The wait is over. After 386 days since it last left off, Game of Thrones returns tonight on HBO with its penultimate season. While we’re only going to be graced with seven episodes this summer, it’s likely you’re going to feel like you’re trapped in Westeros as everyone around you will be discussing what happens.
If we’re being totally honest here, I’m a new Game of Thrones fan…. as in, by the time this post is published, I will have just finished the first book. I have a general idea of the series synopsis due to my Facebook Newsfeed (seriously, whenever new episodes are on, that’s all anyone seems to be talking about) but the book was something that has taken me like two years now to finally tackle. I just couldn’t get into it for the longest time – there were so many characters to keep track of and all these places with the craziest names, I figured I’d just stick with the Harry Potter books if I wanted a lengthy fantasy series instead. But after finding myself with nothing to read on Kindle one night, I picked up “A Song of Ice & Fire” once again and finally got hooked.
George R.R. Martin’s series has completely amassed itself into our popular culture, particularly in fashion. Since the premiere of the first episode in 2011, we’ve seen medieval influences work their way into designs. Edgy trends like leather accents and studs have also exploded into our closets, and I’m sure the series’ popularity has contributed somewhat to that.
Fashion’s fascination with Game of Thrones hit an all-time high with Elie Saab’s Fall 2017 couture collection runway show earlier this month. The runway was surrounded by wooden rows of chairs (a nod to the Great Hall in Winterfell) and topped off with banners decorated with the brand’s logo in sigil fashion hanging from the ceiling. Models wore capes, heavily decorated gowns and velvet. While Elie Saab officially titled the show “A Tale of Fallen Kings“, it clearly should have been “A Tribute to Game of Thrones” instead.
In honor of the new episodes returning tonight, I put together three looks that pay homage to the series. There’s a definite range of price points here (both amongst the stores and the individual items), allowing fans of all budgets to enjoy these looks.
Anyone that has picked up the books or watched an episode of the series knows that Game of Thrones isn’t going to shy away from the edgy material. This look is definitely the boldest of the three, but I figured I’d take a cue from the series and go for the mature look first. Forever 21 is one of my favorite stores to quickly grab trendy items – these pieces are no exception. The leather corset belt and gold body chain bralette are musts when paired with the high-low dress (look at the waist, that corset style will look amazing). For shoes, we can return to the “Gladiator style” look popularized a few years ago… with all the other elements going on, heels aren’t a necessity here. It’s a bold look – but fans of this show are without a doubt the type that can pull it off.
If you’d rather be elegant than edgy, opt for long dresses and ornate jewelry to show you deserve the Iron Throne. The Kendra Scott cuff bracelet throws out some serious Medieval style, while the headpiece will act as your own crown. This long dress is best paired with heels as they will elongate your legs, especially with the high slit. Finally, while the crossbody is rose gold rather than traditional gold like the other items, fear not. You’re the Queen, you make the (fashion) rules here.
It would not be a Game of Thrones post without some reference to dragons. You can unleash your inner Khaleesi with these pieces from Urban Outfitters. The bold red color of the tank top pairs well against the mesh & (faux) leather combination leggings. Add in the snakeskin print boots to give the vibe that you can summon your dragons with a snap of your fingers.