The crisp morning air and colorful foliage always gets me happy about apple cider and cold-weather wear. But while I’m pulling on my boots and dreaming about cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, the Münchners are digging out their leather pants and ironing their aprons for Oktoberfest season. Walking the streets of Munich, it is impossible to keep track of how many people you see in their Bavarian apparel.

Most of my pictures were taken at the Tag der Deutschen Einheit celebration, but I promise: dirndls and lederhosen are everywhere. 

The basic recipe for the lederhosen ensemble is quite simple. First, the pants, which are usually knee-length, but can also be as long as regular pants. Or, for boys and men who must show of their thighs, there are shorts. Wear this with a gingham shirt (color of your choice) and a pair of suspenders (not mandatory), and you’re good. For chilly calves, add a pair of knee-high socks or leg-warmers. Please note that these pants are an investment, often costing a few hundred euro.  

Likewise, dirndls are a bit pricey; they generally cost at least €70, and hardly any less if you get them at a second-hand shop. The best ones can run close to  €2000. They come in all sorts of colors and various lengths. And, pssst…there is a SECRET CODE of apron (Shurz) tying. Depending on the position of the knot, you can show your relationship status.

Tied to your left: single 😉

Tie it to your right: married, engaged, or otherwise taken (or maybe you’re just trying to tell the sloppy drunks at Oktoberfest to BACK OFF)

Tie it in the center: technically for virgins, but basically for girls

Tie it in the back: widowed (or maybe you’re a waitress or a naïve tourist)

I’ve also seen a couple girls in short lederhosen, like this:

Like I said, everyone wears them: young, old, native Germans and tourists alike.

On an entirely different note, the view from my balcony this evening:

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