrations and fairs, the most well-known of which being Oktoberfest.

Components of the Oktoberfest Lederhosen

Let's find out what men like to pair their Lederhosen with for the Oktoberfest. 

Traditional German  Trachten

Obviously, the most crucial part of your Oktoberfest attire is a real pair of lederhosen from Bavaria. Buckskin that comes from deer hides is the most popular sort of leather to use for lederhosen due to its softness. Goatskin, wild boar skins, and split cowhide leather are also being widely used for manufacturing Lederhosen. 

Over-shoulder braces are typically worn with Bavarian leather breeches. These lederhosen suspenders are an essential component of the look. Either a panel strap connects the braces at the chest or they are worn separately like regular suspenders.

Read more about how to wear and style the leather suspenders with lederhosen.

The buttoned cover or 'bib' over the flies, which features a center that is elegantly embroidered, is another significant feature.

A short pair of lederhosen should end at the middle of the thigh. The traditional knickerbocker length falls just above the knee and the full-length styles end at the ankle.

Cotton Trachten Shirts

Traditional Bavarian shirts are often made of linen or cotton, however many are checked. White or neutral colors are also widely used. Standard turn-over collars, banded (stand-up) collars, and button-down collars, all go well with the lederhosen.

Embroidery may be used on the placket of shirts for special events. Deer horn, leather, or embossed metal buttons are common for the Bavarian shirts. The most popular style of shirt is the sturdy, long-lasting Pfoad. A pullover, it only opens up to the midriff, where a distinctive flap of material hides the bottom of the button tape facing.

Waistcoats or Leather Jackets 

Some people choose to wear their lederhosen with a leather jacket or another type of garment. However, others wear it with a knitted cardigan or a Bavarian blazer made of wool or loden (a Janker). People also like to pair their lederhosen with traditional Bavarian waistcoats.

Lederhosen are extremely versatile. You can use them for other events outside Oktoberfest, particularly weddings, where full Trachten ensembles are frequently on show. Outside of traditional settings, ladies can also wear lederhosen as part of a fashionable ensemble. To learn more, scroll down.

Lederhosen Belts

Bavarian belts are another striking feature of  the Lederhosen costume. A huge, striking silver, bronze, or brass belt buckle with a particularly Bavarian theme defines Tracht attire. A suitable lederhosen belt should be wide enough to fit the belt loops and be made of a similar tough leather.

Classic Alpine features like jumping deer or edelweiss flowers may be carved or embossed into buckle patterns. Coats of arms, like the Bavarian lion with the state's distinctive lozenge pattern, are often employed. The buckles on high-end belts have initials engraved on them.

Bavarian Loferl Socks

Loferl socks add to the whole Oktoberfest costume. If not paired with the appropriate legwear, a pair of lederhosen looks out of place. Under your shoes or boots, you should at the very least wear a pair of thick wool socks. Choose cable-knitted ankle socks and calf warmers, known as Loferl in Bavarian, if you want something even more traditional. Short lederhosen look better with two-piece Loferl, whereas full-length knee-highs look best with over-knee breeches.

Oktoberfest Boots

The Haferlschuh, a comfy leather half-boot with a thick, robust sole, is the most common style of footwear worn with lederhosen.

There are variations with cross-over fasteners. Some people choose to wear heavy-duty hiking boots or something similar with laces. Others prefer wearing side-laced shoes. Whichever style you choose, make sure that your shoes color matches the lederhosen, but don't worry if you're a shade or two off.

Explore the vast lederhosen and bundhosen collection at the Lederhosens today and get your hands on the best Oktoberfest outfit. Step into your outfit with confidence, knowing you're wearing a piece of history, and let the celebration begin!


As this guide to authentic Oktoberfest attire concludes, you've gained insight into traditional German trachten wear. From the iconic Lederhosen to the detailed belts and socks, each piece embodies heritage and style. Whether you're strolling through Oktoberfest or embracing Bavarian fashion, remember the significance of each element. 


Lederhosen and Dirndl are traditional Bavarian garments. These outfits reflect cultural heritage and add to the festive atmosphere of Oktoberfest.

While they're prominently featured at Oktoberfest, Lederhosen and Dirndl can be worn on various occasions, including weddings, cultural events, and festivals.

Essential components include authentic leather breeches (preferably deer hide), over-shoulder braces, a buttoned bib, and traditional Bavarian shirts made of linen or cotton.

Loferl socks are traditional Bavarian calf warmers that complement the look of Lederhosen. These socks ensure a complete and authentic Oktoberfest outfit.

Yes, you can wear both lederhosen and dirndl on various occasions beyond Oktoberfest, including weddings, cultural events, and other festive gatherings. They are a popular everyday fashion, reflecting German heritage in casual wear.


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