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A Note From Our Patron Saint

By Amalah



Laura Bennett needs our help. Your help!
It’s such a long story, but let’s just say there is some super-extra-awesome stuff going on behind the scenes here at AlphaMom, blah blah blaaaaaaaaaaaaah, and the upshot is that Laura Bennett (yes, that Laura Bennett, of Project Runway FabGlamFame) has asked us for a little bloggy favor:

I have an important meeting on Monday with a major retail source. The PR gay boys have posted an interview with me about a line of clothing I have designed and am looking to sell through this source. Some comments from real women could be invaluable during my meeting on Monday. This is sort of a call for help from all the Alpha moms out there.

The interview is here, at one of my very favorite blogs ever. Laura is the spokeswoman for Dress For Success, which provides disadvantaged women with professional attire for job interviews and such.
After I quit my job last year, I donated a slew of business suits to various charities, and I can only hope that they helped someone land a job who needed one. As Laura puts it: “I love the idea that an amazing chain of events for a woman can start with an interview suit. The concept is so simple yet so powerful.”
Anyway. Laura would like some comments from real women. About what you wear or wish you could wear. Now’s the time to provide an update on your own personal Fight the Frump battle, you know?
Dudes, I swear to God, if Laura does not get a line of clothing in stores soon — and in stores where I can buy it — I will probably cry. And then I will blame you. And show up to egg your house, probably while wearing sweat pants.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • exiledtocanada

    March 16, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Can I please get a pair of nice looking dress pants that have at least one freakin’ pocket? Sometimes it would be nice to not have to have my chapstick rolling around on the table in front of me while I’m trying to do a presentation. Also, can all of the blacks match one another in a line of clothes? Likewise the reds, grays, etc? Or am I supposed to look like I shopped form a grab bag at the GoodWill?
    Just my 2 cents

  • JennyC

    March 16, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    I love your clothes. I would like to see some day clothes. I’m sure get this a lot, but I really would like to see some from you I could wear to school.
    I would also like to see a line of purses from you, or shoes. I’m not a dress up every day person; it would be nice to get a little of your glamour in to my day.

  • Sherry

    March 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    You know what I want to wear? I want to wear clothes that are a little higher up on the food chain than track pants or jeans, but which are still comfortable enough and casual enough that i don’t feel ridiculous wearing them at home all day or to the library or grocery store. On the one hand I’m tired of SAHM meaning frump, but at the same time I feel like I’m playing dress-up if I wear anything nicer than the status quo.
    I know there are always khakis but surely there can be something ELSE.
    If it could repel cat hair and fluff so that it isn’t evident that I haven’t actually used the vacuum this week, that would be great too.
    Basically I just want to be a comfortable stay at home mom while still looking good enough for people to remember I’m still human!

  • gorillabuns

    March 16, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    while i’m large and in charge downstairs, i would love to have a pair of casual pants that fit a round butt. while +size pants are usually cut for a flat rear, i find the choices of sweatpants and drawstring pants totally limiting.
    i’ve always had a hard time finding pants for a round caboose, even when i was a size 8.

  • Bettie Bookish

    March 17, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Laura Bennett is my patron saint, as well. She saved me from being an at-home mom in sweatpants. I was soclose, and she pulled me from the brink. And on days when I just can’t muster the Fabulously Glamorous, I flagellate myself a little. (Forgive me, Laura, for I have sinned. It has been four days since I wore shoes with a heel.)
    I would love to have access to her designs – and I would love to see her take on sophisticated mommy daywear.

  • Becky

    March 17, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Is Garanimals for adults too much to ask for? (Am I showing my age here?)
    Seriously, I need to look good without putting too much thought into it. I have a fairly average body type, but I still can’t figure out what looks best on me and how to mix and match flawlessly. I’d love to move beyond khakis or jeans and solid colored tops, but I’m just so darn clueless.

  • chou-chou

    March 17, 2007 at 3:41 am

    I would love love love a basic wardrobe line focused on classic pieces.
    And PLEASE, for the love of God, make larger sizes, but DON’T CHANGE THE DESIGN or the proportions!
    I have no idea why designers think that big girls want to wear frumpy ugly clothes. Or crappy quality.
    And some designers think that all large-size women are short and just wide.
    I’m not! I’m tall and curvy!!
    And I’m prepared to drop serious cash on well-made pieces. Just give me the chance to do it.
    I want EXACTLY the same stuff that comes in size 4-16, just please make it in size 20.
    Pretty please.

