GoT Braids are all the Rage

Yes, this is a fashion blog and I’ve been focusing specifically on clothes, but anyone who watches the show simply cannot ignore the masterful hairstyles worn by the Game of Thrones women. This post goes out to the incredible hair team of GoT and, of course, the fantastic actresses who can seriously work any crazy up-do and still look fierce.

Daenerys definitely sparked the braid trend for the rest of the show. Especially when she becomes Khaleesi, the braiding becomes more prevalent and more intricate. Even after she is abandoned by most of the Dothraki clan, she keeps on braiding (as we see in seasons 2 and 3). They turn out to be convenient for keeping her long platinum locks out of her face when enduring the constant change of elements.  I’m also in love with that claw necklace. What an intimidation factor.

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The Khaleesi is Grace Kim’s favorite character, and the rest of the GoT nation is probably in agreement. Kim is a student at the University of Florida and majors in public relations.

“She’s my favorite because of how bold she is and how she never takes no for an answer. And probably in real life that would get her killed, but I think it’s pretty cool all of the things she can accomplish,” Kim said.

“I think a lot of her stuff is really pretty because it’s feminine and romantic, but I actually focus more on her hairstyles. I think it’s cool that they incorporate a lot of braids.”

You can follow Grace Kim on Twitter @SocialMedia_PR_

Here are some other famous braided hairstyles from the show:

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No need to look sad, Sansa. You look positively darling with this half-up half-down hairstyle.
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This severe braided look, popular in King’s Landing, makes Cersei look even more evil. I didn’t think that was possible.
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Back before Arya became “Arry”, she could actually have a variety of styles with her longer hair. This braided bun that divides into pig tails gives her a playful look.
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The Red Lady Melisandre needs to have hair that matches her signature color. This braided side ponytail hidden partially under her cloak gives her that extra sense of foreboding and mystery.

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Click here for GoT braid tutorials by Lucky Magazine 

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Zuhair Murad’s “Enchanted Forest” parallels The North

The name for Zuhair Murad’s 2013 fall couture collection was “Enchanted Forest,” which meshes perfectly with the forests and sense of magic and mystery of the North. The North encompasses Winterfell (the Stark’s residence), The Knight’s Watch and everything beyond the Wall: white walkers, wargs, wildlings, you name it.

The North is a much more savage and brutal place, free of the South’s petty politics and frivolous royal events which are merely excuses to showcase wealth and dominance. In the North, the words of House Stark are echoed in the back of everyone’s mind: “Winter is Coming.” And with Murad’s collection, those words definitely ring true and match his enchanted forest inspiration.

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Lady Stark, or Catelyn Tully, is a dedicated fan of mossy green, as we see her wear the same variations of the color time and time again. This color compliments the Tully’s auburn hair and is reminiscent of the great trees in the North especially Winterfell’s Godswood.

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Joining the Night’s Watch is also called “Taking the Black” and from Jon Snow’s clothes we can see why. Everyone at the Night’s Watch is required to wear black, and they keep warm by wearing multiple layers of what looks like leather, wool and fur. Murad’s fur shawl replicates Jon Snow’s; whereas he wears the fur out necessity, on this model it just looks like she needs to shave her arms.

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Beyond the Wall where the Night’s Watch guards the realms of men, lies the unknown and mystery of the North. White walkers and wildlings roam this icy and frigid territory, although many people (mostly those in the South) remain ignorant of their existence. These two looks from Murad’s collection perfectly convey the snowy wastelands and the electric blue eyes of the frozen dead. It’s even giving me chills.

You can see Zuhair Murad’s full collection here

Character Profile: Tyrion Lannister

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“He’s witty, smart—and short.” – Chris Rivera, student

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Christopher Rivera, 19, a rising sophomore at Florida State University (boo), started watching Game of Thrones two years ago when it first debuted. Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character because “he’s witty, smart and short.” Rivera’s response when prompted about his favorite looks from Tyrion? “I like his poofy pants and his poofy shirts.” Honestly, an expected answer when asking a man about fashion. Below is the rest of my Q&A with Rivera as we talk about Tyrion, GoT costuming and, of course, the Iron Throne.

Q: How does the costuming contribute to the show?

A: The costuming gives the show that otherwordly feel… and it really helps set you in the scene of where everything is going to take place. It makes it easy [for viewers] to meld with the environment and let yourself really feel what’s going on.

Q: What do you like about the costuming or what makes it interesting?

A: The costumes are really based on the surroundings the [characters] encounter and it communicates a sort of necessity to us, so we know it’s necessary to wear these to survive in their respective environments.

Q: If there was one piece of clothing or accessory or prop from the show that you would want in real life what would it be?

A: The Iron Throne. Because I would just sit in it and look badass.

Q: Do you have another one? Because a lot of people would choose that, is there anything more specific?

A. The Hand of the King pin. (Which is available for purchase here)

Q: Why is Tyrion your favorite? What do you admire about him?

A: In King’s Landing they’re all looking to defeat you or humiliate you in some way because it’s such a cutthroat hotbed of politics, and he shows everyone that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

You can follow Chris Rivera on Twitter @jungleboi2008

Calvin Klein’s 2013 Men’s Fall Collection had some enviable outerwear which we all know would spark Tyrion’s interest; he is famous for his long quilted jackets and leather vests. I felt like this men’s collection was pretty spot on in regards to the dark umber and black coloring as well as the various textures, but let me know what you think by commenting below.

