2013 plays host to the 180th Oktoberfest – the world’s most famous beer festival held annually in Munich, Germany. The Bavarian celebration of beer runs this year from 21st September – 6th October, and attracts around 6million visitors every year.
This culturally rich festival is alive with unique fashion statements, fairgrounds and a sea of beer tents to keep you well and truly in the German spirit.
Do it in Style
This festival is no Glastonbury. Leave your wellies, denim hot pants and floral head bands at home. For this one, the locals lead the way, and as they say…when in Rome! Classic Bavarian dress is Lederhosen for Boys, and Dirndls for Girls, and there are plenty of ways to put a fashionable spin on your outfit!
These stores in and around Munich stock authentic Oktoberfest-ready clothing:
This specialist Bavarian store offers a Weisdn-Special, including everything you need to be fully kitted out in traditional style!
Address: Rosental 10, 80331 Munich; Phone: +49 89 23 00 01 99 Landsberger Straße 101-103, 80339 Munich, Phone: +49 89 50 16 77
One of Munich’s best city centre department stores stocks all the authentic Bavarian attire you need, from designer pieces to more basic options.
Address: Loden Frey Department Store, Maffeistrasse 7, 80333 Munich; Phone: +49 89 210390 Loden Frey Outlet Store, Triebstraße 36-38, 80993 Munich; Phone: +49 89 1490 080
STYLE IT UP YOURSELF…
Don’t fancy going the whole hog? Get creative and style it up yourself with these make-your-own Bavarian style ideas!
Pinafore dresses over white shirts, teamed with bow belts and a simple apron let you rock the Bavarian style in your own way. With some of our hair and beauty ideas, you’ll be blending in with the locals, in pieces you can wear over and over again!
White shirt – £18 Topshop
Indigo Pinafore Dress – £45 Topshop
Bow Tie Belt – £2.99 Ebay
Waitress Apron – £5.99 Alexandra
Woven flats – £25 ASOS
White shirt – £18 Topshop
Bowler hat – £30 ASOS
Tartan Pinafore Dress – £25 ASOS
Red Maid Apron – £2.99 Ebay
Red Bow Belt – £3.99 Ebay
Everyone’s favourite designer, Karl Lagerfeld, has gone and jumped on the Bavarian bandwagon, with an Oktoberfest inspired capsule collection to support the opening of his new concept store in Munich. The range will also be stocked in Berlin, so if you’re doing a little German touring before or after the festival, stop by the capital! The range is said to feature a rock and roll/punk take on the classic Dirndl style, so channel your inner Lagerfeld and leather up your Oktoberfest look!
Lagerfeld’s Twitter released a sneak peek of what the collection will be like, but other than that, we’re still waiting for the full reveal!
COMPLETE THE LOOK…
A true fashionista wouldn’t step out without a good hair style to match her look, and there some key trends that will compliment your Bavarian makeover.
Set to be a hot AW trend in the UK, too, plaits definitely rule in the style stakes at Oktoberfest. Don’t be afraid to play around though. There is more to the plait than you think!
Photo from Cosmoty.de
Too complicated? Take a look at these ideas on Pinterest for loads more inspiration!