Lederhosen fancy dress is the traditional German costume. So this is a good costume to where if you are looking for Oktoberfest fancy dress or if you are just looking for some German fancy dress. So let’s take a look at what you will need to put together a lederhosen fancy dress outfit.
Lederhosen, if translated literally from the German, means leather trousers. However usually rather than the leather trousers that we would associate with a rock star they are actually a dungaree style outfit and they don’t even need to be made of leather.
A lederhosen fancy dress costume is usually made of a few things. First of all, of course, we have lederhosen themselves. These are generally green or brown in colour. They look like a pair of short dungarees but with two straps covering most of the chest rather than it being completely covered. This is usually worn over shirt. A checked shirt looks good with this look and pink is often a colour that is worn.
On your head it is traditional to wear a kind of tricorn hat with a feather in it. This is a Bavarian fancy dress hat. The colour of the hat should normally match the rest of the lederhosen outfit so typically it will be green or brown.
On your feet you should wear long, footballer style, socks which reach up to the knees and traditional brown shoes.
As an optional extra you can carry a German style pipe and you might want to consider growing a beard or wearing a fake one for this costume. Another fun extra to consider is carrying some kind of German folk instrument. If you can get hold of a toy accordian then this will compliment the look perfectly. A german tankard can also be good accessory.
German Fancy Dress for Women
If you are looking for an Oktoberfest fancy dress costume for women to compliment the male lederhosen look you might consider a serving wench fancy dress costume or German beer girl fancy dress costume. This is usually a checked dress in blue or pink, with a white shirt with a frilly low cut outline and white knee high socks. This is often worn with a blonde wig with long pigtails. This is the stereotypical style associated with waitresses at Oktoberfest.