The Bavarian Look

Folklore dress not only is and always will be a fashionable way to dress, but it represents an essential aspect of Bavarian culture. Worn by locals to traditional Bavarian festivities such as the hoisting of a maypole, the Oktoberfest or on church high days and holidays, Bavarian folklore costume is also popular at weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.

Lederhosen – traditional Bavarian leather breeches
As the kilt in Scotland and the cowboy hat in the USA, Lederhosen are a great source of national pride and are worn by men of all ages across the state. Lederhosen (literally: leather trousers) were once commonly used as work trousers by men throughout the Alps and surrounding areas. Lederhosen are – and were always – seen as a symbol of virility and brawn. They are extremely hardwearing and are therefore the trousers of choice for such outdoor activities as hiking, working and gardening. Today, although still worn by some for work, they are more usually reserved for celebrations and festivals.

 

 

 

 

Tradition & customs

The Dirndl
The dirndl was originally a type of dress worn by young maids who worked on farms in Bavaria. This dress therefore had to be as simple as possible; it had to be tear-resistant and was made out of linen or cotton. The dirndl did not change in appearance until around 1930. Ladies in the city discovered the dirndl when on holiday or visits to the country and modified the garment to make it “suitable for the city”. The dirndl became more colourful with decorations and elaborate finishes. The dirndl also appeared in films shot in Bavaria in the 60s, making it popular.