After ordering my Manners Maketh Man tank top from Jordan Dené, I wasted little time in purchasing several other pieces. This was due largely in part to a moving sale that JD was having prior to her leaving Brooklyn for Chicago! I loved the tank top I received so much that I bought a two-shirt Mystery Bag, and I received the black on heathered black variant of Moon of My Life as one of the mysteries! I spent very little time trying to figure out how I could sneak more fandom into work, and here is what I came up with. There is some explanation of the Game of Thrones series, backstory, and how it relates to the theme, so if you are wary of spoilers, check my Instagram for just the pictures ( 1 | 2 ) or just scroll really, really fast to the pictures.
“Yer Jalan Atthirari Anni” – Drogo to Daenerys (Dothraki; “Moon of My Life”)
When it came to picking sides in The War of the Five Kings and the battle of The Seven Kingdoms, I firmly seat myself in House Stark at Winterfell. As Daenerys (Dany) Targaryen evolved from naive, lost princess to the Dragon Queen, I found my alliance unwavering, but also expanding. After rewatching all five seasons of Game of Thrones in preparation for the season six premiere on Sunday, I’m starting to believe I am House ‘Starkaryen‘1.
For those unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, the infant princess Daenerys Targaryen was spirited away from the castle at Kings Landing when the throne seized by Robert Baratheon. Robert’s sister, Lyanna, was ‘kidnapped’ by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s older brother) which sparked Robert’s rebellion, igniting the continent of Westeros into chaos. Most of the Targaryen lineage was killed off, but Dany and her older brother Viserys were taken south across The Narrow Seas to the continent of Essos. They were raised in exile, and when she came of age, her brother decided to marry her off to a powerful horselord (Khal) named Drogo in order to begin raising an army, so he could one day return to Kings Landing and claim the Iron Throne for himself. Khal Drogo had other plans which makes him one of my favorite catalysts in the series.
The look I went with was a gender bent Khal Drogo– Khaleesi Drogo. When Dany married Drogo, Khaleesi becomes her title as it’s the female counterpart to Khal. Typically, the Dothraki people wear neutral tones with very little color, if any. I opted to layer the tank top over a sleeveless, coral blouse, and match with a coordinating, printed cardigan. Living in Florida, layers are essential, especially when it’s 80 degrees outside, but your office thermostat setting is meat locker.
As they ride horses, trousers or leggings tend to be their pantaloon selection, so I selected white to mirror Dany’s wedding dress and her beautiful Silver mare. Unlike the majority of the members of the khalasar, Dany is the only one to wear white until she adapts her wardrobe to match her new ‘family.’ With the dark, heathered tank top, I want something which would remind me that we were in spring, so I cautiously paired my white trousers. I am notorious for wearing my food, so I needed to be extra careful with this outfit.
Dothraki Styling Points
Though I am not riding horseback through the plains of Essos, I wanted to be comfortable at my desk. What I love about the black print on black heather its subtly. I do love a good bold print from time to time, but at work, I have to reign the nerd in a little bit and be professional.
Hair – I lack both the length and texture of Khal Drogo’s magnificent hair, so I made a faux hawk/ducktail for my bangs, and slicked the rest back into a high ponytail. I didn’t have the tiny bells to weave into my plait, but I think I look ready to lead a khalasar despite not having any victories in battle. With all the hairspray, it might just outlast a long ride through the grassy sea.
Makeup – I kept my makeup very simple and passed on a lipstick or gloss for a swipe of lip balm. My smokey eye skills are far from perfect, but I layered metallic and gunmetal graysand outlined with a thick black liner on both top and bottom lashlines.
Accessories – As the Dothraki are a nomadic people with a tribal culture, I tried stacking as many bangles as I could. The two bangles I made sure to include where my Alex + Ani Knight charm because it’s akin to the chesspiece (horsehead) and The Compass, one to always guide my me on my travels. The feather armor
Shoes – I had these cute patent peeptoes with a wedge heel that I got at a second hand store. They helped keep the back hem of my trousers clean, as well as paying homage to the sandaled feet of Daenerys’ new handmaidens.
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- Would you like to see other combinations for this shirt or other geek chic shirts?
- Should I add the Living Language Dothraki guide to my list of language learning materials?
- How do you incorporate your fandoms into your personal style profile?
The look that sparked my JD obsession: Kingsman Casual (Coming Soon!)
- This is due to the possible lineage of one critical rival character who could become a game changer, if they are still amongst the living. This character could also have ties to Daenerys if the ranging fan theories are correct. The best (and most thoroughly researched) theory I found is “R+L=J.” [DO NOT CLICK IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS!]