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Top 10 Costumes of Time

The Best Dressed Characters in Season 1 of the Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime

This article contains spoilers for Season 1 of the Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime as well as references to character descriptions and lore from the book series.

Three Sitters for the Blue Ajah are seated on white stone chairs. The first wears a long-sleeved flowing gown with a wide blue belt at the waist. The second, Maighin, wears a blue pants suit and jacket with high brown boots. The third wears a tunic and pants with high black boots, and a hijab-like blue head covering.

In a previous Maidens’ List cataloging the most book-inspired elements of the Wheel of Time TV Series, we revealed our obsession with Costume Designer Isis Mussenden’s Aes Sedai designs. Not only did she choose a gorgeous color palette, she created a completely unique set of looks for each nationality in the Westlands, including places we never visit in Season 1. Thanks to Mussenden’s thorough planning, each Sitter in the Hall of the Tower has her own uniquely identifiable style, from the Tairen of the Brown Ajah to the Shienaran of the Gray.

A concept board for the 7 Aes Sedai Ajahs, divided into columns with swatches of fabric and images for, from left to right, the red, brown, yellow, green, blue, gray, and white Ajahs.

Today, we're moving away from the Hall and looking at the best costumes worn by major characters on the Wheel of Time. This is a difficult task, because in truth, we could say something positive about every costume on the show. Regardless of personal opinion on what looks the best or is most faithful to the books, it's impossible to ignore the level of meticulous detail that went into these costumes. Every cut, every stitch, every choice of fabric color or texture, every leather accessory or line of embroidery all work together to tell a story with one cohesive aesthetic. But it wouldn't be Maidens' List if we didn't narrow it down to the Top 10, so here are our picks for the most outstanding costumes from Season 1.

10. Thom

Close up of Thom Merrilin looking over his shoulder suspiciously, with Mat in the foreground. Thom wears a thick brown corduroy overcoat with double lapels over a purple waistcoat with gold buttons, and blue high necked shirt.

If you’ve ever read this column before, you’ll know this isn’t the first time Thom Merrilin has made the cut. It's actually quite possible the Gleeman will show up on all of our Lists forevermore. Self-proclaimed #ThomBias aside, we can’t imagine we were the only ones to fully lose their minds when Thom approaches his seat at The Four Kings and sweeps back the tails of his overcoat, revealing colorful patches in the lining. Don’t lie, you made some kind of noise.

Glimpse of the colorful patched lining of Thom's coat, held out behind his legs for a moment as he sits down on a barrel, holding his guitar.

While some were disappointed Thom didn’t don the proper patchwork Gleeman’s Cloak™, we think his purple waistcoat and thick brown, double-lapeled corduroy coat mesh better with the overall aesthetic of the show, while still allowing Thom to stand out as a little more flamboyant than most, in both cut and color. Plus, the choice to hide the patches of color is more realistic for a dangerous man who might need to blend into a crowd, or conceal himself in the dark so he can throw knives at unsuspecting Darkfriends.

9. Egwene

Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere, wearing a light blue-gray linen blouse and gray-brown pleated skirt with a brown belt. She stands outside the Winespring Inn, serving Tam breakfast.

From afar, Egwene’s costume might not stand out all that much in the Two Rivers. At first glance, you might think she is wearing a plain light blouse and dark skirt (book readers will know what this might call to mind), but when you look closer, the pieces are bursting with color and detail.

The blouse proves to be delicate linen in the palest of blues, with a unique, asymmetrical closure and lines of cream-colored embroidery—certainly finer and more elaborate than anyone else’s, indicating her status as the Mayor’s daughter. And the gray skirt isn’t a solid color after all, but has a subtle plaid pattern with golden trim. Her stout leather belt is finished with intricate metalwork.

Egwene and Rand sitting on a mountainside. Rand stares lovingly at Egwene as she stairs into the distance. Here, we can see maroon leggings and black boots sticking out from underneath Egwene's skirt, as she sits with her knees up.

Yet the Egwene we know and love is practical, ambitious, and hard-working, so she layers her fine linens over a pair of sensible-looking leggings and soft boots. With the Two Rivers’ Five wearing essentially the same clothes through all 8 Episodes, it was important to get their costumes right, and Egwene’s is spot-on.

Close up of Egwene wearing a rust-colored hooded jacket with fuzzy cream colored lining.

And although it doesn’t look all that different from a First Age hoodie on a knit trench jacket, we love that cozy hooded overcoat she wears on the road.

8. Mat

Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon walks through the village green in the Two Rivers, wearing a light brown linen tunic, long olive green sweater with overly long arms, and loose-fitting brown pants. Over his shoulder is the wide leather strap of a satchel bag.

You don’t have to be the prettiest to be the best, especially if you're charming enough. Not only does book-Mat know this on a cellular level, it’s also true of his costume on the show. Mat’s look is perfect because it immediately indicates his less fortunate background, especially in comparison to his friends’ clothing. And when you look a little closer, you can see layers of detail that make it so much more than a raggedy shirt and sweater.

Close up of Mat cuddled up in his thin sweater with arms crossed, facing the sunrise.

