The many characters on Game of Thrones have a lot to worry about. There are dragons, ice zombies, and political fights to be had. Given all of the things that must be on their minds regularly, it's a small miracle that any of them manage to find clothes that fit. The clothes on Game of Thrones don't just fit, though. In fact, they often have ensembles that would feel right at home on the runway. Game of Thrones fashion is often to die for.
For most of the show's run, its costumes have been designed by veteran costume designer Michelle Clapton, and she clearly knows what she's doing. Whether it's lighter garments for the members of the cast filming in the desert or heavier gear for characters in the North, everyone looks great basically all the time. If you look carefully, the show's costumes also tell a story. The way they transform over seasons can speak to how a character has changed. Of course, there are also individual looks that really stand out, including some on this list.
It can be hard to make winter wear seem appealing. It's a challenge the characters who have been in the North have been dealing with for years, and it seemed like Daenerys, whose dresses in Essos were always a fashion highlight of the show, might suffer the same fate. Instead, she got one of her best looks yet, a fur coat that makes her look like a fitting ruler for the North.
Thankfully, Dany is still rocking that coat on season eight as she begins to adjust to life at Winterfell. Her northern look may be a little more conservative than some of the clothing she rocked in Meereen, but it proves that Dany still has a keen sense of fashion.
Daenerys may be pretty good at dressing herself, but her translator's no slouch either. Missandei, who spent her life as a slave until Dany freed her, has rocked a number of great looks over the course of the show's run.
Perhaps the very best came on season five when Missandei dons a tight leather crop top paired with a matching skirt. As played by Nathalie Emmanuel, Missandei is one of the most beautiful women in all of Game of Thrones. Thankfully, between Missandei and the queen she serves, we get plenty of great fashion while Dany is stuck in Meereen.
Cersei starts the series wearing lots of golds and reds. She's a Lannister, after all, and those are the colors of her house. After Tommen throws himself out a window, though, Cersei becomes Queen of Westeros. With her new role comes a new look, one that's darker than any she's had before. Through her costume, Cersei seems to suggest that she's ready to become a full-blown villain in a way she hasn't been to this point.
When she blows up the sept and all of her enemies with it, she shows the lengths she's willing to go to to defeat her enemies. She may not be a brilliant tactician, but Cersei is willing to break the rules to win, and her outfit reflects that recklessness.
Jon is uniquely fortunate in that he usually has a pretty nice ensemble going on. During the show's first five seasons, he's largely dressed as a member of the Night's Watch, and he manages to pull off that look better than most. The thick cape the Night's Watchmen wear is particularly dashing, although it apparently weighs something like 40 pounds. Even in Iceland, that had to be hot.
Kit Harrington may not be the tallest man in the realm, but he does have a warrior's physique, and his costumes accentuate that quality. Of course, none accentuates it more than his Night's Watch uniform.
Through the show's first five seasons, Sansa endures quite a bit of hardship. She's abused by two different evil men, and also spends a disturbing amount of time with Littlefinger. Eventually, Sansa begins to take more and more control of her own situation, and that has led to her current position as the Lady of Winterfell.
Sansa's position as the Lady of Winterfell comes with a great outfit, including a dark dress, a necklace made of chain, and a nice fur-lined cape for the cold northern weather. Sophie Turner can make just about any outfit work, but this costume is particularly perfect, and a sign that Sansa has embraced her home.
When Euron Greyjoy arrived on Game of Thrones during season six, he seemed a little dull. The show seemed to be aware of that, and so on season seven, they decided to give him a bit of a makeover. With that makeover came some new 'fits, ones that are basically leather all the way down.
Listen, Euron's new lewk is more than a little bit ridiculous. Fortunately, it also signals a slight adjustment in his character, as he becomes a deranged sex pirate willing to do just about anything. He's just here to have some fun, and his ensemble suggests that search for constant terror and adventure.
Khaleesi's fashion choices have always been spot on, but her time in Westeros has given her a chance to change up her look just a little bit for the better. When she lands on Dragonstone, Daenerys is wearing a sleeved dark dress, complete with a cape and some incredible shoulder pads.
These pads are not something she ever wore when she was in Essos, and they seem to suggest two things. First, it's colder in Westeros, and more padding is needed. And second, Dany is home, and she's ready to exert her influence on the land she hasn't seen since she was a baby.
Robb Stark didn't have a ton of fashion moments, but that doesn't change the fact that the young wolf was incredibly handsome. During one scene, when Robb is wakened and forced to address his team of advisors unexpectedly, he wears a leather top and doesn't seem to have any sort of undershirt on.
