To celebrate the fact that Game of Thrones season 4 begins today, I wanted to talk a bit about one of my favourite characters from the series: Daenerys Targaryan. Not only is Dany a fierce competitor for the Iron Throne, and a super-duper female role model (in my opinion) but she has some rocking personal style. I adore every single thing that Daenerys wears, and I love the way that her style has evolved with each season. Today, I’m going to take a look at each of the different styles that Dany has worn, and show you how you can interpret them in a modern, real-life way.
Style icon: Daenerys Targaryen
When we first meet Daenerys, she is a shy young girl on the verge of womanhood. She has spent her early life sheltered and protected. Her clothes are usually soft, flowing and somewhat transparent. The colour palette of her dresses is very pale, running from soft pink to light blush tones. Her silvery hair is usually left flowing in gentle waves down her back and her skin is very pale from so many years in hiding. To copy Dany’s early look, choose a flowing, diaphanous maxi dress in a pretty shade of cream or blush. Slide your feet into some delicate sandals and add a delicate bracelet, pushed all the way to the top of your arm.
After Daenerys marries the Dothraki king, Khal Drogo, her look undergoes a dramatic transformation. She begins to dress more like her Dothraki people as she takes on her role as their Khaleesi, or Queen. The Dothraki are a nomadic people who ride their horses from place-to-place. Their clothing is very functional and practical, and uses a lot of natural fibres. Dany’s Dothraki outfits have a rough, earthy look to them. They incorporate heavy leather bodices and long riding trousers. Boots are a necessity. Some of her outfits during this period have a hand-woven look to them. All of Daenerys’s Dothraki clothes look well lived-in and worn. The common addition to each of her outfits during this period is her wedding ring, a knotted leather ring worn on her left index finger. In the Dothraki tradition, her hair is woven into a series of complicated braids and her skin has become more tanned from riding in the sun.
The story then follows Daenerys to Qarth, an opulent desert city. During her time in Qarth, Dany’s outfits gain a softer, more flowing quality. Her colour palette brightens at this stage, incorporating shades of bright blue, turquoise and pink. During this period, her jewelry becomes more elaborate, and Daenerys is often seen sporting in intricately-wrought gold belts, bodices and neck-pieces. Although Dany continues to incorporate intricate braided arrangements into her hairstyles, her hair is usually left quite soft and flowing, with the braiding confined to the back and sides of her head. Channel this look with bright blue dresses and tunics that feature gold braiding or beading. Gold sandals and a beautiful dragon ear cuff are the perfect tribute to the Mother of Dragons.
At the end of season 3, we left Daenerys in Astapor, a slave port, where she was attempting to raise an army. Her outfits during her visit to Astapor seem to combine many of the elements of her previous styles. She continues to wear the blue dresses and tunics from Qarth, although the colour has deepened to a richer navy and the silhouettes are more structured and less flowing. Once again, we see Dany wearing boots and pants underneath her dresses. When the weather becomes cold, she slips a blue cape over her shoulders. As with her Dothraki clothing, the clothes Daenerys wears in Astapor have a rough, undone quality to them.
In contrast to the rough, more severe outfits she wears, Dany’s hair becomes looser and more undone during this period of the show.
To emulate this look, choose a deep blue dress with strong lines and structured shoulders. Slip it on over a pair of neutral-coloured trousers and flat boots. The addition of a simple choker and a chunky cape in a rough fabric like denim complete the look.
I’m eager to see what Daenery’s is wearing in season 4. Her style is one of the most changeable of all the Game of Thrones characters, so it’s hard to predict what she might be wearing during the next season.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Who’s your favourite character? Which of Dany’s style incarnations is your favourite?