Oktoberfest Costumes

by blackspanielgallery

Oktoberfest can be a fun celebration, and that fun can be enhanced with an Oktoberfest costume.

Oktoberfest is an annual event, and the event is celebrated from mid to late September into early October. It lasts sixteen days at the minimum, and eighteen days at its longest. It ends on the first Sunday of October, unless October 1 or October 2 is a Sunday, then it ends on Monday. This is a fun celebration, and one does not have to be German or Austrian to attend. It is a time for music, food, and drink. While it began years ago as a wedding feast for Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810, it has evolved into a heritage celebration.

In the local Oktoberfest, which is done for three weekends in October, not quite the traditional time, both German and Bavarian flags are flown. To be accurate, the origins of Oktoberfest was in the area of Bavaria, currently one part of Germany, so the blue and white diamond shapes of the Bavarian flag are best associated with the festival.

Men’s Oktoberfest Costumes

Men often wear the traditional lederhosen, leather breeches, along with a shirt.  The lederhosen are often short, and supported by leather straps that resemble suspenders, except the two straps are connected by a cross strap.  High white socks complete the costume.

Men’s Alpine Hats

Some men also add an alpine hat, a hat with a feather in it.  The color of the hat, and of the feather, vary according to taste.  For others the alpine hat is quite enough.  It depends on how elaborate one wishes to get.  It is possible to incorporate the black, red, and gold of the German flag into the hatband.


Of course, a modern twist is an inexpensive hat made with the Bavarian flag blue and white pattern.


Boy’s Oktoberfest Costumes

Boys also wear the lederhosen and white socks, just as the men do.  In fact, the main difference is simply size.  And, a boy can also wear an alpine hat with a feather.

Oktoberfest Stein

Women’s Oktoberfest Costumes

Women can wear just about any color dress at an Oktoberfest celebration, and fit into the authenticity of the occasion.  Since the original festival was for the common folks of the land, a peasant look works well.  Usually, there is cross lacing on the top of the dress.  The skirt can be wide or narrow.  High white socks are part of the costume.


A second option is to take the look of a beer garden waitress, which is a similar costume with an added apron. 


Women’s Bavarian costumes also are available in plus sizes, like the third one shown below.


Girl’s Oktoberfest Costumes

Girl’s Oktoberfest costumes are similar to women’s Oktoberfest costumes. 

Women’s and Girl’s Headbands

Women and girls can wear a floral headband at Oktoberfest.  A headband makes a simple accessory, and it can be worn with or in lieu of a costume.  These come in a wide variety of colors.


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One can fit in at an Oktoberfest celebration quite nicely if one is wearing a costume. 


If you feel self-conscious wearing a costume, wear a hat or headband.  If others are in costume, you will fit in.  If not, simply remove the head-wear and take it to your vehicle. 


Wearing a costume, or even head-wear, can enhance your fun.


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Updated: 09/06/2019, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 09/07/2019

The white socks are worn by all.
At the local Oktoberfest there are many wearing floral headbands. For some it is their only distinction from day to day clothing.
The significance of the wedding of Prince Ludwig was to include the common folks in a royal celebration, making him more likable to the population. Later, he became King Ludwig, and the celebration continued. Perhaps it is an affection for a ruler in touch with the common people of his kingdom that makes this an enduring festival.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/07/2019

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practical information and the product lines.
Your product line displays a little girl with buckle shoes without white socks. Do little girls tend not to like the white stockings part of the traditional attire?
Is it likely that girls and women don't sport Oktoberfest headwear? Is there a prevailing style that those who like hats opt for? Sandra Bullock, in one of the Miss Congeniality films, put on a dress and stockings attire similar to those above, but without a hat.
What was it about Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen Oct. 12, 1810, that institutionalized the wedding celebrations into Oktoberfest all the way up to the present day?

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