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Knickerbockers: Lederhosen with a long-standing tradition

The history of lederhosen is very long and especially those knickerbockers have been worn quite early in time. The origins of the leg wear, we know as knickerbockers today, are rooted in 18th century France. People there wore the so called “Culotte” – a leathery, close-fitting knickerbocker shorts. A little later, natives of the Alpine regions took on the trend and used the knee-length lederhosen as their work wear. Elegant versions were already considered an appropriate attire to festive occasions. The leather of the popular knickerbockers came from domestic animals like sheep and goats, as it was a privilege to upper class families to hunt deer and craft their leather into pieces of clothing.

Knickerbockers today

For a long period of time, knickerbockers had represented the common length of lederhosen until the cheekier short lederhosen were introduced. Even now, every Bavarian banks on knickerbockers when dressing up in a traditional and classy trachten look. Knickerbockers cover more skin that their shorter counterpart and captivate with traditional details. Suspenders for example, stay always attached to the knickerbockers, in contrast to short lederhosen, which are often worn without suspenders. Yet there is no doubt, you can choose the lederhosen style you like best!

Knee-Length Lederhosen: The Details make the game

If you are looking for a chic pair of knickerbockers, Bavaria Lederhosen is the right place to start your search. The mission is to find the right model for you and as there is a huge range of different ones on our trachten online shop, it’s up to you to find your favorite. Knickerbockers are available in a ton of different shades, yet they are all rather natural and subtle colors. Choose between black, dark brown, beige, grey and many more nuances. When it comes to the kinds of leather which are used, you may decide between goatskin and roughout leather. It’s hard to say which of those materials is sturdier or better, yet we recommend you to order a few different models of knickerbockers to have a close look at the leather yourself. Many knickerbockers are decorated with exceptional and extraordinary embroideries on the bib, some even with colorful seams. Staghorn buttons round off the traditional style of knickerbockers and give your Oktoberfest look the final touch.

What to wear to Knickerbockers

The thing most men appreciate about trachten fashion and knickerbockers in particular, is that they are nicely dressed for the Oktoberfest in next to no time, without having to think about it too long. Combine a close-fitting trachten shirt in plain white or imprinted with traditional checks to your lederhosen look. A comfy trachten jacket or a cozy trachten sweater are just perfect for chilly evenings. To round off the outfit, get yourself a nice pair of trachten shoes and some woolen trachten socks, which can be pulled up to the knee-pit. This subtle yet classy and traditional look guarantees you a stylish appearance on the Oktoberfest. Would you prefer an individual touch or something special to your lederhosen outfit? How about a cheeky charivari attached to the bib or a dark green trachten hat? Browse through our shop and discover your favorites!

Where to wear Knickerbockers to

Needless to say, knickerbockers are a fix part of the Oktoberfest and can be spotted in every single beer tent. Though smaller festivals also provide the ideal occasion to get out your lederhosen! Thanks to premium craftsmanship and sturdy leather, splatters of beer won’t harm your loyal companion. It’s easy to style knickerbockers the elegant way, too, making them a great attire for weddings and parties. Our tip is to combine a dark brown or black model with a white trachten shirt and a velvet trachten jacket!

Knickerbockers: Lederhosen with a long-standing tradition The history of lederhosen is very long and especially those knickerbockers have been worn quite early in time. The origins of the leg... read more »
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