As we’re coming to the end of January, spring is around the corner, which can only mean one thing—festival season (specifically, Coachella). And we’ve already got your fashion statements covered. If Coachella is the King of festivals in recent years, then Game of Thrones is pretty close to being thought of as the King (or should that be Queen?) of TV shows. To that end, we think GoT cosplay is the way to go in the Valley this year.
We may have to wait until 2019 until Thrones returns to our screens (boo!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate all that we love about the epic fantasy show while we still can. If, like me, you’ve always watched Game of Thrones with a mix of horror and hair envy, then you’ve recognized the fashion potential of the GoT characters, and they’re just screaming to be cosplayed at somewhere like Coachella.
The place is as much about style as it is about music, so it makes good sense to bring a little Westeros flavor to Palm Springs this April. The two have quite a lot in common when you think about it. Statement hair. Crowns. Mythical and medieval wardrobe pieces. Here are some of the Thrones inspired looks we’d love to see braved at Coachella this year!
15 Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
She may be the worst character in the history of everything, but damn, Cersei has always had some serious style! Whenever her character rocks up on screen, we might be screaming “Boo!” internally (among other things), but if you’re anything like me, you’re also wondering just how long it must have taken her to perfect those immaculate French braids and buns.
Whether you’re a fan of elaborate up-dos to keep cool in the sticky Valley weather or you prefer long and flowing tresses for the purposes of head banging or looking generally enchanting, Cersei seems to have a style for every kind of festival goer. Make it too convincing though, and you may have people giving you the evil eye at Coachella and chanting “Shame” over and over again. Just saying.
14 Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
Lady Sansa Stark has had a lot of different looks throughout the seasons as her character has matured, and these have mainly consisted of warm furs and woolly capes. But since Coachella is held in the sizzling Golden State, we’d suggest choosing a non-Winterfell kind of Sansa costume. How about one of her wedding dresses? Each one of her weddings may have been a car crash, but she always looked stunning.
Sansa herself (Sophie Turner) has actually been spotted at Coachella with her fiancée, Joe Jonas, a few times. We wonder if she knows that the popular spring festival is also a hot spot for obsessive cosplayers who may just choose to dress like her Westeros alter ego for the weekend? It must trip her out a bit to watch different versions of herself standing in line for a cheeseburger.
13 Daenerys/Khaleesi (Emilia Clarke)
A clear cosplay favorite for Game of Thrones fans, and it’s not hard to see why. Daenerys has more wardrobe changes throughout the show than she has names (and that’s saying something). The possibilities are endless when it comes to dressing as the Mother of Dragons. Go in Danny’s season 1 rags for a more chilled, grungy vibe or show you mean business with her halter-neck dresses and capes. Although we’d advise you don’t spend too long thinking about what to wear—the hair alone will require a whole Westeros winter to perfect.
It’s hard to pinpoint what fans think of as ‘Classic Khaleesi’ because she’s had so many great looks. Personally, though, we’d go with this season 2 Daenerys. The oh-so-casual ‘material pulled through a belt’ look is girly, floaty, and perfect for Coachella weather. Pet dragon optional.
12 Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)
Throughout her time on Game of Thrones, Margaery rocked some pretty epic dresses and even more epic hairstyles. If GoT characters could have Pinterest accounts, you just know Margaery’s hair tutorials would be the most followed page on there without a doubt. Her character may have gone through hell, but that hair and her outfits (apart from the prison scenes obviously) always looked on fleek. #WardrobeGoals
A lot of the GoT women had gorgeous outfits, but there was always something quite unique and exceptionally beautiful about Margaery’s dresses—like she’d made an extra effort just to give every other girl in Westeros serious style envy. If you’re the kind of festival gal that likes to prepare your look book the week before and make an entrance upon arrival, maybe this tantalizing Tyrell lady is your ideal style icon.
11 Melisandre (Carice Van Houten)
If the Gothic look is more your style than floaty boho at a festival, then we’d probably suggest the mythical Red Woman of Westeros, Melisandre. Sure, she’s a bit freaky and demented, but don’t we all get that way after 4 consecutive hours of drinking and dancing to our favorite Katy Perry tune? (Nope? Just me on that one then…)
Melisandre’s dark deeds and personality aside, you have to admit that her vampy outfits throughout the series are gorgeous and so festival-like it hurts. She’s almost always seen in crimson red maxi dresses and statement necklaces. But the real statement of the High Priestess is her flowing red locks. Even if you can’t face going full Melisandre cosplay, dyeing your hair a bold ruby red is a big nod to her character and pretty cool in itself.
10 Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Face paint will always have a place at music festivals, but if you wanted to channel this fierce-looking dude, you get to go one better than that—epic body paint. Khaleesi’s late lover and commander of the Dothraki warriors, Khal Drogo, may have only appeared in season 1 and (flashbacks), but he definitely made his mark on the show and is one of the most bad-a*s cosplays you could ever hope to do.
Drogo somehow manages to make eyeliner, a man bun, and beard jewelry look not only macho but also cool AF. Eat your heart out, Captain Jack Sparrow! Reassuringly, for budding Khal Drogo cosplayers at this year’s festival, the look should be pretty simple to achieve. Assuming you have long hair and you’re ripped that is (yeah, we’d start working on that Christmas belly now if we were you!).
9 Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Got to hand it to our Stark girl Arya—she knows how to rock the boho-chic style! Throughout most of the seasons, we had followed Arya around as she dressed like a disheveled tomboy, battered and bruised by the world, but once she arrived in Braavos, her luck started to change (as did her fashion sense, by the looks of things).
