Scary clothes-shop windows in Germany

Going clothes shopping in Germany has become a disturbing experience of late.

Many normally respectable stores have completely changed their clothing range.  For example, when I was in Mönchengladbach yesterday, I passed an otherwise normal department store and the shop window looked like this.

Dirndl Lederhosen

Not what Germans normally wear.

Oktoberfest

Fancy dress?

I should point out that this type of clothing – the Dirndl for women and the Lederhosen for men – is not what Germans wear in normal life.  You may come across people dressed like this in Bavaria, but not up here.  A Rhinelander wearing a Dirndl or Lederhosen would be like a Londoner wearing a kilt and sporran. If you see someone in this garb, they are either a very lost Bavarian… or more likely an American tourist. But most definitely not a local.

So why are these weird foreign clothes everywhere all of a sudden?

The reason is the upcoming Oktoberfest.  The Oktoberfest is Germany’s biggest beer-party, and the most famous of all is the one on the Wiesn in Munich.  In an un-Germanic fit of anti-logic, the Bavarians hold the Oktoberfest in September. Possibly to confuse non-Bavarians and thus prevent them turning up until all the beer has been drunk.

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9 responses to “Scary clothes-shop windows in Germany

  1. HaHaHa.. after years of the hassle the Bayerische/Schwabisch crowd have received from the ‘Northerners’, now you want to be like them… :-p My dirndl is sitting forlornly in the wardrobe, there not being much use for them on the French Riviera! *sigh*

    • I should point out that the Rhinelanders will willingly dress up in stupid outfits anytime when excessive drink is involved. Look no further than Karneval… or any Schützenfest…

  2. I noticed the Dirndl are getting shorter. They used to be knee length, the way I remember.
    When did that happen…?

  3. Be prepared for a mass of forum entries on Toytown and Lonely Planet asking “I am planning to go to Oktoberfest this year. How far in advance should I book a hotel room if I want to be close to the Wiesn?”

    And the typical answer: Last year. 🙂

  4. Lucy NT

    As a Vietnamese who studying Deutsch, I actually want a Dirndl.

  5. I’ve heard about Oktoberfest a lot. It is indeed one of the most enjoyable events in Germany. I hope now as the fest is over, the stores will be selling regular clothing.

  6. These are fancy clothes, meant to mimic another culture outside Germany.

  7. First of all I love the hedge hog mom and baby up there. Coming to the real topic Bavarian dresses being sold in Germany as costumes can be fun to wear around Christmas parties. Fancy dressing cannot get fancier than this.

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