Monday, October 31, 2011

Miles of Fabric - Sydney's Closet in Chinese City of Shaoxing visiting Textile City.

The Fashion Team spends the day in the ancient Chinese City of Shaoxing, home to Asia’s legendary Textile City.  We’re on the hunt for new fabrics that will inspire the designs for our Fall 2012 Signature Cocktail Collection and our 2013 Signature Prom Collection.   But where to start?  Our senses are overwhelmed by the miles of open stalls, each about the size of a small bedroom, that sprawl over multi-story buildings on both sides of the river. We calculate that if we put the 15,000 fabric suppliers here under one roof it would be big enough to fill 15 Wal-Marts!

Our translator guides us through the maze to our first stop where we discover a new chiffon that is super soft and comes in yummy colors.  It’s perfect for draping a formal evening gown. We make a note to create a dramatic beading pattern for a one-shoulder strap. We climb an ancient stone stairway where shoe shine vendors cluster at the top next to the street vendors roasting chestnuts in a commercial size wok.
     There we take the foot bridge across the river where waves of lotus plants float past us. Over the next five hours we wander through the market stopping when an eye catches an interesting fabric.  We struggle to find a lace worthy of an informal wedding dress.  We carry a shopping bag that soon fills with fabric swatches:  
  • tulle flocked with tiny dots sure to make a Cinderella-style ball gown for a Prom Princess 
  • dramatic black and white floral prints in chiffon great for making a splash on a maxi dress
  • sequins sewn in silver, black and blue chevron print ideal for a red-carpet formal
 All that shopping builds up a appetite.  We stop for a traditional Chinese meal of fried bean curd, cauliflower with cloves of garlic, strips of marinated beef stir fried with onions and a small white fish steamed with soy sauce and ginger. There is no translation available for the wild green vegetable that comes mixed with tiny pieces of tofu.  We decide it’s a mix between parsley and spinach and only wish we could eat it when we return home!

Pics credit to Bronson Pics via flickr...we forgot the cameras in our hotel rooms.  Too many things on our minds ;-)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ladies of All Shapes & Sizes - Embrace Who You Are & Think Positive

"Your life is your garden, your thoughts are the seeds.  If your life isn't awesome, you've been watering the weeds."  ~Terry Prince

Today's post is a friendly reminder to all of our Sydney's Closet friends...remember all of your positive qualities, and embrace them :-) 

You are beautiful; you are talented; you are a thinker; you are a believer; you are smart; you are funny; you are loving; you are a diva; you are caring; you are a Mom, Wife, Sister, Friend; you are WOMAN!

What can you add to the list? ;-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

One Stop Plus Launches OSP Mag - a Publication Dedicated to Curvy Women

Hot off the presses is the new OSP Mag from our good friends at One Stop Plus!  The new publication will speak to curvy women about fashion and lifestyle.

In the first issue topics range from denim fashion, to shoes, health issues facing plus size women, makeup and men. In her first editor's letter, Nancy LeWinter explains that OSP Mag is "for fascinating and fashionable plus-size women, not just the one page dress-your-size articles in other magazines."

Nancy LeWinter who has been a leader at other top magazines, including Glamour, Vogue and Marie Claire, Esquire, and Mode, is the current Editorial Director of®

The Fashion Team at Sydney's Closet send congratulations to One Stop Plus on the release of OSP Mag!  We are sure it's going to be a hit, and highly recommend you check it out.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

'A Star is Born' Little Black Dress Now Available - with *FREE Shipping

Sydney's Closet is thrilled to announce that A Star is Born is now available!  This fun and flirty little black dress is absolutely stunning, and sure to be a hit for any occasion you wear it to.

Order by November 1, 2011 and get *FREE ground shipping! Use exclusive coupon code:  SC80566

Sparkle all night when you wear this fun strapless party dress in flattering Empire waist design. Shirred netting softly adorns the strapless sweetheart bodice. A satin band with beaded embellishment accentuates the waist. The A-line knee-length skirt sparkles with a silver glitter border at the hemline. Optional straps and matching shawl included. Perfect for holiday parties!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bestseller Back in Stock: 'Not Forgotten' by Sydney's Closet

Great news for all our patient customers who reserved  “Not Forgotten”, our bestselling formal dress with jacket.

The chic style is back in stock in both solid black and black with slate!!!  Watch for an email or call from The Fashion Team if you reserved your size or color. No wonder the beaded lace is soooo popular.  The bra-friendly beaded bodice, hip-length lace jacket and flowing chiffon skirt make SC4001 the perfect polished look for any big night and a favorite choice of customers shopping for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom dresses.

Details include:
  • Lace fabric
  • Polyester chiffon fabric
  • Satin
  • V-neck neckline
  • Bra-friendly straps
  • V-back
  • A-line skirt
  • Floor length
  • Beaded bodice
  • Jacket long sleeve
  • Matching jacket included
  • Fully lined

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lady in Red - Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Vibrant in Red

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, added another page to her beautiful style book when she wore this stunning Beulah London Sarai dress to a fund raising event recently in London. 

You too can have your Lady in Red moment!  Be proud, be loud, be bold!  Check out these gorgeous red gowns by Sydney's Closet in a variety of styles including jewel-neck, one shoulder, spaghetti strap & sleeves, and materials from chiffon to satin.


Ruffles and Flourishes

Drama Queen

Express Yourself

Shining Star

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sonsi Partners with Plus Size Supermodel Emme

Sydney's Closet Fashion Team is thrilled to share with you that plus size supermodel Emme has teamed up with Sonsi, the award-winning online shopping and social destination for women sizes 12 and above.

Direct from the newswire: "'From Emme's Closet to Yours', a four-week campaign designed to give women wearing plus sizes inspiration when it comes to achieving their full fashion potential, day or night. Using Fashion Genius™, Sonsi's revolutionary new online "style and fit" technology, Emme will create and share head-to-toe looks to take her through every occasion of her life, from business meetings and yoga workouts to family activities and evening events." 

Sydney's Closet began working with Sonsi in 2011, and we are delighted with this newest campaign! We are looking forward to it's launch tomorrow, Monday, October 17th!  Check it out and let us know what you love about it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Plus Size Celebrities - Popularity or Acceptance?

If we sit back and think about it, Sydney's Closet has seen society coming around as a whole to accepting plus-size celebrities.  And now, more than ever, they are being looked at for their pure talent...on the inside, not just what shows on the outside.  Below is only a handful of the many talented and lovely celebrities that have grabbed our attention in the last year as being outstanding role models for the plus size community.  Do you have a favorite, or someone who has made a difference in your life?

Melissa McCarthy

Kathy Bates

Loretta Devine

Nikki Blonski


Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe

 Gabby is wearing a Sydney's Closet Exclusive in the above photo.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shades of a White Wedding Dress

White: a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color. (

Long gone are the days of only having "white" wedding gowns to choose from.  For example, the gown shown above - Sydney's Closet Eternal Grace - is actually Ivory.  Too many, at quick glance we would call it White.  But for many brides the shade can be very important.  It may be a factor in the wedding theme, bridesmaids dresses, or personal taste.

It is important to know the specific names of the shades of white, and what shades they each represent.  As you can see by the few examples we pictured here, the difference can be quite a bit.