Dressing for Oktoberfest isn't super complicated, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind if you're a guy and you want to look well dressed. We've put together a quick list of things to keep in mind when getting dressed for this exciting event.

Your options include:

Lederhosen (with or without suspenders... assuming they don't fall down), a trachtenshirt, a Loden Jacket, your Bayern Füsball jersey, jeans, khakis, a plaid shirt, a traditional Bavarian style vest, Bavarian wool hat.

leather lederhosen outfit with dirndls outfit
group of people at munich's oktoberfest wearing traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses

Your options do NOT include:

Lederhosen swim trunks, a lederhosen Halloween costumes, a novelty t-shirt with a dirndl or lederhosen on it, a cooking apron with lederhosen on it, any ridiculous hats. (Lederhosen literally means leather pants. So if they're not made of leather... then they're not lederhosen and it will look silly.) 

Tacky German Halloween Costume Clothing

Not Lederhosen... NOT for Oktoberfest (or any event for that matter)

 fake lederhosen costume look - do not wear this costume to oktoberfest



Lederhosen Code:

what to wear to oktoberfest - lederhosen

Wearing traditional German lederhosen is perfect. They're knee-length pants traditional attire, but don't make the mistake of pairing it with your white tube socks and a dirty fraternity t-shirt. Make sure you have nice shoes (not necessarily dress shoes... you can wear your Doc Martins), but be sure to have the right socks (wool socks work!). You can pick some up in Germany or pre-order them from Ernst Licht (ernstlicht.com/socks). 

Shirt wise, you can go casual by wearing a Bayern soccer jersey or go a bit more formal/traditional with a nice plaid trachtenshirt. The biggest thing to keep in mind when wearing lederhosen is just to look nice -- find the size or sizes that work for you so it's not too tight or baggy. You don't want to disrespect the local traditions by looking schlampich. (Where do you buy lederhosen? Click Here!)  

Traditional outfits Woman in dirndl and man in leather lederhosen at German Festival

T-shirt code:

You can most certainly wear jeans and a t-shirt to a German event, but don't wear a t-shirt with a German girl's chest in a dirndl screen-printed on it... that's just tacky, the end. 

dirndl dress and lederhosen clothing. Traditional dirndl outfits

Hat Code:

A classic wool hat or fun Bavarian Spitzhut is perfect, so there is no need to make a fool of yourself by wearing a chicken hat or a cheapo peter-pan hat. Those might be fun souvenirs for your buddies, but not classy enough for a traditional German festival.

Trachten lederhosen and dirndl clothing. Traditional German Outfits

Vest Code:

There are not too many vest styles that wouldn't work and the sizes and fit vary! There are Austrian-style vests, Bavarian-style vests, classic vests, modern vests... simply pair it with a nice pair of jeans, khakis, or dress pants, a matching shirt and your good to go! Did we miss any information? Comment below! Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas about Guy Code for Oktoberfest. 


Lederhosen with Knee Breeches and Rare Dirndls Dirndl Clothing

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