Friends of mine were surprised that I could work in an environment that demanded an all-black uniform, and to be honest, I am surprised too. I always believed that black clothing suited redheads awfully (my thoughts on this haven’t really changed, navy is a much better alternative to black for redheads in my opinion), and I still maintain that pastels and brights are where my loyalties lie, but that doesn’t mean I can’t glam up a monochrome ensemble!

This outfit is more my style, with bright flashes of gold, jacquard fabrics, and just enough leg.

Anyways, I posted this outfit for one of two reasons:

  1. I wanted to show you what a regular work outfit looked like for me nowadays;
  2. I’m wearing glasses and will soon feature a special series on this blog about buying spectacles for the spend-conscious (more on that soon); and
  3. Before I posted up the tutorial, I wanted to show off how my skirt turned out!

Yes, that’s right, that’s the skirt I’ve been working on for the last month (on and off.. mostly off).

The tutorial has taken quite a while to create–it’s possibly a meaner feat than actually creating the skirt itself!–and it’s almost ready to be posted. Get excited, guys!

This is definitely going to have a little bit of a “How to Make a Pleated Skirt for Dummies by a Dummy” vibe to it, so I want to stress that the tutorial coming up will be strictly for amateurs and there are probably way better ways to accomplish the same ends for more advanced sewers, but I will be writing specifically of the lazier ways to do it. There will be a few more advanced concepts like how to attach a skirt lining and how to put an invisible pocket and invisible zip on the same side of the skirt, but these can be skipped over for those who aren’t confident about it, no biggie. It’ll be up on the blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled..

What I wore:

  • Long Tassel Necklace – Equip, $3
  • Black Tunic with Gold Sequined Shoulders – Mum’s, $???
  • Gold Mirror Belt (w/ patent pleather back) – eBay, $6.40 (Best belt ever!)
  • DIY Black Jacquard Pleated Midi Skirt – Spotlight, $11.50
  • Basque Heels – Myer, $37.50

Total: $58.40

Gifts (of fine jewelry, mostly) isn’t included because of reasons. Speaking of which, do you like my new dragonfly pendant? Knowing my penchant for all things insect, Danny gifted me with a 9ct gold sapphire-adorned dragonfly pendant, and it’s freaking beautiful. I used to wear quite a lot of chunky gold accessories, but my style seems to have turned a little more delicate recently, so I find myself wearing a lot more fine (solid) gold jewelry and I quite like it.

Makes me feel more “grown up”, anyways.

When I look at how I’m starting to dress now, fine jewelry and midi skirts/dresses added to the mix, I guess it’s obvious that my style has changed quite a bit since I first started Carbon Chic! Whether it’s for better or worse–I’ll let you guys decide that one.


    • Demi

      Wow! What a meaningful, genuine comment.

    • Thank you Marzipan! :) I love my new necklace too, it kind of makes me feel like Queen of the Bugs a little.. (Good thing?)

  1. That necklace is beautiful such a great gift! :) Black and gold is always a nice combination.

    Really like the fabric on that skirt too – great DIY as it is fantastic on you! :)

    • Demi

      I’ll tell him you said so! He’s pretty chuffed about it anyways ;)

      Thanks for the compliment–Jacquard is definitely a nice fabric when you’re forced into wearing an all-black ensemble!

  2. Hi Demi! You’re looking mega babe in a classic black, the shape of the skirt is lovely! Aw, hope you can help with my domain problems – I feel like crying! I have panicked all day. Organic traffic has dropped and I am not ranking for words that I used to appear on the 1st – 4th page for (in most cases, I am not even within the first ten page anymore). I’m a stickler for rules, I always stick to them so I’ve not done anything unethical to be (seemingly) penalised by google. I don’t know what has happened but I just feel like giving up today :-( xxx

    • Demi

      Don’t panic! Usually things like that are just a hiccup in the server and they’re only temporary. You’re not ranking first anymore because you changed your domain name back to the blogspot one. As for the issues you were having with your domain name, you should fill in a support ticket on the site you bought the name from.

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