Here, we get to see her with Pinterest-worthy buns in her hair and a layered peasant dress. As it happens, word has it that the trend for spring and summer fashion in 2018 is all about two main things: layering and raw fabrics. If that doesn’t describe Arya’s Braavos outfit here, then we don’t know what does. You heard it here first: Arya cosplay will be bang on trend at Coachella!
8 The Night King (Richard Brake)
Should you be feeling a little dark and adventurous come festival season, maybe the creepy Night King is more your style. Covered in ice blue face and body paint, you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. In fact, you’re sure to part the crowd everywhere you go looking like this freaky dude. For the outlandish hipster who’s tried every festival look and is ready for a new challenge, this is a pretty winning look.
A few stick-on horns and a pair of piercing sapphire-blue contact lenses later and you’re good to go. In our opinion, there are far too many tanned beauties walking around music festivals these days and to be honest, they just make the rest of us feel bad. Why not bring back the whole ‘pale and interesting’ look...starting with this guy.
7 Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju)
For the original old school hipster who just doesn’t care about styling his beard anymore, the eccentric wildling leader, Tormund Giantsbane, is officially your new GoT style icon. The torn and ragged fur clothes may not immediately fit in with the festival vibes (or the sizzling temperatures), but the whole “wildling hair, don’t care” look is pretty laid back. So, therefore, perfect.
No one would expect you to commit to the full fur cloak and boots outfit either. The most iconic thing about Tormund, after all, is his bushy beard. Grow it wild, grow it big, and come as you are. Just maybe invest in some kind of beard bib when you’re chugging a few beers down at the festival. A beer-soaked beard nest is so not a good look.
6 Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
Khaleesi’s right-hand woman is actually super stylish without even trying. We hardly notice her pretty sense of style in the first few seasons because Khaleesi takes up so much of the spotlight, but the girl has worked some really beautiful (and often daring) looks throughout the show. After Daenerys sets her free in Astapor, Missandei starts to develop a look all her own, and it mainly consists of smart yet sexy halter-neck dresses and crop tops.
For those who are confident with showing a bit of skin at a festival, Missadei’s costumes are perfect for flaunting a toned tum without looking trashy. The pleated maxi skirts she wears too are sure to feel super breezy, even if you’ve been dancing a little too hard. Ask your BFF to dress as Daenerys, and you’re bound to have crowds do a double take!
5 The Sand Snakes
Admit it, when watching Game of Thrones, these bad-a*s girls were kind of your role models. The illegitimate daughters of Oberyn Martell may have been nasty cunning characters, but their quick as lightning fighting style was more than a little impressive, as was their matching combat gear. This hardcore trio may have been able to kill blindfolded, but we can’t help girl-crushing over their pretty warrior robes.
The sisters Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand often dressed more like Goddesses of Ancient Rome in the show than a band of assassins and that’s what’s giving us such festival-style goals. Their golden dresses are floaty and feminine, but the leather accessories pack a kick-a*s punch, much like the girls themselves. Just don’t bring their weapons with you as you probably won’t get past Coachella security...
4 Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free)
Cersei’s middle child, Myrcella had a very pure look about her. The tumbling waves of golden hair, the flowers, the flowy sequinned dresses—it’s your classic Disney princess look (not words you’d expect when describing a Game of Thrones character!). Because Myrcella’s style is so simple and innocent, we should think it’d be fairly easy to copy at short notice.
Sometimes at a festival, the simplest look is the best, so when you get to your second weekend at Coachella and your skin’s had enough of the overdone makeup and eyebrow gems, give this toned-down look a try. Myrcella nails the no-makeup look and still manages to look stunning, so just pop a corsage in your hair, grab the baggiest chiffon beach dress you have, and party au naturale.
3 Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
Okay, so straight away, you’re probably thinking, “This isn’t really the coolest of looks.” But hear us out. If comfort at a festival is more important to you than style, then Lord Varys is most definitely your guy. He might look as if he’s wearing a curtain half the time, but you should think of it as an over-sized kimono or dressing robe. This dude is dressed for a zen time—perfect for kicking it with friends at Coachella.
Of course, if you really want to be authentic to the whole Lord Varys cosplay look, then you may need to be committed to shaving your head. And if you do, take plenty of Factor 50 sunscreen with you because that is sure to hurt like hell in the sun-kissed state.
2 Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschicha)
Being Jaqen H’ghar, a.k.a. the ‘Faceless Man,’ at a music festival might play to your advantage. For one thing, you’ll be able to eat as many free samples from the food tent without being detected. The main plus, though, is that you’ll be able to rock as many different looks as you want like literally become any other person. Want to turn up as Beyonce and freak everyone out? Go for it! (Okay, so we may be getting a little carried away here).
Being realistic for a second, Jaqen H’ghar’s character is quite a festival-friendly look. His white highlights and tousled waves are very Coachella. Although, the hair may be a little on the greasy side. Thank the Many-Faced God for dry shampoo, right? Something Westeros is clearly lacking in.
1 Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma)
We would elect to go as Ellaria Sand in happier times, i.e. maybe the season before her lover was killed before her eyes in the most gruesome way possible. However, as fate would have it, just a few episodes before lover boy Oberyn Martell suffers the mother of all headaches is when (we think) Ellaria had her best festival vibe going on.
Just look what she has going on here—encrusted gold bralette and matching cape, statement bangles, and the stunning chain headdress. Who could argue with this woman’s natural-born style? You can’t wander far in Coachella without bumping into girls with bralettes and girly elaborate head gear. It’s official, the fictional Dornish beauty knows what looks good in a sun-streaked music festival. We want to flaunt this cape and we want it now!