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Roberto Cavalli Evokes Highgarden

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Blue Rose NecklaceRed Rose EarringsBlue Rose RingMulticolored Floral Earrings

Wearing these jewels, it’s easy to picture yourself basking in Highgarden, the southern realm of Westeros and home of House Tyrell. The Tyrell’s sigil is a rose which reflects the lush groves, flora and fauna that Highgarden is known for. Their house words are even “Growing Strong,” an obvious nod to their reputable gardens.

This collection of jewelry by Roberto Cavalli evokes the scenery of Highgarden through its floral characteristics and bright coloring. Any of these pieces would look right at home if they were ever worn by Lady Margaery Tyrell. Margaery is famous for wearing many shades of blue gowns and all of these accessories have hints of blue or would compliment the hue. While she is in King’s Landing, these necklaces, rings and earrings would allow her to pay homage to Highgarden while still wearing jewels fit for a future queen.

Although no doubt, this jewelry seems maybe a tad too decadent and colorful given the sometimes dreary feel of the show, it is a modern twist to the Tyrell’s fashion inspired by the descriptions of Highgarden.

Below are some of Margaery’s clothes from Game of Thrones to see how she incorporates the landscape of Highgarden into her wardrobe. Shoutout to Margaery for her dedication to cleavage-bearing blue dresses and wavy half ponytails. You go girl.

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Cersei Lannister’s Red Dress

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The colors red and gold are synonymous with the Lannisters, a house known for its ostentatious wealth and power. It’s no surprise that we see the colors of Cersei’s sigil replicated in her wardrobe. The Lannisters are the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms and reside in their formidable domain of Casterly Rock as well as King’s Landing.  Cersei is the Queen of Westeros and then later Queen Regent in King’s Landing, so these high-ranking positions are taken into consideration with what she wears.

Cersei is the character everyone loves to hate, which is also why red is a perfect color for this villainous lady. Who knew being bad could look so good?

The crimson dress pictured has large sleeves and a V neckline, only constricting slightly at the belted waist. There are almost no formfitting clothes in the show because it is supposed to convey a medieval feel, but a cinched waist allows the women in GoT to show their figures without being too revealing. The waist on this dress is also reminiscent of the metal waist details on Dany’s gown in the post below.

Adorned with gold embroidery and a gold lion necklace, Cersei truly embodies House Lannister with this outfit. Surprisingly however, this is a rather casual style in comparison to some of the other clothing she wears. Normally for more grandiose occasions her hair is worn up and her gowns are even more lavish, sometimes giving off the shimmering appearance of satin or silk instead of cloth, which is what the dress pictured above seems to be made of.

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This Marchesa dress worn by actress Olivia Munn at the 2013 Oscars is absolutely Lannister certified. Although it is strapless, it has the perfect touch of gold embroidery on the bodice and, like Cersei’s dress, it hugs her waist before it drapes into a flowing train. This regal gown is a modern take on Lannister fashion and undoubtedly fit for the Iron Throne.

Also check out these lion inspired accessories from Chanel:

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Daenerys Targaryen’s Qartheen Gown

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This blue flowy gown that Daenerys (Dany) wore in Qarth during Season 2 has become an iconic piece of clothing from Game of Thrones. It showcases the wealth and power of Qarth through the fine fabric and gold embellishments, but also the mystery surrounding the city with its ethereal and whimsical look.

This dress conveys the paradise that Qarth was to Dany and her Dothraki followers because without the city they would have perished in the Red Waste. However, the metal caging around the waist and shoulders, while ornate and delicate, also convey the message of danger. It possibly foreshadows her being trapped and chained in the House of the Undying after finding her dragons.

The blue reflects the ocean that Qarth so much relies on with its trading ships and its port. Qarth was made into such a wealthy city through trading and this is shown by the the people’s elegant and expensive looking clothing and jewelry. All of the people in this city wear the finest fabrics with gold threading, beading and embroidery which truly displays the magnificence of this city on the sea.

Marchesa was a designer that instantly came to mind because, like the fashions in Qarth, their designs are extremely ornate and ethereal. Here are some Marchesa looks inspired by Qarth and Dany’s gown:

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The two gowns on the left are more simplistic than their couture counterparts, but it was difficult to leave them out. All of the above Marchesa creations exemplify Qarth and accurately depict the vividness and detail of Dany’s dress.

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About This Blog

I am a rising sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Florida. For my Multimedia Writing summer class, I was required to come up with a blog topic that I was genuinely interested in.

This is the concept I came up with: discussing and analyzing outfits and fashion from the HBO show Game of Thrones. In each post I will discuss the style of a certain realm or character in depth and post links to modern alternatives inspired by each outfit. I created this blog because of my passion for clothes and also because of my incurable obsession of all things Game of Thrones.

The styling and costumes are pivotal to the show and part of the reason why it is critically acclaimed and such a hit with the fans. The fashions are specific to each region, and the whole costuming department has done a fantastic job bringing the various characters and locations to life.

Through this blog I will highlight the unique fashions in Game of Thrones, provide modern alternatives to outfits and also get insight from other Game of Thrones fans about their favorite looks from the show.

Feedback and opinions are always appreciated!

-Lauren