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What to Wear to a Game of Thrones Party: Women

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The GOT Season Finale is upon us! Ladies, do you know what you’re wearing for your finale shindig? If not, have no fear the ladies of Damn Good Shindig are here with some helpful tips and inspiration!  Gentlemen, unless you feel like channeling your inner queen of Westeros, see our previous post for men’s diy costuming!

Here at Damn Good Shindig, we believe that costumes are a must for your theme party.  When you’re hosting a party, you may find that the word “costume” can send some guests into panic-mode —  so in order to ease their dismay, tell them early and provide lots of resources to get them inspired.  No matter how much we wish it to be true, we can’t all be next level Cosplayers.

Below, we explore ways women can use items from their closets, thrift stores, the world wide web, and maybe a runway or two, to get the look of your favorite kick-ass ladies.

A Game of Thrones Costume: Adapting Women’s Fashion for Westerosi Court

Winter is upon us, so layer up those gowns from the back of your closet with cloaks (cheap on Amazon), faux fur stoles, or even real ones from the thrift store. Contemporary belts, like the kimono style & lovely cut-out ones below will help to define the silhouette and add an extra layer of detail. For the most part, womens’ dress in Westeros consists of muted colors, with embellishment around the neck & shoulders: like fur, short or long capes, and of course, luxurious jewelry. Have fun with the accessories! If you’re a Lannister, look for a great lion necklace; an Arryn, look for a lovely bird pin.

Former bridesmaid dresses like the convertible ones below work really well for many of Daenerys’ looks, while the kimono styles found at stores like Asos are perfect for King’s Landing. Adding medieval-style trim to the gowns, and the above mentioned accessories will completely sell them as being from the world of Game of Thrones.

Dress like the ladies from Game of Thrones, contemporary fashion, plus size, season 6

Costume: Sansa

There is no denying that this season has been all about the rise and retribution of Sansa Stark. Celebrate her turning point by channeling Sansa’s black raven gown she rocked in the Eyrie. Find a simple black v-neck dress, layer a long sleeve shirt underneath if its not sleeved. The real magic here comes with the feathers, which you can order online or find at a craft store.  Either pin these in place, or get crafty and make some DIY epaulets. Find Sansa’s necklace from Etsy, a prop replica, or make one of your own from a belt buckle and chain.

Dress like Sansa from Game of Thrones, Season 5, Raven Dress

Costume: Arya

Cat of the Canals may be no more, but this particular costume of Arya’s has been instrumental in her time in Bravos. Get the look with a peasant shirt, a crocheted shrug, a dark pleated midi skirt, fingerless gloves, and a swath of fishing net (available from any party store during summer). If you happen to crochet, here are some awesome crochet patterns for shrugs. This costume is all about texture, so don’t be afraid to play with different fabrics.

Dress like Arya from Game of Thrones, Season 5, Season 6, Cat of the Canals

Costume: Melisandre

The mysterious Red Witch may have been taken down a peg this season, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to be her. A wrap-style maxi dress in crimson, or a tunic with bell sleeves will do the trick. Don’t forget the necklace, or you may find yourself with a few more grey hairs than usual.

Dress like Melisandre from Game of Thrones

Costume: Daenerys

We couldn’t believe it when we saw the plus size fashion retailer Eloquii offering this gorgeous white capelet gown that absolutely screams Mother of Dragons. (Haley: “As a plus-size lady, I now want nothing more than to buy this dress and have the excuse to be Dany for once!”) For other sizes, you’re also in luck, because capes seem to be all the rage this year. Buzzfeed recently did a fun article about all of the cape dresses out there this season that channel the rightful queen of Westeros. It wouldn’t be Daenerys without a gleaming head of white locks and an epic dragon necklace. Dirt and grime from a long trek through the Dothraki Sea: optional.

Dress like Daenerys from Game of Thrones, Plus Size, Season 6

Costume: Cersei

Cersei Lannister has had it rough this season, but there’s no denying that she still looks fabulous. Don a short wig, and either show up to your shindig nude, or put together Cersei’s signature look from the (relative) safety of the Red Keep. Many of Cersei’s gowns are kimono-style, but you can just as easily piece together a tunic with a deep v-neck and bell-sleeves with a long skirt of the same color. Cinch the waist with a metal Belt, and top off the look with the requisite Lannister lion necklace. Embellish the gown with gold appliques.

