Here’s a look at some of the best traditional outfits worn around the world when it is time to get your drink on!
Scotland – Kilt
When I think traditional garb, I think a Scottish kilt. The history of the kilt dates back to at least the end of the 16th century where it was originally used in battle (that’s right, men would literally murder other men while wearing nothing to cover their privates). However, it’s now mainly a part of Scottish national identity. Especially at the Highland Games, where hammer throwing, tug of war and whiskey tastings take up the day at this cultural heritage extravaganza. And did you know that different color patterns on the kilt are used to represent different family clans? So next time you’re having a glass of scotch, think about all the burly warriors who used to brutally decapitate their enemies, all with their privates dangling out. Slainte!
Japan – Kimono
At Japanese weddings, it’s traditional for the bride and the groom to drink three glasses of sake while wearing their marital Kimonos. Kimonos are works of art and are often handed down from generation to generation. While this might be the most “over the top” drinking attire, it also is definitely by far the most comfortable.
Chile – Huaso
In Chile, a traditional wine cocktail called “terremoto” is often served at special events. And when in Chile, special events mean the donning of the traditional “Huaso” outfit, featuring a poncho, leather chaps and a straw “chupalla” hat.
Norway – Bunad
Traditional gatherings in Norway call for ladies and gents to wear the Bunad. The Bunad consists of a vest, trousers and stockings all made out of leather and a heavy woolen material to keep the wearer warm during Norway’s notoriously cold winters. Might not be the most interesting outfit, but definitely the warmest, so let’s pour out some Ringnes and skal!
Austria and Germany – Lederhosen
And last, but very certainly not least, the Lederhosen. Invented in the 18th century as German “working clothes”, Lederhosen found their true role as the best drinking outfit in the world when in the late 1880s, officials in Munich made it the official “uniform” of Oktoberfest. In fact, at some tents, they won’t even serve you unless you are wearing lederhosen. And thus, a cultural icon was born. As uncomfortable as these outfits of German pride are, I love it so much and nothing beats drinking 10% beer while ball-sweat soaks your leather crotch. Prost!