Cailin looking the part at Oktoberfest with a real traditional dirndle dress, liter beer and pretzel - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Attempting to blend in at Oktoberfest with my liter of beer, pretzel and dirndl dress

When going to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany one typically wants to look the part and for that you need the traditional costumes of a dirndl dress for women and lederhosen pants / shorts for men. But where do you buy them?

trying to fit in at oktoberfest not wearing at dirndl dress - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Not blending in so well in my normal clothes, but I wasn’t the only one!

Instead of searching for them in a costume shop or online somewhere before arriving in Germany I suggest you wait and pick them up in Munich. It is not required of course to wear the traditional dress but about 3/4 of the hordes of people in attendance will be wearing them. I know that the first day I was there in normal clothes I definitely felt a bit left out and the minute I showed up in my Dirndl my experience at Oktoberfest was a million times better.

If you have money to burn there are a couple dirndl and lederhosen shops in Munich that are open year round. This are the traditional outfits that most likely the locals will be wearing. They are high quality and really nice. However this will cost you about 300 euros just for your dirndl which includes the white blouse, dress and apron, often sold separately in these shops. Proper leather lederhosen were about 150 euro.

oktoberfest dirndl dress and lederhosen outlet in Munich - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

One of the many pop-up outlet shops near the Oktoberfest fair grounds and train station

If you are on a budget like I was and don’t need a high class traditional dress I suggest searching one of the MANY pop-up Oktoberfest costume shops just outside of the Oktoberfest fair grounds near the train station on the street called Bayerstrasse.

prost at oktoberfest! wearing my new dirndle traditional barvarian dress - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

You spend a LOT of time standing on the benches at Oktoberfest,  you might want to consider wearing shorts under your dirndl

Look for a dress that hits right at the knee or just below. Anything higher and its seen as a bit crass and a big flag for being a halloween costume and not a proper Dirndl. Same goes for the really long ones that reach your ankles. But most important chose a length most comfortable to you.

Note: You actually can’t buy dirndl’s or lederhosen at Oktoberfest itself on the fair grounds, which I actually found quite odd.

oktoberfest costume outlet in Munich for dirnle dresses and leather lederhosen - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Another outlet shop full of cheap dirndl’s and lederhosen

Many of these shops boast 25 euro dirndl’s and lederhosen but as you can imagine a lot of these aren’t the best of quality. Some of the dirndl’s are even one sewn together bit of all three items, the blouse, dress and apron. To me it seemed the further you walked east on Bayerstrasse away from the Oktoberfest fair grounds the better the quality got and the price went up.

I am also not a skinny European lady, I wear about a 16 US dress and for the life of me I could not find a 25 euro dress anything near that size, so you have been warned.

dirndl dress selfie in our airbnb rental in Munich for Oktoberfest - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Dirndl selfie in the hallway of our AirBnB in Munich

I tried on many dresses and we kept making our way down the street until we had one with many larger sizes and then I found the one just right for me. In the end I think I paid about 70 euros. A bit pricey but well worth it for the experience and memories and now I always have a good dirndl and/or halloween costume.

Note: 1) At Oktoberfest you will probably wear the same dirndl a couple days in a row without having a chance to wash it. It will get beer on it and you will sit on many sticky benches in the beer hall. So this might also be a good reason to go with the cheaper option. 2) You might want to wear some nice shoes to match your dirndl but your shoes will get dirty, full of beer and you will be walking a bunch and standing a bunch in the beer halls. No one at Oktoberfest cares about what you have on your feet. Wear sneakers or something comfortable and you won’t regret it.

cailin and candice single dirndl dresses tied on the left at Oktoberfest in Munich - Where to buy a dirndl dress and lederhosen pants for Oktoberfest in Munich

Candice and I made sure to keep our dirndls tied on the left!

Once you do get your dress and put it on don’t forget that there is also a special way to tie the strings on your apron. Tied on your left states that you are single, on your right that you are married or taken, front and center a virgin and tied in the back a widow.

Also if you aren’t a fan of dresses (like me, I wore shorts under mine) nowadays women sometimes wear lederhosen as well, so that could be a better more comfortable option for you too.

To see more from my experience at Oktoberfest check out my video: