Looking for an impressive Oktoberfest costume ahead of September’s festivities? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re hosting the party or vying for the title of “best dressed”, we have fun Oktoberfest costumes that are guaranteed to impress your mates — think long socks and braids, lederhosen, suspenders, ruffled shirts and Tyrolean (Alpine) hats! We’ve got all the essentials to create an unforgettable Oktoberfest costume right here at Shindigs.
Find a costume for Oktoberfest online — we have hundreds of costumes and accessories to choose from! Alternatively, come and visit us in-store in Lambton NSW. We have changerooms available where you can try on different costumes and sizes to guarantee the right fit.
Oktoberfest is the world’s biggest Volksfest (i.e. a large event in German-speaking countries which combines funfairs with beer and wine festivals). Hosted in Munich, Bavaria (Germany), Oktoberfest runs for 16 to 18 days from mid/late September to the first Sunday of October (thus the name “Oktoberfest”). Each year, more than six million national and international tourists head to Munich for the festivities — beer and wine tastings, German and European cuisine, amusement rides, side stalls and competitions.
The first Oktoberfest was held in October 1810 to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The people of Munich were invited to the festivities at Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") where they enjoyed 3500m horse races, choirs and of course, loads of beer and wine!
It didn’t take long for Oktoberfest to become an annual tradition. Now, Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world — even in Australia! Considering Aussies are famous for their love of beer, it’s no wonder that Oktoberfest is celebrated in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The most popular costume for women at Oktoberfest is the “Bavarian Wench” wearing a dirndl. A dirndl is a traditional dress worn by women in Germany and features a bright-red tutu skirt with white lace along the hemline and a white apron bearing the traditional Alpine floral pattern (this matches the skirt).
The top of the dress is a brown corset-like bodice with red laces over a white top with short puffed sleeves. For extra detail, we recommend opting for thigh-high white stockings, heeled shoes and an Alpine hat.
We also stock a dirndl with a yellow skirt and a green corset-like bodice with yellow lacing to match the skirt. No matter what colour you choose, you’ll feel the spirit of Oktoberfest!
For men, Oktoberfest is all about lederhosen — a traditional outfit worn by working-class men in Alpine regions like Bavaria. Featuring shorts with H-shaped braces, lederhosen were traditionally made from leather so they were easier to clean after a hard day’s work and featured the traditional Alpine floral pattern. Just add an Alpine hat and an impressive moustache for a genuine Bavarian look.
Of course, women can wear lederhosen, too — it’s a strong statement considering only men traditionally wore lederhosen but now, you’ll find lots of confident women wearing lederhosen at Oktoberfest!
No one said Oktoberfest costumes had to be traditional — in fact, we’ve got loads of humorous non-traditional costumes available online! Our Studmeister costume always gets a few laughs — as a man-sized beer bottle, you could be the Lord or Lady of Lager for the evening. Alternatively, choose our Piggy Back Carry Me Lederhosen Costume so it looks like a moustached German man is carrying you around!
No, but it’s certainly encouraged. A few decades ago, it would have seemed strange to wear traditional German garb to Oktoberfest… but now it would be odd to show up in a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt! Most people wear traditional garb to Oktoberfest, so we recommend slipping into dirndl and lederhosen for a more genuine Oktoberfest experience.
Of course! While lederhosen was traditionally worn by working-class men, lederhosen can now be freely worn by women. In fact, wearing lederhosen makes a strong statement and women who wear them are considered quite confident… Besides, lederhosen is far more comfortable than dirndl!
We’ve done our best to ensure the colours of our costumes are as accurate as possible online. However, due to variances in computer monitors and other digital devices, we cannot guarantee that the colours will be an exact match. If you’re concerned about the colour of your costume online, feel free to contact us so we can find the right colour for your costume.
Unfortunately no, we do not offer costumes for hire — all of our costumes and accessories are for sale only. We do our best to make sure all of our costumes are affordable for our customers — plus, our costumes can be worn again and again, so shop online and start collecting a costume box! You’ll never be strapped for ideas for a dress-up event again.
If your costume doesn’t fit quite right and it has been less than 45 days since the original purchase date, we would be more than happy to provide a refund. It is important to note, however, that we can only provide a refund if the costume has been purchased online, is in its original packaging (as sold), it is unworn (except for trying it on for size) and there are no missing pieces in the pack. We also cannot provide refunds on certain costume accessories e.g. masks, headwear, fake moustaches and beards etc. This is for safety and hygiene purposes.
Unfortunately, we are unable to process exchanges in-store or online. We can only provide a refund. However, as soon as you’ve posted your costume back to us, you can purchase another costume to make sure you have a costume ready in time for your Oktoberfest event.
Not necessarily — if the costume you want appears to be out of stock online, there’s a chance we may have it in-store. Due to the nature of an online store, we may have your costume in stock but haven’t had a chance to load it onto the website yet. If your costume is out of stock, feel free to give us a call and our team will check in-store for you. If we have it in stock, we can organise a transaction over the phone and ship it to you ASAP.
Take home the title of “best dressed” at Oktoberfest this year with Shindigs! We have the biggest and best collection of Oktoberfest costumes Australia has to offer. Shop the range online for fast and affordable shipping throughout Australia, or choose “click and collect” to pick up an Oktoberfest costume in-store for free!