What really stands out about Mat’s costume is the textures. While his fraying, threadbare sweater left him “a little chilly,” its loose weave still looks soft and cuddly, almost like a woven blanket. Given his poorness on the show, it could very well have been made out of an old blanket to save a few coins on fabric.

We also love the decision to make his sleeves too long, as if he undid the cuffs to keep his hands a little warmer. And the sleeves seem to take on a life of their own, emoting along with Mat as he talks, or flailing as he runs.

Close up of Mat's hands with the tattered lining of his coat worn around his fingers as if fingerless gloves. He holds his coin purse in his hand.

Of course, Mat needs to carry around a dice cup and be prepared for a little rough-and-tumble action, so naturally his accessories game is on point—he rocks a hipster satchel, fingerless gloves fashioned out of the tattered lining of his coat, and some ill-fitting suspenders (glimpsed briefly during his chaotic run through the Winternight attack).

7. The Dark One

Fares Fares as the Dark One from the shoulders up, wearing a black suit jacket and shirt with white overlapping color underneath.

It was down to a tie for best Age of Legends costume, and the man we only know as "The Dark One" won out over Latra Posae by a hair. Latra and her single earring look as cool as ice peppers, but we just couldn’t overlook this slick-looking suit. In a short-armed, black-as-night blazer and long, expensive-looking asymmetrical shirt, Rand’s greatest enemy looks otherworldly, yet disarmingly classy.

The Dark One standing over Rand and Moiraine smiling. Here you can see the white cuffs of his shirt sticking out from under the short sleeves of the black blazer, as well as the assymetrical hem of the shirt over bulky black pants stuffed into boots.

It’s such a simple look for a deep and complex character, and that's what makes it so captivating. We’re also very interested in the thin gold band worn around The Dark One's first three fingers—some type of angreal or ter’angreal used by channelers in the Age of Legends, perhaps?

6. Padan Fain

Johann Myers as Padan Fain lounges on Agelmar's throne, holding the case to the Horn of Valere. He wears a long heather gray coat with gold trim, a blue, black, and gold patterned tunic with gathered waistband, and copper colored wide legged pants. He has one ring each on his ring and pinky fingers.

Much like Johann Myers’s charismatic performance, Padan Fain’s costume left us intrigued and wanting more. And much like his haggling-buddy, Mat, it’s all about the textures. We’re loving the striated texture and modern cut of Fain's gray wool coat, which would look a lot like a First Age L.L. Bean sweater-fleece if not for the subtle gold trim. And the patterned, almost metallic-looking waistcoat underneath is seven shades of snazzy, if you manage to catch a long enough glimpse of the detail before Fain disappears back into whistling-mode.

Padan Fain from the waist up as he looks down at a trefoil leaf. Here you can see more detail on his gray coat and blue and gold tunic.

It’ll be very interesting to see how this stylish costume deteriorates along with Fain’s sanity now that he holds the Shadar Logoth Dagger. Whatever happens, we’ll certainly miss this sharp look, as Fain transforms from cocky peddler Darkfriend into, as he’s described in The Great Hunt, “something worse” than Trollocs and Fades.

5. Moiraine

Rosamund Pike as Moiraine walks through the Two Rivers, wearing dark blue pants, light blue blouse, long blue coat with leather shoulders, and high black boots. She has a black leather belt criss crossing around her waist.

Pants. We’re so happy Moiraine is wearing pants on her journey to the Two Rivers instead of the gown she wears in the books. In an interview with EW, Isis Mussenden remarked that the Aes Sedai are “women doing jobs,” and their costumes would reflect that.

Moiraine from the back with suspenders crisscrossing over her blue blouse, as she swings her coat around her shoulders.

But Moiraine’s pantsuit is so much more than a pragmatic change that squashes outdated tropes—it’s also queer-coded AF, with her leather bolero jacket, tailored overcoat, and of course, those suspenders.

Don’t get us wrong, the formal gown and kesiera she wears in the White Tower are gorgeous, but travel-worn bisexual Moraine with the increasingly disheveled hair will always be our favorite.

4. Alanna

Priyanka Bose as Alanna stands looking proud between her two Warders. She wears a long green tunic, very low cut if not for the multiple chains running across her chest, worn over a soft light green blouse. She has an intricate metal belt aroudn the waist and high black boots over green leggings.

Do we really need to say more than “golden chains across the chest”? If we must, let's take the time to appreciate how Alanna’s battle uniform blends practicality and formality with a touch of Green Ajah allure. While we’re sure Alanna would look good in anything, we can’t think of a more perfect ensemble for her to wear for the dual purposes of blowing up Logain’s followers and flirting with her Warders. It’s so versatile! And we love the Arafellan bells in her hair.

3. Siuan Sanche

Sophie Okonedo as Siuan Sanche, sitting on white marble Amyrlin Seat, wearing a golden gown with arms that look like angel wings and a rainbow collar that looks like two stiff triangles attached to form low V. Her silver and gold skirts are arranged perfectly across her lap, where she folds her hands.

