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Game of Thrones Costumes

Updated on July 21, 2013
My favorite character of the epic HBO show Game of Thrones
My favorite character of the epic HBO show Game of Thrones

HBO's sword-and-sorcery smash hit, "Game of Thrones," has gripped audiences with its mixture of epic adventure, tense intrigue, bold heroes, scheming bad guys... and to-die-for wardrobes. The black uniform of the Night's Watch, the foppish finery of the villains, the warriors' armor, the regal gowns worn by queens and princesses, the bootlace and three gauze hankies worn by Daenerys Targaryen: there's something for everyone.

Fans of the lavish and covetable costumes worn by the show's characters have waited in vain for licensed versions. Sadly, there are no plans to offer official reproductions of those luscious velvet dresses or rugged leather doublets. What is a GoT devotee to do?

The lack of official replica costumes hasn't stopped diehard Thronies from adopting their favorite show as a fancy dress theme. There are plenty of alternative options. If you're the crafty type — or know someone who is — you can find patterns for all sorts of historical costumes that can easily be turned into a passable Game of Thrones homage. If, on the other hand, you're the kind of person who's prone to sewing their fingers together, a safer option would be a general costume store. Most fancy dress outlets and party stores stock medieval-style costumes, which can be adapted with GoT accessories.

Women's Costumes

Game of Thrones offers a range of options for women. If you're looking for something more restrained than the usual variations on "Sexy teacher/nurse/witch/etc.," the troubled but courageous Lady Catelyn Stark may be your ideal fashion plate. Lady Catelyn wears high-necked, long-sleeved gowns in sober colors and matte fabrics, so leave the pink crushed velvet number in the closet. Instead, get the look with a high-necked blouse, long woolen or linen skirts and dresses, and perhaps a headshawl. If you're not lucky enough to have actress Michelle Fairley's flowing brunette tresses, you'll need an appropriate wig. Accessorize with a brown or gray traveling cloak.

If you want a more challenging costume option, there's always Cersei Lannister. You get to flounce around in a long red gown and flip your long blonde curls; on the other hand, you may have to put up some off-color jokes.

Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen Dress

If you like your fancy dress really fancy, there is simply no other choice than the platinum-haired Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen. Daenerys' fondness for revealing garments in filmy silk and satin with fetching leather accessories makes her terrific fun to emulate. Loose, flowing, low-cut dresses and daring slit skirts will help you get in character; try a "Pagan Goddess" or "Athenian lady" costume as a base, perhaps dressed up with a leather corset belt.

Aphrodite Style Wig To Get Daenerys Hair

Most of us don't have Daenerys' platinum locks; if you wear your hair short or just baulk at the thought of that much peroxide, help is at hand. Borrow some blonde with an "Aphrodite" style wig

Daenerys With Dragons

Of course, you're just not Daenerys without dragons. You can choose to play it straight, with something that looks at least a little like the baby dragons from the show, such as Plastoy's Big Green Dragon. Alternatively, you could go with something a little more playful, like the Dragon Walter mini-backpack from Liiliputens.

Dragon Ear Cuff

At no time during the books or the TV show does Daenerys sport a dragon ear cuff — but come on, could you really say no to this little guy?

Men's Costumes Game Of Thrones

Male Thronies have plenty of awesome costume choices too. Standard male Rennaisance-style clothing in dark colors makes a good base to work from. Lots of costume lines offer a "generic medieval guy" costume that you can dress up with the right accessories for a real Game of Thrones feel. California Costumes' "Tavern Man" is just one example.

Eddard Stark Fur Trimmed Cloak

If you're going as Eddard "Ned" Stark, you'll need sturdy-looking men's ren-faire attire in sober shades. Top it off with a long, fur-trimmed cloak and some high books — winter is coming, after all.

Official HBO Game of Thrones Jewelry

HBO does make some concessions to their fans' desire to dress up, such as official jewelry. Show your allegiance to the King with this Hand of the King pin.

Night Watch Costume

If you're going as a member of the Night's Watch, you won't get caught off-guard in a full-length suit of real chainmail.

Children's Costumes

With all that murder and intrigue, Game of Thrones really isn't kids' stuff. If younger members of the family want to get into the spirit of things, though, there are costumes for them too. Child-size ren-faire garb is a good place to start. Boys can deck themselves out in doublet and hose, set off with a mighty (soft plastic) sword. There are cute "Lady of the Palace" dresses for the distaff side of the clan; if you have a tomboy in the household, though, consider letting her come as Arya.

Plush Dragon Outfit

If you have a baby in the family; and you're going as Daenerys; and you choose not to dress your infant up in this adorable plush dragon outfit... that's a shame.

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    • sparklingcrystal profile image

      sparklingcrystal 3 years ago from Manila

      The costume designers of this show deserve an award because of the details they put in the costumes of the different characters. I love how you put fun into your post! Great stuff!

    • klidstone1970 profile image

      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      A very humorous spin on fashion advice! I loved it. You made my night. I literally grinned ear to ear from start to finish. Great stuff!

      Kim