Not only does the leather fit incredibly well on him, but it also gives us a look at the beautiful physique Robb hides under all of his layers. He died young, but boy was he hot. For the first king in the north, more was definitely less as far as clothes were concerned.
Jaime's season five plotline is pretty universally despised. He travels to Dorne with the intention of bringing his daughter Myrcella home, but as it turns out, Dorne really sucks. Still, we get the best Jaime Lannister outfit ever out of the deal. Because he's on a covert mission, Jaime trades his usual armored look for a leather jacket that is truly divine.
Although there are no spies on Game of Thrones, Jaime's look is the closest thing we get to the appearance of one. There's a touch of a rogue sailor in the look as well, even as he keeps that distinctive Lannister red.
Margaery Tyrell was a glamorous person, so it's fitting that her wedding dress was one of the most beautiful garments ever designed for the show. The dress has a short train composed of some kind of deep blue material punctuated by little balls of fabric. The rest of the dress is a beautiful light blue that perfectly accentuates the new queen's beauty.
Of course, Margaery doesn't get to be queen for long, as her first husband is poisoned at their wedding feast. Still, it must be some small comfort to her to know that she looked basically perfect through the entirety of their marriage.
Trystane Martell is barely a character. He's introduced and quickly killed off, but that doesn't mean his signature pink robes aren't totally exquisite. The Martells certainly know how to dress, even if most of them are pretty dull otherwise. Trystane's pink robes are beautiful and intricate and suggest the wealth that his family almost surely possesses.
They're perfectly fitted to him, and they serve as an excellent reminder that things are done differently in Dorne. Although it's technically part of Westeros, Dornish people dress and behave differently than their counterparts in the rest of the seven kingdoms, and Trystane's clothes are just one example of that difference.
This is a controversial pick because Jorah's shirt isn't yellow when he first puts it on. It only becomes that color after he wears it, consistently, for years. Iain Glenn didn't get as many outfits as he could have, but the yellow shirt Jorah wears through many of the show's early seasons has become iconic.
It may be covered in sweat and all manner of bodily fluids, but it's Jorah's sweat. It's the shirt he wore through his entire bout with greyscale and looked damn good doing it. Depending on how you feel about Jorah's shirt, you were either grateful or heart-broken when he got a wardrobe change.
House Tyrell is filled with beautiful, extravagant people, and none of them dresses better than Lady Olenna. Lady Olenna's dresses would be worthy of inclusion on their own, but what's more impressive is her constant ability to find matching hats and wimples to go with them. Of course, when you're insanely wealthy, that's the kind of get you can get made for you.
Even so, Olenna always looks terrific no matter what the occasion. Even when the rest of her family has been imprisoned, she still manages to make every moment she's on screen glimmer with life, thanks in large part to her perfect ensembles.
Renly Baratheon didn't get to be a king for very long. Although his reign was short, there's plenty of evidence that he would have been a good king if he'd ever gotten the chance to sit on the iron throne. In his short time as king, Renly certainly knew how to accessorize. Because his claim to the throne was not the strongest, Renly had to have a crown made that was slightly different than the one that typically rests on the king's head.
Renly's crown explicitly resembled a stag, which is the sigil of House Baratheon. It's the kind of thing an expert in branding might do. Renly dressed like a king, so he must be one, even though he didn't have the best claim.
Brienne of Tarth is probably the best warrior left in the seven kingdoms, and she has armor to match that status. This armor came from Jaime, and it fits her like a glove. While her armor when she was kingsguard to Renly was a little too gilded, this armor is subtle and perfect. It's a perfect balance of the toughness that Brienne has often represented on the show and the feminism inherent in her character.
Of course, Brienne also knows how to take advantage of her armor in the way that all good warriors do. Although her fight with the Hound was brutal, she's never been seriously injured in battle. Let's hope it stays that way.
Oberyn Martell was the epitome of cool. He was only on Game of Thrones for a single season, but in that time, he made his presence felt in every imaginable way. His clothes certainly helped maintain that image. They're golden and covered with the sun that is also house Martell's sigil.
It's clear from just looking at him that Oberyn is not native to King's Landing, and it's also clear that he's cooler than most of the people who live there. His robes are exciting and just a little bit daring, which is why they work so well with his character.
When we first meet Dany, she's being married off to Khal Drogo. Fairly quickly thereafter, though, she becomes a fierce Khaleesi, and she gets a costume to match that change in her role. That costume change is to an earthier color, one that more closely aligns with the colors worn by the rest of the Dothraki. It's also a more practical look, one that suggests her willingness to take on greater levels of responsibility.
Eventually, Dany will take on a great deal of responsibility and power, but this outfit is important because it's part of what sets her on that path. It's the first proof of her willingness to learn from the people around her as well.