Germany: Dress                                                         

  • Historically each each tracht identified a person as belonging to a particular group in terms of social and legal status (married, single), origin or trade. Today, the term is used to describe any garment reminiscent of the attire of rural communities. Regional varieties vary greatly.


  • Lederhosen, which means “leather trousers” in German, are the short, leather pants worn by men. These are usually knee-length and are the historically worn by working-class German men. They are often worn with rustic shoes and wool socks.


  • The dirndl is a ruffled apron dress worn by German women that consists of a bodice, or blouse and a skirt.


  • Traditional clothing is still worn today—especially in Bavaria during festivities and special occasions.