Oktoberfest Guy Code – How to Wear Lederhosen

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 Oktoberfest.

oktoberfest guy code

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 Bavarian style vest, Bavarian wool hat.

Your options do NOT include: Lederhosen swim trunks, a lederhosen Halloween costume, 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 at Oktoberfest.)

not lederhosen

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

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Lederhosen with a Soccer Jersey

Lederhosen Code: Wearing traditional lederhosen to Oktoberfest is perfect, 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. 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. (Check out the available Rare Trachtenshirts by clicking here). The biggest thing to keep in mind when wearing lederhosen is just to look nice. You don’t want to disrespect the local traditions by looking schlampich. (Where do you buy lederhosen? Click Here!)


Lookin’ Good Guys!

No... Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

No… Not a good shirt for Oktoberfest

T-shirt code: You can most certainly wear jeans and a t-shirt to Okotberfest, but don’t wear a t-shirt with a girl’s chest in a dirndl screen-printed on it… that’s just tacky, the end.

Oktoberfest - NYC

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 Oktoberfest.


Vest Code: There are not too many vest styles that wouldn’t work for Oktoberfest. 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 something? Comment below! Share your experiences, thoughts and ideas about Guy Code for Oktoberfest.

scott-backyard oktoberfest

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Modern Dirndl Hairstyles: 8 Braids to Avoid that Cliche, “St. Pauli Girl” Look

When most people hear German girl in a dirndl they immediately think of the St. Pauli Girl with her pigtail braids, big ta-tas and blue & white dirndl. But those of us who wear dirndls all the time, know that pigtail braids are a little too cliche for our taste. Here are some fabulous modern braids that would look fabulous with your dirndl to avoid that “St. Pauli Girl” look. dirndl braids #1- Full French Braid Crown oktoberfest hairstyle #2- Braid Crown  dirndl hairstyle - braid crown #3- Single French Fishtail Braid fishtail-braid-oktoberfest-hairstyles-for-long-hair-tutorial_zps82fcf2b6 #4- Fishtail Pigtails fishtail oktoberfest pigtails #5- Crossover French Braid with Braid Buntop-10-oktoberfest-braid-tutorials #6 – French Half Braid with Messy Bun oktoberfest hairsyle-messy braid #7- Dutch Braid with Messy Bunmessy oktoberfest braid #8- Four Braid Updo oktoberfest braid Want more? Follow our Dirndl Hairstyles board on Pinterest -> https://www.pinterest.com/raredirndln/dirndl-hairstyles/

BIG Announcement!!

I’m SOOO excited about this new program! Its all about YOU and thats why I love it!

Steve and Teresa, live in Niles, IL, are parents to two young boys and love the go to local Oktoberfests in their Rare Dirndl designs because “we always have the most fashionable outfits!” (too bad they’re my cousins so they’re ineligible to win) But thats the kind of story we’re looking for! Simple, fun and all about you!

It’s the Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight program and its a way to tell the world all about you, your heritage, why you love Rare Dirndls and maybe even the history behind your dirndl!

Here’s how it works…

To Enter: e-mail erika@erikaneumayer.com all of the following items:
1- Your name as you would like it to appear
2- Your mailing address
3- At least 1 photo of you in your Rare Dirndl (max 5 photos)
4- A 200-500 word paragraph which includes the following information
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself (2-5 sentences is fine)
2) Where are you wearing your Rare Dirndl in the photos?
3) Is there a story behind your Rare Dirndl? We’d love to hear it!
4) What is your favorite thing about Rare Dirndl?
5) Anything else you’d like to include… your heritage, your family, your favorite dirndl accessories etc!

After submitting the required information, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. One entry per person.

Prizes: the person chosen as the “Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight” will receive:
· A $50 Rare Dirndl coupon code for use on any online purchase
· A feature on the Rare Dirndl Blog, Rare Dirndl website and in the Rare Dirndl E-mail newsletter
· A Rare Dirndl gift package worth approximately $100.

Who chooses the winner?
Each month one entry will be selected by the Rare Dirndl Design team and featured at the “Rare Dirndl Customer Spotlight”. The winner will be notified before the release of the information.

I’m so excited and I can’t wait to read your stories and see your pictures! Send em on in!!!!

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Bringing Fashion to the Hofbräuhaus!

Last month Rare Dirndl helped the Hofbräuhaus Chicago-Rosemont kick off their Okotberfest and I’m so excited about having ANOTHER fashion show tonight!

The 1st show starts at 7pm and features some Rare Dirndl favorites. From 2010 when the first Rainforest Collection launched till today’s top sellers… including the In Bloom Dirndl! Yup… thats right… the In Bloom Dirndl is coming back next week and we are celebrating by featuring it in the Hofbräu Fashion show!!

The 2nd show starts at 8pm and features all brand new pieces from the Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, “Nevermore”. Dirndls like “The Raven” “The City in the Sea” & “Dream within a Dream” will all be up on stage and walking around the floor of the Hofbräuhaus while you can enjoy your meal or beer (thats made on site!) Also, there will be a sneak peek of the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, “Day at the Lake”.
I can’t wait for tonights show and I hope you’ll be able to make it as well!

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German World’s Choice for Style: It’s all about Rare!

Jenny Peters, the Deputy Editor in Chief of German World Magazine, sent me a quick e-mail in August that she was writing a little bit about dirndls for the next issue of the magazine and asked for an brief interview. No problem! She asked me a few questions about Rare Dirndl and I gladly answered them as best I could. She came up with a wonderful article about our fresh take on the traditional “tracht” and how some companies are still doing great selling the tried and true classic styles.
Here is wonderful article from the Style section of Fall 2013 issue of German World Magazine.

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The Most Versatile Dirndl Ever!

I’ve been waiting for so long to finally introduce one of my new favorite dirndls. The In Bloom Dirndl is a completely new way of thinking about a dirndl. Its lace skirt without a lining may be shocking at first… but not when you think about all the possibilities that it allows for! With so many skirt, blouse, and apron colors available, you can mix and match until the end of time! Take belts from your closet, use those cute black leggings, or bust out one of mom’s blouses for a little vintage flair. I’ve gotten so much use out of this dirndl and the summer isn’t even here yet!
Confused? Don’t worry! Check out the video to see how this dirndl works… and it only shows a handful of the endless possibilities the In Bloom Dirndl has.


All the choices may be overwhelming at first, but start small and expand. Start with one color group and go from there. Don’t see your favorite color? E-mail and ask about a custom color group!
Off-the-Shoulder Blouse
Semi-circle Skirts

Still have questions about the In Bloom Dirndl? Feel free to shoot me an e-mail or give me a call!
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