  • springmore

    March 17, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Just something that doesn’t hate girls with thighs larger than toothpicks, please?? Why does fashion this spring hate my thighs?? WHY?!
    I really wish that I could afford quality, classic basics, as well. A nice set of tailored jackets, a nice set of tops, and a nice set of trousers. Some dressy, some cas. Let’s throw in some flirty dresses and skirts that’ll doubletime at work and/or play.
    And I’m also with Becky–I feel like I need someone to hold my hand and tell me it’s okay to wear a small dotted top with pinstripe trousers.

  • Jezer

    March 17, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I’m with Becky. I’d like to go buy a bunch of stuff (pants, tops, jackets, skirts, dresses) that all coordinate in some way, yet could stand alone with a pair of jeans in a put-together, I-know-what-I’m-doing kind of way.
    And I’d like for the fabrics to be quality shit.
    And I’d like for it not to be a pain in the ass to iron, because dry-cleaning isn’t my thing.

  • Suzy Q

    March 17, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Becky, you really hit a nerve with the Garanimals thing. I, too, wish for such easy choices. Plus sleeves! What happened to all the freaking sleeves? I have largish upper arms and they need to be covered. Trust me, NO ONE wants to see them.
    Have you tried to buy a cute dress lately (or in the past 5 years) that has ANY kind of sleeves? No, you have not, because they don’t exist.
    The one trend I DO like in women’s fashion these days? The fact that almost everything has a bit of stretch in it because, holy hell, it really helps with the life-sustaining functions, such as breathing.

  • Vida

    March 17, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    –Something with room for bigger booties than even the Gap “curvy” line which, to me, is not curvy enough. Something that makes room for a tremendous booty without also giving me a weird front butt. I have a small to average waist, large booty and thighs. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only woman out there like that.
    –Something not pastel. I went shopping on Monday night and thought I might buy a cute shirt. I have pale, yellow-toned skin and sandy blond hair. No pastel color has ever looked good on me, no matter what fashion says. So how about options, no matter what this month’s fashion mags say? Thank you!

  • Kimberly

    March 17, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Ditto the request posted in the first response – please for the love of pete, can there be a line of clothes where all the blacks match? I’d be eternally grateful.
    I’m pretty good at putting looks together for myself, actually. But I know others have a hard time with it. I’d think a line of clothes that has a website with a ‘look book’ on it would be a huge asset. Something very simple, just a collection of shots of ways to wear the different pieces. Include examples of how using different accessories can totally change the look of a piece of outfit. I think those that find putting together different looks by themselves to be a challenge would appreciate that.

  • Mrs Figby

    March 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a “look book” that has all the pieces in the collection put together in different ways. It seems like other designers will only show you things put together one way, and I need more options (and hand-holding) than that.
    Also, I hate that other affordable collections for women (I’m thinking of Macy’s INC collection) are largely made of gross, cheap, synthetic fabrics. I do not want a polyester dress or top. They feel disgusting on, and seem to encourage armpit sweating (eww.) On the other hand, I don’t want to have to dry-clean things, either, so there’s a challenge.

  • joaaanna

    March 17, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Plus size that isn’t old-ladyish. I’m thirty two and fat – that’s it. But it is impossible to find hip clothes for us big gals. Here in Kansas – I get to choose from cat sweatshirts and knit leggings. The somewhat stylish clothes that I can find, don’t cover my gut. What’s the point of making a plus-size top, sweater, tank, etc… that exposes my disgustingly large gut. I have great boobs – let ’em be seen in all their glory! Leave off the horrid prints and please, please enough rhinestones and glitter. If I wanted that look I’d buy my own Bedazzler and some glittery puff paint. Which by the way would make me the envy of most of the midwestern, helmet-head permed/mall-haired, cat sweatshirted, holiday themed sweater, stirrup-panted ladies around here.

  • Sassafrassa

    March 17, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Awesome nursing clothes. I am so tired of never being able to wear a dress. I tried a few things at Motherwear but ugh, so bulky.
    You can find all kinds of cute maternity clothes nowadays, but what about the next stage? I’ve been either pregnant or nursing (or both) for 12 years now, and I’m tired tired tired of the t-shirt & skirt look. Bleh.

  • Melissa B.

    March 17, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I’m with chou-chou (not that I’m tall) but YES, clothes in larger sizes that do not assume that I am short and wide and hate life to the point of only wanting tent sacks at size 12.
    I would also LOVE to be able to wear a normal old button down shirt. But I have boobs and so every button down shirt either needs to be a size or eight up and I look ginormous or I buy a good size and it bunches in the back and gapes in the front. I don’t want to tailor every shirt I buy!