Siuan’s costume has had us riveted since it appeared in the Wheel of Time’s first teaser trailer. Until then, we never imagined Siuan Sanche as a golden angel-goddess, but here we are. In a room full of bold jewel tones, how else would you stand out as “of all Ajahs and none” other than to deck yourself out like a Disney princess at the Met Gala?

Although we had hoped to see the classic 7-striped Amyrlin's stole, the pastel tones on Siuan's stiff, butterfly-shaped collar are the perfect complement to the rest of her shimmering regalia and a satisfying enough nod to the books.

View of Siaun from the side, where you can see embroidery and pleating on her wing-like sleeves, as well as an intricate gold hairpiece she wears on the side of her head.

One thing we’ve been wondering—is this Siuan’s dress, or is it the official ceremonial robe of the Amyrlin Seat? With the long train and what looks to be a clasp at the center of the stole, it seems like it could be one giant piece, or several pieces, worn over another dress—a formal garment to be passed down from Amyrlin to Amyrlin. Without getting into spoilers, let’s just say we hope there will be a chance to find out more about this later in the series.

2. Amalisa & Agelmar

Amalisa, wearing a green tunic with wide arms and gold dots running down the lapel, cinched tightly at the waist. Agelmar stands in front of her wearing a green tunic and intricate golden armor.

It might be cheating to put two costumes together under the same ranking, but we couldn’t separate these complementary brother-sister looks. Every costume the two of them wear, from Amalisa’s chic draped skirts and Agelmar’s stole made of literally an entire bird, to their matching gold and green ensembles, the Shienaran siblings nail their looks with all the poise and ferocity they call for.

Backstage photo of Sandra Yi Sencindiver (Amalisa) and Thomas channing (Agelmar) standing side by side in their first set of costumes. Amalisa wears a white dress with wide draping on the sides, narrowing down towards her ankles. Agelmar wears a long rust colored stole that fades into blue at the bottom. The top of the stole is decorated with the wings of an entire bird (the bird's head and body are behind his neck and not shown here). Under the stole is a golden tunic with long sleeves.

Source: Sandra Yi Sencindiver's Twitter Account

It’s sad Amalisa burns herself out and Agelmar is either killed or severely injured during the Battle of Tarwin's Gap (Agelmar’s fate is still unclear—Thomas Chaanhing was in Prague during the filming of Season 2). But even if A&A never appear on the show again, at least we'll know they looked great in their final days. And with Ingtar and company confirmed for Season 2, it won't be the last we'll see of the gorgeous Shienaran silhouette.

1. The Children of the Light

Posed photo of a large group of Children of the Light in a forest. The each wear long white tunics with wide white belts, with some fabric pulled diagonally across the chest like a toga. Most of them have white spaulders and bracers, except for Geogram Bornhald in gold and Valda in silver. They lead horses decorated with white and gold masks and hold white and gold banners. They all have similar haircuts and moustaches.

Oh Light, how it hurts us to give these guys the Number 1 Spot, but they earned it. As much as we hate to say it, the Whitecloaks look really good. With their spotless white clerical robes, wide belts, and tiny mustaches, they look every inch the creepy religious fanatics they are supposed to be, while their sun-engraved spaulders and gauntlets, in different colors according to rank, make them look not only menacing but super cool.

Close up of Geofram Bornhald and Child Valda

While some have criticized their lack of armor, it actually seems apropos that they would walk around unprotected and wearing the most impractical of uniforms, just so they can get their point across—and after all the bird-eating and witch-burning on the show, they do get that point across very effectively.

With long skirts to their ankles and only one arm protected, perhaps they feel confident enough in their righteousness that they don’t really expect things will come to blows (at least not aimed toward them). Or, like Valda, they believe the Light will protect them. Either way, it seems like they're keeping a hint of the cowardice and buffoonery they display in the books.

Eamon Valda in a sleeveless white tunic that is worn under the toga-like fabric of the uniform. You can see that his arms are very muscular as he pours some wine out of a decanter.

And that is the exact reason we can’t get over the fact that the Whitecloaks actually look… kinda hot? Between designs like this and Casting Director Kelly Valentine Hendry’s recruitment of only the most attractive people on the planet, the Wheel of Time production team seems determined to make all the worst characters into thirst traps. (Seriously, who gave Hot Masema the right?)

And there you have it—the official, 100% objective list of the best costumes from Season 1 of the Wheel of Time. Before we wrap up, it is our tradition to include honorable mentions, those candidates we obsess over whether not to include and then cry about cutting.

Alvaro Morte as Logain standing in a dark cave after melting his cage. He wears a blue shirt and pants, golden buckled belt, and long rust colored robes with wide golden cuffs.

This week's honorable mention goes to Logain and his colorful, flowing Jesus robes. The False Dragon probably would have made this list had it not been so difficult to get a couple good shots of the full costume when it was not hidden behind bars, distorted by weaves of the One Power, or disheveled from his imprisonment. Here's hoping for more Logain in Season 2!

Bain & Chiad is a regular contributor to and the creator of Maidens’ List, a weekly opinion column about the Wheel of Time book series, TV show, and fandom.

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