Dress like Cersei from Game of Thrones, Plus size, Season 6

At our Game of Thrones costume shindig, we asked our guests to come representing their chosen houses.  Some used this as an excuse to dress up as their favorite character, but most came up with clever costumes inspired by the key elements and colors of their houses.  Time to show them off!

game of thrones costumes party plus size cersei, dorne, sansa, stark, tyrell, arryn, tully, daenerys
Clockwise from top left: Lannister, Dorne, Stark, Tyrell, Targaeryen, Arryn, Tully
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What to Wear to a Game of Thrones Costume Party: Men

Game of Thrones Costume Men

Here at Damn Good Shindig, we believe that costumes are a must for your theme party.  The word “costume” can send some guests into panic-mode, so in order to ease their dismay, tell them early and provide lots of resources to get them inspired.  We can’t all be next level Cosplayers.  For a Game of Thrones costume shindig, ladies may have a slightly easier time of it, as thrifted gowns, draped fabric, and eccentric jewelry can be turned into Westeros-worthy attire with just a little imagination.  Men have a bigger challenge since contemporary men’s fashions don’t lend themselves quite as easily.

Below, we explore ways men (or women!) can use items from their closets, thrift stores, the world wide web, and maybe a runway or two, to achieve male character looks that even Joffrey wouldn’t condemn.

A Game of Thrones Costume: Adapting Men’s Fashion for Westerosi Court

Noble attire in Westeros is all about layering and color.  A long coat or tunic paired with fur or a draped piece of fabric in the color of your house will immediately set the tone.  Having fun with the details, like house sigil pins, cufflinks, or belt buckles will make any costume that much more rich.  If you just want to hint at a character, try wearing just your house color and a key accessory.

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Thanks to our guest Christa for inspiring this post by finding many of these looks!

1. Male Costume: Jon Snow

We’ll start with an easy one.  Ready-made Jon Snow costumes are just about everywhere you look, but if you already have a thing for black leather, it might be more fun to put together your own version.  Mr. Snow likes to cover every inch of skin to protect against that mild chill of the Wall, so layer it up.  Besides that black leather jacket and boots, see if you can find a cheap black kilt, black gloves, black leggings and a belt.  For a cheap cloak, look for a faux fur steal at a thrift store or online, and pair it with a floor-length black cape.  To complete the look, you also need a badass sword and a white direwolf, but those are sold separately.

Game of Thrones Costume Jon Snow

2. Male Costume: Jamie Lannister

A great tan trench coat will sell Jamie Lannister to the highest bidder.  Pair it with a brown cowl-neck shirt, a knotted black belt, and a cool sword.  Don’t forget the gloves to mask your handless-arm.  If you’re feeling really ambitious, take all of the buttons off of your trench coat and roll it around in the dirt.  Don’t forget your charming smile and hair flip.

Game of Thrones Costume Jamie Lannister

3. Male Costume: Petyr Baelish

Channel the man who plays the long game by wearing a long high-necked jacket or a turtleneck, and then drape a sheer burgundy curtain or piece of fabric over your right shoulder.  Then put a bird on it.

Game of Thrones Costume Petyr Baelish

4. Male Costume: Joffrey Baratheon

It’s all about the red brocades for our dear sweet Joffrey.  Indian suits are actually suited perfectly to his highness’s tastes, but those run a little pricey, so see if you can find a cool red & gold vest to channel Joffrey’s rich fabrics.  Top it off with a belted swath of red-orange fabric and a gold crown.

Game of Thrones Costume Joffrey

5. Male Costume: Oberyn Martell

Ah, what could have been.  Dornish fashion is all about light, rich fabrics.  A flowing orange bohemian shirt paired with a satin robe or gold brocade jacket will nail Oberyn Martell’s look.  Belt that baby with a sand-snake belt and a deadly dagger.

Game of Thrones Costume Oberyn Martell

At our Game of Thrones costume shindig, we asked our guests to come representing their chosen houses.  Some used this as an excuse to dress up as their favorite character, but most came up with clever costumes inspired by the key elements and colors of their houses.  Time to show them off!

Lannister, Baratheon, Jon Snow, Arryn

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