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How to Wear Lederhosen

A great-fitting pair of Lederhosen can make you stand out and look amazing when going to traditional German parties. Some people would even use the traditional German clothing for a costume as well, but if you wear Lederhosen, or accessorize them, incorrectly, the outfit can fall flat and look horrible instead. Read on in order to learn how to look great the next time you decide to slip on your pair of Lederhosen.

           Getting Lederhosen that fit your body correctly is the first step in having a great traditional Bavarian outfit to wear. When buying Lederhosen, you must keep in mind what style you want; the two most common and widely recognizable lengths are the Kniebund, which sit just below one’s knee when standing, and the shorter length which ends just above the knee. While Kniebund offer slightly more protection in colder weather, the choice on length is mostly down to personal preference. However, whichever length you do decide to go with, do not forget that they should end just above or just below the knee, too long or too short means that the lederhosen do not fit and you need to try a different size.

           After you have decided on your pair of Lederhosen, it is time to accessorize them. A pair of lederhosen accessorized efficiently and correctly can make you the star of the show, but done incorrectly can quickly turn into a disastrous affair. The main accessories to worry about for Lederhosen are the shirt, shoes, and socks. Although some people also pair a Tyrolean Hat with their outfit, this is a flashy piece that will not often be seen. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid adding this piece until you have the Lederhosen styling down.

           When it comes to the shirt that you pair with your Lederhosen, you should choose between a checkered or a white long sleeve button-up. They traditionally also have a button somewhere along the upper arm of the sleeve so one can roll and pin their sleeves up if they decide to. You can find the checkered shirt in almost any color, but some of the most widely seen colors are red, blue, and green. While you can pair almost any color that you can find with this outfit, consider if you will be going to the outing alone or with a partner. If you are planning on attending with a partner, try to match your shirt color to their dirndl for more uniformity and a stunning couple’s pairing.

           Another important choice to make is in footwear. Avoid wearing sneakers if at all possible and opt instead for a pair of Haferlschuhe. This traditional footwear is great for bringing cohesion to the whole outfit but do your best to match the leather color to that of your lederhosen. While brown Haferlschuhe with matching brown Lederhosen looks sharp, trying to go crazy with alternating colors can leave you looking like a dishevelled and unplanned mess.

           As for socks, there are two main styles that you can choose to accessorize your nearly complete outfit. You can opt for the longer Haferl socks or the short Loferl sock paired with calf warmers. If you choose Haferl socks, you can keep them up and long to fight back cold weather or scrunch them down towards your ankle in order to let your leg breathe better. For Loferl socks, you can find calf warmers that are fairly basic in color and design or go bolder and find them with patterns or designs. A common design found on calf warmers is a checkered pattern.

           Now that you have learned easy ways to style your Lederhosen and accessories together to make a stylish and accurate outfit, the best place to start is getting yourself a nice and sturdy pair of Lederhosen as the centerpiece to build on. In this regard, I recommend you take a look at Bavaria Trachten who make a stunning pair of traditional Lederhosen that would be a great starting point to add on to. Add your own colored shirt, choose your sock styling, and grab yourself a pair of Haferlschuhe and you will be ready for your next Oktoberfest party or any other event of your choice.