What Is Considered Traditional German Clothing?

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Traditional German clothing typically consists of a garment known as a dirndl for women and a separate garment known as lederhosen, or leather pants, for men. The dirndl and lederhosen have similar construction in the top half of the garment, with the major difference being that the dirndl's lower half is made up of a skirt, while lederhosen ends in a pair of short pants.

Both the dirndl and lederhosen are typically worn with a white blouse or shirt underneath. Lederhosen roughly resembles overalls, while the dirndl looks more like a dress with a tight-fitting bodice accompanied by a somewhat voluminous skirt and a printed apron in colors that match the bodice.