  • Isabel

    March 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my gosh, Laura. I heart you. So much.
    I want nice black slacks that won’t fade and that I don’t have to iron. And that are comfortable. And also, have a nice shape to the leg.
    And also (black) shirts with sleeves that also won’t fade. And nice fitting blazers for work. Also, that won’t fade.
    (I get so sick of the black fading from my clothes and turning all old looking.)
    Hooray for clothes by Laura.

  • Becky

    March 17, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Can I make one more request?
    I’d like to see some cute, not frumpy summer shirts for us girls with mom-boobs. I don’t mind going sleeveless, but wearing a bra is not optional for me so I need something with a decent strap width.

  • rc_leland

    March 18, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Where are the great looking size 20+ ‘suitable for work’ clothes & shoes to fit a 5’10”woman with size 10 ½ WW feet that don’t cost a fortune or look like orthopedic shoes? Answer: anywhere she can. I visit several stores on a regular basis, and pick up a piece here & there. But it is exhasuting. I am thankful to have relatively good taste, and can mix and match well.
    Personally I am looking for jackets/blazers, nice slacks/trousers/pants that are not tapered leg, comfortable long tummy-disguising tops, button down blouse that is not too big in the top or small in the tummy area. (tapered leg stretch pants make me look like a balloon!)
    Thank you for asking.

  • linda

    March 19, 2007 at 9:14 am

    A 3 season skirt suit with several stylish tops that go with it – long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, etc – and a jacket that works with coordinated slacks and with jeans. I want to have multi-use clothes – stretches the budget and saves closet space.

  • Francie

    March 19, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Three words:
    Dresses, dresses, dresses.
    Dresses that I can slip on in the morning, that have a nice shape and don’t do that clingy-around-the-stomach-and- hips thing, really classy looking. Much like the dresses that Laura wore on PR that made her look so great even when pregnant.

  • aly

    March 19, 2007 at 10:53 am

    i’m with all the above commentators on the button down shirts and suit jackets that fit (issues with the boobs). i’m a size 10-12 and can never buy a size 10-12 jacket/blouse b/c of my C cups. they’re not THAT big.
    also, dresses with sleeves would be LOVELY.

  • MeL

    March 19, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I’m a Mom. I stay home, I go to the store, I go to preschool pick-ups. I wear a lot of jeans and sweats, and it’s sad.
    I gaze with longing at the likes of “What Not To Wear” and their talk of mix and match staples! I would love to see a collection of mix and match staples – shirts that look good with jeans for the grocery store, or could be mixed with a nice pair of slacks or a flattering skirt for dressier occassions.
    Fabrics! Fabrics that give more choices for no-longer-size-six Moms. Everything I find now is either solid or in a print so big it looks like it should be hanging around Grandma’s living room window.
    Is it impossible? Clothes that are durable, feminine, flattering in cut, easily matched with each other, and include a line of suitable accessories to dress it up or down. Include transitional pieces to help several pieces work for more than one season! A plum-colored jacket to help take a delicate floral print from spring/summer into fall.
    Jeans. Jeans that fit and flatter a young mom with a post-baby body, but still have a few funky accents here and there. Not so many as to look like they’re from the Juniors department as Sears, but enough so every pair doesn’t resemble something from the Gloria Vanderbilt collection, circa 1994.
    And then? Make it all affordable enough that I won’t have to pass on buying it in order to keep the kids in diapers and Desitin. Because, like it or not, Moms who stay home tend to have guilt about buying things for themselves. Make it affordable, make it “can’t live without” flattering and, for God’s sake, make it durable and easy to care for.
    Then point me at the store and get the hell outta my way, because if that kind of one-stop-shopping is available, I’ll never shop for myself anywhere else ever again.

  • Jonniker

    March 20, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I just have to second the plea for basic mix and match pieces that work for women. With instructions, please, on how to wear them, and what body types will work. I know that’s a tall order, but if there were a way to dumb down the dressing process, yet help us to help ourselves, that would rule.
    Also? MORE DRESSES. I love dresses. I love casual dresses, and damn, there aren’t enough out there for women with real bodies (size 8-10 and *up*)

  • LikeALurker

    March 21, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    I LOVE Laura Bennett!
    I know I’m late on posting here – but!!
    I saw the smartest thing, on, of all places American Idol!
    One of contestants is style challenged. A friend took her clothes and put together photos of complete outfits, shoes, accessories-all of it! She printed the photos and sent them along w/the contestant for reference.