1. Hair Accessories: While you can wear a dirndl with any hair color, you won’t be a true Oktoberfest Gretchen without a blonde wig.
2. Blouse: Dirndl blouses come in all shapes and sizes so make sure you pick the right one for your style. If you’re going to Oktoberfest to show the kids or grandkids all about German culture, then a high-cut, traditional blouse is probably the right one for you. If you’re going to Oktoberfest for the beer, you may want a more daring lower-cut blouse.
3. Bodice: A bodice can come in many colors and styles. It can attach to the blouse or come separately. It lets you stay classy while still getting the boys’ attentions.
4. Dirndl: While the blouse and bodice are equal parts of what makes up a dirndl, the most recognizable feature is the dress and accompanying apron. Traditional dirndls extend to a woman’s ankles are are the favored dress of rural German women. Nowadays you can find a dirndl, or dirndl-style dress in hundreds of varieties!
5. Stockings: They’re stockings. They’re white, they look like socks, and they’re purely a fashion accessory.
6. Shoes: If you’re planning on wearing a dirndl to Oktoberfest you need to make sure to wear comfy shoes. Nothing says sexy like a pair of heels, but Oktoberfest is a huge place. Go for flats, or low heels if you want to make some noise on the dance floor.
7. Beer Stein Handbag: It’s not Oktoberfest without beer! Make some new friends when they come ask you where you got such a cool handbag.
8. Beer Stein: The only way to drink beer in Munich is from a stein. But don’t call it a stein in Germany! The locals call it a Mass (Maß). Order one and see how much beer they give you.
9. Alpine Hat: Typically made from felt, an Alpine hat takes inspiration for its name and shape from the Tyrol region in the alps. It usually comes with a band wrapped around its base with a feather attached to the string. These hats look great on their own, and look even greater with each beer consumed.
10. Trachten Shirt: You can’t wear any ol’ shirt under a pair of lederhosen. An outfit so awesome requires an equally awesome shirt underneath. Traditional trachten shirts come in plain white or a checked pattern in a simple color.
11. Lederhosen: Lederhosen, not to be confused with its longer cousin bundhosen, is the traditional outfit for men at Oktoberfest.
12. Socks: They’re kind of like stockings, but for men.
13. Boots: You’ll see some people wearing them. You might think it looks cool. It’s not. Wear these instead.