Style Inspiration We Can Steal from Oktoberfest

In 2010, Oktoberfest — the world’s largest fair held annually in Germany — celebrated it’s 200th year. That’s TWO HUNDRED YEARS of beer, yummy food, and general merriment. What started as a wedding celebration in 1810 has evolved into a 16-day festival attended by more than 6 million people. Not too shabby!

A globetrotting friend of mine went to Oktoberfest a couple of years ago and posted pictures on Facebook of her and a friend looking super cute in their festival dirndls. You may not be able to work the traditional German dress into your regular wardrobe rotation (if you can, I’d really like to see pictures!), but Oktoberfest actually brings a lot of very wearable and accessible style to the table.

With Oktoberfest ending this Sunday, October 6, don’t miss out on your chance to add some Oktoberfest-inspired pieces to your wardrobe!


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    Style Inspiration We Can Steal from Oktoberfest

    Fun Octoberfest fact: Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest has been canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war. Fortunately, it's been a while since they've had to cancel it! Okay, enough of the random trivia. Click through for style inspiration we can steal from Oktoberfest goers...

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    Oktoberfest Vests

    Vests are a regular sight at Oktoberfest. Both men and women rock them! This cold weather trend is an easy one to integrate into your own wardrobe. Just throw one over your regular tees and tops for a little extra warmth AND style!

    Photograph by: Hb3

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    Plaid Vest

    This plaid vest is very office-friendly but can just as easily be dressed down with a graphic tee and jeans.

    Get it at Macy's, $69

  • Leather and Fur Vest 4 of 20
    Leather Vest

    I think this (faux) leather and fur vest option is so gorgeous. It's perfect for Oktoberfest or simply staying warm this fall!

    Get this BB Dakota vest from Revolve Clothing, $66

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    Shrunken Vest

    A slim, shrunken vest is easy to throw on with your favorite casual dress to add a little Oktoberfest style to anything!

    Get it from Express, $79.90

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    Oktoberfest Hats

    Oktoberfest is full of be-hatted people rocking traditional alpine hats and fedoras, which are probably one of the few things you can wear that is simultaneously Oktoberfest-appropriate as well as old Hollywood glamorous. Multi-tasking! Also, how darling is that girl in her hat?? I love this guy in his red fedora, too.

    Photo credit: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012, © 2012 Walt Benn, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

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    Nordstrom Felt Fedora

    This felt fedora in a deep red is both stylish AND perfect for keeping your head warm this winter. It's a win-win.

    Get it at Nordstrom, $38

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    Wide Brim Fedora

    A wider brim offers the same style factor with a little more sun protection, which is important if you're outside for 16 days of Oktoberfest (or whenever else you're in the sun).

    Get it at Zappos, $46

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    Patterned Fedora

    Interested in trying out the tribal trend but not daring enough to rock those leggings you've been eyeing? This fun patterned fedora is just your ticket.

    Get it from BCBG, $48

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    Oktoberfest Suspenders

    You can count on seeing LOTS of suspenders at Oktoberfest — particularly on the men. However, that doesn't mean you can't pull them off! Suspenders are one of my fave things to steal from the men's department. (I found mine for less than $7 at Wal-Mart!)

    Photo credit: Oktoberfest Festival 2011 | 111002-2712-jikatu, © 2011 Jimmy Baikovicius, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

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    Skater Skirt with Suspenders

    This skater skirt is Oktoberfest-approved but more wearable than a dirndl!

    Get it at ASOS, $33.75

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    Free People Suspenders

    This crochet set of suspenders is a little different but still super stylish.

    Get them from Free People, $34

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    UO Suspenders

    Leather suspenders are a bit more traditional, but still allow you to add a bit of edge to your look. Check out this pair of skinny jeans with button-on suspenders! Classic.

    Get them at Urban Outfitters, $99

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    Corsets are pretty much a requirement for women at Oktoberfest! They may be uncomfortable, but there's no denying that they do major favors for just about any figure. You'll also see lots of knee-high socks, which pair wonderfully well with fall skirts.

    Photo credit: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2012, © 2012 Walt Benn, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

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    Corset Belt

    You don't have to go full-on lace-up corset in order to get the figure-flattering benefits. Try a corset belt instead!

    Get it from Ann Taylor, $68

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    Corset Dress

    A corset dress gives the look of a corset with a little more breathing room. Throw a leather jacket over it for fall or add some sandals and a light cardigan if you still have a few warm days left this year!

    Get it from American Eagle, $44.99 (on sale)

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    OR you can skip the belt and dress and just commit to a corset. The stripes on this one are fabulous! I'd love to see it with skinny jeans and a moto jacket.

    Get it from Ralph Lauren, $39.99 (on sale)

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    Sheer Knee Highs

    Sheer knee-highs are super sexy when paired with skirts and Mary Janes or booties!

    Get them at Nordstrom, $12

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    Argyle Knee Highs

    Release your inner schoolgirl with these argyle knee-highs!

    Get them at Ralph Lauren, $13

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    Zebra Socks

    Get a little wild with these over-the-knee zebra print socks!

    Get them at Bloomingdales, $14

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