Lederhosen has touched the hearts of people, globally. The once a peasant work-wear is now famous cross-borders, and its fame is sky-rocketing day by day. Foreigners are often muddled about the etiquettes of wearing a Lederhosen, so how do we get around that? Simple – we look at the native population and their relationship with the Lederhosen.
On that thought, we at Lederhosen Store have compiled a list of most asked Quora questions about Lederhosen. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Do German people wear Lederhosen frequently or only on special occasions?
Tricky, tricky question. Well, the short answer is “Neither.”
The Lederhosen costume was initially only a regional phenomenon, typically for the locals of Bavaria, Austria, and the neighboring Alpine regions.
Secondly, Lederhosen is not festive clothing. Well-to-do people have worn regular trousers daily, while the Lederhosen is used more on special occasions, like hunting, hiking, or horseback riding. Basically, a farm worker’s attire, the Lederhosen, are incredibly durable and flexible. Consider them as a Bavarian equivalent of Jeans.
While few people had a pair typically, the Lederhosen made a smashing comeback in the late 1970s. Lederhosen became the official Oktoberfest costume and since has grown exponentially in popularity.
In daily life, they are worn by a hair’s breadth, and when you do find someone wearing them casually, most of the time, such people are going for a flair of idiosyncrasy to establish their personal style.
Are you supposed to wear boxers/briefs when wearing Lederhosen?
Lederhosen were designed long before the invention of underwear (boxers or briefs). So, the answer is possibly No.
Then again, wearing underwear with Lederhosen is a personal choice. I believe Lederhosen are generally worn without the underwear. Take a pair of denim jeans as an example; you don’t have to wear a underwear with types of denim either, but if you want to, it is your choice.
For going without the underwear beneath your Lederhosen, make sure that your Lederhosen set is made out of thick and robust leather material that can be cleaned and greased.
Are Lederhosen sized the same as pants?
Yes, these days, Lederhosen at Lederhosen Store are framed on the same size guides as the jeans pants. But in German sizes, which are different from US or UK sizes.
Remember to convert sizes of your country to German ones before buying a Lederhosen online at Lederhosen Store.
In the past, Lederhosen were manufactured locally in small-scale shops, and there were no sizes whatsoever. You just went in, and try a bunch, buy the one that fits you best, and voila, you are sorted. Of course, this has changed in modern times.
What are the features of high-quality Lederhosen?
The quality and comfort of the leather is the topmost feature of a good quality authentic Lederhosen. The strength and quality of the leather and how comfy it feels against your skin is essential.
The Lederhosen should be thick enough to receive grease, both from stains that the garment will acquire with wear and the purposeful leather grease that is applied to keep the leather hydrated and supple. A well-greased leather will keep easily away from food and drink stains.
Possibly washable or dry cleaned, if you are planning to go commando in them. Also, the fit should be tight but not too tight to become uncomfortable and snag you.
A good Lederhosen is typically also more expensive.
Why do Lederhosen and German workman’s shorts have a double fly instead of just a single opening like English pants?
Double zippers are not as uncommon as you might think. Two zippers pants and trousers are still sold in Germany, and they are called Zimmermannshose. The Zimmermann means Carpenter; they are worker pants, initially used all over Europe. French navy pants still have double zippers.
Again, it is a very convenient option for some private activities, and there was a time when people did not wear underwear. So, just two buttons off, and everything is accessible.
Plus, for safety reasons, in the age of foreskin, omitting a zip with dual buttons can be a lifesaver, saving people daily from zipper incidents.