Game of Thrones was probably the biggest TV series of the last decade, or perhaps even the last few decades. The fantasy series successfully adapted George RR Martin's stellar book series into a TV series that became a cultural phenomenon in the 'Golden Age of TV'. While Game of Thrones will always be remembered for its liberal use of both violence, sex, and political Machiavellianism, perhaps it ought to receive more respect for its fantasy fashion. Many characters on the show have a unique and intense fashion sense, plus many costumes also reveal and foreshadow future events in the show.
This article will list the ten best-dressed Game of Thrones characters.
10 Petyr Baelish
While Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish is known for his cunning and slimy character, he gets very little credit for his very sharp sense of dress. Despite the fact that he caused the War of the Five Kings and set up Ned Stark's execution, you can't deny he dresses well. Littlefinger is very rarely seen without his pristine robes and this also reveals more about his character.
As Littlefinger chooses his clothes with such care and precision, we can also gather that he goes about the rest of his endeavors in a similar manner.
9 Renly Baratheon
While Renly Baratheon met his end fairly early in the show's run, he was certainly memorable. Renly was the youngest brother of Robert and Stannis Baratheon, but couldn't have been more different from the two. While his brother Stannis was stoic with a strong sense of duty, Renly was the opposite and this showed in his sense of dress. Renly was always seen to be an extravagant character, this can not only be seen by the fact that his armor was a brilliant gold complete with a golden stag crown, but also by his guards.
While the King of Westeros usually has a King's guard that often goes by the name 'Gold Cloaks', Renly's bodyguards were referred to as Rainbow Knights and were dressed in extravagant colors.
8 Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister has always dressed in a magnificent manner. Across the first season, Jaime dressed like a typical Prince Charming from a fairytale (or Shrek). He wore magnificent golds in all of his costumes, whether it be his crimson and gold Lannister armor or his white and gold King's guard armor.
As the series developed, Jaime would switch his Prince Charming style for a more rugged and chiseled look. Here, he would wear more muted colors than his gold in previous seasons. Nevertheless, he remained just as well dressed as the previous seasons.
7 Loras Tyrell
Loras Tyrell was certainly a handsome knight. He was referred to as the Knight of Flowers among his peers and was described as being incredibly handsome by Sansa and Tyrion. To match his fantastic good looks, Loras Tyrell often sported ornate silver armor decorated with vines, sapphires, and golden roses.
It's a shame that the faith militant captured Loras, he deserved way more and losing Loras deprived us of his fantastic armor.
6 Margaery Tyrell
Margaery Tyrell first made waves with her fashion sense in season 2, where she wore a boxy necked dress. Most people thought that the dress was hilarious, but she instantly started to dress far snappier. In fact, Margaery's fashion sense even forced Cersei into some kind of fashion competition that helped facilitate the competitive nature between the two characters.
Margaery Tyrell's costumes were certainly always eye-catching and typically included the Tyrell Rose. She certainly deserves a place on this list.
5 Oberyn Martell
Oberyn Martell was one of the sexiest and most skilled men in Game of Thrones. It’s a shame he didn’t last more than one season as it would have been interesting to see how he fared in later seasons. In addition to being incredibly attractive, Oberyn also matched this with a fantastic dress sense.
His robes were always an elegant Dornish fashion that grabbed the eye and made Martell stand out in the courts of King's Landing. This eye-catching robe was also a mirror of Oberyn himself, as he was a unique individual in King's Landing who certainly stood out above the other characters.
Missandei is a subtle addition to this list. While Daenerys' close friend does not wear anything with the regal flair of Cersei or Dany, she always managed to carve out her own sense of eye-catching style. Whether this may be a cropped dress in Essos, or her leather, almost battle-ready, clothes in Westeros.
Her clothing in Westeros even, arguably, started to match that of Grey Worm's Unsullied, perhaps further highlighting the love that the two shared.
3 Sansa Stark
Fashion has always been a large part of Sana’s character arc. She wore ’pretty’ clothes in the earlier seasons. This was an effort to attempt to escape from her Stark roots and fit in at King's Landing. This was seen throughout the earlier seasons in her frequent claims that she wanted to be a princess and marry a prince.
However, as her character changed into something more cunning and aggressive throughout the later seasons, Sansa started wearing more darker colors and chain mail in a similar fashion to Cersei. While Sansa's earlier style was suitable for a princess, her later style was more befitting of a Queen (of the North).
2 Cersei Lannister
Cersei’s extravagant dresses and robes have been fairly consistent throughout the series. Cersei has been on an interesting character path across the seasons. In the earlier seasons, Cersei was always mentioned in reference to her beauty and this was also shown in her clothing. Cersei was typically seen in splendid reds and gold in the earlier seasons. However, through the years Cersei encounters more and more heartbreak that makes her even colder than she, potentially, was at the beginning.
After this character progression, Cersei begins to wear darker colors and armored styles.
1 Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys was always going to top this list. No matter the predicament, she has always worn the most splendid clothes. Her Essos clothes were regal and stylish, with many of them even mirroring her own character at the time - such as the dress she was wearing when she first met Drogo.
While her silk clothes in Essos were iconic in their own right, what really impressed fans of the show was the winter coat she wore while visiting the north. This coat was made of beautiful white fur that had a magnificent texture to it. Furthermore, this coat also perfectly captured the idea of 'Winter is Here' - even our fiery Dragon Queen must protect herself against this bitter cold.