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How to Make a Jon Snow Costume

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make a Jon Snow Costume
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Not many people know that the origins of Halloween date back to Gaelic and Welsh traditions where people gathered around bonfires trying to keep ghosts at bay, which were deterred by the extravagant costumes people wore. If there is a fictional character that has been brought back from the dead and has taken the medieval empire by the storm it's Jon Snow. Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark of Winterfell and perhaps the most popular character of the hit TV show Game of Thrones.

In this OneHowTo article we explain how to make a Jon Snow costume.

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Steps to follow:


Game of Thrones is set in the fictional land of Westeros. Jon Snow was born in Winterfell, the capital of the North where the temperatures are cold. As his name indicates, it is a frigid, humid and wintry area where Jon Snow dresses up accordingly.


As a preface, we will be tackling the design of Jon Snow’s costume by starting from the base and looking at the most basic elements of the costume first. For this you will need, a black long sleeved T-shirt and a pair of black leggings.


Once you cover the basics we can start adding the layers to make a Jon Snow costume. On your torso you may want to dress up with a black sweater or a black vest. To get the feel of an armor we suggest you buy a padded vest or a leather vest. Alternatively, you can use black leather belts and wrap them in an X-shape across your torso. For your hands you will need black leather gloves.

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For your feet you will need a pair of black leather boots. We suggest you look for boots that have rugged soles that look more wintry. For a bigger impact you can dress up your boots with faux fur boot covers.


Speaking of fur, we couldn’t forget about Jon Snow’s cloak. Many party stores will sell specially designed Jon Snow cloaks but you can alternatively buy a faux fur coat. Another option is to use faux fur scarfs or collar wraps that you can wrap around your neck.

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In terms of accessories, this costume needs a Longclaw sword. It may be hard to obtain a true Valyrian steel sword but you don’t have to go as far as finding a replica. You can use a plastic sword or even a paper sword using some grey and brown paint to complete your costume.

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Jon Snow’s signature hairstyle is long, slightly curly and ruffled long black locks. It has a wet effect to address the humidity and rain of the region. You may apply some hair gel on your hair to create this effect or buy a wig and style it accordingly. Also, you may want to stop shaving for a few days to grow a small mustache and beard.


Finally, for the full on effect, you can apply some fake snow flakes on your hair and costume, which will make it look as if you just came back from the depths of iced and glacial territories.

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